Presented by: Blabla Events
Women on Top is back with another inspirational sit-down event curated to bring women together for a night of stories about careers, survival, success and songs by special guest speakers and performers.
This event will be hosted by Rachel Axis, a guest speaker from June’s WOT, who told us of her story of bravery, survival and endurance. She will be introducing an array of powerful ladies who will be hitting topics of equality, survival against all odds, squishing taboos for women and achieving career goals in male dominated industries.
We will be auctioning / raffling off prizes this time around to raise funds for a cause very close to Rachel’s heart – Pet Refuge.
Pet Refuge Provides shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, and helps owners leave. Their shelter will ensure pet owners know their animals are safe while they start a new life.
Local Favourite street food vendor ‘ Hello Rosie’ will be open again for the event, as well as a special Drinks menu offered by High Tide Bar
Let’s introduce our AMAZING Guest Speakers… * Drumroll please *
Co-Founder & Brand Director of Aim’n.
Eeeeeeek we are so excited for this one!
Helen Van is the co-founder of the activewear brand aim’n – which is a devotion to positivity and celebration of femininity. The mission is to empower women around the world to believe in themselves and inspire them to follow their hearts and true dreams in life.
The brand was created by Helen and Tekla, two gals from Sweden, back in 2013 – and with no experience of design, manufacturing, logistics, running an online shop or a business, the duo made their dream a reality.
Aim’n has gone from being a start up to having customers and retailers in 160+ countries and inspiring thousands of women everyday. Helen, who is at the very top of a massive tribe of amazing and inspirational women across the globe who work for Aim’n, will be joining us to tell us a little bit about her incredible journey and inspire women of all walks of life to aim high and dream BIG!!
Creator of food brand Pepper and Me, and Author of cookbook- Keepers
Obsessed with food from the early years, Cherie adorably named the business after her daughter Pepper.
Cherie started the Pepper and Me journey as a chef in Auckland and left the long hours of hospitality to spend more mummy time with Pepper. During this time she started making and selling spice rubs at the markets, but after discovering the world of social media things quickly blewwww up and her followers began to skyrocket. Now as she is about to grab the keys to her new purpose built premises in Tauriko, Cherie is the proud author of Keepers cookbook and an ever growing business. We are lucky enough to hear about the hard work, laughter, tears and ups and downs it took to get to where she is today!
Partner, Cooney Lees Morgan Law Firm & President of the RMLA
Mary, Partner at very popular and local law firm Cooney Lees Morgan was clearly destined to a life of law after choosing it over a scholarship to a fine arts school. After working at a large scale law firm in Auckland, she took a Masters in commercial law and won a scholarship, moved to Mount Maunganui knowing no one but her husband. After accepting a job at Cooneys as a resource management lawyer, She found she loved working for local authorities and the policy dimension to environmental law.
Mary postponed a partnership opportunity to have two energetic boys and then got back into things full swing, and is now the current President of the Resource Management Law Association and is knee deep in the resource management law reforms. She keeps sane by practicing ashtanga yoga, which she discovered over 20 years ago. In the future she may paint again..She also loves songs and wine-tasting, so this is her kind of event.
Owner of Tastefully Studios & Co-Host of Marketing Podcast, ‘Ace the Gram’
From Sydney to LA to Mount Maunganui, Tash has lived in different corners of the globe learning the intricacies of the social media world. Now back on home soil, over the past few years she has become a jack of all trades in this area, and a complete master of them all too! Tash is a content creator, marketer, photographer and podcast host.
She owns Tastefully Tash Studios, which is a content creation business that creates ‘thumb stopping’ imagery for food and product brands . She also collaborates with different brands from far and wide on her aesthetically beeeeeaautiful and very popular ( nearing 50K ) insta page @tastefullytash. She is the co-host of highly ranked social media marketing podcast ‘Ace the Gram’ which she shares with the wonderful Viv Conway.
Theatre Maker, Producer & Marketer
Vanessa Immink is a successful wahine Māori/Pākehā theatre maker, producer and marketer, with experience in touring large scale international productions to independent solo shows across Aotearoa & Australia.
Vanessa started working as a production assistant & tour manager on international touring shows such as Singin In the Rain, Cats, Blue Man Group and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
She loves creating spaces for rangatahi and emerging creatives to thrive and remarkably created The Co – Lab to produce emerging Māori and Pasifika artists’ new theatre work. She is also currently the Festival Director of Pūtahi Festival – a Wellington based Māori & Pasifika development festival for rangatahi theatre & dance practitioners.
Most recently, she was the Senior Producer and Marketing Manager for Kia Mau Festival, a Maori, Pasifika & Indigenous Arts Festival in Wellington.
Vanessa is an Aquarius, humanist, facilitator of fun, wine drinker, an award winning “theatre angel”, ocean lover & future proofer.
Leukaemia Survivor and Lead Singer of Molly & The Chromatics
You may know Molly already from a busy Summer with her band, playing the likes of Bay Dreams, Rhythm and Vines, Soundsplash, Longline Festival, the list goes onnn and on!
What you might not already know about Molly, is that she was diagnosed out of the blue with Leukaemia in February 2013 at the age of 20 years old. After 3 years of chemo, she finished treatment at the age of 23 and has since then been diagnosed with a joint disorder, and has had a shoulder replacement in 2018. In August 2020 she had her 5 year post treatment cure, and it is a privilege for us to have Molly join us at WOT to tell her story of her journey of survival and how it ignited her drive to pursue what she loves most in life, music.