Thursday 22 August, 7am - 9am
Mercury Theatre, Auckland
The Women of Influence Speaker Series is an opportunity for people all over New Zealand, who aspire to make a significant contribution to their community, to fully realise their own potential by learning from some outstanding leaders who have done just that.
Join us for a networking breakfast, and hear from some of our amazing speakers including:
Karen Walker – Fashion Designer
Kanoa Lloyd – TV Anchor, The Project
Jess Quinn – Health & Wellbeing Advocate
Evie Kemp – Interior Designer
Jess Daniell – Food Guru
Karen is New Zealand’s best-known fashion designer. Her eccentrically elegant style has established a stellar international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and fragrance.
Having launched her label at age 18 with just NZ$100 Karen has since created a much-loved brand with her designs worn by stylish women around the world including the likes of Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Adele and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recently. Karen was made a Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014, for services to fashion design.
Social responsibility is important to Karen’s brand: she designs unique and well-crafted pieces with the intention they’re used for decades, and the brand demands a high ethical standard from its partners, manufacturers and suppliers. For the past six years Karen has consistently ranked in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future.
Born in Gisborne to Ngati Porou whanau and raised in Dunedin, Kanoa is a rising star of New Zealand broadcasting, known for her warm, engaging and knowledgeable on-air presence.
Kanoa began her broadcasting career in children’s television before becoming a weather presenter on NewsHub. She’s now one of three co-hosts of Three’s primetime show, The Project, which combined news, information and quirky humour. In 2017, she was nominated in the ‘Best Presenter: News & Current Affairs’ category at the New Zealand Television Awards.
Kanoa has been praised for her bravery in speaking out on topics including mental health issues and the use of Te Reo Maori in primetime programming.
Jess lost her right leg to cancer at the age of nine, but she hasn’t let that slow her down in any aspect of life. A model, brand ambassador, and health and wellbeing advocate, Jess uses her own experience of overcoming adversity and body image struggles to help others feel more comfortable in their own skin.
After discovering a magazine image of her had been photoshopped, Jess recently petitioned parliament to introduce a law requiring publishers to declare if a photo of a model has been digitally altered.
A self-described “accidental influencer”, Jess’s inspirational story has earned her a massive online following and a steady stream of public speaking work. She also won the nation over with her appearance on Dancing with the Stars 2018, raising awareness for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Evie Kemp is an Auckland based creative, known for her eclectic and eye catching designs. Her work branches across the areas of art, design, styling, interiors, fashion and lifestyle, bringing fresh and exciting ideas to life with her distinctive style and approach.
A lifelong collector and creator of art, she started out selling fabrics she’d made at university, designing ads for APN newspapers and creating fine art prints. She recently designed a bedroom for Sealy to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, and is responsible for this year’s Women of Influence creative artwork.
Evie lives in Auckland with her husband Sam, dogs Pebbles and Biggie, and cat Eddie. According to her website, she can be found scouring op shops for vintage ceramics, and over-sharing on Instagram.
A former Wairarapa farm girl with no formal chef training, Jess built her business from the underground up, growing it through word of mouth and rave reviews of her fresh, healthy meals.
Jess’ Underground Kitchen started out as a simple concept of selling home-cooked dinners to people who didn’t have time to make their own. It’s now expanded to an empire with bespoke catering, published cookbooks, four eateries and an ever-expanding array of ready-to-eat meals. Her philosophy is simple: “my weeknight dinners, but for hundreds instead of one”.
Although her recipes come from around the globe and are inspired by her love of travel, Jess is a believer in fresh, seasonal Kiwi ingredients, and producing meals in small batches that epitomises the kind of food she loves to eat. JUK operates as a centralised production kitchen in Auckland, stocking their own eateries and other retailers with fresh food and ready-to-eat meals daily.