Speaking Events

Turning Innovation into Gold - AUCKLAND - 17th November

Innovation is on the boardroom agenda like never before. Everyone is talking about it, but what is the point of innovation if you cannot transform it into sustainable commercial success?

Join James & Wells, Innovation Council and a host of Kiwi innovators as they travel the country sharing their stories on how they’ve turned their innovation into gold.

With the spotlight on New Zealand’s changing innovation landscape, our panellists will share how to maximise innovation in today’s fragmented and challenging business world, successfully commercialise innovation and build channels to market.

Kirsten Taylor, Managing Director, SleepDrops International

SleepDrops International is a small Kiwi company taking on the big guys in one of the fastest growing natural health categories worldwide.

Started quite simply out of desperation, the SleepDrops International product range supports sleep in people of all ages, including new-borns. The range has struck a chord with New Zealand’s sleepless and stressed population to become the number one brand.

Company founder and product formulator, Kirsten Taylor, will share what she believes is the winning formulation for turning innovation into commercial success, including the importance of timing your market entry just right.

Pwc Herald Talks, Breakfast event - Growth - 9th December

PwC Herald Talks returns for its final 2015 event: Growth – a breakfast seminar at SkyCity on December the 9th, where thought leaders come together to share knowledge, insight and strategies to grow and diversify business in New Zealand.

The process of improving business growth or managing unexpected growth can be difficult. As businesses grow, different opportunities and challenges present themselves which require different solutions. What once worked a year ago may now not be the best outcome. Join us on Wednesday 9th December at SKYCITY as our speaker, Kirsten Taylor shares her insights for understanding, planning and overcoming potential challenges for managing growth.

Kirsten Taylor – keynote speaker
Founder of SleepDrops
Brought to you by: The New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB

Westpac Queenstown Chamber Business Women’s Conference “Real Women, Real Leaders” May

Kirsten Taylor  SleepDrops inventor was asked to be a speaker at this wonderful business event along with other fantastic women making a difference in our world

Rachel Smalley (MC) host of NewstalkZB’s Early Edition and the highly regarded political programme, ‘The Nation’. She is the former anchor of Firstline, TV3’s hard news morning programme.
Dame Susan Devoy  New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner and one of NZ’s greatest sportswomen
Jacinda Ardern  ranked no.9 in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, Labour List MP for Auckland Central, Spokesperson for Children, Small Business, Justice and Arts, Culture and Heritage

Annette Presley New Zealand telecommunications entrepreneur, co-founder of Slingshot – one of New Zealand’s largest internet service providers

Kate Coughlan Editor of NZ Life & Leisure Magazine

Julie Bartlett Founder of Star Jam which creates empowering performance opportunities for young people with disabilities

Lisa O’Neill Stylist, Author, Media Presenter, Inspiring Speaker