The Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2014

Key Strategies and Solutions for Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness and Career Advancement of Women in the Public Sector

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Liquid Learning is delighted to present The Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2014, an inspirational leadership development opportunity crafted for both existing and emerging leaders in a variety of organisations. Featuring inspiring stories of transformational leadership from senior leaders and practical strategies and solutions from experts, the event will provide delegates with the knowledge, tools and motivation for women’s leadership advancement and career success in the complex and ever-changing New Zealand Public Sector.


  • Inspiring stories of transformational leadership
  • Practical solutions to common career challenges
  • Key strategies and skills to lead a diverse workforce in a complex and ever-evolving environment
  • Tactics to cultivate personal and team peak performance to support the advancement of women


  • Carolyn Tremain Chief Executive and Comptroller
    New Zealand Customs Service
  • Dr Dianne McCarthy Chief Executive
    Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Naomi Ferguson Commissioner and Chief Executive
    Inland Revenue
  • Superintendent Sandra Manderson
    New Zealand Police
  • Parekawhia McLean Chief Executive Officer
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc
  • Colonel Angela Fitzsimons Director of Defence Intelligence
    New Zealand Defence Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Karyn Thompson Director Institute for Leader Development
    New Zealand Defence College
    New Zealand Defence Force Women’s Development Steering Group
  • Rowena Phair Deputy Secretary, Student Achievement Group
    Ministry of Education
  • Cathy O’Malley Deputy Director-General, Sector Capability and Implementation
    Ministry of Health
  • Debbie Chin Interim Chief Executive
    Capital and Coast District Health Board
  • Jo Avenell Group General Manager, People and Capability
    NZ Post Group Ltd
  • Andre van Heerden Director
    The Power of Integrity Ltd
  • Dr Harold Hillman Managing Director
    Sigmoid Consulting Ltd


To achieve excellence, it is important to ensure that the best talents have the opportunity to be considered at the leadership level. While the Public Sector workforce consists of 59% women, there is still an under-representation of women in senior leadership roles. Equal gender representation at all levels is a concept that is in reach but there are still a variety of Public Sector challenges and cultural barriers that continue to make it difficult for women to access and maintain senior level leadership roles.

The Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit will offer an outstanding speaker faculty to bring content to life, as speakers offer perspective, insight, share experiences and provide practical advice on tackling problems and overcoming barriers to advancement in the New Zealand Public Sector. It also explores what can be done by employers, leaders and women themselves to navigate these challenges and facilitate the transition to senior level leadership. The summit will examine the complex and ever changing nature of the New Zealand Public Sector and how peak performance can be cultivated in this unique culture.

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To request more information or book your place at this practical event, contact Liquid Learning:

Email: or visit our website:

Phone: +64 9 927 1500

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Ben Hitchcock
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