Celebration of Private Business

During the afternoon, hosted by dynamic broadcaster and financial advisor, Nadine Higgins, we will canvass various topics through interactive panel discussions.

In the evening, we will hear from keynote speakers, Wayne Smith and Ruahei Demant, members of the World Cup-winning Black Ferns team, about the transformation of a team in turmoil, and what it took to reverse their fortunes to secure “that” brilliant World Cup win.

We will also celebrate New Zealand’s first ever cohort of Best Managed Companies winners, and the very best of our Fast 50 and Master of Growth winners. 


1.00 - 1.30pm


Arrival / registration / light lunch


1.30 - 5.00pm


INSPIRE: Plenary sessions:

  • Emerging growth:
    • James White, Legend Story
    • David Yu, VeVe
    • Helen Moore, Halter
  • Sustainability: Driving innovation and collaboration in NZ
    • Mikayla Plaw, Profile Group
    • Duncan McKinlay, Kawatiri Energy
  • Investment: Conversation and insights from China
    • Sitao Xu, Deloitte China Chief Economist
    • Others TBC
  • Brand: A strategic tool for customer 'connection'
    • Elaina Hamilton, Sharesies
    • Lee Lowndes, Daylight Creative
    • Ally Young, Skinny Mobile 
    • Thom Darlow, Deloitte Digital Creative 
  • Family enterprise: Business and family succession - closed panel

Sessions seperated by breaks for refreshments and networking. 


5.00 - 6.00pm

CONNECT: Drinks and networking

6.00 - 6.30pm


CELEBRATE: Celebration of our programme winners

  • Revisit top Fast 50 winners
  • Announcement of New Zealand's first Best Managed Companies winner


6.30 - 7.20pm 


Keynote: Wayne Smith and Ruahei Demant (World Cup-winning Black Ferns team member) - transformation of a team in turmoil


7.30 - 9.30pm 


Dinner and drinks

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