FUTURE LEADERS Conference WELLINGTON 14 & 15 March

About      Program      Speakers      Accommodation & Venue      Partners   

The next generation of association leaders is already active and making a difference in the association community. AuSAE’s Future Leaders conference aims to give them/you the boost they need to realise their full potential.

The Future Leaders Conference creates a learning experience where attendees will participate in activities with the goal of:

  • Maintaining and prioritising personal balance
  • Leading and managing change
  • Enhancing skills and developing strengths in association management 
  • Learning what influences leadership
  • Connecting with peers and association professional leaders 

This conference connects emerging professionals by offering events focused on association leadership. With discussions topics to enhance their skills and increase their involvement within the association, community and the industry.

Registration Costs 
Thanks to our major sponsor the Rotorua Energy Event Centre we are able to bring you reduced conference registration rates. 

AuSAE member  $390.00 including GST
Non member $490.00 including GST

Register here


Program - click here to download PDF - this includes a letter to justify your attendance 



Welcome, networking and refreshments


How to Present Like an Award-Winning Actor: Increase Your Presence & Influence
Greg Ward - MC & Actor 
All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players… This keynote unpacks the technical skills used by actors to execute outstanding presentations, along with sharing how to use these same techniques offstage to increase your presence.   Greg divulges the keys to unlocking your own actor’s toolbox and how you can use these tools to influence your target audience.



A More Productive You
Debbie Mayo-Smith, Motivational Speaker and Trainer - DebbieSpeaks, will show you how easy it is to get much more done in less time. How? By showing you some of the secret diamonds in your software; just waiting to be discovered to help you be much more effective. 


Networking and lunch


Negotiating change in Associations
Deborah Hart, Executive Director - Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc, will explore how to effectively negotiate change, who you have to take along for the ride, the pit-falls to watch out for and how to remedy them. There will be “take-homes” that you can apply to your own organisation. 


Understanding and nurturing your finance function
Stephen Nicholas, Partner - Deloitte Private, says that you could spend your life between meetings, strategy and membership development and steering an association, chances are you’re a busy CEO. Understanding the financial issues facing your organisation is vital.


Team Leadership Exercise
Leadership is about vision and bringing forward knowledge gained by past mistakes.


Networking and afternoon tea


A strategic look at your not for profit career – tips and guidance
Michele Walls, Director – People&co and co.pilot Consulting 
From our perspective; the Association sector provides interesting environments filled with passionate people doing good work for their specific communities. Many have varied external relationships with government agencies – adding to your attractiveness as a candidate but also making your roles and careers interesting and challenging. There are however, perceptions from the outside world....


Step up in good faith: transitioning to a leadership role   
Julie Hood, Advisor and Mentoring Coach, talks about how many people aspire to get promoted and move into leadership positions. But with this exciting transition comes a natural challenge: One of the biggest tests new managers face is knowing how to go from being a peer to managing their peers.


Close of the day


Cocktails and Dinner at the Academy Galleries in Wellington


register here


The 3P’s to Success for Boosting Organisational Value
Iain Fraser, Director - Jacobite Ltd, discusses that every organisation must thrive in a culture that embraces its purpose, people, and performance (the ‘3 Ps to Success’), so that aligned activity and empowered people gain the confidence to operate quicker and with more confidence in capturing sustainable success.. 


Networking and refreshments


How to establish a media profile for yourself and your NFP
Ashley Church, 
Social Commentator, inspires people to action and loyalty by leading from the front and as has a strong track record of formulating and implementing effective strategies to bring about rapid and sustainable change within organisations. 



CEO panel - Is There Any Success-Formula as a NFP Leader
CEO Panel session is an aspect of the conference where our pool of professional panelist who are eager to provide ANSWERS - Is There Any Success-Formula
Iain Fraser, Director at Large - Project Management Institute 
Lyn McMorran, Executive Director - Financial Services Federation 
Nick Hill, Chief Executive - Building Officials Institute of New Zealand


Developing and Adapting Leadership Style 
Koren O’Brien - Change Agent | Technology Influencer | Delivery
Koren will talk about the different ways leadership can be demonstrated and encouraged in teams, individuals and self. Many people connect leadership with titles and positions, but great leadership can start anywhere, when a core set of attributes and habits are practised..


Lunch and Finish

Back to the top


Greg Ward,  MC & Actor - Greg Ward MC

Greg Ward is an actor and experienced MC who lives and breathes performing and presenting on stages throughout the world.  A life-long student of human group dynamics, he tutors actors in improvisation skills, focusing on truth, presence and improvised song.


Debbie Mayo-Smith, Motivational Speaker and Trainer- DebbieSpeaks
Debbie Mayo-Smith is one of the most in-demand speakers in Australia and New Zealand and sits in the top 7% of speakers worldwide. A media columnist as well as best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the activity of over 1 million individuals around the world through her presentations, quick tip newsletters, articles, books and videos. You’ll find Debbie is a master in communicating the little tweaks you can make in your communication and use of technology for maximum gain.


Deborah Hart, Executive Director - Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc
Deborah Hart Deborah Hart is the Executive Director of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand and a panel member on the Human Rights Review Tribunal. A former lawyer, she has managed her own business, served on the government’s Small Business Advisory Group and is currently on the Expert Reference Group advising the government on family justice reform. Deborah is a member of the Institute of Directors, an adviser to the Wellington Jewish Community Centre and a frequent speaker and MC at conferences and events.


Stephen Nicholas, Partner - Deloitte Private
Stephen Nicholas enjoys helping clients realise their vision for their association. he has run his own small business, so has the intimate understanding of what people need to do to achieve the optimum from their business. He also leads the Deloitte Fast 50 programme which is the national index of NZ’s fastest growing companies.


Julie Hood, Advisor and Mentoring Coach
Julie Hood has a broad set of skills gained from roles in health and the professional association sector, with strengths in leadership, planning, strategy and delivery. Having a deep respect for people who take risks to create and sustain organisations that deliver opportunities for those who don’t wish to.
Julie is the ex -Chief Executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Association and Senior project manager of Victoria University


Ashley Church, Social Commentator
Ashley Church is the ex-Chief Executive Officer of the property Institute of New Zealand, has a past director of Hawke’s Bay airport, Marine land of New Zealand and the National aquarium of New Zealand. Previous to the property Institute Ashley was the chief executive officer of the Auckland property investors Association.


Iain Fraser, Director - Jacobite Ltd
Iain Fraser is known throughout the world for using his head, heart, and gut to deliver inspiring and thought-leading presentations. Iain Fraser truly is somebody who understands the need for organizational change towards entities that are focused on exploring and delivering value.
Author of the best-selling business book ‘The Business of Portfolio Management – Boosting Organizational Value’ as well as other publications. He uses his 30+ year professional and leadership experiences to craft his speaking, training, mentoring, and professional director activities.


Koren O'Brien, Senior Manager of Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance in Technology - ANZ
Koren has lead teams, coached and mentored individuals in Technology for over a decade, most commonly in large complex work environments. Koren is an accidental technologist, having studied criminology. Now, Koren is a Senior Manager of Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance in Technology at the ANZ, and is also the Business Continuity Director for Technology at the ANZ, NZ.  


Back to the top

Accommodation / Venue
Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay, Wellington
100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011

Located on Wellington's premier Oriental Parade, overlooking the stunning Wellington Harbour, Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is the perfect base to explore the city. Merely 10 minutes away, are the city's shopping, commercial, and entertainment centre. The Te Papa Museum, Live Theatre in Courtney Place, and many of the city's finest restaurants and bars are also close to our Oriental Parade hotel.

Click here to booking Accommodation 

Back to the top

AuSAE Future Leaders conference 19 - Major Supporters


Back to the top

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software