Diversity Breakfast on June 6th, 2013


On June 6th The Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Equal Employment Opportunities Trust will host a breakfast for businesswomen. This is the third ‘Diversity breakfast’ in 2013. The guest speakers are two women who have led very successful business careers; Tara Lorigan and Anne Fitzpatrick.

Where: The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland

When: Thursday, 6th June  7.30am – 9.30am.

Cost: Tickets are $70 for EEO Trust members and $85 for non-members.

Please email events@chamber.co.nz to reserve your ticket.

More details about the speakers- see the Auckland Chamber of Commerce website

Tara Lorigan is the founder and CEO of Growmybiz which has a unique formula that helps small businesses to grow in a rapidly changing market.  She says some of the gutsiest women she’s met have successfully set up small businesses.  Tara says aiming for large corporates and high profile board roles is not always the most effective way to embark through the talent pipeline.  She says getting a small business off the ground and then achieving positive results internationally is extremely rewarding and a good way to embark on a governance path.

Anne Fitzpatrick works with senior managers on their professional and career development.  Her main focus is on assisting women who are seeking leadership roles.  Anne has compiled a list of words women should try not to use when pursuing senior and governance roles – they include ‘sorry’ and ‘like to’.  This follows her own research that found women dis-empower themselves through the language used in work situations.  Anne says this talk and behaviour result in women not being promoted and appointed to leadership roles.  Anne has also looked at the gender make up of people lined up for chief executive roles in our Public Service.  The results are interesting.  Come along to the breakfast to learn more.