Gender diversity will, unsurprisingly, be top of the agenda come Gender Diversity Week, and some of Australasia's most prominent women leaders in business will address the future of women in the boardroom at a summit launched by Women On Boards New Zealand (WOBNZ) on November 1.
The Gender Diversity Summit will be held at Villa Maria Estate, where female business heavyweights will speak on what's happening with gender diversity at an executive level internationally and domestically.
WOBNZ chief executive Lesley Whyte says the aim of the one-day event is to bring together business women, particularly the future directors and C-suite set, to have a say on leadership going forward.
"This summit represents a very important opportunity for women business leaders of today and the future to have a say in what is needed for women to be treated as equals in the boardroom and beyond," Whyte says. "We have come some way although New Zealand is being left behind by the diversity tsunami that is happening overseas."
The keynote speaker is Dr Sharon Lord, the first female professor of educational psychology at the University of Tennessee, and former deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for equal opportunity and safety policy, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Dr Lord was the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon with the rank of a three-star general, whose responsibilities included monitoring safety around space shuttles and boosters until they were in orbit.
Other speakers include Joanna Perry, whose current board appointments include deputy chair Genesis Energy; fashion designer and entrepreneur Annah Stretton; and Theresa Gattung, previously of Telecom.
See wob.org.nz for more details.