There is no straight line to success
There is no straight line to success, navigating the challenges that arise with each journey.
The panel talk through how their careers have taken a lot of twists and turns, never really following a linear trajectory. They look at how the “squiggly lines” or the detours they have taken sometimes created the most valuable outcomes.
Championing diversity and representation
Championing diversity and representation on the sportsfield, in the boardroom, and in the day to day.
Our team talk through the challenges that have faced them in their respective fields, through a lack of gender, ethnic or sexual orientation diversity. They discuss what it means to be the person that others can look to, the person that shows others in those minorities that they can do it too.
Finding and evolving your purpose
Finding and evolving your purpose, or simply living out your passions.
The panel talk through how important it is to have purpose, but the slightly contrary idea how it’s also important to strive for contentment rather than success.
Questions and answers panel discussion
We have captured some of the notable questions our audience asked at the event including:
- The importance of building networks of support
- Overcoming imposter syndrome
- Finding courage.
About our speakers
Award winning journalist, Miriama Kamo, is the presenter and reporter for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday and a presenter on TVNZ’s bilingual Māori and English current affairs show, Marae.
Miriama has relished working on the stories that matter to New Zealanders and worked across most of TVNZ’s stable of news and current affairs programmes, including 20/20 and 1 News at Six.
As a newsreader, Miriama has been at the forefront of many major New Zealand events, including the Pike River Explosion, the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, and the Christchurch earthquakes.
Miriama’s work as a writer is regularly featured on news sites, online publications and in magazines and in early 2018 Miriama had her first children’s book published.
Miriama draws on her skills as a journalist and television presenter – injected with her natural warmth to ensure events run smoothly and is the ultimate professional MC.
Dame Valerie Adams
Dame Valerie Adams is undoubtably the most dominant track and field star New Zealand has ever produced. From 2006 to 2014 Dame Valerie was unbeaten in major championships, enjoying an unprecedented winning streak in world athletics of 107 competitions during that period. Her major wins included back-to-back Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and four world championship titles. In 2016, Dame Valerie added silver to her Olympic medal collection at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was later appointed as a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Athletics.
As a mother of two, Dame Valerie continued to compete at the top level and won bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games (postponed to 2021), whilst also coaching younger sister Lisa to her gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in shotput.
Dame Valerie announced she would be hanging up her throwing shoes in March 2022 but continues to be involved in athletics through coaching. She is the Deputy Chair of the World Athletics Athletes Commission, and World Athletics Council Member. In September 2022 she was appointed to the board of High Performance Sport NZ. Dame Valerie also enjoys spending time with her young family, working in the community and with her commercial partners.
She is a leader and role model in the Pacific community, a seven-time Halberg sportswoman of the year, and featured in the theatrical documentary film: Dame Valerie Adams: More than Gold, on her life and sporting career, released in October 2022.
“As a person, the global track and field star has come to symbolise more than heaving a steel ball distances that defy physics. She exists in a space where Pasifika achievement and cultural identity and female empowerment and body image and leadership and motherhood all collide.” – Dana Johannsen, National Correspondent – Stuff.
Emma Twigg has established herself as the world’s premier single sculler.
With an international rowing career spanning 17 years, Emma has racked up ten national titles and became a World Champion in 2014. The four-time Olympian competed at Beijing, London, Rio and more recently Tokyo, where she won gold in the women's single, in an Olympic Best Time. In doing so, Emma became New Zealand's 48th Olympic gold medallist and the only New Zealand female to win the Olympic Single Scull event.
Her rowing resume includes a Senior, U23 and Junior World title – a trifecta rarely achieved in the single scull and has not placed outside the top four in the world since 2009. Off the water Emma completed the prestigious FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport in Europe, building on an undergraduate degree from the University of Waikato. She also worked for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.
Emma knows what a privilege it is to be an elite athlete. A key driver in her Tokyo campaign was the belief she can inspire others through her resilience and persistence and be a positive role model for all New Zealanders.
Emma now sets her focus on defending her Olympic title in Paris in 2024, marking what would be her 5th Games.
With only 15-25% of women investing, globally recognised investing expert Simran Kaur founded Girls That Invest, a money media company that has amassed over 2.5m downloads and has become the world’s number one investing podcast for women – without the jargon.
Founded in March 2020 as a one-stop-shop for women who want to invest, but don’t know where to begin or don’t feel like it’s for them. The Girls That Invest podcast hosted by Simran and Sonya Gupthan teach investing concepts to women all around the world and have grown exponentially in a short amount of time. They often get messages from women saying things like “Thanks for being reliable women leaders in the man’s world of finance! I’ve started my own investment journey after listening to your podcast” and “I started my journey because of your insta. Thanks for not being the generic male voice. You were the voice I needed to hear”.
Featured on TEDx US, Forbes, Vogue, Business Insider and Oxford Women in Business. Simran also spoke at the UK Houses of Parliament for International Women’s Day in March 2023. Her mission is simple: putting money into the hands of women.
Her best-selling book, Girls That Invest, has topped charts in the USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand, along with her 350,000 strong social media following, and over 4,000 students in over 60 countries, quickly demonstrated the need for more investing education tailored to help tackle the wealth gap women are facing.
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