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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.

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Women in Leadership Speaker Series events

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.


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


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