Women on Boards Hamilton: Women in Sports Governance – is there a crisis?


Sports governance, both here in New Zealand and on the world stage, is facing numerous challenges that include some very high-profile governance failings.

Each of the networking events kicks off with a short presentation from a sports governance leader and is followed by a panel discussion that takes a critical look at what is causing these failings and the impact that the lack of gender equity is having on sports governance.

Topics will include a wide range of sports governance issues such as:

  • voluntary versus mandated quotas on sports boards
  • what role does unconscious bias play in sporting boards
  • how do we create an environment where women can contribute to their full potential

Audience participation is a given! Come with your questions as panellists will not only share their insights, they will offer practical takeaways that you can immediately relate to.

Key Note Speaker

Michelle Hollands

Michelle is currently Strategic Projects and Partnerships Manager at Te Waka, Waikato's Regional Economic Development Agency and is also the current Chair of Northern Districts Cricket and Board Member of Go Waipa.
She is a Former Chair of The Peak, Rototuna Indoor Recreation Centre Trust, Former Chair of Badminton New Zealand and Former Board Member of Oceania Badminton.
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Panel Chair

Julie Hardaker

Julie is a lawyer, former Mayor of Hamilton and governance professional. She has a strong interest in women and leadership and has recently completed research on gender stereotypes and women leaders.

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Julie Hood

Julie Hood is the Governance and Planning Consultant for Sport New Zealand. Her role is to support the adoption and continual improvement of good governance across the Sport New Zealand Group of priority partners. This includes overseeing and enhancing Sport NZ Governance Mark and related resources and programmes. View full bio..

Michael Talbot

Michael is a lawyer and a current director of the Waikato Rugby Union. He was previously the chair of Waikato Diving Club and has enjoyed a long involvement in sports administration and sponsorship.

Michelle Hollands - Strategic Projects and Partnerships Manager, Te Waka


24 Anzac Parade


Members $40
Non members $45

Business Partner

Refund Policy: No refunds can be issued in respect of cancellations received within 48 hours of the first day of the series occurring.

  • 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

  • 12 Nov 2019

  • Deloitte

  • 45.00