Speaker Series

Wellington - Sold Out


Wednesday 28 August, 7am - 9am
Te Papa, Wellington

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:
A debate between: Georgina Beyer – Advocate for LGBTQIA+ community & Farah Palmer – Former Black Ferns captain
Jess Quinn – Health & Wellbeing Advocate
Maha Fier – Young Leader
Ruby Jones – Illustrator
with MC Ali Mau



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Georgina Beyer

The world’s first openly-transgender mayor and Member of Parliament, as well as one of only a handful of former sex workers to hold elected office, Georgina has spent much of her life changing attitudes and tearing down barriers.

Georgina was instrumental in passing the Prostitution Reform Bill, which decriminalised prostitution and further protected the rights of sex workers, as well as the Civil Union Act.

Nowadays, Beyer travels the world talking to audiences about her experiences. Though retired from political life, she still fights for greater recognition and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community and uses her own sometimes-traumatic experiences to support New Zealanders who are questioning their own identity.


Ruby Jones

You may not recognise her face, but you’ll almost certainly have seen the image that shot Ruby to fame. Her artwork depicting two women embracing - one a Muslim wearing a hijab – following the Christchurch terrorist attacks was picked up around the world, and she was subsequently invited by Time Magazine to illustrate the cover of its April 1 issue.

 "I've always been fascinated by human relationships, our connection with one another and the world. I think people just find joy in seeing that closeness and love depicted in an image," she says of her evocative drawing.

 The 26-year-old is not even a full time artist, but she hopes that her work will spark conversations about who we are as a country and who we want to become.

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Farah Palmer

Farah is an academic and former Black Ferns captain who became the first female appointed to the board of New Zealand Rugby in 2016.

Following a glittering career with the New Zealand women’s rugby team, which included three World Cup wins, she took on a variety of leadership and governance roles. This year she has taken on the role of Associate Dean Māori for the Massey Business School.

Farah’s recent work has focused on Elite Māori athletes and their cultural identities in sport, the leadership and organisational culture of the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Māori All Blacks, Māori women's experiences in sport management, and the involvement of mothers in elite sport as leaders and athletes.

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Maha Fier

Maha has racked up an impressive environmental CV for a 17-year-old. The Paraparaumu College student first made headlines in 2017 by helping design a rubbish-collecting robot for beach clean-ups.

Since then, she’s traveled to the Kermadec Islands with the BLAKE Trust, and Lesotho with the Paraparaumu College World Challenge Group, as well as helping with numerous local conservation projects.

Maha recently won an inaugural Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand Trailblazer award, which recognises people who are making a positive impact on animals, people and the environment. She says meeting the world-renowned conservationist and one of her heroes have given her fresh inspiration to fight for environmental causes.

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Jess Quinn

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.