IWD: EachForEqual : I Have Taken Action

IWD: EachForEqual : I Have Taken Action
New Zealand Business Women's Network and Kea New Zealand invite you to join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2020.
New Zealand Business Women's Network and Kea New Zealand invite you to join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2020 with a wonderful panel discussion and networking event in The Penthouse of New Zealand House.

We look to women who are creating positive and much needed change in their sectors and communities. The global pledge for IWD2020 is #EachForEqual where an equal world is an enabled world. NZBWN and Kea support this pledge by sharing with our networks the stories of women who are disrupting established industries, supporting communities, creating positive change and opportunities for women, and in doing so are taking us a step closer to an equal world for all.

Our inspiring and remarkable panel for 2020 is made up of guest speakers:

Emma Rigby, Director/Founder of Love Your Doorstep

Emma Rigby from Rotorua New Zealand - is a social entrepreneur best known for being the founder and CEO of Love Your DoorStep, an award-winning business and community platform. Launched in the face of the London riots in 2001, Emma’s company is dedicated to bringing communities together and putting local people in touch with local products. Her idea is to build cohesion through social media and being on the ground in local communities. Her new project is a Community Patrol initiative that has over 100 local volunteers registered who patrol to keep school kids safe from youth crime. They have seen a decrease in 40% in youth on youth robberies since the scheme started in March 2019.

Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids

Rachel Carrell is the founder and CEO of Koru Kids, a fast-growing company dedicated to building the world’s best childcare service, starting in London where it provides in-home childcare for children aged 0-10 years. Originally from New Zealand, Rachel holds a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has received numerous awards including ‘Inspirational Mother’ and ‘Best Businesswoman in Tech’, and was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of her work. Rachel is also the mother of two young children. She was CEO of a multinational healthcare company when she had her first baby, experienced first hand how difficult and expensive it was to arrange childcare, and decided to found Koru Kids.

Rebecca (Bex) Smith, Global Director of Women’s Game, COPA90

Bex Smith first came to prominence as a World Cup and Olympic footballer representing New Zealand, and culminating her club career winning The Triple with VfL Wolfsburg as UEFA Champions League, German League, and German Cup Winners up until her retirement in 2013 (due to a knee injury). During her time as a professional footballer she earned her degrees in Economics, Spanish, an MBA and Masters in Psychology.

Since then she has worked for FIFA as Manager of Women’s Competitions and Strategic Planning, as a freelance sport consultant, as an Executive Producer, and she is now Executive Director of Women’s Game for COPA90, the world’s largest independent football media business.

At COPA90, Bex oversees the commercial, editorial and marketing delivery of a business-wide initiative of the women's proposition to normalize women's football, fans, and women in football into coverage of the sport. She developed COPA90’s proposition for potential partners and brands for the 2019 Women’s World Cup and a larger future-facing women’s football initiative involving world-renowned footballers.

Alison Wallace, CEO of SOS Children's Villages UK

Alison Wallace is CEO of SOS Children's Villages UK, the UK branch of the world’s largest independent organisation working with children without parental care and families at risk of separation. In her role, she leads a team of 22 staff to raise awareness, mobilise resources and advocate for improved policies for this vulnerable group. Prior to joining SOS Children’s Villages, she was CEO of the European Council on Foreign Relations and global relief organisation ShelterBox. She has held senior positions at Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, and the Refugee Council, and has overseen relief operations for emergencies including Typhoon Haiyan and the Nepal earthquakes. She is also a trustee of Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

In her spare time, Alison is a keen walker, having tackled two of Scotland’s long distance footpaths as well as being a stage-struck volunteer at the Tower Theatre in London’s Stoke Newington.

With Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent for Channel 4 joining us as MC

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She trained in New Zealand at the Auckland Star before travelling to England.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system as well as reporting on anything that affects people's physical and mental health. This could be medical developments or HIV and TB both in the UK and abroad, the impact of welfare reforms on people with disabilities, or the winter pressures in the health service.

Another amazing lineup for this, the sixth IWD collaboration between NZBWN and Kea. £30 plus ticketing fee, includes wine, canapés, great conversation and networking opportunities.

This will be the last time this event will be hosted at New Zealand House for some time, the house is due to close for refurbishment later this year. So don’t delay in securing your place at what is always a full house event!

Special thanks to our event sponsors Robert Walters New Zealand, Yealands Estate, Yeastie Boys and Karma Cola.

#WeSpeakKiwi #IWD2020 #EachForEqual



Terms and conditions

By registering to attend this event, guests agree to share their information with Kea New Zealand. Kea New Zealand will use guest details and email address for event communication purposes including event reminders and post-event follow ups where registered. Guests will not be added to the Kea New Zealand mailing list, and can do so at www.keanewzealand.com or the New Zealand Business Women's Network which can be joined at www.nzwomen.co.uk.

Cancellation and refund policy

Only guests registered will be admitted. Kea New Zealand and New Zealand Business Women's Network reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event to an alternative date. All registered participants affected by such a cancellation or postponement will be offered a full refund of the ticket price paid. No refunds will be issued for non-attendance at the event or for guest cancellations. A replacement guest is permitted by emailing info@nzwomen.co.uk up to 24 hours prior to the event.


Photographs will be taken at this event and will be published across social media for Kea New Zealand and New Zealand Business Women's Network.

Attend Contact

Time & Date

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 06:30 PM - Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 10:00 PM


80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ

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£27.54 – £43.71