3rd Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit

Uncover strategies for success & unlock the skills to succeed in a digital future

  • October 21st - 24th, 2019
  • AREA Events Wellington


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- Navigate digital transformation
- Unlock your diverse leadership capabilities
- Integrate your technical and leadership focus
- Discuss successful use of agile methodologies


Dr Elizabeth Valentine

Elizabeth Valentine is an experienced senior executive, stakeholder engagement and governance expert and digital transformation consultant. She has broad and deep experience across NZ’s corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors. Elizabeth has a passion for service and a proven track record of achieving results through teams. She is commercially savvy, and an innovative, flexible problem solver. She has an excellent ability to lead and govern complex, large-scale projects including public/private collaborations. Her career has been characterised by both strategic and thought leadership, to which she brings vision, skilful people leadership and energy.

Chief Information Officer
Massey University

  • Vic Crone
    Chief Executive Officer
    Callaghan Innovation
  • Andrea Black
    Group Manager, Platforms & Digital Operations
    Genesis Energy
  • Regine Deleu
    General Manager, Digital Architecture
    Auckland Transport
  • Ratneesh Suri
    Head of Analytics


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Critical communication skills to effectively lead technical teams
Effectively build digital capability to achieve organisational goals
Remain resilient through the technical zig-zag
Thrive as an Agile Leader
Optimise AI automation
Implement deactivation - Finding balance in the digital age
Harness diversity & continuous learning to achieve innovation
Innovation - Survive or thrive?
EQ - The glue that holds us together
Active steps to navigate change
Build culture through communication
Effectively lead teams of technical experts
Capitalise & lead through digital disruption
Transition from technical specialist to leader
Pre-Summit Workshop

21 Oct


While new ideas, markets, and methodologies provide opportunities, digital disruption also poses challenges. No matter the circumstance, clear communication is the number one tool for success in a changing environment. Learn how to communicate with confidence and clarity with stakeholders to encourage trust and ensure lasting relationships.

Maximise influential abilities

- Understand your communication style

- Deliver with versatility and confidence

- Increase self-awareness

Develop your interpersonal skills

- Manage emotional intelligence

- Learn assertiveness not aggression

- Learn to motivate your team

Construct confident communication

- Know and leverage your communication style

- Manage conflict and execute difficult conversations with confidence

- Influence with integrity

Navigating constant change in digital teams

- Understand and exhibit your value

- Embrace change with confidence

- Find opportunities in change

Summit Day 1

22 Oct

Case Study

They say if it ticks at the top, it ticks at the bottom. But capability at the top (or lack of) can make or break your technology and transformation efforts.

- Gain insights and practical advice for digital leadership

- Learn three essential areas of digital capability

- Discuss the risks of capability deficiencies 

  • Dr Elizabeth Valentine Chief Information Officer Massey University

Case Study

The path to leadership is nonlinear, especially in the tech and digital industries, where disruption and innovation can take you anywhere. Join Christine as she shares her leadership journey and gives you some tips and tricks to remain resilient when the path is not clear.

- Innovative thinking to break perceived barriers

- Why shifting sideways can put you ahead

- Build resilience, persistence and belief

  • Christine Dormaar Global Chief Information Officer Tait Communications

Case Study

Agile is not a new phenomenon, but it's the word on everyone's lips. Join our group of Agile specialists from BNZ as they discuss selling the Agile mindset to stakeholders and implementing these methodologies sustainably. Walk away with new ideas and the confidence to incorporate these methodologies into your leadership style.   

- Get buy-in for new Agile processes from key stakeholders

- Gain confidence in new Agile methodologies

- Harness new skills 

  • Bridgit Elder Digital Performance Manager Bank of New Zealand

  • Heather Kennett Digital Capability Manager Bank of New Zealand

  • Penny Goodwin Digital Product Owner Bank of New Zealand

  • Lisa Agent Head of Practices & Capability Bank of New Zealand

Case Study

AI is the root of exciting ventures in the technology sector. However, the merging of AI with automation may take the cake as the latest disruption. Join Amy and Jared as they share insights as to what this means for the sector, and how to optimise the exciting opportunities created by these new and emerging markets. 

- What AI automation means for the technology sector 

- Drive innovation 

- Maximise digital disruption

  • Amy Oding Operational Support & Automation Manager Vodafone


Technology never stops or switches off, so how do we? Does working remotely affect our ability to switch off? Join our panellists as they discuss their challenges and the strategies they have employed to manage the technological age. 

- Manage the demands of technology 

- Create a trans work environment 

- Harmonise your priorities

  • Llori Valenzuela Head of Digital & Online Sales Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited

  • Nicky Ashton Head of Digital & Channel Operations Accident Compensation Corporation

  • Sarah Pritchett Head of Digital Product NZME

Expert Commentary

Continuous learning and development is the hallmark of the digital tech sector. To continue the rate of innovation, you must embrace diversity to welcome new ways of thinking. Join Dr Suri as she discusses the importance and the benefits of establishing collaborative teams with a growth mindset. 

- Learn to create an inclusive atmosphere that breeds diversity

- Discuss what a growth mindset looks like and how you can implement this in your team

- Empower a culture of continuous learning

  • Ratneesh Suri Head of Analytics IAG

Case Study

With a barrage of new technologies set to mainstream, how well are you placed to lead your organisation so it doesn’t just survive this onslaught, but thrives in seizing new opportunities? Join Vic as she discusses the context for this change, technologies that organisations must start to adopt and how to support embedding those technologies into your organisations.

- Gain confidence to face the challenges of technology head on 

- Taking charge of change - how to thrive with constant innovation 

- Strategies to embrace the changes in tech.

  • Vic Crone Chief Executive Officer Callaghan Innovation

Case Study

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is often overlooked in leadership but plays a crucial role for leaders. Join Derri as she discusses the significance of EQ and guides you through exercises for promoting and incorporating EQ. 

- Understand how EQ changes and works in different environments

- Foster safe relationships to succeed

- Link EQ with Agile 

  • Derri Evans Agile Coach Westpac New Zealand Limited

Summit Day 2

23 Oct

Case Study

Join Regine Deleu as she discusses her experiences with new technologies at Auckland Transport. You'll learn how to turn potential challenges into opportunities.

- Embrace opportunities that tech provides

- Discover the technologies and processes being undertaken by other companies 

- Learn how diversity of thought and culture changes outcomes

  • Regine Deleu General Manager, Digital Architecture Auckland Transport

Case Study

To excel as a leader, you must meet the needs of stakeholders and control performance while simultaneously stimulating innovation. Confident communication is essential to maintain trust and manage difficult conversations throughout this formidable balancing act.

- Develop a leadership presence

- Remain approachable as a leader 

- Discover how clear communication creates a dedicated team

  • Sarah Thirlwall Chief Digital Officer MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Expert Commentary

Advancing into leadership from a technical specialist can be a challenging transition, but mastering the art of leadership will equip you with the skills to thrive in any environment. Join Andrea as she discusses her journey to leadership, and shares skills and strategies to handle these transitions. 

- Be inspired to embrace change 

- Strengthen your leadership image 

- Gain confidence in your skills

  • Andrea Black Group Manager, Platforms & Digital Operations Genesis Energy

Case Study

Living in an ‘innovation first’ society means disruption has become an unavoidable by-product of technological development. Join Stella as she discusses her experiences with digital disruption and explores the challenges this poses to women and men in the tech and digital fields.

- Strategies for success in a changing landscape 

- Learn to foster ambition and steer your team towards the future 

- Maximise the opportunities created by disruption

  • Stella Ward Chief Digital Officer Canterbury District Health Board

Post-Summit Workshop

24 Oct


Change is a common denominator within the ICT and digital fields, but it requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Join our expert facilitator as they explore one of the most significant changes you'll have to make - transitioning from a technical specialist into an engaging leader. Learn to leverage, maximise, and maintain your technical expertise while developing new leadership capabilities.

Step outside your comfort zone

- Adopt a leadership mindset

- Identify role models for success

- Deal with the demons


Maximise and maintain current skills

- Understand how to leverage current technical skills

- Sell your expertise 

- Adapt the role to fit you


Build your leadership toolbox

- Clarify your leadership capabilities and values

- Define your leadership style

- The 5 conversations you need to schedule


Establish career advancement

- Expand your sphere of influence

- Define your brand and market yourself

- Develop an action plan


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