After a sellout inaugural Women in Business Conference last
year, the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is expecting the
second conference, on May 17, to be just as popular.
Chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart said there had been
intensive planning to provide a strong line-up of
motivational speakers for the 2013 conference, themed
''Walking the Talk''.
''Last year's speakers were outstanding and it has been our
mission to cap that. I think we have assembled an excellent
group of women who have extensive backgrounds in a range of
businesses in New Zealand. They all have a lot to contribute
on both a professional and a personal level.''
Media personality Mary Lambie will be the conference MC.
She has had significant roles in both radio and television,
including as host of TVNZ's Good Morning show. Lambie
also had practical business experience as owner and operator
of a Subway franchise in central Auckland - after purchasing
her first franchise six years ago, she has bought and sold
Subway stores in following years. Speakers include
entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds, the youngest person to
attend university in New Zealand, in 1980, and who is the
founder of Fusion, a health and safety and ACC consultancy
company which became New Zealand's largest private accident
Untouched World and Snowy Peak founder Peri Drysdale, who has
won several business awards and was awarded the MBE for her
contribution to New Zealand's manufacturing and exporting
industries, and Linden Leaves founder and executive
chairwoman Brigit Blair, who received the New Zealand Order
of Merit in 2010 for services to business, would also be
presenting at the conference.
Attendees would hear from Fisher Funds founder and managing
director Carmel Fisher, Yellow Brick Road founder and chief
executive Rachel Taulelei, who is also the co-founder of
Wellington's City Market and chairs the On a Plate Advisory
Board, and was named last year as a Sir Peter Blake emerging
leader; and Radio Live and Live Sport Mediaworks Radio
general manager Jane Rangooni, who has led the way for women
in senior editorial and management positions in radio would
share her experiences as a''glass ceiling smasher''.
Ms Lockhart said style guru and entertaining motivational
speaker Lisa O'Neill was back by popular demand, speaking
about the fashion industry.
While the conference would provide valuable insights into
business methods and opportunities through its panel of
speakers, the forum was also an excellent opportunity for
networking, she said.
''We want to encourage women from all walks of business life,
throughout the region, to come along and exchange ideas and