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International Women’s Day In Whaingaroa

March 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Raglan Business Chamber presents International Women’s Day in Whaingaroa. An exclusive event to celebrate and inspire the incredible women in business in the Whaingaroa community.

We are bringing together three influential women to share their stories and insight on how we can bring more #balanceforbetter, by thinking more equal, building smart and innovating for change.


Michelle Howie – Director, Magnetic Hub. Chair, Waikato Women’s Fund
Michelle Howie is no stranger to the work-life juggle that faces many working mothers. She runs two companies, works on multiple contracts and holds voluntary governance roles on the side. She is a mother to two young sons and shares home life with Shawn, a shift-working firefighter. Michelle was not raised in a feminist household and on the cusp of 40, feels like she is playing catch up most days! The reality of life as a woman has dawned on her slowly, accelerated by motherhood. She has spent the last eight years increasingly immersed in women’s’ groups and listening to women’s’ voices. Last year she was the closing speaker at the local TEDx Ruakura event and shared a message about ‘bothering’ – the small acts of service and effort that make a difference to others. Bothering to listen to women is, Michelle believes, the key to achieving equality and a fairer society for all.


Kim Hill – Business Strategist, Stratigi Ltd
Kim Hill is a top-level business strategist, coach and consultant who is widely sought after throughout New Zealand for her expertise and skills in all areas of running businesses. Two decades of valuable experience make Kim highly regarded within the areas of marketing, communications, branding, structural efficiency, business performance management and the evolution of business opportunities. A successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, Kim’s reputation for solid, shrewd, common sense has won her a myriad of fans. Kim facilitates, coaches, delivers conference addresses and provides a sounding board helping people define and achieve their goals, whether individuals or corporate businesses. Her remit is business consolidation, growth and improved productivity and she gets consistent, solid and significant results. Kim is dedicated to promoting Maori economic development and entrepreneurship. One of her unique strengths is that she walks within both Maori and non-Maori worlds to the enrichment and benefit of both.


Louisa Barham – Principal, Raglan Area School

New Raglan Area School Principal, Louisa Barham brings extensive educational experience and a strong, invested interest in student well-being and future-thinking to Raglan Area School. Louisa was previously the Principal of Hamilton’s Peachgrove Intermediate School for 15 years and is also Lead Principal of the He Piko He Taniwha Kaahui Ako (Hamilton Central Community of Learning). Louisa is a passionate educator, leader, strategic thinker and innovator who is looking forward to adding value and contributing to Raglan Area School’s courage, conviction and a clear commitment to students living and learning within a bicultural, sustainable and ecological environment.


Our panel will be hosted by:

Rachel Adams – Head of Operations, Soda Inc. 
Rachel Adams has various skills across the corporate and early-stage venture industries. In her current role, Rachel is Head of Operations at Soda Inc. and supports the CEO in scaling Soda’s team and activities nationally. Rachel has set up and run multiple businesses including a cafe, art gallery, community centre and apartment block at the age of 15 after leaving school, world creative touring stage show – Green Fire Islands, and Raglan based Earthworks contracting company. She co-founded NZ’s largest business startup competition, Innes48 and has been building founder-focused incubator Soda Inc. alongside the team since 2010. After selling her first business at 18 she went to university and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (BCS) majoring in Marketing and Public Relations from The University of Waikato. Rachel is also a is a Director of Charity Dress For Success Hamilton.


Ticket includes Afternoon Tea and one drink.
For questions, please contact the Raglan Business Chamber: info@raglanchamber.co.nz.


The Wharf Kitchen & Bar
43 Rose Street
Raglan, New Zealand
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