Global Women - Christchurch

Global Women

Global Women and PwC present a nationwide speaker series inspiring us to create a better working world. The series will bring people together to mark International Women’s Day and celebrate diverse female role models. The influential speakers will share their inspiring and very personal stories of the challenges they have faced. 

Speakers at the Christchurch event are:

Ranjna Patel – Founder and Director, Nirvana Health Group

Ranjna Patel is the founder and director of Nirvana Health Group, a management company for East Tamaki Healthcare, West Auckland Healthcare and White Cross. She sits on numerous advisory boards and has been awarded a NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) and the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM). Ranjna has established three residential facilities for perpetrators of family violence, working with men in an innovative way.

Rachel Taulelei

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua) is CEO of Kono NZ. Kono is a Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company employing over 450 staff, farming more than 1000 ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutū cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters, and Annies fruit bars. Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road.

Chelsea Herbert – Champion NZ racing driver

Just 20 years old, racing driver Chelsea Herbert has already earned her place in the history books as the first woman race winner in the New Zealand Touring Cars Championship. She started out competing in karts over a decade ago with a simple goal: to beat the boys. Come along on Chelsea’s adrenaline-fueled adventure and get inspired to follow through on achieving your dream, even when none of your role models look like you.

Sue Suckling – Independent Director and Future Strategist

Sue is a director and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in corporate governance. Her wide-ranging skills have been rewarded with accolades, culminating in the OBE for contribution to New Zealand business and the honour of being made Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Jessie Chan-Dorman – Independent Director and former Dairy Woman of the Year

Jessie is a dairy business owner, leasing 420 ha in Mid Canterbury, milking 900 cows. Jessie is a member of the Institute of Directors and New Zealand Asian Leaders. She received the Canterbury Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award in 2014 and the Dairy Woman of the Year Award in 2017.