Women in Business - breakfast panel Event as iCalendar

08 March 2018

7 - 9am

Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Level 3, Decima Glenn Room, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland, 1010

Celebrating what is working for NZ women in business

Host: Associate Professor Suvi Nenonen, Director of the Graduate School of Management 
Catering: Breakfast included in ticket

The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is ‘Press for Progress’. Women are making positive and significant gains as individuals and as a collective at all levels in business – including pay parity.

And while there is no doubt that women are still underrepresented in senior decision making roles, what success has and is being achieved in New Zealand businesses and what collectively can we all do to help remove the real or perceived barriers to advancing more women into decision making roles?

Whether you are female or male, we invite you to join us for an interactive conversation with a Panel of NZ business women who will discuss these questions and more.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Events Coordinator Kate Davis at k.davis@auckland.ac.nz.

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Panel participants


Dame Rosanne Meo, DNZM, OBE

Dame Rosanne Meo, DNZM, OBE, has worked a company director for over 20 years and was amongst the first professional women directors in New Zealand,  the first woman to chair an SOE and  first woman chairman of a company listed on the NZSX. Her directorships have been principally in New Zealand but also in Australia, and cover both public and private companies, as well as extensive work in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Arts and community support.

She is currently Patron of the Auckland Philharmonia, Chairman of Briscoes Group, Chairman of the Real Estate Institute and AMP NZ’s Staff Superannuation Schemes. She is also a director of Overland Footwear. She chairs the AMP Scholarships Awards and has also been a judge of the Westpac Women of influence Awards since their inception.

Rosanne is a graduate of the University of Auckland. She was knighted in early 2012 for Services to Business and for her contribution to not for profit organisations. She had earlier received an OBE in 1993.


Vanessa Sorenson, Enterprise Director at Microsoft New Zealand

Vanessa Sorenson leads the Licencing and Dynamics Business Unit as well as the Enterprise and Technical Sales Teams at Microsoft New Zealand. With a focus on digital transformation and driving change, Vanessa is passionate about Microsoft’s mission statement: to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Vanessa is an advocate and driver of diversity and inclusion, specifically with a focus on Māori representation within technology and business. Vanessa has lead initiatives at both Spark during her twenty years there and in her current role at Microsoft New Zealand. Alongside this Vanessa also spends time working with Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Aotearoa as a Youth Mentor.


Lisa NortonSenior Manager Airport Resources at Air New Zealand

Lisa has had a wonderful career built on a variety of roles in operations, HR, IT, projects, customer relations, audit and health and safety. Starting early in her career she found herself in leadership through being curious, courageous and taking opportunities. She is currently at Air New Zealand as Senior Manager Airport Resources.

While working Lisa realised learning was fundamental to her career, she is a graduate of the University of Auckland most recently completing an MBA. She shares her learning through mentoring and coaching others around personal development in business and projects. Lisa has also been involved in multiple sports events from NZ Sevens for Rugby NZ and Netball World Champs for Netball NZ and has played and coached netball for over 35 years; including representing NZ at Indoor and Canterbury in outdoor.



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