#EmbraceEquity International Women's Day event

/ Events / 7 Feb 2023 / Katie Hickmer

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If you are a female founder or entrepreneur, join us for a morning of celebrating Aotearoa's women founders in honour of International Women's Day 2023.


9-11am Wednesday 8th March 2023

AWS, Level 13, PwC Tower,
15 Customs Street West,
Auckland CBD


Book your ticket HERE .. tickets are limited.


Hear the fascinating stories behind impact-driven companies and women founders, how they achieve high-growth in international markets, and their advice for other aspiring women founders. Their stories of creativity, vision and perseverance will motivate you to embark on your own entrepreneurial journey and lift you to the next stage of high-growth for your technology start-up. 


Our keynote speaker is Amanda Armstrong - Revenue Lab

Topic: Accelerating revenue growth globally

  • Learn about the essential elements for effective expansion into other regions and countries, as well as common pitfalls companies make as they take this journey.  If you're considering expansion into other geographies or are early into your global expansion, this session will help highlight what's important for success.

Amanda is an executive revenue leader with 20+ years of leadership experience in global organisations. She has developed and executed sales effectiveness programmes for the likes of Xero, Vend and Crimson Education, all fast-growing businesses founded in New Zealand. Her specialty is building strong foundations across sales and marketing processes, technology, people and strategy, to ensures companies can accelerate their growth to the next level.

Amanda is the Director of Revenue Consulting at Revenue Lab, a Kiwi-founded company that helps organisations accelerate revenue growth by solving performance gaps across their people, processes and technology to embed change that creates predictable and scalable revenue.

Followed by a panel discussion: Hear from three ambitious women founders of Kiwi tech start-ups

Our moderator for the panellist session is Heather Gadonniex - GD1


As CMO and Operating Partner at GD1 (a venture capital fund), Heather is working with GD1 portfolio companies to supercharge growth and is leading both marketing and ESG initiatives. She’s a growth-oriented marketing and strategy leader who is passionate about world-changing technologies and scaling impact. Her expertise include strategy and growth, corporate communications, product marketing, sales, and executive go-to-market leadership - working with both Kiwi and Silicon Valley start-ups and multinational companies. She’s also been a founder and knows what it's like to take an idea to scale .. an ideal lady to help facilitate this panel discussion.

Our panellists for the session are;

Alliv Samson - Kami


Alliv is the COO and Co-Founder of Kami, a Kiwi ed-tech company that is transforming the way students and teachers engage and collaborate with learning resources. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, team growth, and user growth.

As the world’s #1 digital classroom application, Alliv has helped grow Kami’s user base to more than 37 million users across 180 countries in less than a decade. The company was listed in TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential Companies for 2022 — the only NZ-based company to join the ranks of Spotify, Apple, Balenciaga and Patagonia — to represent the best of Kiwi entrepreneurship on the global stage.

Tamaryn Hankinson - The Clinician


Helping co-found The Clinician, Tamaryn (Tam) compliments the company's clinical expertise with 20 years of commercial life science experience. Prior to co-founding The Clinician, Tam worked for leading healthcare companies Johnson & Johnson and Servier before taking up senior management roles in the business intelligence division of Informa.  Following her successful international career in healthcare business intelligence sales, product management and company acquisitions Tam brings with her to The Clinician the necessary knowledge and skills to drive the company's core commercial activities. 

Professor Cather Simpson - Engender Technologies + Orbis Diagnostics


Cather is a Professor of Physics and Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland. She moved to New Zealand in 2007 from the USA, and founded the Photon Factory, an outwardly facing laser R&D centre in the Faculty of Science. In 2018 she stepped down as Director to serve as Chief Science Officer of Engender Technologies, one of the Photon Factory’s startups. In addition to her research in Chemical Physics, she is keenly interested in the interface between academic research and commercialisation.

Cather is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Aparangi where she currently sits on the Academy Executive. She is a Director of SPIE (International Society for Optics & Photoncs), Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Orbis Diagnostics. In addition to her University role, she is a Partner at Pacific Channel. Accolades include a New Zealand National Teaching Award, the Kiwinet’s Researcher Entrepreneur and Supreme Awards and Royal Society’s Pickering Medal.

This event is proudly sponsored by AWS - with thanks!


Book your ticket HERE .. tickets are limited.


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