Thursday, AUGUST 27, 2020, 9am-12pm

2020 Inspiring Women 

There are lots of women in the Eastern Bay with fascinating stories. We’ve known that for a while. That was one of our motivations for launching the Inspiring Women conference series last year: we wanted to create an occasion for some of those women to share the stories of following their dreams, facing down fears, overcoming obstacles and achieving big things. Five wonderful ladies stepped up and made our 2019 event an amazing day.

They’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to inspiring women. We believe every woman has a story worth sharing and we want to keep bringing you all together to celebrate each other, be encouraged and make new friends.

This year there’ll be another speaker line-up comprising amazing women doing amazing things, plus prizes, giveaways and networking opportunities. There’ll also be a few changes we think you’ll like.

Our team

Justine McLeary

Event director

Nicole Leach

Event director

Anna Glibbery

Communications and events co-ordinator

Claire House



Fiona Cleghorn

Fiona’s the driving force behind the Wander Women adventure races that have taken NZ by storm. Her love of the outdoors led her to create Soaked in Adventure – a business that lets her share her passion with others.

Corrine Lynskey

Our second speaker for this year is Corrine Lynskey, of Curated Curves: Beautiful & Affordable Plus-Size Clothing. Curated Curves stocks new and pre-loved fashion and accessories, and Corrine is passionate about empowering women to embrace who they are. 

Ronna Funtelar

Ronna has an adventurous spirit. She loves dancing and rock climbing, among other pursuits, and dares to do things other women only dream about. She’ll be sharing why we should all feel the fear and then do it anyway.

Sue Birch

Sue is passionate about nutrition and is dedicated to improving the health of New Zealanders by providing education and support around obesity and other health issues through her consulting business, A Healthy NZ.


MC: Amy Hayes

Amy Hayes is the event director of Kawerau WoodFest. She’s dedicated to delivering fantastic events all communities can enjoy and is well-known around the Eastern Bay. She’s travelled and – little-known fact – was the first qualified female locksmith in Australasia.

Venue details

Top Shelf

84 The Strand, Whakatane

Free parking available on Kakahoroa Drive.

Expo tables

We’ll have a small mini-expo with displays for you to check out over the day.


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