Lock the date in for our last Waikato’s League of Extraordinary Women for 2018! A magical evening where we don’t bring in amazing women from all over the country because we don’t need to! We look around us and everywhere we look, we see EXTRAORDINARY. Waikato women, shining bright, working hard, achieving great things, often quietly in the background. So we’re celebrating them!
And what’s that, we hear you ask? Where’s Shelly? Worry not, our evening will, as always, be MC’d by the vivacious and keep-you-on-your-toes Shelly Davies.
We so thrilled to have DTI Lawyers as our sponsors for the evening – working alongside the Waikato Chamber of Commerce to celebrate, promote, and inspire women in the Waikato.
Come along, have a drink, hear some struggles and success stories, learn from each other, and most of all, hang with the girls. You deserve it!
Speakers Franny McInnes - Breastmates Breastmates started as a small hobby business after I had my first baby, 14 years ago. I had one simple homemade product that I would sell on auction sites. I didn’t have any business experience so I had to teach myself every aspect of running a business. I didn’t have any money to invest, so I funded my business through cashflow and my DIY skills. Over the years, I’ve developed Breastmates into a premier motherhood brand that’s well-known throughout New Zealand and Australia. I design and manufacture my own clothing range and develop products for mums while managing a great team of staff. I’ve built up a massive e-commerce website and social media community which reaches millions of women around the world. But the most rewarding part of my work is my ability to have a positive impact on women’s lives – whether it’s hearing from a new mum who loves wearing my designs, starting community charity campaigns, or encouraging others with a dream to start their own business…….
Captain Corina Bruce, Royal New Zealand Navy - New Zealand Defence Force
During Corina’s time within DNODS she worked on a number of operational systems gaining exposure to various roles mainly specialising in Weapons Systems implementations. As a lieutenant she was awarded a Commendation by the Chief of Naval Staff in 1987 for her contributions during the First of Class acceptance of the R76 Gun Fire Control System.
Corina started in IT and has worked in training, engineering, HR, various command and leadership roles, including the Naval Base Devonport, NZDF Health Services and her current role includes working in the diversity and inclusion area as the NZDF Lead for More Military Women, Senior Advisor to the Chief of Navy for Women, on the boards of the senior navy officers promotions and appointments board, and for the acquisition and integration of the new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel. She holds a directorship on the board of the Royal New Zealand RSA. As a finalist in 2014 Women of Influence Awards she is proud of her team's Diversityworks Supreme Award last week and describes herself as "slowly getting used to being labelled a feminist".
Susan Hassall Mrs Susan Hassall has an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She has been Headmaster of Hamilton Boys’ High School since 2000, following her early career as a teacher of English, at the same school. She has extensive experience in education, and in the management of change in an organisation.
Susan has also been involved, as an Executive member, with the Association of Boys’ Schools, since its inception in 2002, and has an abiding interest in, and involvement with, gifted education, having contributed to the Minister’s Advisory Group for many years.
In March, 2016, Susan joined the University of Waikato Council, in 2017 becoming Pro-Chancellor. She is also a member of The University of Waikato Foundation.
Mrs Hassall contributes to the wider community as a Justice of the Peace, and as a Wedding and Special Occasion Celebrant.