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In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.

Sheryl Sandberg

A Women in Health Tech Breakfast event

Tuesday 27th of June
From 6.30am to 8.00am
Cordis hotel Auckland (part of HealthTech Week)


We're excited to be hosting a breakfast panel event again at this year's HealthTech Week conference in Auckland. And we're even more excited about the topic...

We will shine a spotlight on mentoring alongside launching our new Mentorship Program, EmpowerHer!

Mentoring can enable career and personal development for women at any stage in their career, supporting a deeper understanding and confidence in their development. WiHT are committed to facilitating a program for our local New Zealand health tech sector to support our members career development.

To launch this event we will have a variety of speakers with expert knowledge and personal experience of mentoring, facilitated by a WiHT steering group member to take you through the program design.

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Dr Erica Whineray - Surgeon, Advocate and Entrepreneur

Erica is a surgeon, advocate and entrepreneur based in Auckland who has co-founded two medical practices whilst practising as a breast cancer surgeon.  After 20 years as a surgeon, Erica has transitioned into health consulting to provide clinical leadership and solutions in the health space. Erica has benefited both from being a mentee and mentor over many years and is a keen advocate for the process.

 Chelsea Gibson - BCom/BProp (Accounting & Commercial Law)

As a recent graduate of the University of Auckland, Chelsea has current experience in deriving value from various mentoring programmes. Subsequently, Chelsea has been able to harness this experience in professional environments through her work as an Accountant and as a mentor through dance teaching.

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 Dr Patricia Bossons - Executive MBA Director and Director of Executive Qualifications

Patricia has been working in Executive Leadership development and as an Executive Coach and Supervisor for over 25 years. She developed her practise through her professional background as a Business Psychologist and Executive Education specialist. Patricia came to Massey, and New Zealand, in 2016, from Henley Business School in the UK. At Henley Patricia was the Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching and Behavioural Change, ran the Mentoring Focus Group for the Henley Partnership and was a Client Director, Executive Education. At Massey, Patricia has been the Executive MBA Director and Director of Executive Qualifications and teaches Leadership and delivers coaching into the MBA programmes.

 Facilitator Melina Laredo - Arthrex Country Lead NZ

Melina Laredo is an experienced leader in medical devices, with a career spanning over 21 years in the healthcare industry. After completing a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2001 in Christchurch, Melina moved overseas to further her professional development. In 2006 Melina transitioned into a commercial role in medical technology, based out of Chicago IL, and has represented Arthrex, a global leader in new product development and orthopaedic medical education, since 2009. Having worked with Arthrex in Chicago IL and Los Angeles CA for 10 years, Melina returned to New Zealand in 2019 with her young family and accepted her current role of Country Lead for Arthrex New Zealand in 2020. Melina is passionate about expanding and fostering diversity within the medical devices industry, with a particular focus on orthopaedics.

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