About Join us in celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day New Zealand 2022! 


This years event will be hosted as hybrid in Auckland by the UN Women Aotearoa NZ Auckland committee and virtually from anywhere in the world, bringing people together to celebrate and empower women in business. With a distinguished list of industry leaders scheduled to speak on this years theme; DAO, Crypto and Web 3.0, we aim to support UN Women’s economic empowerment initiative in the Pacific, ‘Markets for Change’.


Diversify your business network and create new connections with other professionals across a broad range of industries who all have a vested interest in the future equality and equity of women. 

Thank you to New Zealand #WEDO Ambassador Catherine van der Meulen, our amazing lineup of inspiring speakers committed to #empoweringwomen and to our major sponsor Vodafone NZ for ensuring no women is left behind!

When: November 18 2022
Time: 11am-2pm
Where: Unleash Space, Auckland University & Online (link sent to registered participants two days prior to event)

With only 15-25% of women investing, globally recognized investing experts, Sim and Sonya, are on a mission to make the world of investing less intimidating. Their podcast, Girls That Invest has amassed over 1M downloads and has become the world’s #1 investing podcast for women – without the jargon. Featured on TEDx US, Vogue, and Business Insider, their mission is simple: Putting money into the hands of women. Their 150,000 strong Instagram following quickly demonstrated the need for more investing education tailored to help tackle the wealth gap women are facing.

Hays wears a few hats in kaupapa driven projects that revolve around Web3 and education.
She comes from an education and technology background, and is passionate about guiding individuals in the world of Web3. She strives to include the wider Maori community in the progression of Web3 and is working alongside other Maori tech entrepreneurs who are leading the way in the Web3 space and who are also passionate about laying solid foundations in Web3 from a Maori perspective.

Her enthusiasm for education and empowering the next generation has led to her founding the Aunty Hays Academy where she has launched an NFT project with a real world use case of educating children and their families around the language of digital assets. These fun and vibrant products aim to enable children to grow, adapt and move into the world of Web3 with ease.

Olivia is a web3 NFT Founder. After working for more than 15 years across a wide range of industries in Human Resources for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations, she’s always been interested in technology and the power of technology for our lives and for generations to come. This interest led her to web3, where she co-founded an NFT brand called GlobalKind that focuses on nature connections for mental wellbeing. GlobalKind is a web3 brand and has an active community of approximately 3,000 and a following across all platforms of approximately 30,000 people. Olivia is passionate about women in tech and education in web3.

Olivia is also Co-Founder of Capture the Bug.

Alex is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law and an Associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT). She teaches a wide range of commercial law subjects. Her primary areas of research and publication are on blockchain technology, in particular, DAOs (decentralised autonomous organisations), NFTs, the regulation of cryptocurrencies and legal issues surrounding smart contracts. Alex’s legacy areas of research and publication are consumer law and intellectual property law (in particular copyright law).

In her role as Innovation Director at Tech Futures Lab, Jade’s focus is to identify opportunities for innovation, both inside and outside the organisation, across postgraduate programmes and our strategic partnerships. A lifelong learner, Jade qualified from Stanford D.School with a Designing for Social Systems masterclass, has a Masters of Arts Management (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Design, both from AUT.

Outside of Tech Futures Lab, Jade is an Edmund Hillary Fellow (2020), a member of the Institute of Directors, member of NACEW (National Advisory Council of Employment for Women) at Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women, is the chair and founding member of the Iti Rearea Collective. Jade’s clearly leveraging her superpower ability to connect and convene people and stakeholders across various sectors for positive systems-level change.

Despite all the incredible work Jade has instigated and is involved with, she remains humble and curious. In particular, she’s keen to explore how we might use emerging technologies like Web3 and the Metaverse as tools for positive social impact on our planet and for our people, versus the status quo where big tech is only for profit.

With a background in adult education and both a personal and professional interest crypto, Louise knew that this new educational landscape would need some innovative education development to enable all people to be able to understand and contribute to the rapidly developing crypto and blockchain environments. This is what lead her to start Crypto Women Australia and New Zealand, a safe space where women from any and every background can come and ask questions a slowly and safely improve their crypto skill set. The aim of Crypto women is to provide an inclusive educational space built around kindness and respect. Louise is also part of the Easy Crypto team, New Zealand’s largest crypto broker, where she works alongside a group of passionate crypto enthusiasts, focused on making crypto easier for everyone.

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed and discussed each year. The inaugural event was held in New York City at the United Nations, and WED continues to be celebrated with events being held simultaneously in 144 countries around the world.