Business women's conference popular

Broadcaster and journalist Alison Mau will MC the forthcoming Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Women's Conference at Hilton Queenstown next week. Photo supplied.
Broadcaster and journalist Alison Mau will MC the forthcoming Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Women's Conference at Hilton Queenstown next week. Photo supplied.
The third annual Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Women's Conference will feature prominent motivational speakers across diverse commercial sectors in the resort next week.

Media personality Alison Mau will MC the sold-out event, themed Catalyst for Change, that targets women in business in Otago and Southland.

Chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart said there had been a strong demand for the event, which underlined the value of the forum for local business women.

''The conference is now oversubscribed after the 225 places were filled within just a few weeks.

''We have a waiting list and it highlights an increasing awareness of the professional quality of the programme we provide.

''Every year we set the bar higher and this year I am confident the range of speakers we have attracted will once again provide a significant point of difference.

''The mix of entrepreneurial skills and hands-on business experience amongst our talented line-up would equal any similar event in New Zealand.''

Mau has 30 years' experience as a broadcaster and journalist.

Speaking at the conference will be Celia Lashlie, the first woman in New Zealand to work in a custodial role in a men's prison; New Zealand footwear designer Kathryn Wilson; Queenstown motivational speaker and author Amanda Mortimer; 2010 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year finalist Julie Chapman, co-founder and chief executive of KidsCan; Andrea Thompson, founder of New Zealand's leadership performance company Catapult; founder of Agri-Women's Development Trust and 2013 Next Business Woman of the Year Lindy Nelson; and style guru Lisa O'Neill, who will be making her third appearance at the conference.

• The conference will be held at Hilton Queenstown on May 16.