This summit is accredited by IBANZ for 3 CPD points.


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Opening remarks from the chair

Larissa Vaughan – Acting CEO, Kiwi Insurance Limited


KEYNOTE SESSION – How to be a successful leader

Karen Walker CNZM is one of New Zealand’s foremost fashion entrepreneurs, presiding over an international business empire with over 1,020 stockists worldwide. In this inspiring and empowering keynote, she will share rare insight into how she achieved personal and professional success.

  • How to be a resilient and agile leader
  • How to be a female leader in a male-dominated industry
  • What are the skills and mindset required to become a success in your industry?

Karen Walker – Entrepreneur & Fashion Designer, Karen Walker


Practical strategies for leading with confidence

Women only make up a small percentage of CEO’s in agribusiness, and Emma Thomas is one of them. The statistics in the insurance industry paint a similar picture. Emma is a passionate advocate for gender equality and empowering female leaders to be successful. In this session she will share:

  • How to overcome unconscious bias and adversity
  • Practical tips for displaying self-confidence and advocate for gender equality
  • Strategies for promoting yourself as a future leader
  • The steps you can take today to reach your goals and advance your career

Emma Thomas – Chief Executive Officer, Achmea Australia


Morning refreshments


Panel: Adopting flexible work models and creating an inclusive workplace

In order to advance gender equality, flexible work arrangements must be available and actively supported. This interactive panel will discuss:

  • How to evolve the 9-5 work model and what has worked
  • How to facilitate professional development for women coming back from maternity leave
  • What are the cultural changes required to encourage the career progression of women?
  • What can companies do to make flexible work models more effective?


Larissa Vaughan – Acting CEO, Kiwi Insurance Limited



Cath Lomax – GM People –  Corporate, Bank of New Zealand

Sarah O’Brien – National Claims Manager Liability, QBE

John Lyon – Chief Executive Officer, Ando Insurance


Success story – Career advice from an insurance trailblazer

Hear from respected industry leader as she reflects upon key victories in her journey to the top, secrets learned along the way and the courageous strength that moved her forward. In this session Geniere will share how she navigated her way to the top of her career.

  • Advice for achieving balance between professional and family life
  • Successful strategies of being taken seriously in the workforce
  • How to use your position to influence change
  • Opportunities and setbacks: what would you do differently?

Geniere Aplin – Group Executive Personal Injury EML and Chair. EMLife


Networking lunch


In-conference worshop: How to develop a resilient mindset to overcome career setbacks

In this inspiring in-conference workshop, Brad will help you realise your full potential by developing your resilience skills. This workshop will assist you on:

  • How to become an established leader within your field
  • How to become an authentic and resilient leader
  • Empowering advice to help you meet your professional and personal goals
  • Being aware of your emotions during difficult conversations

Brad Hook – Chief Executive Officer, The Resilience Institute


Afternoon refreshments


Live Interview: Effective male champions of change

Engagement and support from company leadership is critical in achieving true diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector. What role do male business leaders play in achieving gender balance within the organisation? What can male allies do to sponsor women? Hear from a leading male champion of change on the steps taken to overcome barriers

  • Taking practical actions to increase the representation of women in leadership positions
  • Reflecting on your own leadership and unconscious bias
  • How can male champions inspire and encourage their male colleagues to do the same
  • How to engage men in the equality debate

Ian Pollard – Group Chairman and Managing Director, Delta Insurance

Petra Lucioli – Claims Manager, Delta Insurance


Panel: Developing and retaining future leaders in the industry

What actions need to be taken to strengthen the talent pipeline and develop and diversify the workforce? What should we be doing today to ensure the future achievements of women in insurance?

  • Making insurance sexy: how do you promote and educate potential talent about the opportunities within the insurance industry
  • Developing an inclusive recruitment process
  • Explore the most effective strategies to attract, engage and retain women in the industry
  • Mentoring a new generation – why you’re needed and how to start


Larissa Vaughan – Acting CEO, Kiwi Insurance Limited



Vanessa Simons – General Counsel, Kiwi Wealth

Nadine Tereora – Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Life Assurance Company Limited

Annabelle Thompson – Executive Manager – General Insurance Sales and Service, Suncorp Group


Closing remarks from Chairperson

Pre Awards Drinks


Presentation of Awards




Event concludes