Here are a few of the women that are behind the overall organisation of these events around the country, and some of the teams behind each of the upcoming regional events as well. This isn’t all of the fabulous women (and men) that support, as it takes a village to run an awesome unconference.
Amber is an IT architect by day and a master of many side projects by night. She is also a councillor of Internet NZ and Director of Whare Hauora. Amber has organised many women in tech events and several Innovation Unconferences for numerous New Zealand corporates.
Jess is a craft beer-loving, cheese-eating freelancer who is passionate about dismantling inequitable systems, fundraising, and a more inclusive society. She spends her free time working with nonprofits, patting other people’s dogs, and hatching elaborate schemes.
Anna is the co-founder of PledgeMe, New Zealand's first crowdfunding platform. In her spare time she crowdsources lists of inspiring women, writes articles for the media about gender equality, & accidentally co-instigated an event for Women Who Get Shit Done.
Catarina is a do-er. Since 2008, she has worked with various social enterprises to engage audiences in social and environmental change initiatives. She likes to share my personal vision and opinion with others via her Medium blog. As a writer, she always had a passion for words and continue to share the power of print with anyone who is willing to listen. Need a book recommendation? She’s your gal. In her spare time, she bikes, surfs, and gardens in New Brighton, Christchurch.
UK born-don't-ever-stop-laughing Queenstown resident. Blogger at Queenstownlife.com/ family violence educator/ and eater of cake. I love to be busy and also love to believe that everyone wants to be 'local'. Allowing people to get to the heart of communities and whats going on is such an integral part of what I do. I also am in love with my bike, coffee and laughing. Not necessarily in that order.
Morgan is a self-confessed technophile and is continually curious about how things work. She's previously been an Industrial Automation Engineer, and is now running her own company, TechHappy. She likes to do things she's never done before, like getting her open water dive ticket, or starting her own business. She wants to help more people get more shit done, more efficiently with less frustration.
Erica is passionate about all things city-making, experience design and photography. She's an architectural graduate and is interested in how creative disciplines, businesses, community organisations and individuals can work collaboratively. She is the Event Awesomist at Ministry of Awesome and also actively involved in Te Putahi (Centre for Architecture and Citymaking), TEDxChristchurch, PechaKucha Night Christchurch, Startup Weekend and Gap Filler. She wishes to bring more excitement to Christchurch and attract more people to this city by initiating and contributing to a wide range of creative, community and entrepreneurial projects, which is why she also calls herself ‘Christchurch Ambassador’.
Ting is a former New Yorker that feels very lucky to now call New Zealand home. In her previous life, she was in client relationship management and product development, most recently at Google working on the AdWords platform. In Queenstown, she started a digital marketing consulting business that's just successful enough to allow plenty of time to dive into passion projects, such as WWGSD. She’s passionate about the venn diagram of technology and social impact and am looking forward to using my experience to create useful things for humankind.
Our event organising and advisory committee is as diverse as a WWGSD UNconference! Our team includes five nationalities and spans ages from 21 - 68. See below for the core instigators.
Ange loves rallying people for good (and fun) and is excited to help make the WWGSD Bay of Plenty event as welcoming, inspiring and thought-provoking as the the inaugural one. She has spent years in the international business arena with a focus on Asia, and recently started ‘The Nutshell’ - Customer Feedback Specialists. Angela is a long-term mentor of children in foster-care, climbs the Mount for sunrise most mornings and could spend every day in the ocean so is especially happy the event venue is by the beach!!
Kiritapu is a lawyer, organiser and political fanatic - in fact she is the Labour candidate for the East Coast electorate. She has worked extensively with Māori and national entities in commercial development as well as environmental and human rights advocacy. She snowboards and mountain bikes in her spare time and lives in Whakatane with her awesome wife, who also gets a tonne of sh*z done.
After a six-month career hiatus volunteering and travelling abroad Amy was fresh back to NZ and looking for new and brilliantly inspiring projects to get stuck into - and stumbled across (or into!) WWGSD. Amy have a professional background in marketing and communications, and has a squiggly-line kind of life. She is excited to be using her skills and experience to help social enterprises, passionate kiwis and generally awesome projects do their little bit of good in the world.
Ngarangi has worked in the broadcasting and tertiary education sectors. She has recently returned to the public sector after 10 years self-employment. She has had a rich, interesting and fulfilling career and moves comfortably in the paddock, at the pā, the pub and even the halls of parliament!
Last year Ngarangi completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme at Lincoln University and her Masters of Management Studies at Waikato University and has recently enrolled to do her PhD.
She gets her kicks from multiple places, spaces and people including online platforms, content creation, ICT, digital learning, virtual reality, GIS and exploring the potential in all of us to be great!