Women in business inspire and connect

Rise founder Kate Webb during a break in proceedings at the annual Rise women in business event...
Rise founder Kate Webb during a break in proceedings at the annual Rise women in business event in Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO:PETER MCINTOSH

More than 85 women in business and entrepreneurs descended on Dunedin yesterday for the annual one-day Rise 2017 event, which included several guest speakers from around Otago.

The annual forum is a motivational platform for businesswomen and entrepreneurs and covers topics such as visionary leadership, sustainable change, governance and social responsibility.

This year's event, the 22nd, was hosted by shared business space company Petridish, in Stafford St.

Co-owner Kate Lindsey said the guest speakers were chosen specifically for the all-female target audience, also offering networking opportunities and connections among like-minded women.

The seven guest speakers included Wanaka-based Cardrona Distillery founder Desiree Whitaker, who operates the country's only purpose-built artisan whisky distillery; Dunedin's ``That blind woman'' Julie Woods; fashion designer Annah Stretton; and entrepreneur and founder of Motivate Me NZ Makaia Carr.

Rise (Realising, Innovative, Success, Enterprise) founder Kate Webb said attendees had come from across the lower South Island during the past five years.

``It has attracted small to medium [enterprises] through to corporates, using it as a staff training day,'' she said.

Each event generally had several high-level, nationally recognised speakers, plus at least two local entrepreneurs with their success stories, she said.

Mrs Lindsey said she was inspired to host the event given membership of the relatively new Women in Business group in Dunedin had now reached 350.


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