Wellington – 8 June Forum

The Journey To Excellence Forum – Wellington, Friday 8 June 2018

This Journey to Excellence forum we unveiled insights from a major research piece conducted for M2woman in partnership with Kantar TNS. We will ‘deep dive’ into these issues with a remarkable line-up of panellists delivering a fair representation from all regions across New Zealand.

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“Wow, today’s M2woman “Journey To Excellence” forum was EPIC. How lucky we are to live in a country where pay equality and gender diversity are advocated for!” – Beth Coulson

The Panel:


Bridget Taylor
Executive Creative Director & Co-Founder, Contagion

Bridget is a multi-award winning woman executive creative director, having won and judged awards globally. Cannes gold, D&AD, One Show, Clio Award, ADFEST best in Show and ADFEST Grand LOTUS to name a few. In her years at the helm of Contagion, the company she started has grown to be a top ten agency in the ever-changing market. Bridget Taylor, is of Maori descent and strives to correct the misrepresentation of Maori in the media and advertising realm. She is an advocate of business and the prosperity it can bring to us all. That means giving everyone in our country a fair shot at success. In the global economy a vibrant, diverse local business community is our best defense. Economically and culturally for generations of New Zealanders. And this is what drives Bridget. When Bridget’s not creating marketing, she likes talking about it. She is a regular feature on the hit ABC show The Gruen Transfer, where she demystifies advertising.


Caroline Rawlinson
Chief Financial Officer – Trade Me

Caroline joined Trade Me in August 2016 and is responsible for managing Trade Me’s governance, strategy, legal and finance functions.
Prior to Trade Me she was the CFO of Formica Asia (a division of Fletcher Building), a role she has held since October 2013. She was previously Fletcher Building’s general manager of strategy and corporate development, and has also worked at Sealord and PwC.


Emma Eichbaum
Executive Director- Kantar TNS

Emma has been with Kantar TNS New Zealand for over 12 years, beginning her career as a Consultant. Emma is now Executive Director and is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the business development strategy for Kantar TNS New Zealand. Over the course of her career, Emma has worked closely with many clients in a range of industries and geographies, consulting for clients in categories including: tourism, aquaculture, retail & commercial banking, insurance, telecommunications, entertainment, education, clothing, energy, media, advertising, and food & beverage. Emma is the Kantar Insights domain lead for Brand Strategy in New Zealand.


Tui Te Hau
General Manager – Mahuki Innovation Hub of Te Papa

With over a decade of experience in business start-ups under her belt, Tui is the woman you want to go to when you have that lightbulb moment. She’s worked with multiple entrepreneurs wanting to kick-start creative businesses, VR developers, major New Zealand fashion houses and export organisations; she was the Chief Executive of Creative HQ; she established the Lightning Lab accelerator programme, and then went on to set up the world’s first culture accelerator Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub.   Mahuki empowers communities to use culture and technology to create sustainable prosperity and entrepreneurs to succeed commercially in – and beyond – the culture and heritage sector. 


Tracey Cross
Partner, DLA Piper

Tracey leads the national financial services team for DLA Piper, New Zealand’s only global business law firm. She has more than 20 years’ experience in funds management, regulatory compliance, governance and contracting issues. She is on the management committee of Women in Super and chairs DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women.


The Forum was hosted by Carly Flynn

Broadcaster Carly Flynn is a New Zealand journalist, presenter, MC and host, who’s worked in the industry for more than 20 years. A former Nightline, Sunrise and 3News presenter and journalist, Carly is more recently known for her role as presenter of TV3’s flagship consumer affairs programme Target, reporting and hosting 60Minutes, as well as lifestyle shows Cook the Books and the Healthy Food Guide. Carly gained a Bachelor of MediArts in the late 90s and has worked in the industry ever since, she also writes on a variety of topics for newspapers and magazines, all while juggling a busy family life.


Be part of our next forum, contact Jennifer for more information on Sponsorship or Table Bookings:

Jennifer Alsemgeest
M2woman Journey to Excellence
Tel: (09) 377 62 90
Email: jennifer@M2woman.co.nz

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