Australian High Commission
New Zealand

Women in Leadership Speaker Series

Women in Leadership Speaker Series

In 2014 the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a Women in Leadership Strategy aimed at strengthening our capability by enabling all of our staff to reach their full potential. The Department's Women in Leadership Strategy is available here.

The Australian High Commission's Women in Leadership Speaker Series is part of our contribution to this strategy.

Speaker Series events will be advertised on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Where audio is available, it may be published on our podcast Trans-Tasman Tales. Please follow us to keep up to date.

You can listen to our previous events via the links below:

Women in Leadership Speaker Series events

Finding the Time

10 March 2020


Jo Cribb PhD
Consultant Jo Cribb Leadership and Governance

Stacey Shortall

Sonya Williams


Bringing the whole team along

4 December 2019


Steph Dyhrberg
Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law

Tayyaba Khan
Khadija Leadership Network

Mary Haddock-Staniland
Diversity Works


More than a uniform

23 September 2019


Superintendent Naila Hassan
District Commander, Waitematā, New Zealand Police

Laura Searancke
Manager Central Ports, New Zealand Customs Service

Warrant Officer Toni Tate
Royal New Zealand Air Force

A video of this event is available here.


Embedding Girl Power

21 May 2019


Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen
Founder of Tech Girls Movement Foundation

Aliesha Staples
Founder of Staples VR

Lena Scanlan
Visual Effects Producer at Weta Digital


I thought it was just me: Mental Health & Imposter Syndrome

13 March 2019


Sheridan Broadbent
Chair of Ampli New Zealand, Deputy Chair of Kordia, Board Member of Timberlands & Transpower New Zealand & Principal at Breach Consulting

Sarah Tuck
Co-Founder of CoLiberate

Helen Durrant
Mental Health in Tech meetup organiser


He for She

12 November 2018


David Thodey AO
Founding member of Male Champions for Change

Mike Bush
New Zealand Police Commissioner

Colin Philp
Chief Information Officer, FMG

The video of this is event is available here.


Without Prejudice

22 August 2018


Dame Sian Elias
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand

Hon Catherine Holmes
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Dame Silvia Cartwright
Former Chief District Court Judge, first female appointed to New Zealand's full High Court bench & 18th Governor General of New Zealand.

The video of this is event is available here. Audio from this event is available on our podcast, here, and part two is available here.


NAIDOC Week: Because of Her, We Can!

11 July 2018


Susan Murphy
CEO Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation

Dr Donna Odegaard AM
CEO Radio Larrakia

Sandra Creamer
Interim CEO National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance

The video of this is event is available here.


Commanders in Chief: Representing the Nation

28 March 2018


HE Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO
Governor General of New Zealand

HE Hon Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
Former Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The video of this is event is available here.


Frank and Fearless: Public Sector Women

4 December 2017


Vicky Robertson
CEO of New Zealand's Ministry for the Environment

Liz MacPherson
CEO of Statistics New Zealand

Andrew Hampton
Director General of the GCSB

The video of this event is available here.


Women in Business: Glass half smashed?

4 October 2017


Ann Sherry AO
CEO of Carnival Australia, Co-chair of the Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum

Kate McKenzie
CEO of Chorus

Joan Withers
Chair of Mercury Energy and The Warehouse Group, Director of ANZ, and Trustee of the Tindall Foundation

The video of this event is available here and the podcast is available here.


Diversity or Subversity?

2 August 2017


Mai Chen
Managing Partner of Chen Palmer, Director of the Bank of New Zealand, Inaugural Chair of NZ Global Women, Chair of Super Diverse Women and Founder of NZ Asian Leaders

Louisa Wall MP
Labour Party Spokesperson for Courts and Youth, Associate Spokesperson for Justice (Legal Aid) and Sport & Recreation

Traci Houpapa MNZM
Chair of Landcorp and governance roles with Primary ITO, Tuhono Whenua Horticulture, Asia NZ Foundation, Pengxin NZ and Waikato River Authority.

A podcast of this event is available here.


Leadership and the Sisterhood: Are they compatible?

4 April 2017


Hon Nikkie Kaye MP
Minister for Youth, Associate Minister of Education

Jacinda Ardern MP
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Spokesperson for Justice, Children, Small Business, and Arts, Culture & Heritage

Julie-Ann Genter MP
Green Party spokesperson for Health, Transport, Youth, Auckland issues, Sport & Recreation