Speaker Series



Thursday 8 August, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
The Boathouse, Nelson

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 networking drinks and canapés, and hear from some of our amazing speakers including:
The Chia Sisters – Juice Crafters
Abbie Reynolds – Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council
with MC Tracy Watkins



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The Chia Sisters

The idea for Chia was born in 2012 when Chloe, a neuroscientist, set out to create a nutritious on-the-go drink for her sister Florence, a national champion triathlete. Fast forward seven years, and they’ve just been named on the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list of game changers in the Asia Pacific.

Following the launch of Chia, made from hydrated chia seeds and antioxidant-rich juices, the sisters launched Awaka Sparkling Coconut Water and Bottled by the Sun Fresh Pressed Juice. All are natural and nutritious and free from added sugars. The pair have won numerous awards including Best Drink in New Zealand for 2019 and are now exporting to supermarkets and cafes across New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

The Van Dykes’ business model is built around sustainability. In 2018 they opened New Zealand’s first solar-powered juicery and became Nelson’s first Living Wage accredited employers. They bottle their juices with recycled glass, maintain a zero waste policy and use low carbon ingredients.

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Abbie Reynolds

Abbie is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, a division of BusinessNZ representing more than 100 member businesses, including some of New Zealand's largest companies.

Abbie is passionate about business being a force for good in the world.  Through SBC she works alongside organisations to help them embed sustainability, drive action on climate change and the future of work, develop their capability to respond to changing customer demands and to lead sustainability in their organisations. She argues that New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy is an opportunity for innovation.  

Before joining the SBC, Abbie was the head of sustainability at Vodafone NZ and has led sustainability and regulatory work across a number of different industries.