Virtual Event (NZST)

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Teressa Betty

President and Director, NZ & PI Chapter, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society NZ)

9:10 am


Stuff CEO and owner Sinead Boucher has taken many calculated risks in her career. In this talk she will share how stepping out of her comfort zone to take advantage of unexpected opportunities has influenced her leadership journey. 

Sinead Boucher

Chief Executive Officer, Stuff

9:55 am

Advanced networking strategies

We can all have a conversation, but how do you build meaningful, productive connections? In this session, you will learn about the art of listening and key tools you can implement to enrich both business and personal interactions.

  • Understanding the value of networking
  • What questions should you ask to build connections?
  • Strategies for business development and client management
  • Finetuning your networking craft at every stage of your career
  • How do you go beyond a conversation and grow a relationship?
Mel Gorham


10:35 am

Speed networking

Expand your network, make connections and meet fellow delegates in this one-on-one virtual networking session.  

11:15 am

PANEL: Know your personal brand

Developing a strong personal brand is essential to developing as a leader. Are you consistently living your personal brand every day? What does it have to do with a successful career? This session will navigate the power of knowing your personal brand and tools for using it to grow and impact others as you lead in the workplace.

  • How do I know my personal brand?
  • Tools to articulate your personal brand at work
  • Serving others vs. self-promotion
  • Advice for continuing to develop your identity as a leader


Teressa Betty

President and Director, NZ & PI Chapter, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society NZ)


Sharron Botica

Chief Customer Officer, AIA NZ

Vicki Caisley

Chief People and Strategy Officer, Southern Cross Health Society

Nicola Dorward

Head of Customer and Digital, nib NZ

Monica Maharaj

Regional Claims Manager, Liability, NZI

12:05 pm

Women in Insurance NZ Awards 2020 announcement 

The winners of the following categories will be announced:  

  • Broker of the Year 
  • Insurance Employer of the Year 
  • Insurance Professional of the Year 
  • Marketing & Comms Executive of the Year 
  • Rising Star – Broker 
  • Rising Star – Insurer 
12:10 pm
12:40 pm

C-SUITE PANEL: Effecting change from the top

What strategies are being implemented to effectively execute change at the executive level? How do we create a working environment for women to thrive and be their very best? In this interactive panel, forward-thinking C-level leaders will share practical examples of how they are improving the representation of women in leadership positions and moving the D&I conversation forward.

  • What role do CEO’s play in driving change?
  • Business consideration: why diversity matters in insurance
  • Examples of successful actions and initiatives that have progressed gender equality
  • Pros and cons of gender targets vs quotas
  • Wider diversity balance and the talent gap: what has been implemented, key challenges and successes and what are your plans for progress in the future?
  • Reflecting on your own leadership: What’s working & what isn’t working?
  • What can the industry do to change its culture?
  • Innovation – where are we going in 2020?


Teressa Betty

President and Director, NZ & PI Chapter, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society NZ)


Kevin Blyth

Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Worldwide Partners

Megan Ferguson

Chief Operating Officer, Gallagher Bassett NZ

Cath Lomax

Chief Client Officer, Fisher Funds

Teresa Tepania-Ashton

Chief Executive Officer, Māori Women's Development

1:35 pm

Mental wellbeing in the workplace: Harnessing the power of purpose

New ways of working, increased commitments and the post-Covid environment may all be taking a toll on your resilience. Being clear on your “why” can enable you to take ownership of your own mindset and wellbeing, develop personal strategies to thrive, and enable you to support and advocate your team bringing their ‘whole self’ to work.

  • How finding your ‘why’ can enable you to develop strategies to thrive when it comes to your resilience
  • Strategies for supporting a resilient team
  • Advocating for your employees’ ‘whole self’ and what businesses and leaders can do to support their teams
Annabelle Thompson

Executive Manager, General Insurance Sales & Service, Suncorp

2:20 pm

Approaching social media with a strategy

With increasing technology, no matter what your role is, there is an expectation to stay current and have an online presence. Social media is rapidly influencing the face of the insurance industry, not just from a business perspective but also from a personal development standpoint. This session will examine how you can use social media to boost your career.

  • How to develop your online profile as a vehicle for new opportunities
  • Tips for creating valuable social media interactions
  • Advice for setting boundaries between social media and your work
  • Beyond LinkedIn: Ways to utilize different cross-channel communication platforms
  • How to use social media to reach new clients
Sally Gordon

Head of Propositions, Tower Insurance

2:55 pm

PANEL: Taking a risk – how do you further your career?

It’s natural to want to stay in your comfort zone, but is fear preventing you from moving up or trying something new? Explore how top leaders in the industry have navigated risks in their career, and beyond insurance – what you can do once you’ve “hit the top.”

  • Steps to manage risks and get out of your comfort zone
  • What can you do next to challenge yourself and grow as a leader?
  • Using your talents to be heard, serve on a board, start a committee and beyond
  • How to excel in your current position while remaining open to opportunities


Teressa Betty

President and Director, NZ & PI Chapter, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society NZ)


Niki Dumas

Founder, RockitHub

Racheal Greer

Head of Claims and Risk, Donaldson Brown Insurance Brokers

Fiona Hewitt

Executive Manager - Culture and Business Solutions, IAG

Faith Owens

Director, Bridges Insurance

3:50 pm

Achieving work-life balance in the ‘new normal’

Covid-19 has presented an even greater challenge to balancing both our personal and professional lives during the lockdown. As we continue to work remotely, how can we work effectively while managing our personal lives when the two are now closely integrated? What does flexible working look like for an increasingly remote workforce? 

  • Practical steps to maintain productivity in a remote working environment 
  • Tools and tips to foster and maintain team spirit and cohesion across a virtual team 
  • How to manage new types of stress during a lockdown 
  • Understanding the importance of ‘unplugging’ while working remotely 
Kato’one Kaho

Digital Delivery Manager, AA Insurance

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