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We sat down with the inimitable Karen Walker, arguably NZ's most successful global fashion house, to hear what she loves about being a Co.OfWomen member and, her awesome tips for business owners. As well as being creative, she's damn smart, funny, insightful and soooo cool. Listen up people.
Christina Wood has worked with beer companies such as Hallertau, Tuatara and Hashigo Zake - but this journey has not been without its challenges, while Catherine Jackson of Tot's Pantry is all about creating sustainable options for kids meals. In this video, they talk about challenges that they've faced in business, as well as the personal challenges they've had to overcome in the process.
Running a business isn't always a cup of tea, but Anna Kydd of The Tea Curator has a tonne of helpful tips for managing stress, finding the right people to work with, and setting aside time for personal health.
Growth Camp 2018 focused on the challenges of scaling a business and session 2 featured founders of Bird on a Wire, Jump Trampoline Parks and Forme Spa & Wellbeing in a conversation facilitated by Kirsty Reynolds.
Dame Julie Christie is best known for her vital role in television production in New Zealand, as well as her invaluable contribution to Co.OfWomen as long-time member, while Georgia is founder of the awesome tech company, The Babysitters Club. They tell us about who has helped shape their roles as leaders and businesswomen.
On the second instalment of this new series, we pick up some steam by hearing from two more fantastic members, Jump Trampoline Parks founder Sandra Mu and CEO at Cure Kids, Frances Benge.
Theresa Gattung (CNZM) our fab Chair since 2016 talks about the most influential people who have helped shape her leadership style and ultimately motivated her to be the fearless businesswomen we know her to be.
Get to know Nazla Carmine of Cocktail Collective in this interview where we discuss the creation of the company, resilience and the fun parts of business!
Growth Camp 2018 is all about scaling a business. Camp brings members across all spectrums together to champion each other and learn how to develop our business to be sustainable and profitable beyond ourselves.
Sophie Gilmour is no stranger to the knocks of the hospitality industry, while Hady Wenham has faced her own challenges in building the fab Forme Spa & Wellbeing. Tune in to hear how they practice resilience in business.
For our next instalment of the Resilience Series, we are stoked to share the experiences of Debbie Sutton of Winefriend and Sarah Paykel of Lush Australasia. Debbie shares with us about how she manages resilience in her journey in order to be the best leader she can be, and Sarah tells us how she manages to keep kicking butt in business.
Our latest series is all about resilience. We're kicking off the resilience series with two of our fab members - hospitality queen Mimi Gilmour, founder of Burger Burger and the leading lady of the healthcare sector, Dr. Lee Mathias. They share their very different perspectives so you can add more wisdom to your own tool kit.
As a former nurse with an extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry - spanning almost 26 years! - Frances is passionate about the health and well-being of the communities that she serves. Appointed CEO of Cure Kids in 2015, Frances is at the helm of one of New Zealand's leading research facilities focused on the health of children.
Live from our IGNITE Leader Series gathering, this intimate interview with our fab member, insurance industry doyenne, Naomi Ballantyne ONZM, is facilitated by Theresa Gattung. Naomi was Inducted in to the NZ Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 in recognition of her significant achievements and generosity.
Together with her sister, dynamo Julia Matthews founded the start-up company Two Islands, developers of a range of lifestyle food and supplements. She shares what she loves about being a part of our community and her top tips to add to our journey.
Peri Drysdale, founder of Untouched World, was inducted by Co.Of Women into the NZ Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs this year. She has an abundance of experience under her belt and we got her to share some of her top tips so you can add them to your journey to success.
Audette Exel founded the Adara Group in 1998. In honour of her significant achievements and generosity, Co.OfWomen inducted Audette into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs. We sat down with her as she shared an abundance of experience and advice.
Co.OfWomen board chair, and general dynamo, Theresa Gattung, shares what she loves about Co.OfWomen and, her top tips for emerging entrepreneurs with (spoiler alert) tip #1 being 'don't start unless you cannot not start...
In 1997 Kaz Staples decided to focus her love of baking on earning some extra cash. 20 years on, Pure Delish is a multi award-winning, premium breakfast and snack food company driven by passion. This instalment of 'What Drives Me' is all about what led Kaz to becoming the fantastic businesswomen she is today. Enjoy these tasty morsels of advice from Kaz.
powerUP brings business owners at the same stage together to ultimately help build commercial confidence. For some insight into what powerUP really offers, have a watch of this video where our recent grads share their experience in the programme.
Jessie Jarvie shares the story behind founding The Baby Bag, the wealth of knowledge that comes from having an awesome support system and investing in the less-than-glamorous, but critical parts of building a solid foundation.
Frances Benge of Cure Kids NZ shares a whole lot of insight into the challenging yet rewarding aspects of working in the healthcare industry.
Georgia Meek used her passion for people to start The Babysitters Club. With her business, she has harnessed the power of technology to this passion to make a difference. In this Co.W Talks instalment, Georgia shares her experience and her advice.
Flossie.com founder, Jenene Crossan, featured in co. issue 8 and shared her entrepreneurial journey. Since then, much has happened and she courageously opens up again with a deeply personal story.
Founder of iconic streetwear fashion brand Federation, Jenny Joblin shares about the evolution of her fab brand with it's cult following and finding the resilience to bring it back from the brink, even stronger.
We chatted with Bird on a Wire co-founder Sophie Gilmour about all sorts of facets to her journey in building this great biz. A fab podast to inspire your thinking. Tune in to hear Sophie share in her hallmark generous, laid back way.
Together with her husband Ranjna Patel is the founder of Nirvana Healthcare group, the largest primary healthcare provider in the country. We talk about her compelling, impressive journey with this truly humble woman.
Sandra Mu is the founder of Jump, NZ’s Premier Indoor Trampoline Park. Jump was the first of its kind in NZ when introduced it in 2013 and has taken the backyard trampoline fun to the extreme, not only for kids as most expect but also for adults.
Mimi Gilmour has hospitality in her blood. Just 25 when she opened her first restaurant, she how has 5 under her belt, including one national brand, the fab Mexico restaurants. We found out what drives this inspiring woman.
Sarah Paykel was the founder of Lush Australasia and a board member of Co.OfWomen. We chat with her about entrepreneurship, resilience, managing stress, the job of motherhood and asked her for some great advice for business women.
Marnie Hillier, founder of Eskimo Nell, shares her up close and personal experience of business, attachment parenting and how the challenges of motherhood were the catalyst for a the launch of a business she's building around her family, in her hallmark badass way!
Naomi Ballantyne (ONZM), founder of Partners Life, talks about crashing through the glass ceiling of the insurance industry with a healthy dose of intellect and humour.
The founder of flossie.com, Jenene Crossan, talks all about flossie,finance and the female factor. Twenty years of spearheading first-to-market digital innovations have seen her grow into a highly seasoned capital raiser.
Fashion designer Karen Walker needs no introduction to most of us. She’s a household name - no mean feat when it comes to the fickle world of fashion - and a 2017 inductee to The NZ Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.
Restaurateur and serial entrepreneur Mimi Gilmour has been on a fast-paced roller coaster ride for the last decade, scaling the heights of success and swooping to the lows of decline.
Founder of Lush Australasia, investor, advisor, philanthropist and mum extraordinaire, Sarah Paykel shares about juggling the balls of life and business, empowerment, and creating A-Teams.
Jenny Joblin is the founder of the iconic Kiwi streetwear label, Federation. She’s shares openly about surviving a perfect storm in her business and coming back from the brink.
Ranjna Patel and her husband Dr Kantilal Patel have changed the face of Auckland’s healthcare, transcending barriers and using a simple philosophy: Here to serve.
She’s a ball of energy but make no mistake, Rose & Thorne’s founder Sue Dunmore is a business dynamo. The secret of her success? Well, you'd better read on to find out!
The nature of business is that every day serves up testing times. The same goes for parenting. This means combining the two can be tough at the best of times. Fran Woods shares how she's risen to the challenge.
The nature of business is that every day serves up testing times. The same goes for parenting. This means combining the two can be tough at the best of times. Lucy Wildman shares how she's risen to the challenge.
Having a dream of owning your own business and making it reality are two different things, especially if it requires capital to get it going. Hady Wenham, founder of Forme Spa & Wellbeing talks about how she worked out how to find the money to take her business to the next level.
Our fab members Maree Glading and Jesse Stanley are the founders of I Love Food Co. They share with us how they keep inspired, motivated and nourished while growing their super-successful business
Brianne West of Ethique, which counts Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher among its fans, took a very different route to securing the capital to expand her business.
Meet Co.OfWomen’s founding chair, serial entrepreneur Dr Lee Mathias. A significant leader in the healthcare sector, she is the Birthcare and Labtests and director & shareholder of Pictor, to name a few.
Being a woman in business is different to being a man in business – and that’s something to celebrate. As a broad generalisation, women and men have different innate skill sets, which have different advantages in business...
We check in with emerging entrepreneurial superstar Sophie Gilmour of Bird On A Wire and internationally successful Dame Julie Christie about setbacks, near-fails and working through hurdles.
If you feel the juggle of life and business weighing you down, take heart. You’re most definitely not alone and maybe you can take a leaf from these members stories
As business owners we face myriad challenges and difficult decisions. It’s how they deal with those challenges that makes all the difference.
This video spotlights how our innate qualities can create a hand-break effect on our success we often don’t even know is happening, AND, how to harness those same qualities to propel our success. We've made this video FREE TO ALL, so please share!
Jo Doolan talks motherhood in the workplace and the lessons that we can learn from each other not only as business-owners, but first and foremost as people.
In this legUP video we spotlight the critical role in very business responsible for results and the impact of not including it on our progress and results. A must view for any keen to make sure we're on track!
Jo Doolan has championed a number of female-owned businesses across her vast career. As a result, she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to harnessing your potential as a leader. In this article, Jo guides us forward as we step up in our leadership roles.
Habits form behaviours which can in turn determine (or compromise) our success. Luckily, behaviour is 100% in our control. This LegUp video focuses on forming and building the right habits by using a tool called the 3Q's Review.
Co.OfWomen founder, Tara Lorigan, delves deep into the question: who’s feeding the leader? This important question is ignored by us women due to an innate drive to nurture others and corresponding self ignorance. Make no mistake however, for us to lead at our best, we must prioritise what we need to do this.
LegUP is the series that delivers practical tools to champion the best me. In this video we're focusing on building our ease, skill and confidence with the business essential skill of Sales. Sales 101 promises you'll get rid of the yuck factor and love this process.
LegUP delivers practical tools to champion success. This installment is all about The Female Factor. It focuses on 5 key areas that will help harness our innate drivers to propel our success
After doing the hard yards of capital raising to build and grow your company you may reach a point where selling your business is your aim
The 3Rights is a model for the optimal approach to take any time we're heading for a new level. It will help us to get there faster and less painfully. Use it every time!
As women we are largely, innately driven to nurture and not focusing on ourselves is therefore natural. But, this drive only works in the 'mothering' role. For us to be as successful as possible in our careers, we need to be optimal. Embedding the ME+ Principal will ensure that.
Jo Doolan shares some wisdom on the role an advisory board can play in supporting the success of a growing business so you can consider whether this could be useful for you.
It’s official, NZ is the No. 1 place for ease of doing business according to the World Bank but the flip is half of our businesses fail in their first 5 years. Here are some clues to ensure we keep ours on track.
Quality insights on how to find and keep the best support crew from one of the best in the industry, the fab Ms Wynnis Armour
We asked some of our members to share their best tips for blending business with motherhood. This is what they told us.
We all need to refocus sometimes when we're managing the chaos of life, so we've compiled 10 ways to make this possible. Try to integrate one (or more!) of these handy tips into your day to supercharge the leader within you.
Finding the right way to gain funds for your company can be a difficult journey, here are 10 pearls of funding wisdom to help you find what works for you and your business.
Fancy some pearls of wisdom to inspire you on your journey? Check out these 10 tips from members to champion the super woman you already are.
Entrepreneurship is about working smarter right? Have you got your smarty-pants on?
Tick these 10 tips off your list to ensure you do.
We asked some of our gals how they refuel their tanks and take some much needed me-time. In other words, how they find their bliss to avoid entrepreneurial overwhelm.
Ever feel like packing it in and getting a job with a regular payday? We hear you! Here are 10 common stumbling blocks to conquer before you do.
we love the wisdom and clarity that Jenna Moore brings to her role of Editor for co. magazine and how she manages to dig up the good stuff for us all to do better from - enjoy!
Need some pearls of wisdom to inspire you on your journey? Here are 10 kick-ass ways to don your big girl’s pants, from us to you. Go to it!
We just love that women share so openly, so we asked around and compiled a list for those of us serious about the game of entrepreneurial success. Grab your pen...