Executive director IDNZ, Chairman New Zealand Cruise Association and Vice Chair of The World's leading Ground Operators
With 20 years of cruise experience, Debbie works closely with the vast majority of the world's cruise companies and has a wealth of critically important industry connections at the very highest levels.
Di is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, Shrink or Wellness Coach, she has no qualifications in the Wellness Industry. However, she has a Masters in experience and a bucket load of common sense and has been diagnosed with cancer twice
Entrepreneur, unshakable optimist, coach for high-performers and CBS radio news contributor
Fran is passionate about exponential technologies and the positive impact they can have on humankind. Her Massive Transformative Purpose is empowering and guiding humanity to adopt healthy, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
For 20 years, Gillian was an independent school principal (St Oran's College, Corran School, Samuel Marsden Collegiate Schools) who took delight in promoting thinking skills and using IT to promote learning. She is currently with The University of Auckland and chaired their Human Participant Ethics Committee for two and a half years. Now, as Managing Director of the Memory foundation Ltd, her focus is encouraging brain fitness at all ages.
Heather is widely respected as one of New Zealand’s leading Principals and is currently President of the Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools (AHIS) and is Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ).
Multi-media Mogul, Publisher, Author, Blogger and Podcast & TV Presenter
Heather is widely respected as one of New Zealand’s leading Principals and is currently President of the Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools (AHIS) and is Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ).Huang is known as the Oprah of China and considered to have the same influence over fashion in China as Anna Wintour. She has a New Zealand connection partnering with Tourism New Zealand to promote destination New Zealand to the Chinese travel market and has visited New Zealand several times.
CEO & Founder of Flossie and NZ Girl, Director & Trustee of Simplicity KiwiSaver
Jenene is the winner of the 2016 Most Inspiring Individual at NZ Innovation Awards and is a digital entrepreneur, specialising in predicting, understanding and developing technologies to underpin the evolving consumer behaviour.
Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
Jill's specialism is Visual Arts education in the secondary school sector and with postgraduate students. Jill's research, teaching and art practice focus upon the relationships between art, culture, policy, and curriculum.
Experienced Strategic Communications & Marketing leader in Airlines, Banking, Finance, Tourism & Local Government. Author & Speaker. Creator of Queenie Alice Moon. Jo led Global Digital & Social Media for Air New Zealand for 7 years, has presented at Google I/O and launched Monster.com in New Zealand back in 1997 (pre-Google).
Founder of SHE - Australasia's largest women's leadership and empowerment event
Kate lives and breathes personal leadership and over the last 15 years, has personally smashed through major glass ceilings again and again and again, demonstrating all that she stands for in being able to rewrite our own futures.
VP for Content & Partnership at Walt Disney, Imaginerring
Kiran Jeffery started her career with The Walt Disney Company in 1999 and has held a wide range of roles in the Brand Marketing (Corporate & Film ), Digital Content and Franchise Management departments.
Convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage Programme, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland
Linda was the inaugural head of the Centre for New Zealand Art Research and Discovery, which was established in 2005 to administer the University's Art Collection, the online and onsite exhibition space Window, and the Gus Fisher Gallery, the university's art gallery in Shortland Street.
For the past 25 years Lisa has competed in the world's toughest endurance events clocking up over 70,000 km, racing everywhere from the Sahara, to the Gobi, to Death Valley, to the Himalayas, Australia and Europe. She has pushed her mind and body to the limits, and has both succeeded and failed and learnt many lessons along the way.
Red paddled the entire coastline of New Zealand in a kayak. This was not a race but her solo journey that became a 432 day odyssey starting at 8:00am, Tuesday 27th October, 2015 from Takapuna Beach, Auckland and ending 11:30am, Saturday 31st December, 2016 at Takapuna Beach, Auckland.
Co-founder and General Manager of Pomegranate Kitchen
Rebecca started a catering social enterprise which trains and employs cooks from a refugee background. Language barriers and the lack of local experience means it can be very difficult for former refugees to find the right training or job opportunities.
Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women, New Zealand
Renee was previously Policy Director at the Ministry of Education and has a strong background in leading complex strategic policy development in both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development.
Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Crimson Education
Sharndre's life passion is helping her generation discover capabilities, confidence and leadership potential and has turned her small start-up into a global education company reportedly valued at over USD$160M.
Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland
Siouxsie describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast and combines her twin passions to understand infectious diseases and in a nutshell, Siouxise and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark.
Establishing her business in 1985, Dame Trelise Cooper, the unconventional force behind New Zealand’s most successful fashion empire, has built her brand through trusting her own instincts as well as a natural sense of beauty and design by which the world has become intrigued.