2018 International Women’s Day campaign theme #PressforProgress acknowledges the progress the world has made in regards to gender parity, it reminds us, that we as individuals and the wider community cannot become complacent.
This year TechWomen are showcasing local stories of “When Diversity Counts” with three simultaneous lunch events across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Each city will have unique local speakers who will share their stories of when the diversity of their team has changed the game for their organization.
Please join us to gain inspiration and connect with your local tech community. TechWomen encourage all genders to attend our events and we provide a positive friendly environment everyone. Our speakers are female and male, and we want our audience to be as diverse as we envision our industry to be! Please encourage people who may not have been to one our events before to come along.
Thank you to our venue sponsor Bank of New Zealand.
Kaila Colbin is the Australian Ambassador for Singularity University. In 2016, she spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand Summit, the first in Australasia, with more than 1,400 attendees.
She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point to make things happen in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts; Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.
Kaila is a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.
A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Kevin joined eStar in June 2015 as Chief Operations Officer, leading the production team and driving through the development of processes and reporting across the company. Kevin combines 40 years of retail experience with his technical knowledge, and considers himself first and foremost to be a professional and passionate retailer, who happens to be working in IT.
His experience encompasses store management, operations management, and supply chain IT as well as systems support and development. He is recognised internationally as a Business Intelligence expert, speaking at conferences both in NZ and overseas, and is the first Kiwi ever to be granted Luminary status by Qlik. He is a collaborative, team and customer-focused leader who manages and delivers core business technology and solutions in complex business environments.
Kevin has been independently accredited as a Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) by ITP, the professional body of the IT sector in New Zealand. Chartered IT Professional accreditation shows internationally agreed standards of competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct are met.
Dene has over 16 years’ combined team leadership, operational and event management experience within the Digital, Technology, Arts, Government and Sport sectors. Her passion is in leadership, coaching, events, utilising Agile methodologies to enhance engagement and building collaborative and sustainable teams, while fostering a healthy, fun and productive work culture through strong leadership and effective communication.
Dene is curious about how people tick and interact, passionate about being active, and enjoy exploring the amazing outdoors that Te Waipounamu generously offers.