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Cool Women Talk About Interesting Stuff

June 15, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am

We’re bringing you an extraordinary line up of leaders who don’t live in Wellington and until now haven’t been heard of on the leadership speaking rounds. Yet these women exemplify the resilient and dedicated backbone of NZ society and our economy. They include one of the few women to lead a publicly listed company, Chief Financial Officer of the Year 2018, General Counsel and Company Secretary for Sky Entertainment Group, Chief Engineer for Auckland City, and the founder of a leading regionally based legal firm.

At the end of the day they are also wives, mothers and daughters making life work out one day at a time.

This is a one off, not to be missed event where you will walk away feeling inspired and motivated by relatable women who keep it real.

The event is brought to you by the Global Women Breakthrough Leader Cohort of 2017, following their successful Ka Tu Maia event where young women got to hear from inspirational speakers like Sir John Kirwan and Jackie Clark.

All welcome and bring a friend.


Jennifer Whooley

Jennifer is the Chief Financial Officer for two NZX listed Companies; Stride Property Group and Investore Property Limited and one of only four women to hold the position of CFO on an NZX-50 company. She is responsible for the Finance, Treasury and HR Functions within Stride.

Jennifer has extensive experience in the NZX environment, having been involved with three NZX listings and several capital raising initiatives over the last eight years. She demonstrates the importance of the finance function during transformational structural changes of organisations.

Prior to joining Stride Property Group in 2002, Jennifer was Chief Accountant for Fletcher Property Limited. She holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Jennifer has been awarded the EY NZ CFO of the Year for 2018 – the first woman to take the title out.

Sarah Sinclair

Sarah has a vision of changing the world through the medium of infrastructure. She is implementing this vision starting at Auckland, where she is Chief Engineer of Auckland Council, managing Engineering and Technical Services, and influencing across her sector. Sarah contributes to several governance bodies, across infrastructure, diversity and resilience, to make the infrastructure industry more innovative, sustainable and welcoming. Sarah is one of 35 women fellows of Engineering NZ, and a recent recipient of their MacLean Citation for exceptional and distinguished service.

Jo Wong

Jo is General Counsel & Company Secretary for SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited, New Zealand’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment company which is dual-listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges. She has executive responsibility for the Legal, Company Secretarial, Regulatory Affairs and Anti-Money Laundering functions for the SKYCITY Entertainment Group of companies across New Zealand and Australia.

Jo has nearly 20 years’ experience in both private practice and in-house legal roles. Prior to joining SKYCITY in 2009, Jo spent some time in the New Zealand financial services industry where she held General Counsel and Group Corporate Counsel roles. Her early career was in the Banking & Finance and Corporate Advisory teams at Russell McVeagh, a leading law firm in New Zealand.

Jo is a member of New Zealand Asian Leaders and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Criminology and Japanese) from Victoria University of Wellington.

Karen Venables

Increasing the resilience of New Zealand’s regions is a hot topic and it’s something that Karen is passionate about.

Karen is a Director and Lawyer at Legal Solutions, a Law Firm based in Taranaki that is committed to providing a more customer focussed and modern experience for clients. The company has grown over the last six years and won Employer of Choice at the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016.

Karen is actively involved in the community and is a Trustee and supporter of several Charitable Trusts and not for profits. Karen sat on the Board of Swimming New Zealand for 5 years and has been involved in other Regional and local Boards.

Master of Ceremonies

Rhonda Richardson

Rhonda has 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, moving from Telecom NZ to Chorus in 2007. During this time Rhonda has worked in a number of finance, commercial and operational leadership roles – including leading field delivery teams, organisational change and delivering customer experience improvements. Rhonda has a strong record of performance and delivery with a focus on building relationships and developing high performing teams.

The Customer Care team, led by Rhonda, is responsible for delivering consistent, efficient and high quality customer service to Chorus’s customers, covering both the copper and fibre networks.

Based in Wellington Rhonda has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and is a Chartered Accountant.


June 15, 2018
8:45 am - 10:00 am


Te Papa
55 Cable St
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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by GWBTL 2017 in association with Mahuki, Te Papa's Innovation Hub