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    Alison Mau

    • MC
    • #PRConf19 'Changing Mindsets'
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    Alison Mau

    MC, #PRConf19 'Changing Mindsets'

    With more than 20 years at the top of the Television news and current affairs in New Zealand, Ali Mau is one of the country’s most recognized and respected faces. In two decades at TVNZ, Ali hosted shows across the spectrum including Newsnight, TVNZ Breakfast, One News At Six, Fair Go and Seven Sharp. Ali is a former talkback radio host on RadioLIVE Drive.

    Mau currently leads a team of journalists at Stuff in the recently launched 2018 national #metoonz investigation into sexual harassment in New Zealand. The#metoonz project - which references the celebrity #metoo social movement - is for people who wanted to have a voice but didn 't know where to go. Ali heads a team of journalists who help investigate the potential stories that have emerged.

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    Anna Brown

    • Director
    • Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, Massey University
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    Anna Brown

    Director, Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, Massey University

    Anna Brown is a design educator, researcher and practitioner. Her research focuses on creative leadership, collaboration and design-led innovation. She leads Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, a research centre in the College of Creative Arts where she is an Associate Professor. Toi Āria helps organisations create and deliver people-centred policies and services. Clients include the Data Futures Partnership, Social Investment Agency, The Office of the Clerk at Parliament, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Masterton District Council.

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    He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

    What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

    This whakataukī underpins the approach we take in our work and our collaborations. At the beginning of a project, we ask "Are we the right people to do this work?" When we're not — we say so. When we're in the middle of a project we ask ourselves, "Are we doing the right thing by the people most affected by the decisions that will be made and not just what we think is the best thing?".

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    Arran Birchenough

    • Country Director, New Zealand
    • Getty Images
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    Arran Birchenough

    Country Director, New Zealand, Getty Images

    Arran learned his trade as a picture editor for a UK publisher, before launching an agency representing the world's best ski and snowboard photographers.

    He then joined Getty Images in September 2001, launching Getty Images’ News and Entertainment business in the United Kingdom. During his time there Arran assumed responsibility for the Editorial photography sales and the company’s Creative images portfolio for the UK Newspaper and Magazines sector, including the Mirror Group, News Ltd, Express Group, National Magazine and all other major print media networks.

    In 2005, Arran returned home to Auckland to manage Getty Images New Zealand. In a short time, he helped to grow the company from a limited local offering to extensive national coverage capabilities and increased staff, and now manages the overall business and content development services in the country. In his 20+ years of experience in the media business, Arran has worked with major advertisers, creative agencies and media companies in both the UK and New Zealand advising them on visual needs: from brand campaigns to sponsorship activations.

    Arran has a management degree, a wife and three children, and a passion for skiing.

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    Brannavan Gnanalingam

    • Lawyer, novelist, board member
    • Film for Change Aotearoa
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    Brannavan Gnanalingam

    Lawyer, novelist, board member, Film for Change Aotearoa

    Brannavan is a lawyer and novelist, based in Wellington. He’s a senior associate at Buddle Findlay in the property and litigation teams. Brannavan has also published five novels through Lawrence and Gibson, including Sodden Downstream (2017) which was shortlisted for the Acorn Foundation Prize for Best New Zealand Novel at the Ockham New Zealand Books Awards 2018 and A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse, which was longlisted for the same award in 2017. He has also been on the board for Film for Change Aotearoa since 2015.

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    Your silence will not protect you.
    - Audre Lorde
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    Carl Davidson

    • Chief Social Scientist
    • Research First Ltd
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    Carl Davidson

    Chief Social Scientist, Research First Ltd

    Carl Davidson is the Chief Social Scientist at Research First Ltd (a company that sits at the nexus of market research, behavioural science, and strategic thinking). He has worked in the insights industry for nearly 30 years and brings a rare combination of academic rigour and commercial discipline to his work. He is the author of nine books about research practice in New Zealand, and a regular contributor to Stuff, where he writes about ‘the social science of everyday phenomena’. He was previously the Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand Families Commission, and in 2017 he was re-elected to the Board of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

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    Learning about confirmation bias changed how I think about my own opinions and how people argue for theirs.

    Confirmation bias is one of those mental shortcuts that are wired into our brains, and it means that we carry around a filter that promotes us to filter reality in a way that matches our expectations. We all look for evidence to prove us right, and we resist like crazy the things that contradict our cherished beliefs. The beauty of confirmation bias is that, once you really understand it, you start seeing it everywhere. Including in your own thinking and arguing.

    In that regard it’s like another bias I’ve come to love – one known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. That’s the notion that once you have stumbled on something obscure, suddenly you start seeing it everywhere.

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    Chris Ford

    • Senior Kaituitui (Senior Community Networker)
    • Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) New Zealand Inc
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    Chris Ford

    Senior Kaituitui (Senior Community Networker), Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) New Zealand Inc

    Chris Ford established Fordwrite in 2001. Based in Dunedin, New Zealand, the business has provided professional writing and consultancy services to many clients both domestically and globally since that time.

    Its owner is a graduate of the University of Otago holding BA, Dip Arts and MA degrees in Political Studies and History. On the writing side, he holds a Certificate in Media Communications from Aoraki Polytechnic and his experience comes through having a natural love for the written and spoken word since childhood as well.

    That’s not to say, though, that Chris has not gone off from time-to-time to do other things. To this end, Chris has worked for a number of organisations including the former Otago District Health Board, Dunedin Council of Social Services (now Connect South), Newsmonitor Services and the University of Otago. In these organisations, Chris worked in a variety of roles including project management, project administration, news monitoring, tutoring and note taking. Currently, he works part-time as Senior Kaituitui (Senior Community Networker) for Disabled Persons Assembly New Zealand.

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    Nothing about us, without us!

    This statement represents the main philosophical motto of the disability rights movement internationally. It means that disabled people should be at the centre of all decision making processes regarding our lives and interests. Previously (and to an extent we still are) spoken for and about. ‘Nothing about us, without us’, however, means that we as disabled people are the real experts on our bodies and lives. We can, will and do speak up about our lives and how we want to live them. This motto is and has been applicable to other oppressed groups in their liberation struggles as well.

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    Christine Langdon

    • Co-Founder and Chief of Good
    • The Good Registry
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    Christine Langdon

    Co-Founder and Chief of Good, The Good Registry

    Christine is the Chief of Good at The Good Registry ( www.thegoodregistry.com) — a social enterprise she co-founded with Tracey Bridges and Sue McCabe to put the heart back into giving. The Good Registry is a social giving platform where anyone from small kids to big corporates can give charitable donations instead of unwanted gifts. It’s about making giving simple, sustainable and kind. In its first year The Good Registry raised $165,000 for good by replacing 5,500 consumer gifts with donations to good causes instead — with the support of six-year-olds, 60-year-olds, and corporates such as Stuff and Kiwibank. Christine previously worked as Community Manager at Z Energy, and prior to that in communications and journalism.

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    Never work - only do what you enjoy.

    I think joy is a much better currency than money for measuring our success in life, so I choose to do the things that give me joy — which includes my ‘work’. One thing I also know is that we get more joy from giving than receiving — and joy attracts more joy — and that’s why we created The Good Registry.

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    Henare Johnson

    • Cultural Development Manager
    • Air New Zealand
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    Henare Johnson

    Cultural Development Manager, Air New Zealand

    Henare Johnson has over 22 years experience in Māori tourism from back of the marae doing dishes, cultural performer, tourism business manager, cultural experience marketing, through to assisting with policy development to grow a region's Māori economy. Henare sits on the committee of Whāriki which is now the largest Māori professional and business network. He has a passion for broadening opportunities to grow Māori success culturally, socially, environmentally, and economically.

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    Cultural identity is an absolute strength in the changing of New Zealand’s society.

    Growing up, stories I’d seen and read in the media made me think Māori culture wasn’t valued outside of the Māori community. It wasn’t until I was involved with marketing New Zealand to the world that my cultural identity was viewed as a strength. Since that realisation I’ve always wanted to be involved with initiatives based around growing cultural strength across New Zealand.

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    Hilary O'Connor

    • Director
    • Soul Machines
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    Hilary O'Connor

    Director, Soul Machines

    Hilary joined Soul Machines at the end of last year. She joined from Google where she worked for 4.5 years within their Cloud technologies business as Customer Engineering Lead, prior to that she spent 8.5 years at Microsoft, predominantly as Lead Technology Strategist. She has previously held consulting and, earlier on in her career, development roles, with companies such as Cap Gemini, Deloitte and Datacom.

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    What would you do if you weren't afraid.
    - Spencer Johnson
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    Jackie Clark

    • Founder
    • The Aunties
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    Jackie Clark

    Founder, The Aunties

    Jackie Clark set up the Aunties to help women in need, particularly those who she describes as being at the worst end of abuse and assault statistics, and women living in dire and abject poverty.

    The Aunties' motto is meeting needs with love. They are a community of support, and hope to revolutionise the idea of what giving means, and what charity looks like.

    Jackie was the winner of the Community and Not for Profit category in the Women of Influence Awards 2018, and also took out the Supreme Award. She was recently awarded a QSM in the New Years Honours.

    Her husband, Ian, who was an integral part of her Aunties work, died on NY Eve 2018, and was tremendously proud of her.

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    Getting my girls their shit.

    I have spent 6 years figuring out how to get women the right support they need. Though I work with 400 women a year, there are 20 of them in particular that I have spent time building deep and abiding relationships with. So how to get them their shit occupies me.

    The model I use has changed enormously, and the way I do my work, too. I’ll be talking about what that looks like, and why I think it’s important that we change the model of “giving” in NZ to become more effective and more dignified.

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    John Dengate

    • Collaboration Coach
    • Twyfords
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    John Dengate

    Collaboration Coach, Twyfords

    In the thick of tricky situations, John brings the special art of collaborative thinking to difficult conversations. Over the years he has developed a high level of effectiveness in growing client capability to think and act differently.

    Along with colleagues at Twyfords, he co-developed a philosophy and discipline of collaboration, a movement revolutionising the way governments, corporations, and nonprofits go about solving their most troublesome problems through effective inclusion of others.

    He works with professionals in high profile organisations and government projects, relied upon for his commitment to making things happen. He works hard, and is determined to do more, all the while retaining a reputation for being fun to work with and, more importantly, leaving the client more capable.

    Essentially, John is a “synergizer,” someone who is passionate about combining the strengths of many people through collaborative processes so as to achieve goals beyond expectations. He has found that the highest levels of individual and corporate performance emerge out of the wisdom of the group when it tackles wicked problems together. He sees his role in working with client organisations as a coach building collaborative muscle while the client solves the problem using different thinking.

    John’s excitement about the power of collaboration and his passion to share it with others is outrageous. If you spend a bit of time around him, you will want to ingrain the collaborative discipline into your organisation, and discover you love every minute of it.

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    Cards face up.

    A big shift for me was the realisation that being vulnerable and sharing what I was feeling as well as doing helped build more effective relationships and better group dynamics.

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    Jill Day

    • Deputy Mayor of Wellington
    • Wellington City Council
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    Jill Day

    Deputy Mayor of Wellington, Wellington City Council

    Jill Day is a proud Wellingtonian, having moved to the capital when she was 14.

    She graduated from Victoria University with degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics and went on to become a primary school teacher.

    She soon became immersed in her local community and undertook many volunteer roles, including chairing a school board, being president of a local Playcentre, a member of residents associations and a school volunteer.

    She was elected to council in Wellington’s Northern Ward in 2016, and was appointed Deputy Mayor in September 2017. She is Wellington’s first female Māori Deputy Mayor. Her iwi is Ngāti Tūwharetoa and she maintains close links with her culture. She speaks te reo Māori and is working to become more fluent.

    One of Jill’s goals on Council is to be a voice for Wellingtonians in need, especially young people and families.

    She holds the Council Māori Partnerships, Governance, and Children and Young People portfolios. She was instrumental in creating Te Tauihu, the te reo Māori Policy for Council in an effort to expand the use of the language in Wellington.

    Another focus of her Council work is in helping Wellington become a more child-friendly city and she is keen to see Wellington’s spaces and playgrounds revitalised and more programmes and events for young people and children.

    She is also a keen advocate for the retention, growth and upgrading of suburban centres because she feels they are vital to the health of communities.

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    Jim Macnamara

    • Distinguished Professor & Head of Discipline, Public Communication
    • University of Technology Sydney
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    Jim Macnamara

    Distinguished Professor & Head of Discipline, Public Communication, University of Technology Sydney

    Jim Macnamara, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Public Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also a Visiting Professor at London School of Economics and Political Science, Media and Communications Department. He is internationally recognised for his research into evaluation of public communication and organisational listening. Jim is the author of 16 books including The 21st Century Media (R)evolution: Emergent Communication Practices (Peter Lang, New York, 2014); Organisational Listening: The Missing Essential in Public Communication (Peter Lang, New York, 2016); and Evaluating Public Communication: Exploring New Models, Standards, and Best Practice (Routledge UK, 2018).

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    Education changes mindsets – not one level or course, but lifelong learning for lifelong growth.
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    Jo Boyle

    • Volunteer Producer
    • Film for Change Aotearoa
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    Jo Boyle

    Volunteer Producer, Film for Change Aotearoa

    Jo is a volunteer Producer at Film for Change Aotearoa – an organisation that partners with not-for-profit and community organisations to help tell their stories, while giving filmmakers opportunities to use and develop their valuable skills.

    With fifteen years' experience (of paid work) in social marketing and health promotion, Jo appreciates the contribution films and images make to shape social norms and behavioural change.

    Currently a Senior Advisor at Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) helping to address gambling-related harm, Jo has also worked across government and NGO programmes addressing young driver safety, reducing alcohol-related harm, smoking cessation and mental health.

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    Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    - Mahatma Ghandi

    When you want to help address some of the enormous and complex issues in the world and it all feels a bit daunting and unachievable, the 'being the change' philosophy works on so many levels. First of all, by making the change yourself, that is one less person contributing to the issue, and you are instantly relieved of any guilt; that is one more person contributing to the social good and a step towards positive social norms; and you are role modelling to others just how easy and possible it is to make that change.

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    Joanna McLeod

    • Founder
    • House of Boom
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    Joanna McLeod

    Founder, House of Boom

    Joanna McLeod has a background in communications, marketing and social media, which did not at all prepare her for starting her own clothing company. However those years of public service have allowed her to realise that everyone deserves good service. Fat is not a four-letter word, and fat people deserve nice clothes too - preferably ethically made, in bright colours and with pockets in everything.

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    Fuck it - if no one else will do it, I guess I'll do it myself then.

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    Karalyn van Deursen

    • Executive Director Communications
    • Canterbury & West Coast District Health Boards
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    Karalyn van Deursen

    Executive Director Communications, Canterbury & West Coast District Health Boards

    Karalyn is responsible for the TransAlpine Communications team, which covers both the Canterbury and West Coast regions. The team interacts with the media and the public, and keeps the combined DHBs’ 11000+ staff informed of what’s going on in the DHB. We also serve a diverse population of more than 600,000 people throughout Canterbury, The West Coast and the Chatham Islands.

    The Communications team is responsible for external and internal communications, including stakeholder engagement, publications, health campaigns, crisis management, government relations and events.

    Karalyn has been in this role since 2011 – she started with Canterbury DHB ten days before the devastating February 2011 earthquake. Prior to that she was a senior advisor at the Ministry of Health. She has also worked at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and the office of the Minister of Health and been a self-employed Communications Consultant. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and International Association of Business Communicators.

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    Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
    - The Dalai Lama

    Following the series of earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2011, I was privileged to spend an afternoon with The Dalai Lama visiting staff and patients. His visit provided hope and inspiration for those he met. A simple message which struck a chord with me and helped change mindsets of survivors is above.

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    Kim Young

    • Project Manager for Suffrage 125 celebrations in 2018
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    Kim Young

    Project Manager for Suffrage 125 celebrations in 2018

    Kim Young likes to find solutions for engagement – she wants everyone to feel welcome at the party! But when faced with delivering a national tier 1 celebration, with challenging budget and resources, she had to do some smart thinking to devise a new approach. The result was creation of a successful 'open-source' festival where everyone was invited to celebrate Aotearoa’s women, wāhine, and girls’ achievements in the 125 years since women’s suffrage was secured.

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    Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops. All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.
    - Kate Sheppard
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    Laura O'Connell Rapira

    • Director
    • ActionStation
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    Laura O'Connell Rapira

    Director, ActionStation

    Laura O'Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue) is the Director of ActionStation, an independent, crowdfunded community campaigning organisation representing over 180,000 New Zealanders acting together to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves everyday people and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). She is also the Co-Founder of RockEnrol, a volunteer-powered organisation dedicated to activating the political power of young people.

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    If you seek to create real change in our world, it must be led by indigenous people, working class people, women, and people of colour.

    While climate breakdown and gross economic inequality are the external causes of our generation, I believe the political fight of our time is the struggle against rising fascism, authoritarianism and enduring colonial racism.

    Therefore, if you seek to create real change in our world, it must be led by indigenous people, working class people, women, and people of colour.

    If your work doesn’t have unravelling society from racism, sexism, classism and xenophobia at its core, and it is not mobilising white people to lead other whites to choose multiracial, cross-class, cross-ability and gender inclusive solidarity over fear, hate and division - then it is not transformational change.

    Our ability to change our world for the better can be boiled down to which part of our brain will guide our civic choices, and with them the character of our civilisations: fear or courage; love or hate; curiosity or disgust; amygdala or neo-cortex.

    It is so much easier to divide through fear. While it is so much better to unite with love. And in a struggle of easier vs. better…easier is going to score a lot of early wins.

    We must learn how to work together across difference and over generations of time to build a truly diverse and inclusive world where we all share power and wealth and our Earth Mother is nurtured and protected.

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    Lisa Paraku

    • Maori Strategy Lead
    • Spark New Zealand Limited
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    Lisa Paraku

    Maori Strategy Lead, Spark New Zealand Limited

    Spark’s Maori Strategy Lead, Lisa Paraku (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou) is passionate about people, their stories, health and wellbeing. Her personal purpose is ‘kanohi kitea’ to ensure the people of this land and all those who choose this land as their home are seen, connected and empowered in the hope that together we will make Aotearoa New Zealand an even better place for generations to come.

    Lisa upholds the values of Spark’s Maori purpose: Awhinatia Nga Tangata Katoa o Aotearoa Kia Matomato Te Tipu I Te Ao Matihiko: To help all of New Zealand grow, stand strong and thrive in a digital world.

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    If not you, then who?

    My concept/motto really is ”if not you, then who”? The concept that we can all effect positive change within our sphere of influence. If everyone does this we will all be well, nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

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    Margaret Stuart

    • Head of Corporate and External Relations
    • Nestlé Oceania
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    Margaret Stuart

    Head of Corporate and External Relations, Nestlé Oceania

    Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania, where she is responsible for communications and public affairs across the region. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, working across a broad portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, including senior leadership roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough.

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    I am okay

    "You want me to write after Tracey Spicer? THE Tracey Spicer? Whatever for?” The challenge to add value and say something helpful and clever runs into the wall of imposter syndrome. As evidence that maybe I have something to offer piles up around me, my fearful interior monologue grudgingly admits to being outvoted, overcome, outweighed. Then I discover the true joy – that letting go of my fear opens me up to championing others, and so they bloom too.

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    Miriyana Alexander

    • Premium Content Editor
    • New Zealand Herald
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    Miriyana Alexander

    Premium Content Editor, New Zealand Herald

    Miriyana Alexander is the New Zealand Herald's premium content editor, and she led the project for NZME to launch digital subscriptions on nzherald.co.nz.

    An award-winning journalist, she has studied journalism at the prestigious Cambridge and Oxford universities after winning scholarships to both. Her study topic at Cambridge last year was "Fake News", and she is deeply interested in the behaviour of big tech and its role in spreading misinformation and harmful content.

    Alexander was previously the Herald's Weekends Editor, and under her editorship, the Weekend Herald won back-to-back Newspaper of the Year awards in 2017-18. And the Herald on Sunday became New Zealand's biggest selling and most-read Sunday paper.

    She is currently chair of the Media Freedom Committee.

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    Say it. Mean it. Do it.

    Over the past couple of years I’ve been immersed in the ethics of big tech and specifically the impact of big tech on journalism. The speed with which misinformation can spread across the globe is breath taking. Having been a journalist all my life I’m convinced the need for truth, for accuracy and for authenticity has never been greater. It’s reinforced for me my commitment to strive to ensure stories that matter get told and shared. In these incredibly complex and confronting times we should all cherish words that simply tell the truth.

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    Ngaire Crawford

    • Head of Insight
    • Isentia New Zealand
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    Ngaire Crawford

    Head of Insight, Isentia New Zealand

    As Head of Insight, Ngaire runs a media research division at Isentia that includes a large portfolio of clients from blue chip corporates, government departments to small NGOs. She is also the Chair of the Global Young Leaders Group for AMEC, the International Association for the measurement and evaluation of communication, and the New Zealand insights team are one of the most recognised in the world by AMEC for their work. Ngaire holds a Masters degree in media, and taught students in her specialised areas of cultural identity, and the New Zealand media landscape.

    After working in such a dynamic and evolving field for more than a decade, she is a passionate advocate for research and measurement and can regularly be found speaking to the communications industry and students about how the right data is critical to business success.

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    Someone else’s success is not your failure.

    When you are wired to be a competitive perfectionist, this one can take a while to sink in, but it’s now really central to how I operate professionally and personally. You have to celebrate and appreciate the success of others, and as a leader create a path for people to be successful and to outgrow and surpass you. This has not only made me a better leader, but a better colleague, friend, mother and partner. It is so easy to be insular and to view everything in relation to yourself, but it’s really rewarding to invest, care and nurture a wider definition of success.

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    Patrick Wagner

    • Managing Director, Interactive
    • Weta Workshop
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    Patrick Wagner

    Managing Director, Interactive, Weta Workshop

    Patrick is Managing Director, Interactive, at Weta Workshop. Having shipped its first Mixed Reality game on Magic Leap One, Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, is being co-produced by Weta Workshop and Magic Leap and is based around the science fiction world of Dr. Grordbort, the brainchild of Weta Workshop’s Art Director, Greg Broadmore, in development with Richard and Tania Taylor over the past eight years.

    Weta Workshop and Magic Leap have been working in close partnership to build mixed reality experiences, bringing extraordinary characters and imaginary worlds to life to forge a new realm of entertainment and experiential storytelling. Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform, which aims to seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds, first shipped in August 2018.

    Before joining Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, Patrick has worked for 10 years in video games, first as Executive Producer for Gameloft in its Paris Headquarters where he supervised the creation of 40 mobile games, then as Region Manager for Oceania where he led the studio shipping 8 video games over 4 years from the Auckland office.

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    It's about peanut butter.

    It’s about peanut butter. Having lived in Europe for most of my life and being born in a country that considered it a culinary nonsense, I was surprised to see it so widely ‘spread’ here in New Zealand. I had linked it to poor eating and American culture for so many years that it took me by surprise to see people here were consuming loads of it. I resisted it for 5 years before finally trying it. I liked it. After looking at the dietary label for the first time, I realised it was actually better for me than Nutella, which European kids (like myself) still grow up on. It’s now part of my diet and I consume it on a daily basis. Oh yeah, I have completely stopped eating Nutella too!

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    Patrick Reynolds

    • Deputy Director
    • Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland
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    Patrick Reynolds

    Deputy Director, Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland

    Patrick Reynolds is a perpetual student of the urban world: He is deputy director of influential public advocacy groups Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland, and serves on a variety of public sector boards covering the spheres of Public Art, Urban Form, Regional Development, and Transport. He has taught urban design papers at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture. His writing about our urban futures appear in books and magazines, most recently a chapter in Big Questions (Penguin 2018) on the future of our cities.

    He is also New Zealand’s leading photographer of the built environment. His photographic books include New New Zealand Houses, Homework, Big House Small House,Country House City House, and Auckland Architecture all in collaboration with John Walsh, Architecture Uncooked with Pip Cheshire, Villa with Jeremy Salmond and Jeremy Hansen, and Bungalow with Nicole Stock. He is currently working on architecture guides to three further cities with John Walsh.

    Current Governance roles:

    • Auckland Transport
    • Auckland City Centre Advisory Board
    • Auckland Public Art Panel
    • Rotorua Lakefront Redevelopment Strategic Advisory Board

    Member of

    • Urban Auckland
    • Greater Auckland Incorporated Societies

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    Debate online is unlikely to change the mind of your opponent.

    Debate online is unlikely to change the mind of your opponent, but the best and most evidenced argument can win over the neutral observer, who usually remains unseen. Tailor your engagement with this person in mind.

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    Tim Loftus

    • GM of Marketing, Brand and Communications
    • ChristchurchNZ
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    Tim Loftus

    GM of Marketing, Brand and Communications, ChristchurchNZ

    Tim Loftus has worked with some the world's largest outdoor gear and apparel brands implementing global best-practice sustainability initiatives while driving marketing innovation and customer engagement.

    Tim joined Christchurch-based Kathmandu in 2013 introducing a progressive business strategy that transformed the retailer into a global recognised leader in sustainability, product innovation and supply chain integrity.

    Tim now leads a passionate team at ChristchurchNZ focused on promoting the city of Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand’s basecamp for exploration and modern hub of innovation.

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    He Waka Eke Noa

    Throughout my 15+ year career in leadership I have worked for six international brands and lived in nine international cities before returning to my family’s home in Christchurch. Everywhere I’ve been, everywhere I have worked, successful collaboration has been the key to success and the main driver of progress. While tackling some of the world’s most challenging sustainability issues across a highly competitive industry, a former boss and mentor once told me “sustainability is a team sport.”

    He waka eke noa – We’re all in this together.

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    Thea Knight

    • Behavioural Strategist
    • PwC Experience Centre
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    Thea Knight

    Behavioural Strategist, PwC Experience Centre

    Thea Knight brings the latest insights from behavioural science to help organisations understand how people actually think and behave in real life. Returning to New Zealand after seven years away, she joined the PwC Experience Centre this July, leading on the team’s behavioural science capabilities.

    Thea has extensive experience applying behavioural science internationally, leading on projects tackling medication adherence, energy use reduction, organisational culture change, employee performance improvement, driver safety and more.

    She led on award-winning work with Ford, designing an experiment to show how empathy can lead to behaviour change; creating ‘Wheelswap’ the first ever use of virtual reality to change both driver and cyclist behaviour on the road.

    Thea is a seasoned presenter with extensive experience hosting workshops for some of the world’s largest organisations. You can also check-out a TED talk Thea gave on how to get rid of corporate jargon here: https://www.ted.com/talks/thea_knight_lost_in_translation_the_joy_of_a_jargon_free_world

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    Successful strategist design for how people actually think and behave, not just how they think they should.

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    Tracey Bridges

    • Director and Co-Founder
    • The Good Registry
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    Tracey Bridges

    Director and Co-Founder, The Good Registry

    Tracey Bridges is a leading practitioner in the areas of strategic communications, behaviour change and issues management. A PRINZ Fellow, she has worked on projects involving public, private and not for profit organisations. She is an experienced facilitator, and provides professional development and mentoring for communications teams, management teams and boards.

    Tracey had a twenty year career in communication consulting, including as a founding partner of trans-Tasman communications consultancy SenateSHJ. These days, Tracey is a Director and co-Founder of The Good Registry, a social enterprise helping people translate their gift spending into donations to good causes. She’s also a professional director, serving as Chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, and a Trustee for the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and the Digital Media Trust.

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    Do, or do not. There is no try.

    In The Empire Strikes Back, Master Yoda tries his best to teach a nearly unteachable Luke Skywalker the value of patience, hard work and belief. His most famous quote might sound like he’s telling Luke not to try things - but in a way it’s the opposite. He's telling him not to talk himself out of what he can do. Commit to your purpose and work hard in pursuit of it.

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    Tracey Spicer

    • Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster
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    Tracey Spicer

    Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster

    Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programmes for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.


    Current Work
    The national co-founder of Women in Media and NOW Australia, Tracey is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in the region. In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, and in 2018 chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. She was also named Agenda Setter of the Year by the website Women’s Agenda. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia.

    She is currently working on a documentary about the #metoo movement, which she spearheaded in Australia through tireless investigative journalism. But her greatest joy is spending time with her husband Jason, and children Taj and Grace.

    Previous Experience
    Documentaries: Highlights of her outstanding career include writing, producing and presenting documentaries on women and girls in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India.

    Ambassador: She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW, Domestic Violence NSW, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

    Author & Speaker: Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than five million views worldwide. Tracey’s essays have appeared in dozens of books including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.

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    The #metoo movement is about joy.

    After sending a tweet in October 2017 asking for #metoo stories, I received more than 2500 responses. The majority initially expressed shame and self-blame, before an overwhelming feeling of catharsis. During an interview with Tarana Burke - the creator of the Me Too movement a decade before the hashtag - I discovered that this feeling was common among people who were finally able to tell their stories. This is why Tarana, who has worked with survivors of sexual violence in Alabama, says #metoo is about joy. It is an extraordinary unburdening to speak your truth, and be believed.

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