TECHquality: Women at the forefront of Technology

A forum for notable women at the forefront of innovation to share their professional stories and personal insights.
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A forum for notable woman at the forefront of innovation to share their professional stories and personal insights.

Agenda
12.00 - 12.30pm - Welcome drinks, nibbles & Registration
12.30 - 12.35pm - Welcome: Cindy Bradley, Director, Executive Education, University of Auckland Business School
12.35 - 12.45pm - Introduction to panel: Dr. Sue Watson, New Zealand Leadership Institute, University of Auckland Business School
12.45 - 1.15pm - Panel Insights on the Topic ( 5 mins each speaker)
1.15 - 2.15pm - Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A session
2.15 - 2.30pm - Close and Comments Moderator
2.30pm - Vote of Thanks and Close: Pavitra Ramaswamy, Senior Programmes Consultant, Executive Education, University of Auckland Business School
2:30-3.00pm - Networking

Panel Members
Dr. Sue Watson, NZLI- Moderator
Eva Sherwood, Chair, TechWomen and Manager, Deloitte
Danielle Mathiesen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BlackCap Group
Raffaella del Prete, Head of Architecture and Delivery at Sovereign
Annika Gardner, Technology Delivery Manager, Les Mills On Demand
Alex Sims, Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland Business School, Blockchain researcher and enthusiast

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Speakers

Alex Sims is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland. She is a blockchain researcher and enthusiast and has presented on blockchain and cryptocurrencies to many organisations both in New Zealand and internationally. In late 2016, Alex was part of a team awarded a grant by the Law Foundation on the legal regulation of digital currencies in New Zealand and Australia. As part of the Law Foundation project, Alex has looked at the possible introduction of a New Zealand central bank issued cryptocurrency and the form that such a cryptocurrency should take.
Annika Gardner, born and raised in Auckland, NZ, studied business and communications at Massey University and proceeded to work in customer and digital focused companies. Aligning personal goals with the desire to make a difference in the health industry lead Annika to her dream job at Les Mills who is now the Technical Delivery Manager of LES MILLS On Demand. Never one to shy away from a free morning-tea, Annika enjoys getting involved in committees that have an employee-focused priority; from fun Christmas committee’s to more formal Health and Safety meetups.
Danielle Mathiesen, Founder and CEO of edtech startup BlackCap, has founded a number of successful initiatives focused on career networking and connecting youth with industry. She has held diversity and inclusion leadership positions within the legal industry which has given her unique insights to the innovation that will flow from employers embracing diversity and providing inclusive work environments. Her edtech startup BlackCap is a professional social media platform connecting students with their education journey. Danielle wants to encourage more women into leadership roles, especially within entrepreneurship and tech.
Dr Sue Watson's role as Leadership Development Manager at the New Zealand Leadership Institute is to oversee all leadership programmes, drive new initiatives and lead the facilitation team at the Institute. Sue was previously Global CEO of the expat organisation Kea, as well as chief executive of the Asia Pacific enterprise of the Commonwealth Education Trust. She brings strong business networks and a proven track record in strategy and business development as well as developing and facilitating leadership development workshops. After earning a Doctorate in education, Sue accepted an academic post and gained experience in research and lecturing at the tertiary level in both New Zealand and the United States, specifically the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at The University of Pennsylvania. Out of the office, Sue has also served in several directorships and is currently Chair of CORT Community Housing, a large social housing trust, as well as Judge of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.
Eva Sherwood is a passionate individual who is committed to Diversity and Tech in New Zealand. She is a Manager in Technology Consulting at Deloitte and previously worked in both technical and account management roles at Oracle New Zealand, Fronde Systems Group and Provoke Solutions. Eva is also a board member of New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech). This non-profit organisation provides a united voice for the fastest growing sector in New Zealand. The organisation helps New Zealand technology businesses succeed by encouraging talent, growing knowledge, creating connections and influencing policy. In addition, Eva is Chair of NZ Tech Women which focuses on attracting and supporting women into the sector and broader strategies to ensure we develop not only New Zealand’s fastest growing sector, but also its most inclusive.
As the Head of Architecture and Head of Delivery at Sovereign, Raffaella Del Prete oversees IT Architecture and will draw on her experience to demonstrate the value of these skills and the value they add. Prior to Sovereign, Raffaella was the Chief Architect at Genesis Energy. Her illustrious career includes Business, Digital and IT Architecture expertise across industry domains (retail, online, telecommunications, energy, utilities, FMCG, financial services, travel, consulting and security), company sizes and delivery approaches. She has held significant roles in major international companies including Fonterra, Tesco, BP, T-Mobile, and among
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