Pallas’ online profiles describe her as a public speaker, writer, personal brand coach, a recovering perfectionist, wannabe sports car owner and Mum of two boys (plus a tiny dog). She describes herself as a "definer" and communicator, who helps people uncover meanings in life. She is genuine, a lover of words and wisdom who lives life like an adventure and learning quest!
Born in Turkey, Pallas has lived across the US, Saudi Arabia and England. She has a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. Her first TV job was host of a children's show in Saudi Arabia. She then spent 20 years in television news in the States. Now in New Zealand Pallas is building a new business, (a consultancy called Personal Branz: helping people/teams identify their strengths and learn to communicate them with clarity and confidence). Wherever she lives, connecting with others is her top priority. She believes relationships are what keep us growing and giving.
Cath has over 20 years' experience in communications and change, making her an expert in helping people revolutionize their personal effectiveness. As a business specialist, she has launched her own businesses in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand and started an award-winning IT company. As a motivational speaker, she travels the world inspiring corporations and individuals alike to Wake Up Their WOW!
Ashley & Marjolein met in March 2009 at a mountain bike race at a time when women on mountain bikes were few and far between. They were keen to meet some other ladies to go biking with, so with the help of a local bike shop, a weekly ride was established. Almost five years later, the Revolve Cycling club is booming with weekly road and mountain bike rides, women's only events, skills courses, an abundance of social activities, and 1500 women on their Weekly Revolver email list!
No Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ati Hau nui a Paparangi, Rangitane me Raukawa. You may know Metiria as Co-leader of the Green Party Aoteroa. She’s been a Green MP since 2002, making her the longest-serving current Green MP with 11 years in Parliament. Metiria is also the Green Party spokesperson on Education, Maori Affairs and Social Policy.
The once corporate lawyer, urban activist, wife, mother, stepmother and politician has recently fought for social justice, an end to child poverty, in support of nurses in schools and in opposition to the Government’s SkyCity deal. She’s also battled for greater protection of marine animals and their environment, for the Mokihinui River and the unemployed and their beneficiaries. And all in her own unique, spirited style.
Metiria is now focused on building a more equitable society from her political perch, where she perceives a changing political landscape: young, ecologically aware voters who are shedding what she calls a “me first” attitude that prevailed a decade ago.
In 2010, Rhian arrived on the beautiful shores of New Zealand having just crossed the Pacific with only her husband and very little sailing experience. She immediately hugged a tree and burst into tears. Prior to that adventure, she had been working in education and outreach about polar and climate science for the International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 - a programme that involved 50,000 participants from 60 countries, and reached an estimated 14 million people. Prior to that, she had been living with just eighteen people on an isolated base in Antarctica.
These constant transitions between the extremely social and the very isolated are what keep life interesting, challenging, and provide opportunities for reflection. She is now a senior lecturer in the Science in Context Group at Victoria University of Wellington, where she loves working with lots of inspirational people in very safe places.
Tenacious and focussed, Kate started out as a runner at the age of 7. Her childhood “hobby” turned into a dream to make the Olympics. Last year, she achieved that dream - competing in London as a triathlete for New Zealand.
Though she calls her life of training and competition a lifestyle she wouldn’t trade for anything, Kate also admits her journey hasn’t been entirely easy. Frustration mounted when injury got in the way of competing, and her switch from just running to becoming a triathlete tested her limits more than she anticipated. She describes her experience as “an interesting road” but won’t get sidetracked because she’s driven by an unwavering belief that she can be the best in the world.
That’s what it take to become a winning Olympic athlete. She’s already won the World Mountain Running title (in 2005) and was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year at the 2006 Halberg awards. And her journey isn’t over yet…
ANN DOWSETT JOHNSTON
Self-aware and driven to educate others, Ann is the author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. She lives in Toronto, and travels the world spreading her message about the multi-layered relationship women can have with their glass of wine (or Scotch or any other drink of choice).
Ann is winner of five gold National Magazine Awards, and spent most of her professional career working at Maclean's magazine. She also earned Southam Fellowship in Journalism and served as vice-principal of McGill. Ann is, however, best recognized for her expertise in higher education and alcohol policy. She earned the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and co-founded the National Roundtable in Girls, Women and Alcohol.
A committed mother to a now-grown son and dedicated advocate, Ann is not only spreading her message through her writing - but working tirelessly for alcohol policy change in Canada.