Bold Conversation - New Zealand

In 2019 the House of Veuve Clicquot released its first international female entrepreneurship barometer, mapping out the state of female entrepreneurship. The barometer investigated common prejudices, mental and structural barriers to overcome and how to get beyond them. This year Veuve Clicquot has continued its commitment to the global barometer, commissioning local research into the current state of women entrepreneurship in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The research findings will be presented at New Zealand’s first Bold Conversations by Veuve Clicquot event this August. The event will be a celebration of bold and brave kiwi female entrepreneurial spirit in an intimate evening of insight and inspiration. MC Carol Hirschfeld will lead thought-provoking discussion on the research findings with a panel of kiwi women who embody an entrepreneurial spirit.

Carol Hirschfeld
New Zealand journalist, documentary maker, broadcaster, producer and media executive.

Carol Hirschfeld is one of New Zealand’s most admired and respected news presenters, having worked in journalism for over 20 years as an accomplished editor, producer and reporter - perhaps most well-known for delivering the nation’s 6pm news as co-anchor on TV3.
Carol is accustomed to working both behind and in front of the cameras and is now Head of Content at Radio New Zealand, where she is responsible for news, drama, music, spoken features and Radio New Zealand International.

Maggie Hewitt
Founder of New Zealand’s first climate positive fashion label, Maggie Marilyn.

Maggie has made it her mission to build a brand that champions transparency, empowers people and ensures that the health of our planet is at the forefront of every decision. Maggie Marilyn was founded to make a difference in an industry that needed change and use fashion to create a better world.
Her brand mission is to transform the fashion industry to one that is transparent, circular, regenerative and inclusive. The Maggie Marilyn vision is for a healthy planet, empowered people and an economy that puts these things first.

Sarah Colcord
Co-founder of online marketplace Chooice.

When New Zealand went into lockdown in 2020, Sarah Colcord’s event and project management business completely dried up. Longing for a platform for small New Zealand businesses to promote themselves during that time, she launched a Facebook group that quickly grew to over 50,000 members in two months.
The group became a lifeline for small businesses, helping them survive and thrive in 2020. Sarah has since evolved the group into an online marketplace called Chooice, which has already generated almost $2 million in sales for small New Zealand businesses.

Victoria Harris
Founder of financial education service The Curve, a female-led investment platform.

With over 10 years’ experience in New Zealand’s investment industry working Victoria noticed how women in particular struggled with confidence when it came to learning about their finances and improving their wealth. There was no place for women to go to have a simple conversation about money or building the future they wanted.
After identifying a gap in the market Victoria created The Curve to provide women with an opportunity to get investment savvy without the outside noise and confusion. Victoria has created an inspiring community for women to empower themselves and learn more about investing in a way that makes sense to them and their lifestyle.

Emma Lewisham
Founder of skincare brand Emma Lewisham.

Emma decided to be the change she wanted to see in the beauty industry and took on the challenge to redefine standards for the beauty industry. She proved it was possible to produce natural skincare with scientific validated results, setting a new sustainable standard at every step of the way. Today, Emma’s brand proudly rivals the most recognised luxury brands in the world while being a global leader towards a circular beauty model.

Grace Wright 
Notable artist.

Grace Wright’s energetic art works combine movement and colour in a feast for the eyes. The young painter graduated from Elam with honours in 2014 and masters in 2019, and has held numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australasia.
Each work is constructed of layered colour and gesture that evoke historical grand baroque and renaissance painting through a contemporary abstract language. Grace and her often large-scale work are the epitome of Veuve Clicquot’s MO to dream big, bright and beautiful.

Juliet Tainui-Hernandez
Assistant Governor Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Juliet Tainui-Hernandez, Ngāi Tahu, Te Whakatohea, has a legal career that spans from Wellington to Australia, to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Over two decades working offshore she ultimately became a partner of a large international law Firm and their Chief Compliance Officer with responsibility for Europe, UK, Middle East, Asia and Brazil.  
In her last few years overseas Juliet moved into Law Firm Management, with responsibility for Business Transformation, and returned home in to Aotearoa in late 2020 to take up her current roles as a Non-Executive Director on Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Assistant Governor and General Manager of Transformation and People at Te Pūtea Matua, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.