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Our founder's message for LITE members

In this note to our LITE members, our founder shares some important things about this membership, why we created it, the job it will do for these members and some exciting new things coming up.

Marnie Hillier shares about Biz Essentials

Eskimo Nell founder, Marnie, shares about the awesome difference our fantastic programme made in building her confidence, skill and focus for the results she's stoked to be getting!

The Proud Series - Debbie Sutton & Ellie Porteous

For our final week of The Proud Series, we hear from two strong & remarkable women - Debbie Sutton of Wine Friend and Ellie Porteous of GJ Gardner. Learn about what these ladies are proud of and what they love about being part of our community.

Co.W Talks - Megan May

In the few years that Little Bird Organics and its Unbakeries have existed, Megan May has cemented her place as one of Auckland's most important and influential chefs. Tune in to learn more about Megan and get invaluable tips to fuel your success.

Finding Strength

Anna candidly shares the raw and poignant story, and the lessons learned, of her journey as an entrepreneur, a young mother and a wife whose husband is battling cancer.

How to get Confidence

Co.OfWomen founder,Tara Lorigan shares how confidence featured in the development of the organisation, along with the how-to of building this must-have success trait.

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Our founder's message to you

In this message to members at Easter, our founder shares some good advice and some news about exciting things coming up. Check it out!

Our founder's message for LITE members

In this note to our LITE members, our founder shares some important things about this membership, why we created it, the job it will do for these members and some exciting new things coming up.

Marnie Hillier shares about Biz Essentials

Eskimo Nell founder, Marnie, shares about the awesome difference our fantastic programme made in building her confidence, skill and focus for the results she's stoked to be getting!

The Proud Series - Debbie Sutton & Ellie Porteous

For our final week of The Proud Series, we hear from two strong & remarkable women - Debbie Sutton of Wine Friend and Ellie Porteous of GJ Gardner. Learn about what these ladies are proud of and what they love about being part of our community.

The Proud Series - Rebecca McLeod & Frances Benge

Our fab members Rebecca McLeod, founder of Made for Baby & Frances Benge, CEO at Cure Kids, share what they're most proud of to have achieved to date.

The Proud Series - Sarah Bruce & Peri Drysdale

In this first instalment of the proud series, we hear from our fab members Peri Drysdale of Untouched World and Sarah Bruce of Edible Blooms. Learn about these exceptional ladies and what they love about being part of our community.

Hady Wenham - Forme Spa & Wellbeing

Having built the largest national spa & wellbeing business Hady Wenham has a vast array of experience to share. We sat down with her to draw from that so we could add that wisdom to our own.

Top Tips from Hall of Fame Inductee Annette Presley


Annette Presley is a communications and information technology powerhouse in New Zealand and Australia who co-founded the Call Plus Organisation, which became the country's third largest telecommunications and broadband provider during her leadership. Annette is a dedicated investor and mentor to Creative Hw's Lightning Lab XX and patron of various charities around the country establishing one of her own, Elicit. Enjoy some top tips from this superwoman and learn what she loves about Co.OfWomen.





Top Tips from Hall of Fame Inductee Dr Lee Mathias


Dr Lee Mathias,ONZM has worked in the health services sector for over forty years, and has made invaluable contribution to midwifery and maternity care in New Zealand. She utilized her considerable entrepreneurial skills to build successful businesses and enhance the governance of many leading organizations. Learn some top tips to fuel your success from this exceptional woman and what she loves about being part of Co.OfWomen.


Getting to Know Them Series - Kiri Nathan

Kiri is a long time member of Co.ofWomen and is truly a national treasure for New Zealand Fashion. Over the years, her label has made a significant contribution to upholding the values of Maoridom through her designs. Learn about her story, what she enjoys about Co.OfWomen and some top tips to fuel your success.

GETTING TO KNOW THEM SERIES - CHRISTINA WOOD


Christina Wood's passion for brewing started at home, and was given wings through Liberty Brewing Co. Christina has worked with beer companies such as Hallertau, Tuatara and Hashigo Zake - but this journey has not been without its challenges.


Getting to Know Them Series - Diane Hurford

Get to know one of our fab members Diane Hurford as she talks about her entrepreneurial journey with award- winning company Brolly Sheets and their latest offering for dog lovers everywhere.

Co.W TV - Kiri Nathan

In this video get to know Kiri Nathan a much loved member of our community. Kiri has built her high-end fashion business harnessing her indigenous Maori traditions and was chosen to create the stunning Korowai used each year in the induction ceremony for the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.

how to use down-time to progress yourself

Check out our founder's down-time advice on how this time features in our success and a tool to help you get the absolute most out of this time.

For your success - Mimi Gilmour & Ranjna Patel

Listen to Mimi Gilmour, founder of Burger Burger and Ranjna Patel, co-founder of the Nirvana Health Group share their messages of support and encouragement for female success.

For your success - Kiri Nathan & Frances Benge

Kiri Nathan, founder of the Kiri Nathan label and Frances Benge, CEO of Cure Kids NZ, share their messages of encouragement and support to champion you and fuel your journey to success.

The 'Personal Challenges' Series: Volume 3

For our final instalment in the personal challenges series, we hear from Sandra Mu, co-founder of New Zealand's first indoor trampoline park, Jump, who shares her challenges with being the face of her business. While Kaz Staples, founder of the award-winning breakfast and snack food company, Pure Delish, lets us in on her challenges with illness and carrying the load of a growing business. 

The 'Personal Challenges' Series: Volume 2

For our second instalment in the personal challenges series, we hear from Ranjna Patel, founder of the Nirvana Healthcare Group and her challenges with doubt from her peers, while Megan May, founder of Little Bird Organics shares her challenges with managing staff. 

The time for Radical Generosity is now - hell yes.

Calling business owners wanting funding AND women who want to fund them - it's radical generosity time! Our fab Chair, Theresa Gattung shares more about the new-ish kid on the block for getting more female ventures funded. Let's do this women!

The 'Personal Challenges' Series: Volume 1

For the first instalment of this personal challenges series, we hear from CEO of Cure Kids NZ, Frances Benge, about her challenges with dishonesty and, Anna Kydd of The Tea Curator shares with us her challenges of being limited by her capacity. 

Co.W Talks

Co.W Talks - Megan May

In the few years that Little Bird Organics and its Unbakeries have existed, Megan May has cemented her place as one of Auckland's most important and influential chefs. Tune in to learn more about Megan and get invaluable tips to fuel your success.

Co.W Talks - Julia Matthews

Tune in as Co.OfWomen founder Tara Lorigan chats with rising entrepreneurial star and founder of Two Islands, Julia Matthew's as she shares about her journey so far and offers up wisdom and tips for early stagers worth borrowing and adding to our own tool-kit.

Ellie Porteous - G.J. Gardner Home

Co.OfWomen founder, Tara Lorigan, sat down with co-owner of self build industry leaders, GJ Gardner, Ellie Porteous. Ellie talks openly about her entrepreneurial journey and reluctant use of the word 'entrepreneur, in her hallmark straight ford manner. Lap up the wisdom she has to share.

Jessie Jarvie - The Baby Bag

Listen to the conversation between Tara Lorigan and Jessie Jarvie where Jessie shares her story behind founding The Baby Bag. Hear Jessie discuss the wealth of knowledge that comes from having an excellent support system and investing in the less-than-glamorous, but critical parts of building a solid foundation. 

Frances Benge - Cure Kids NZ

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 - The Babysitters Club

In this instalment of Co.W Talks, Co.OfWomen founder Tara Lorigan talks with Georgia Meek, founder of The Babysitters Club. Listen to Georgia's experience with harnessing the power of technology to start her passionate business and make a difference. 

Jenene Crossan - Suckcess Podcast

Flossie.com founder Jenene Crossan was featured in co. issue 8 where she shared her entrepreneurial journey. Since then, much has happened, hear Jenene's honest discussion with Co.OfWomen founder Tara Lorigan, as she courageously opens up with a deeply personal story.

Jenny Joblin - Federation

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.

the social restauranteur

We chatted with Bird on a Wire co-founder Sophie Gilmour about the multiple facets of her journey in building this great biz. Tune in to hear her conversation with Tara Lorigan as Sophie shares her business journey in her hallmark generous, laid-back way. 

The Healthcare Champion

Together with her husband, Ranjna Patel is the founder of the Nirvana Healthcare group, the largest primary healthcare provider in the country. Hear the conversation Tara Lorigan had with the ever-humble Ranjna about her compelling and impressive journey. 

it's all about the bounce

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.

she's the hospo queen

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.

Lady Lush was her game

Sarah Paykel is the founder of Lush Australasia and is a board member of Co.OfWomen. Listen to her conversation with our founder, Tara Lorigan about entrepreneurship, resilience, managing stress, and the job of motherhood.

CO.W Tales

Finding Strength

Anna candidly shares the raw and poignant story, and the lessons learned, of her journey as an entrepreneur, a young mother and a wife whose husband is battling cancer.

The Diary of an Entrepreneur: Monica Chen - Uno Property Management

Monica Chen shares with us some of her biggest challenges and achievements as the founder of Uno Property Management. Take a moment to read some of her smart tips and where she finds her inspiration to balance being a businesswoman with motherhood.

From The Mouth of a Badass Babe

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!

Get Flossied - Jenene Crossan

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.

Unstoppable Mimi

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.

the ultimate juggler

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.

leaving brinkville

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.

to be the best

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.

it's a bravolution

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!

CO.W Thinking

We've Got this - Annette Presley & Mahsa Willis

Confidence is a word that will evoke some reaction in most entrepreneurs. Even women with hugely successful companies will admit to having moments when they’ve doubted everything, including the abilities and talents their CVs show they have in spades. So, what should we do in those moments? How do we dig deep and stretch and grow our confidence when we find it flagging? We talked to Annette Presley and Mahsa Willis, who've both been there for their insight. 

Real Talk: Jenene Crossan - Suckcess

Jenene is the founder of Flossie.com and among her many other successes, recently closed a multi-million dollar partnership. Why then, given this, did she hit an almost devastating personal break point? In this edition of 'Real Talk' Jenene shares her story with brutal honesty from a passion to now share the only version that truly helps .


Real Talk: Being a Mama Boss Lady - Mimi Gilmour

Mimi Gilmour is the hospitality powerhouse behind Mexico and BurgerBurger to name just two of the restaurants she's founded. In this Real Talk installment Mimi candidly shares, in her own words, the personal battles she’s faced as a mother and business-owner, and what she discovered we're all capable of when facing adversity.

The road well travelled: The Business of Babies - Dr Lee Mathias

It was the early stages of family life when Lee became the sole provider and carer for her two small boys but she quickly found her stride in blending her skyrocketing career with the role of mother. Lee shares some of her journey and her awesome tips in this Road Well Travelled installment.

Baby On Board - Fran Woods

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.

Baby on Board

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.

How I Funded My Business - Hady Wenham

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.

How We Stay Inspired - I Love Food Co.

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

How I Funded My Business - Brianne West

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.

Beyond Juggling

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...

what to do when you stuff up

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.

on being fearless

As business owners we face myriad challenges and difficult decisions. It’s how they deal with those challenges that makes all the difference.

CO.W Tools

How to get Confidence

Co.OfWomen founder,Tara Lorigan shares how confidence featured in the development of the organisation, along with the how-to of building this must-have success trait.

Paying Yourself

There are many reasons why as business owners we choose not to pay ourselves or to pay ourselves less. Some reasons make good sense, but for a time only. We turned to fab member Jo Doolan, one of NZ's foremost business advisors for her perspective on this fundamentally important subject. 

The Female Factor

This feature 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.

Jo Doolan - keeping mum

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.

LegUP - My #1 Role

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!

How to Step Up As a Leader

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.

LegUP - 3Q's Review

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.

Who's Feeding the Leader?

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 - Sales 101

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 - The Female Factor

LegUP delivers practical tools to champion success. This LegUP is called The Female Factor and shows the 5 key areas where we can harness our innate female drivers to propel our success and how to avoid the ones that hand-break it!

Preparing to Sell

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

LegUP - the 3Rights tool

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!

LegUP - The Me Plus Principle

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.

Is an advisory board for you?

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.

reduce your risk and succeed

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.

finders keepers

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

CO.W Tips

Tips to boost your inner confidence

One of the common Achilles heels when it comes to our success is self-doubt. Try one or more of these tools in moments when your confidence is lagging.

Better Together

Miriama Kamo, one of New Zealand's most celebrated journalists and a treasured member, shares a moving speech on the impact of women working together in redefining success at the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs. 

Top Tips from Seasoned Entrepreneurs

We asked three of our favourite experienced entrpreneurs- Erica Crawford, Dame-Pieter Stewart and Mavis Mullins for some of their best business tips. Here is what they told us.

7 Types of Funding

If we're going to grow a business one thing is for sure, it will need funding at many points and the challenge of raising those funds can become an entrepreneurial endeavour in its own right. Here's a nudge to your thinking with seven options on this subject to get you going.

Back to the Motherboard

We asked some of our  members to share their best tips for blending business with motherhood. This is what they told us.

10 ways to fuel your leadership

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. 

10 pearls of fundraising wisdom

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.

10 ways to be fearless

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.

10 ways to Work Smarter

Entrepreneurship is about working smarter right? Have you got your smarty-pants on?


Tick these 10 tips off your list to ensure you do.

12 ways to find me-time

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.

10 ways to kick failure to the kerb

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.

10 ways to be kick-ass

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!

top 10 habits of successful women

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...

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