Waikato Women in Leadership

2019 Waikato Women in Leadership – 24 October 2019

Maggie Eyre's talk is now available to watch on YouTube  -

Knowing who you are and what you stand for

8.30am Registration
9.00am Mihi whakatau and DVC's welcome
Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic: Professor Robyn Longhurst
9.15am Chairs' welcome and scene setting
Dr Keaka Hemi and Nikki Thomas

Panel: Navigating leadership that’s authentic to you

  • Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu
  • Rachel Karalus
  • Andrea McBeth
  • Dr Shari Gallop

Our panelists will share what 'authentic leadership' means to them, how they lead authentically both in and outside work, the situations in which they have found it difficult to be authentic and how they stay true to their core values and drivers. Following this we will facilitate questions.

10.30am Morning tea
11.00am Keynote speaker: Maggie Eyre

Maggie will talk about the importance of authenticity and confidence. Thinking about your reputation is important, because you get to be in charge of creating how you want to live and act. What your body language says, what your voice says and the words you choose will shape your personal brand on the first impression you make. Maggie will share her insights on the theme of today: Knowing who you are and what you stand for.        
12.00pm Dr Suzette Dyer: Leading the Way

Suzette will lead a workshop titled ‘leading the way’ which will engage all of us in discussions about the roles that organisations, government, individuals and communities play in co-creating a more equal future.        
1.00pm Closing remarks
1.15pm Light lunch
2.00pm Event closes

Presenter Biographies

Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu
Research Fellow, The University of Waikato

Dr. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu joined Te Kotahi Research Institute in August of 2016 as a Research Fellow. Nālani has worked in the sector of Indigenous Studies for the past twenty years since 1996 upon which time she petitioned for an independent major at the University of Wisconsin, Madison focusing on Indigenous Cultures in Contemporary Society. As a global citizen and a diasporic woman of Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) ancestry, Nālani’s work is simultaneously devoted to raising global awareness about critical, innovative and transformative Indigenous futurities and the growing voices of Kānaka ‘Ōiwi working in academia to aloha ‘āina and mālama Honua, to protect and care for our islands and Earth.

Rachel Karalus
Chief Executive Officer, K’aute Pasifika Trust

Rachel was born in Samoa and is of Samoan descent. She moved to Hamilton with her family when she was young.

Before being appointed as CE of K’aute Pasifika Trust, Rachel practiced as a litigation lawyer for almost 15 years in Auckland, Wellington and Waikato. During that time, Rachel held governance roles on the board of K’aute Pasifika Trust and Lifeline NZ. She has current executive/board roles with Pacific Business Trust, Hamilton Christian Night Shelter, Child Matters and St Joseph’s Primary School.

Andrea McBeth
NZ Police

Andrea has been a police officer in the New Zealand Police since 1998. She has served in a wide range of roles and holds the rank of Inspector. Andrea currently works in Operations and Planning with responsibility for managing specialist squads as well as emergency, event and contingency planning for Waikato District. In October 2019 Andrea will take on the role of Area Commander for Hamilton City.

Andrea received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Waikato in 2008 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court in 2010. In 2017 Andrea was a graduate of the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) Elevate Programme run through the University of Waikato.

In 2012 Andrea received the NZ Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Canterbury Earthquake Citation for her work in Christchurch during the emergency period in 2011. Andrea received a Commendation for her work on the Review of Public Prosecution Services while on secondment to the Ministry of Justice in 2011.

Andrea is passionate about women’s development and established the Waikato Police Women’s Advisory Network in 2014 to focus on the recruitment, retention and development of women within the police.

Dr Shari Gallop
Senior Lecturer, The University of Waikato

Dr Shari Gallop is a marine environmental scientist focused on the coast and nearshore. Her work focuses on the morphodynamics, physical oceanography and coastal hazards of beaches, reefs and estuaries. She also has a strong track record in community education and engagement, including mainstream media such as BBC Coast New Zealand. Shari is passionate about equity and inclusion and is a founding committee member of the international network Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering and Associate Editor for Anthropocene Coasts.

Maggie Eyre

Maggie Eyre has over 30 years’ experience in business, public relations, education and theatre. A presentation trainer, stylist, and media advisor to former Prime Minister Helen Clark, Maggie’s work has been recognized in Time Magazine and in international media including the United Kingdom, China, Canada and Dubai. She is the author of three books on public speaking and in 2019 completed Being You, a new book on personal branding.

After working in London, the Middle East and Europe for eight years, Maggie returned to Auckland in 2012 – bringing a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the training sector with Fresh Eyre, a niche training company specialising in teaching presentation and media skills. Her team of journalists, voice coaches, actors and camera operators provide Creating Presence programmes to help transform hesitant speakers into confident communicators. Key clients include: academics, business executives, senior managers, entrepreneurs, and a few special not-for-profits.

In Being You, Maggie shows individuals and businesses how to communicate to increase brand awareness, both face-to-face and on digital platforms. Those wanting to overcome their fear of public speaking and find the secret to building a personal brand will benefit from working with Fresh Eyre.

Maggie brings creativity and business skills to two not-for-profit boards StarJam and TYLA. She is guided by principles of equality, integrity and compassion and lives to make a difference especially for disadvantaged youth. Her motto is: ‘never give up on anyone’.

Dr Suzette Dyer
Senior Lecturer, The University of Waikato

Dr Suzette Dyer completed her PhD with a focus on career management and development within a global economy. She has an interest in globalisation, employment issues of women, careers in a restructured economy, and management pedagogy.