Women's Leadership Forum: Fearful to Fearless

Fearful to Fearless. Our women’s leadership forum brings together some outstanding women in leadership exploring the role fear has played through their personal leadership journeys, turning points, and how they are redefining leadership in a modern world. 

Interactive and engaging, the bi-annual Leadership Forum is a chance to learn from others, discuss challenges and connect with like-minded women. You’ll hear short presentations from inspirational women in leadership, followed by Q&A.

Our Speakers

Alexia Hilbertidou - Chief Executive, Girl Boss
Gina Dellabarca – General Manager of HR at Westpac
Melissa Clarke-Reynolds - Digital Strategist and Professional Director 

Alexia Hilbertidou - Chief Executive, Girl Boss

Alexia is the founder and CEO of GirlBoss NZ -  a 10,500 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.

Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16. Encouraging young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurship, GirlBoss is now New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women. It’s members are shrugging off the statistics and preparing themselves to take their seats at the table - the boardroom table that is.

At 17, Alexia was the youngest person to lead a research project at the New Zealand Treasury - and at 18 - she was selected to seek new stars and planets on the NASA SOFIA mission. She was named the most influential young leader under the age of 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence awards and is the youngest ever recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader medal for services to the commonwealth. Alexia proves that you are never too young (or too short) to be an agitator for change.

Gina Dellabarca, General Manager Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Gina was appointed General Manager Human Resources for Westpac New Zealand in May 2015, with the role expanding to include Corporate Affairs in 2016. She is responsible for leading Westpac NZ’s people strategy, with a strong focus on employee capability and engagement. She also oversees the bank’s communications, government relations and sustainability functions.

Since joining Westpac in 1998, Gina has held several senior leadership roles, including leading the bank’s South Island retail and commercial business banking divisions and teams responsible for Employee Relations, Remuneration and Customer Experience. Gina is a passionate advocate for equal opportunities and leads Westpac NZ’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy. Gina is a Trustee for The Sir Peter Blake Trust, the Westpac NZ Superannuation Fund and chairs the employee We Care Fund.  She is a member of the New Zealand Global Woman network and spends time mentoring women across the public, private and community sectors.

Melissa Clarke-Reynolds, ONZM 

Melissa became a Foresight Practitioner and Professional Director after 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur.  She has also been CEO of a number of Technology companies. She is a Governor of Radio NZ, sits on the Boards of Kiwi Insurance, Jasmax, and Beef and Lamb NZ Ltd.  Melissa was previously a Member of MPI's Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel and Chairs the LINZ Risk & Audit Committee.  Melissa was named by Forbes Magazine as one of ten tech women to watch in London; she was recognised in the Business Hall of Fame; and was a finalist in the Entrepreneur category of the Women of Influence Awards.  She was the first woman awarded the NZ officer of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Technology.



Members - $85 + GST
Non-Members - $190 + GST
Student - $25 + GST

Get in quick to register as seats are limited. Registration is Essential. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

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The Chamber’s Women' Leadership programme seeks to advance women in leadership and empower the next generation of leaders. We do this by bringing the best leadership development experiences to women at all stages of their careers in a supportive environment that facilitates authentic leadership. 
10/04/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Vodafone Innov8 Tuam Street CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND

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