Women on Boards Networking Event: Auckland


In this our 125th year of women’s suffrage, this panel discussion will take a critical look at how far we have come in achieving gender equality – both in the workplace and around the board table – and what still needs to be done.Topics will include a wide range of board diversity issues such as:

  • voluntary versus mandated quotas
  • overcoming unconscious bias
  • being comfortable about discomfort around the board table
  • what is needed to succeed in the 21 st Century

Audience participation is a given! Come with your questions as panellists will not only share their insights, they will offer practical takeaways, hints and tips that you can immediately put into use.

Panel Chair

Kate Presswell

Kate Presswell, Executive Committee Member of Women on Boards NZ, is committed to gender equality in governance.

An experienced company director, she co-led the 2018 amalgamation of YWCAs across Australia, to become a strong, national, and feminist organisation; before moving closer to branches of the family forest in beautiful Auckland. The question of how we ethically shape and prepare for a rapidly changing world fuels her fire.


Dame Rosanne Meo, DNZM, OBE
Dame Rosanne Meo has worked a company director for over 25 years and was amongst the first professional women directors in New Zealand, the first woman to chair an SOE, (Forestry Corporation and TVNZ) , and first woman chair of a company listed on the NZSX. Rosanne was also the first woman Chair of the Employers Federation in the early 1990’s. View full bio..

Leonie Freeman

Leonie Freeman is an entrepreneur, business futurist and speaker. She has spent over 25 years disrupting and transforming leading edge property businesses. This has included creating the concept of what is now realestate.co.nz. It was one of the first major commercial websites launched in New Zealand. Her next project involved the purchase of a small run-down residential property management business. Leonie totally transformed ‘Interactive’ before selling it ten years ago. View full bio...

Prof Judy McGregor

Professor Judy McGregor, CNZM, is Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Associate Dean Postgraduate at Auckland University of Technology. Judy was the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission between 2002-2012. View full bio..


18 Viaduct Harbour Ave

Registrations and Light breakfast 7.30am-8.00am
Panel discussion 8.00am-9.00am

Note : Doors open at 7.30am

Business Partners

  • 07:30 am - 09:00 am

  • 08 Nov 2018

  • KPMG Auckland

  • 35.00