2018 Summit Wellington

The Wellington Summit will took place at TSB Arena, Queens Wharf on 2 May 2018.

The theme for the Wellington Summit 2018 was Embracing my Future in a world of change, complimented by the following sub-themes:

  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Influence

This Summit was an opportunity to bring women in the public sector together to provide professional development and networking that would:

  • Enable women to unleash their full potential
  • Encourage a ‘whole of self’ approach to the work environment
  • Promote diversity and inclusion across the public sector
  • lift engagement (motivation and confidence) among women

The Summit saw a diverse range of people come together for ONE DAY to gain insight to navigate their aspirations, potential and identify influences involved in fulfilling their career ambitions.


Please note, only presentaions that were given permission to publish are visable below. 

9:00 am - 9:05 am Karakia + Introduction (housekeeping) 
9:05 am - 9:15 am Opening Address

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
9:15 am - 9:25 am Ministerial Address 

Hon. Julie Genter, Minister for Women 
9:25 am - 9:55 am

Keynote Speaker 

Vic Crone, Chief Executive, Callaghan Innovation

View Vic Crone presentation here

9:55 am - 10:25 am Morning tea
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Concurrent Session 1 

Confidence - Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner, Commission for Financial Capability

10:30 am - 11:00 am Concurrent Session 1 

Influence - Catherine MacGowan, Navigator, NZ Air Force
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Concurrent Session 1 

Resilience - Kirsten Patterson, Chief Executive, Institute of Directors

View Kirsten Patterson presentation here

11:05 am - 11:35 am

Concurrent Session 2 

Confidence - Meg Poutasi, Director of Partnerships, Department of Conservation

View Meg Poutasi presentation here

11:05 am - 11:35 am

Concurrent Session 2 

Influence - Lil Anderson, Deputy Secretary Crown/Maori Relations, Ministry of Justice

View Lil Anderson presentation here

11:05 am - 11:35 am

Concurrent Session 2 

Resilience - Jacques Rousseau, Performance Health Team Clinical Exercise Physiologist, New Zealand Defence Force

View Jaques Rousseau presentation here

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Kitteridge, Director-General, NZ Security Intelligence Service
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner , Human Rights Commission
1:35 pm - 2:50 pm


Confidence - Brenda Ratcliff, Coach and Trainer, MindMeld Coaching

View Brenda Ratcliff presentation here

1:35 pm - 2:50 pm


Influence - Jennifer McDonald, Director, Continuum

View Jennifer McDonald presentation here

1:35 pm - 2:50 pm


Resilience - Mel Rowsell, Principal Consultant, Wisdom at Work

View Mel Rowsell presentation here

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon tea
3:25 pm - 4:15 pm Panel 

The whole of my life: Dame Silvia Cartwright, Vanisa Dhiru, Jenny Cameron
4:15 pm - 4:35 pm

Keynote Speaker

Debbie Power, Chief Executive, State Services Commission

4:35 pm - 4:45 pm Wrap Up
4:45 pm - 4:50 pm Closing Karakia 
4:50 pm - 5:50 pm Networking Function 


Check out the PHOTO GALLERY of images from the Wellington Summit.

The Summit is organised by the public sector, for the public sector