Refactor North to highlight inspiring woman in STEM
Northland will next week have the opportunity to hear from talented women currently working in science, technology, engineering and maths industries.
The 2019 Refactor North event is taking place at the Whangarei Art Museum from 6pm on May 16, where locals can hear from a number of inspiring women leaders. The Whangarei session is part of a not for profit event series, says Lisa Sutherland of Refactor North.
“Refactor encourages, supports and motivates women working in, or passionate about STEM fields. It is designed to highlight amazing women who tell their stories is a way of inspiring and building resilience in others. Plus it brings a growing community of women together for an enjoyable event,” she says.
Sharing stories to inspire women to embark or continue in careers technology, engineering and the sciences is an important part of encouraging diversity in these industries, a cause that Northpower Network General Manager Josie Boyd is passionate about.
“Refactor is a great platform for women to highlight different career paths, how they dealt with challenges along the way and to inspire the new generation of women into these fields – that’s why we are delighted to support this event in Whangarei,” says Mrs Boyd.
“Northland has some very successful women leaders and Refactor North is an opportunity to hear from some stand-out performers in their respective fields.”
The Refactor event last year was a sell-out, which is why the event has moved to a larger venue this year, but get in quick to secure your tickets.
Featured speakers for the 2019 event are; Cassie McAdams - Investment Manager, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; Tammy Auranen - Group Manager Digital, Northpower Limited and Frances Valintine (CNZM) - Founder & CEO, The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab.
Tickets for the third consecutive Northland event can be purchased at: https://refactor.org.nz
Caption: Frances Valintine (CNZM) - Founder and CEO, The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab
Cassie McAdams - Investment Manager, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Cassie is inspired about fuelling NZ’s start-up ecosystem to compete on a global scale. She believes that all great ideas and founders need support and perspective - and of course adequate funding from the right investors to get there.
Originally from Whangarei, Cassie has spent her 10-year career predominantly consulting at PwC and Deutsche Bank in Auckland and London. She holds degrees in Law and Science, and recently completed an MBA as an IE Foundation Scholar at IE Business School in Madrid. During that time, Cassie completed IE’s Startup Lab program and interned at Fundie Ventures, developing an interest in entrepreneurship and early-stage venture investment.
Back on home soil, she now works in the Investment Team at NZTE, and regularly travels to Northland on a mission to help founders to build an investible proposition and raise capital.
Tammy Auranen - Group Manager Digital, Northpower Limited
Tammy was born and raised in a small mining community in Northern Ontario, Canada. About 3 years ago, she had the opportunity to come to NZ for work, and quickly decided to make it her permanent home, based now in Northland.
Tammy’s career has been in digital, technology and improvement based roles over the course of 18 years and spans many industries. Most recently, she led the IT and systems functions at Far North District Council, City Fitness Group and SunRype Products. She has recently been appointed to lead Northpower’s technology transformation from a mix of legacy systems to a strategic emphasis on digital.
Whilst in Canada she was awarded ‘Women to Watch’ by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. She was selected for this award due to her leadership and influence in the local tech and business community, as well as her participation in local mentorship programs for women in technology – something she is passionate about.
Frances Valintine (CNZM) - Founder and CEO, The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab
Frances Valintine (CNZM) is a passionate educator and technologist. For over 20 years she has been committed to shifting education and business practice to respond to the future of work and industry. In 2013 she founded The Mind Lab, developed to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability. In 2016 Frances launched Tech Futures Lab to support individuals, organisations and government to navigate the impact of technological advancement and cultural change in the workplace. In the past five years her organisations have taught over 150,000 students, 4,000 teachers and worked with 250 New Zealand organisations.
In the 2018 New Year Honours, Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology. In 2017 Frances received the NZ Flying Kiwi Award, inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and also named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the NZer of the Year awards. In 2016 Frances was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, and was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).
Frances sits on Callaghan Innovation and Dilworth Trust Board and is a selection advisor for the Edmund Hillary Foundation, committed to supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers to build meaningful solutions to global problems.
She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.
Frances was raised on a farm near Hawera, Taranaki and moved to Auckland when she was around 14. She is a keen adventure traveller and loves heading off the beaten path to venture into unknown places to get some head space.