4th Women in Retail & FMCG Leadership Summit

Refine your core leadership skills and gain strategies to thrive in an evolving Retail & FMCG environment

  • May 21st - 24th, 2019
  • Stamford Auckland


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- Thrive in a tumultuous environment
- Build resilience and manage change
- Master a work-life balance
- Communicate with confidence


Shannon Kelly

Group Supplier Engagement Manager
FoodStuffs North Island

  • Mandy Tomkins
    Chief Financial Officer
    Villa Maria Winery
  • Katrina Felton
    Director of People & Operations
    McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd
  • Nina Stojnic
    VP Marketing APAC
    Constellation Brands New Zealand Limited
  • Sally Gordon
    Business Manager, Health, Education and Local Government


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Lead through change & disruption
Navigate a challenging environment
Lead a high-performing team & drive business growth
Build courage & confidence
Master your communication style
Inspirational leadership
Maximise your potential
Inside the mind of the changing consumer
Lead with passion & authenticity
Retail with soul
Be bold through change
Master a work-life balance
Stand out & be seen
Your future in Retail & FMCG
Unleash your potential
Pre-Summit Workshop -


Fast changing consumer dynamics are changing the Retail & FMCG landscape. Your ability to effectively manage complexity is essential to remain relevant in a competitive environment.

This interactive workshop will equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate disruption, improve engagement and lead with confidence through uncertainty.

Communication EQ

- Discover the keys of influence

- Effective communication for different personalities

- Mitigate fear with trust

Purposeful leadership

- Address limiting beliefs

- Shine as a leader

- Lead through change


Build high-performing teams

- Authentic leadership

- Empathetic communication

- Building engagement and loyalty

Change the game

- Break the commodity trap

- Look outside-in

- Lead through innovation

Conference Day 1 -

Case Study

To stand out in a competitive environment, you must effectively leverage your influence. Wendy will share her leadership journey and explain how she climbed the career ladder.

- Have a clear vision to follow

- Gain buy-in

- Leverage your brand


In a dynamic environment like retail, a leader must navigate the challenges. Susan will explain how she demonstrates grit through change.

- Learn to excel under pressure

- Unpack motivations from a seasoned leader

- Gain tangible advice

  • Susan D'Lima Head of Replenishment Progressive Enterprises

Case Study

To gain the trust and respect of your team, you must be able to showcase your beliefs. Mandy will share the importance of having confidence in your position as a leader.

- Believe in your abilities

- Use your leadership voice

- Envision a progressive direction

  • Mandy Tomkins Chief Financial Officer Villa Maria Winery


Effective communication is an imperative aspect of any leader's performance portfolio. Our panel of experts will provide practical strategies for sharpening your communication skills.

- Importance of internal communication

- Communicate confidently with stakeholders 

- Maximise high-performance potential

  • Anna Schubert Head of Retail Distribution Sovereign

  • Elizabeth Coulter Head of TS4B (Tech Solutions for Business) Noel Leeming Group

  • Liz May Former General Manager, Logistics Countdown

  • Martine Milicich General Manager Member Banking SBS bank

  • Jennifer Tweed National Manager - Retail Perpetual Guardian

Case Study

Shannon will share her success in forming the Women in Leadership network for Foodstuffs North Island. She will outline the positive influence this support system has had throughout the organisation.

- Drive positive change

- Innovate to make an impact

- Implement your network

  • Shannon Kelly Group Supplier Engagement Manager FoodStuffs North Island

Case Study

Hear from Annabel as she reflects on her journey and offers strategies for progression. You'll learn to cultivate a growth mindset and embrace your leadership transition.

- Challenge-driven leadership

- Create a culture of growth

- Foster the courage to step up

  • Annabel Harris Customer Director Unilever New Zealand Ltd

Think Tank

Enter the mind of the consumer and brainstorm strategies to understand the unique challenges of Retail & FMCG. Learn how you can achieve a positive transformation in a tumultuous environment. 

- Tap into behaviour economics

- Address subconscious thinking

- Thrive in a growing market

Conference Day 2 -

Case Study

Remain true to your core values to ensure an authentic leadership identity. Mandy will teach you how to remain transparent in the climb towards leadership.

- Promote an open leadership style

- Strive for consistency

- Drive a culture of honesty

  • Mandy Tomlinson General Manager, Retail Overland Footwear Group

Case Study

The pathway to leadership presents abundant opportunities to showcase your bravery and carve a successful career. This session will help you ignite your passion and maximise your potential.

- Connect with people and communities

- Lead from the heart

- Power through passion

  • Pejman Okhovat Chief Executive Officer The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery Ltd

Case Study

To thrive in a dynamic industry, you must unlock the benefits of innovation. This session will help you embrace a growth mindset and lead strategically.

- Encompass entrepreneurship

- Inspire your team to success

- Spearhead your strategy


A productive leader focuses on the bigger picture and manages conflicting priorities. This panel will explore strategies to strike a work-life balance that works for you.

- Time management tactics

- Manage your professional and personal priorities

- Set clear goals and expectations

  • Nina Stojnic VP Marketing APAC Constellation Brands New Zealand Limited

  • Sally Gordon Business Manager, Health, Education and Local Government Spark

  • Carey Wilken Marketing Director The Kraft Heinz Company

  • Heather Johnston GM - Health, Safety & Environment Comvita Limited

  • Angela Henry Senior Category Manager - Corporate Services Transpower

  • Jo Kearins General Manager Culture Revolution Contact Energy

  • Edwina Neilson GM Marketing EziBuy

  • Alana Pollock Business Development Manager, Retail Z Energy

Case Study

To thrive in a competitive and crowded market, you must articulate your vision. Katrina will share her career journey and offer strategies for success.

- Stand out in a competitive market

- Articulate your leadership voice

- Importance of availability for your team

  • Katrina Felton Director of People & Operations McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd


This final interactive session will reflect on key takeaways and help you set a plan for success. 

- Build your support network 

- Be accountable for your future

- Embrace the next steps

Post-Summit Workshop -


To thrive, leaders must unlock their potential by grasping their inner strengths, but this can be challenging when balancing increased responsibilities.

This experiential workshop will explore the strengths, values, virtues, wishes and aspirations of a successful leader. The exercises are designed to increase your self-awareness and gain clarity moving forward.

Enable success as a leader 

- Progress towards leadership 

- Embrace true potential 

- Character building virtues 

Storytelling in leadership 

- The power of communication 

- Encounter styles of engagement 

- Find your leadership voice 

Innovation and strategic visioning

- Tap into natural strengths 

- Create your future 

- Action plan for success

Positive change 

- Drive transformation with confidence

- Next steps to creating success

- Share your vision


Stamford Auckland

22-26 Albert St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

+64 9 309 8888

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