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Inspiring wāhine behind Aotearoa’s most successful businesses

We'll be giving you the opportunity to rub shoulders with and pick the brains of some of the most successful businesswomen in New Zealand!


Wednesday 26 May
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Kami HQ, Kami HQ,
3/125 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland
Free event
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What's it all about?

The future is female, but what does this mean for businesses? As the global mentality of employers, employees and consumers shifts to be more purpose-driven – modern businesses must continue to pride themselves on pursuing progress, nurturing a meritocracy and celebrating diversity & inclusion.

With the number of female founders and business leaders having doubled in the last decade, there still is a long way to go to achieve gender parity for female talent in business.

May is Female Founder month and it is as important a time as ever for celebrating the powerful wāhine behind Aotearoa’s most successful businesses that are performing on the local and world stage. 

The event will consist of a panel discussion with four panelists will be moderated by Wendy Petrie, to cover off topics such as:

Scaling a business / start up – top tips from female founders & business leaders Work life balance – juggling a high performing business with a family Building a diverse team – top tips from female founders & business leaders

Panellists include:

Alliv Samson, co-founder and COO of Kami Caroline Rainsford, Country Director of Google NZ Emma Lewisham, founder of Emma Lewisham Skincare Alyona Medelyan, Ph.D., CEO of Thematic


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Alliv Samson

Co-founder & COO of Kami

In the past year Alliv has rapidly scaled her edtech business Kami to reach 25 million users in more than 180 countries, all while welcoming her first child into the world and working alongside her husband (and Kami CEO) Hengjie.

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Caroline Rainsford

Country Director of Google NZ

Caroline is a passionate business leader with a long and diverse career spanning global service and product industries. As Country Director for Google NZ, one of Caroline’s goals is to set a long-term vision for how Kiwi businesses can grow and transform in the digital age.

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Alyona Medelyan, Ph.D.

CEO of Thematic

Alyona is the CEO of Thematic, an AI-driven feedback analysis solution which helps companies like LinkedIn and DoorDash improve customer and user experience through insights from customer feedback. Alyona holds a PhD in Natural Language Processing. Her academic work is cited more than 2500 times.

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Emma Lewisham

Founder of Emma Lewisham skincare

Emma Lewisham, New Zealand’s cult premium beauty brand, is on a mission to make a meaningful, lasting difference in the beauty industry through innovative thinking, natural, science backed products and being at the forefront of the circular beauty movement.

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