We cannot succeed without the support of those around us.
About this Event
You are invited to join us for the Women in Sport Network Event, hosted by Aktive
An ally is a person who is willing to advocate and speak up in support of others. Men play an important role in driving and supporting gender equity. A male ally is a man who advocates for women, even when there are no women in the room.
This event provides a unique opportunity to learn, connect, and share with other leaders in the sector who are working hard to advance positive outcomes for women and girls in sport and active recreation; be it leadership, participation or value and visibility.
We encourage both women and men to attend this event; if you are a woman, please bring a male colleague/ally with you.
The programme includes:
David George - CEO, Sport Waitākere
Having worked in a variety of roles both domestically and internationally across almost 20 years, David brings extensive experience of leading and supporting teams to achieve strategic outcomes. He is currently the Chief Executive at Sport Waitākere, overseeing a national award winning team who deliver on significant government, local government and trust funded contracts. Central to his role is developing the business and managing key strategic relationships with stakeholders ranging from central and local government through to local tertiary institutions, schools and community delivery organisations.
David is a proud Dad of two young girls (5 and 3) and has a keen eye on ensuring they have all the have access to as many opportunities they can that help them achieve their aspirations as the grow.
Brett O’Riley - CE, Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA)
Brett O’Riley is the Chief Executive of the EMA, having commenced in that role in January 2019. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, with post graduate qualifications from MIT (Boston) and Singularity University (San Jose).
Brett returned to New Zealand from Australia in 2009 as founding CE of NZICT, was later founding deputy CE of the Ministry of Science + Innovation, and was Chief Executive of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development, Auckland’s economic growth agency from 2012 until September 2017. Prior to that he worked in the telecommunications and IT sectors for 20 years in New Zealand and internationally, having originally worked as a sports journalist.
Brett is currently one of New Zealand’s three members of the APEC Business Advisory Council, a World Bowls Board member as Regional Director of Oceania, on the Business New Zealand Board, and he has served on numerous public and private sector boards and advisory groups over his long career. He has been a lawn bowler since 1978 and played at national and international level. Brett shares his life with his family Robyne, Alanna, and James.
The Men as Allies panel session will be facilitated by Simone Spencer, Manager – Sport, Aktive.
Places are limited, so we encourage you to register for this event to avoid disappointment. Aktive provides this event free of charge, so if you are not able to attend, please let us know in advance where possible.
Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.
Doors open at 9:30am for morning tea and networking, with a 10:00am sharp start of the programme.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Finish Line, AUT Millennium, 17 Antares Place, Auckland, New Zealand