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Women You Can Bank On 2021

The Women You Can Bank On event is returning for its 5th year and is being held on Thursday 4th March 2021. The theme for 2021 is “Thriving Through Change”.

The event is timed to align with UN International Women’s Day and will be a celebration of the ‘women in sport’ movement. It will feature a live moderated conversation with leaders from what is known as “The Big Four” – the major women’s sport events coming to Aotearoa New Zealand in the next three years.

It will open with remarks from the new Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand, Raelene Castle ONZM. “The Big Four” leaders include:

  • Dr. Farah Palmer, Board Member of the Organising Committee and NZ Rugby Board Member – representing the 2021 Rugby World Cup
  • Liz Dawson MNZM, Chair of the Local Organising Committee – representing the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup
  • Raewyn Lovett ONZM, Co-Chair of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport – representing the 2022 IWG World Conference on Women & Sport
  • Dr. Johanna Wood, President of NZ Football – representing the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup They will be supported at the event by the Chief Executive of Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA), Rachel Froggatt, along with representatives from Women in Sport Otago (WISPO), the local regional network.

This unique business event experience is a combination of inspirational speakers, panel discussions, networking and fine dining. The perfect platform for compelling conversations, to reflect, reset and grow.

Kim Dodds, business development manager at Dunedin Venues Management Limited is pleased that the event is returning. “We are very pleased to announce in conjunction with our Naming Rights Partner; Anderson Lloyd, Women You Can Bank On is returning for 2021. This event creates a great stage to foster vital discussions in our community with women at the very centre, next year’s event theme being very relevant “Thriving Through Change”. “We are thrilled to introduce our new Event Partner; Women in Sport Aotearoa and announce the impressive line-up of speakers. We are overwhelmed with the calibre of speakers Women in Sport Aotearoa has brought to the event”. Dodds says.

Anne McLeod, corporate commercial partner at Anderson Lloyd commented "Anderson Lloyd is delighted to again be the main sponsor of this fabulous event. Due to COVID-19 we have all faced disruption in both our professional and personal lives. Statistically women have been more impacted than men and therefore the theme 'Thriving Through Change' is timely. We are looking forward to another inspiring and empowering event."

Rachel Froggatt, chief executive of Women in Sport Aotearoa, is delighted that the big four were available for the event. “It is our absolute pleasure to be able to bring Raelene Castle, Farah Palmer, Liz Dawson, Raewyn Lovett and Johanna Wood to Dunedin for Women You Can Bank On this year. It is an outstanding event, and we know it’s very popular across Otago.

With “The Big Four” on their way, the next three years will be crucial in our efforts to create equity of opportunity for women and girls to participate, compete and build careers in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin has an incredibly important role to play in this, as a likely host to two of the World Cups and as a mecca for young people. We’re hoping this event will inspire the Otago sport and business community to do even more to help women and girls find fun, sustainable ways to get involved – something that is more important than ever as they recover from the disproportionate effects of COVID-19. In this, we are thrilled to have such continuing support from our local regional network, Women in Sport Otago.”

“Our 2021 event will also be supported by our Media Partner; Mediaworks. Great partnerships are key to the success of this Dunedin iconic event, and we are blessed with partners that will support and guide this event into the future. This is definitely the one not to miss.” Says Dodds.

The 2021 event will see the inclusion of the first “sister event”, innovative, challenging and change making workshops scheduled to occur the 5th March.

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Tickets go on sale 1st December 2020

Contact: Kim Dodds

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