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New Zealand Businesswomen's Conference


31 May 2024. Royal Akarana Yacht Club, 8am - 9:30pm.

The New Zealand Businesswomen’s Conference is about developing and celebrating women in business who embrace their strengths to grow profitable, wholehearted businesses that contribute positively to the NZ economy.


The New Zealand Businesswomen's Conference Speakers

The World of AI
for SMEs
NZBW Speaker Profiles_ Justin Flitter
Justin Flitter

Justin Flitter founded AI New Zealand in 2017 to inspire, inform and accelerate AI for business adoption. Today NewZealand.AI is where Kiwi companies start their AI journey. In the last 6 months he’s worked with leadership teams of businesses with 50 to more than 1,000 people, helping them identify the use cases and deploy AI powered solutions to power-up productivity, performance and competitiveness. 

What’s driving this remarkable technology? What are the use cases transforming operational performance vs creating that competitive edge? 

How should your organisation accelerate its AI journey, and what if you don’t?

Cultivating Success: Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Biz
NZBW Speaker Profiles_ Sharn Piper
Sharn Piper

Introducing a man of resilience and determination: Despite a notably rough start in life, Sharn Piper ardently believes in the power of actions to shape our outcomes. 

Overcoming adversity, Sharn has successfully started and sold 4 companies, personally closed over $400 million dollars’ worth of sales, was the Australasian Sales Director for a Fortune 50 and today leads “Attain,” a prominent Sales & Marketing consultancy that has offices in three countries. 

With a defining aspiration, Sharn’s life goal is to be known as the “most successful, unsuccessful person to ever live”, epitomising the spirit of triumph over trials.  

Financial Resilience:
Weathering Economic Changes
Financial Speaker

Coming soon…

Business, Health and Heart: Finding Harmony Amidst Chaos
Sarah Duffin

Sarah is a senior leader at BNZ, an EMA Board member, and mother to two boys, with 18+ years’ experience in Banking across Consumer, Commercial, Corporate, and Risk, in New Zealand and the UK. In 2022, when her second child was 8 weeks old, Sarah was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. The initial shock of dealing with a life-threatening disease could derail most people but Sarah saw it as an opportunity to reset her priorities and take back control of her life.  Balancing chemo and radiation with a newborn and three-year-old is no easy feat but Sarah learned some new skills to take a challenging situation and turn it into an opportunity for growth. Now fit, healthy and cancer-free the future is even brighter for Sarah. 

The Journey of
Yvonne Lorkin

Yvonne Lorkin has been the drinks editor for Dish magazine for the last 13 years, wine reviewer for CANVAS in the NZ Herald for 8 years, a senior wine show judge for eons and has been a regular television and radio wine commentator since ages ago. She’s also the co-founder and Chief Tasting Officer of personalised wine subscription service WineFriend, a Deloitte Fast50 company. She’s the Chairperson of the Rose Gold Trust, one of New Zealand’s newest women’s midlife health charity and she’s also on the Hawke’s Bay Emergency Response Team – so if there’s a cyclone, she’ll safely see us through. In addition to being a proud “Hawkesbaylien”, this mother of two and a wife of one and is ridiculously excited to be appearing at our conference! 

The New Zealand Businesswomen's Conference Workshops

Marketing Workshop
Lisa Dean

Lisa is the Head of Marketing & Communications, having started with the EMA in January 2023. She is a graduate of the University of Waikato with a degree in Management & Marketing. Lisa is a marketing and communications leader with more than 20 years’ experience driving growth and brand awareness through strategic omni channel campaigns. 

Lisa has a strong background in B2B marketing and a proven track record of success working in New Zealand and internationally with companies like: Sovereign, 3M, Fletcher Merchants, Z Energy and Vodafone. As the Head of Marketing and Communications Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing the EMA’s marketing strategy to improve awareness of the EMA, drive growth and deliver member value.

Technology Workshop
Matt Ensor

Matt works in the merge of the technological with the social. As the Chair of the AI Forum working group on Large Language Models, Matt’s focus is on driving responsible innovation to position New Zealand’s organisations for a competitive edge through the effective use of AI. 

Matt is also CEO and Founder of FranklyAI, an Auckland based startup owned by Beca which has been a forerunner in the generative AI industry, lauded for its pioneering approaches to leveraging AI for safe and secure enterprise use cases.

Mindset Workshop
Mandy Beverley
Remarkable Group

A mindset that’s resourceful, resilient and transformative in today’s world is essential. Mandy Beverley specialises in helping people harness life’s surprises as catalysts for growth and transformation. Often described  by leaders and high-achievers as their ‘secret weapon’, she has a deep understanding of human behaviour helping create exponential shifts in their perceptions, decisions, and actions.  

As a Certified Demartini Method® Facilitator for 14 years, she’s helped hundreds of clients dissolve the challenges keeping them stuck by bridging the gap between mindset and strategy. Through consults, workshops, and programmes, she focuses on mindset, personal & professional development, and the science of transformation to help individuals and organisations make changes that last. Her approach is insightful and practical.  

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Conference Venue Location
31 May 2024
Royal Akarana Yacht Club
88/10 Tamaki Drive
Auckland 1071
021 477 763
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