Breaking Boundaries

Be inspired, empowered and uplifted at the BWN Speaker Series. Our mission is to connect Bay of Plenty women in business with other business women, with a view to build a community of people all looking to make positive change.

Our 2022 event theme

Breaking Boundaries is about women who refuse to accept the limits – we call them the ‘game changers’.

These women are causing a disruption in their industry by challenging the status quo, by refusing to accept ‘that’s the way we have always done it’ and by thinking global, while living local.

But, as they say, nothing worth doing comes easy. These women have done it tough, overcoming personal and / or professional adversity along their journey to get to where they are today.

For every curve ball, for every time they’ve been told ‘no’ and every setback along the way, these women have emerged stronger for the experience, and they share with us their story of resilience and reinvention.

Our 2022 Speakers

Alexia Hilbertidou

Alexia is the founder of GirlBoss New Zealand, the country’s largest organisation for young women. Alexia was spurred to start GirlBoss NZ at 16 years old after being the only girl in her digital technology and advanced physics classes at school. Alexia’s own mission is to get women to the table – the boardroom table – and she believes the decisions made while young are crucial in paving the way.

Dr Michelle Dickinson

Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a Nanotechnologist and Materials Engineer. She has spent the last two decades contributing to cutting-edge technologies, researching solutions for medical and technology applications for clients who range from small start-ups to large corporates.

Aroha Tamihana

Aroha Tamihana (of Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Ranginui descent) is a Māori creative passionate about the revitalisation of the Māori language and empowering learners on their journey. She is the founder and owner of Maimoa Creative, and creates unique designs, products and resources to help normalise the use of te reo Māori throughout Aotearoa using her background in graphic design and brush-lettering calligraphy.

Kerri Price

Kerri has been working in the learning and development space for 20 years and gets a kick out of helping people see old things in a new way. Prior to COVID, Kerri and her husband were living in Vanuatu, volunteering with local Community Development projects. She is currently the Managing Director of Real Team, a New Zealand based training company specialising in Leadership and Team Development.

Stine Smith & Kristy Hunter

These Tauranga mums started Good Change after walking the aisles of supermarkets and noticing how all shelves were stocked with eco alternatives - except when it came to the cleaning cloth shelf. When they realised there wasn’t an alternative, they decided to start Good Change.

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