Speaker Series



Monday 19th August, 7am - 9am
Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

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:
Hilary Barry - TV Anchor, Seven Sharp
Jo Morgan - Adventurer
Anna Willcox – Winter Olympian
Brodie Kane – Radio Presenter
with MC Tracy Watkins



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Hilary Barry

One of New Zealand’s most beloved broadcasters, Hilary has graced our TV screens and airwaves for three decades, winning many awards along the way.

A co-host of TVNZ’s prime time current affairs show Seven Sharp, Hilary has previously been a newsreader on both radio and TV and a presenter for TVNZ’s Breakfast show. Her sharp tongue and no-nonsense attitude extends to social media, where she’s won many admirers for her strong responses to online trolls.

Hilary supports a number of charities including Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ, ChildFund New Zealand and Dress for Success NZ . Her success and longevity is testament to her warmth and quick wit, her integrity and her determination to get to the bottom of the big issues.

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Jo Morgan

Jo’s remarkable survival story went around the world last October, when she was struck by an avalanche near Aoraki/Mt Cook. Unable to locate her climbing companions, who had tragically been swept to their deaths, she dug herself free and was rescued.

At the time of the accident, Jo was trying to climb her 23rd of New Zealand’s 24 peaks higher than 3,000 metres – not a common feat for a grandmother of seven. Jo and Gareth are still continuing with their intrepid motorcycle adventures which have included a world first of riding the whole Korean Peninsula. 

When she’s not scaling mountains or documenting her intrepid motorcycle travels in a series of books, she and her husband Gareth focus on philanthropic causes. Together they established the Morgan Foundation, which focusses overseas on facilitating low-income families to fully participate in society and their communities, and in New Zealand on conservation projects.


Anna Willcox

As an Olympic freestyle skier, TV sports presenter and tireless mental health campaigner, Anna has seen more triumph and adversity than most 27-year-olds.

A member of New Zealand’s Winter Olympic team at the 2014 Sochi Games, Anna was forced to give up skiing after a series of injuries. She’s spoken openly about her subsequent struggle with depression, and earned a new set of fans when she appeared on Dancing With The Stars for the Mental Health Foundation. 

Anna is now a sport reporter and presenter for The Crowd Goes Wild, and a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. "Opening up has actually helped me. Getting on by yourself can be a lot harder," she told Stuff recently. "We need to take the shame away."

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Brodie Kane

Christchurch-born and bred, Brodie returned south in 2017 to co-host The Hits Breakfast show.  Her ten year-career in journalism has included reporting stints for Newstalk ZB, Fair Go and Seven Sharp. More recently she was a presenter on TVNZ’s Breakfast show in Auckland.

No matter where she is and what the audience, Brodie loves to share stories and learn more about what makes New Zealanders tick. She’s earned a reputation as a tough, no-nonsense broadcaster, but with Brodie, you can always be sure that what you see is what you get.

Brodie is a strong supporter of improving Kiwis’ physical and mental wellbeing through exercise. She ran her first marathon in 2018 and competed in this year’s Coast-to-Coast.