Standing up for a belief, declaring a dream out loud, dealing with change, seeking advice, providing feedback, having to be confident in a sticky situation... Courageous Conversations is about how our speakers tackled a ‘courageous conversation’ in their own unique way.

DATE:        8 November 2016

TIME:         Registration: 5.00pm. Event: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

VENUE:     BNZ Harbour Quay, Level 1, 60 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

TICKETS:   $55.00 per ticket.  |   EARLYBIRD: $45.00* before 1 November 2016



Lana West is proud of her heritage as a Kiwi Samoan. Growing up in Auckland, she describes herself as part-islander, part-mainlander acknowledging her Samoan father and her mother from Dunedin. 
The 10th of 11 children in her family, her life has been firmly focused on family, respect and living in a way that shows courage, strength and humility.  
Lana always thought she would follow her parents into the medical field, but instead embarked on a career in banking and human resources. Having worked in NZ, Australia and Samoa, Lana has a unique perspective to share that will intrigue all. 



GirlBoss was founded with one key mission - to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to become the changemakers of the future. With this in mind, Maisy is already a published playwright, secretary and founding board member of a charity ‘Kai for Kids’, Girl Boss Aotea President, and a UN Youth High School Ambassador. 

Maisy is fervent about working with and for youth, debating, mooting and the law as well as a love for creative arts, and fashion. With significant achievements under her belt as a 17 year old and firsthand experience of overcoming some of the momentous challenges faced by many young women today, Maisy believes everyone, particularly young people, can flourish and create a better world by being challengers and doers. Be prepared to be ignited by Maisy!



Carmen is Founder and Managing Director of Data Insight - a company that combines the best of data, advanced analytic and next generation technology to deliver actionable insights to businesses of all sizes and industry. In just three short years, Carmen has also simultaneously founded Valocity – a purpose-built property valuation platform which is now used by many of the large banks in New Zealand - and the company recently launched the consumer- facing version – myvalocity. Carmen brings over 15 years’ experience of using data and technology to solve business problems, working with every major bank and insurer in New Zealand as well as several large retail, telecommunications and utility brands.

Carmen’s unrelenting focus, determination and entrepreneurial ability is becoming widely recognised. She was recently named a finalist in the 2016 ‘Women of Influence’ awards and was also a finalist in the 2015 ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards. Last year Carmen won the Auckland University Business School 'Entrepreneur's Challenge' award in recognition for the entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives she brings to market. Both Data Insight and Valocity have also received a number of industry, innovation and marketing awards.

A self-confessed ‘data-geek’ and devoted mother of four, Carmen is passionate about helping clients deliver innovation and game-changing value through the power of data.