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Women in business: walking the talk

Women in business: walking the talk

'Walking the Talk' is the theme of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Women’s Business Conference, and indeed, there's a pretty high calibre of speakers on the bill.

The conference returns for a second year on May 17; Chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart says it has assembled a diverse group of women who have extensive backgrounds in a range of businesses in New Zealand.

"They all have a lot to contribute on both a professional and a personal level.”

Here's the lineup:


Media personality Mary Lambie is the conference MC. She has had significant roles in both radio and television and business experience as owner and operator of a Subway franchise in Auckland. She purchased her first franchise six years ago and has bought and sold a number of Subway stores during that period.

Entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds was the youngest person ever to attend university in New Zealand in 1980. She is the founder of Fusion, a health and safety and ACC consultancy company which became New Zealand’s largest private accident compensation insurer, and MiniMonos, a children's social game.

Peri Drysdale is the founder of Untouched World and Snowy Peak and was awarded the MBE for her contribution to New Zealand’s manufacturing and exporting industries.

Linden Leaves founder and executive chairman Brigit Blair received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 for services to business.

Carmel Fisher is the founder and managing director of Fisher Funds with more than 25 years’ experience investing in the New Zealand share market.

Rachel Taulelei established Yellow Brick Road and is now CEO of the company, co-founder of the City market and chairs Wellington’s On a Plate Advisory Board. She was named last year as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader.

Radio Live and Live Sport Mediaworks Radio general manager Jane Rangooni has led the way for women in senior editorial and management positions in the radio industry and will share her experiences as a “glass ceiling smasher” who has juggled a career and solo motherhood for 17 years.

Style guru and entertaining motivational speaker Lisa O’Neill will speak about her varied experience in the fashion industry spanning 20 years.