Hosted by the team at Inspiring Stories, various guests involved.


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OVERVIEW OF THE WORKSHOPS HAPPENING IN THIS STREAM
Each of the x4 sessions in this stream take the same format, but the speakers and contributors will be unique in each session.

#1 Saturday AM // See below for the people hosting conversations.
#2 Saturday PM // See below for the people hosting conversations.
#3 Sunday AM // See below for the people hosting conversations.
#4 Sunday PM // See below for the people hosting conversations.


Ask an expert. Round table chats with leaders.

The format for each of the four ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions is the same, but the speakers and contributors for each session will change. In each session there are ten tables in the room, with each table hosted by a different leader/speaker with expertise in a certain field. As an attendee, you choose which leader/speaker/table you’d like to be part of, which will provide an opportunity to ask questions and be part of the conversation. Within each 90-minute session, each conversation will be hosted for about 20–30 minutes, which will give attendees that chance to change table and be part of 3-4 different conversations during the session.


KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES FROM THIS SESSION
– Connect directly with Festival speakers and leaders, a chance to ask questions, gain and share insights
– Connect and network with others who might have similar interests and passions as you do


SESSION 1 – SATURDAY AM // Conversation Hosts

Audette Exel  Entrepreneur & CEO, Adara Group    Talk to me about   building purpose-driven business, impact investment and social enterprise.

Audette Exel
Entrepreneur & CEO, Adara Group

Talk to me about building purpose-driven business, impact investment and social enterprise.

Sharndre Kushor  COO, Crimson Education    Talk to me about     the world’s top-ranked universities, and building a global education start-up.

Sharndre Kushor
COO, Crimson Education

Talk to me about the world’s top-ranked universities, and building a global education start-up.

Matthew Jackson  Edmund Hillary Fellow    Talk to me about   how   my failures have been my biggest opportunity for growth.

Matthew Jackson
Edmund Hillary Fellow

Talk to me about how my failures have been my biggest opportunity for growth.

Sonya Renee-Taylor  The Body Is Not An Apology    Talk to me about   radical self-love as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

Sonya Renee-Taylor
The Body Is Not An Apology

Talk to me about radical self-love as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

Irene Wakefield  CEO, Prepair New Zealand    Talk to me about   empowering young women and changing your own story.

Irene Wakefield
CEO, Prepair New Zealand

Talk to me about empowering young women and changing your own story.

Sam O’Sullivan  Founder, Tough Talk    Talk to me about   wellbeing, mindfulness and finding our voice through adversity.

Sam O’Sullivan
Founder, Tough Talk

Talk to me about wellbeing, mindfulness and finding our voice through adversity.

Charlotte Lockhart  Director, Coulthard Barnes    Talk to me about   innovation, advocacy and wellbeing in business.

Charlotte Lockhart
Director, Coulthard Barnes

Talk to me about innovation, advocacy and wellbeing in business.

Ella Kirby  Future Leaders, Kāpiti    Talk to me about   equality, Youth Council learnings and ways in which we can support our communities.

Ella Kirby
Future Leaders, Kāpiti

Talk to me about equality, Youth Council learnings and ways in which we can support our communities.

 
Anne-Marie Brook  Human Rights Initiative    Talk to me about   human rights, systemic change and the power of collaboration to create impact.

Anne-Marie Brook
Human Rights Initiative

Talk to me about human rights, systemic change and the power of collaboration to create impact.

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SESSION 2 – SATURDAY PM // Conversation Hosts

Sophie Handford  NZ School Strikes for Climate    Talk to me about   the impact of climate change, how to create a movement, running for council.

Sophie Handford
NZ School Strikes for Climate

Talk to me about the impact of climate change, how to create a movement, running for council.

Sarah Gwynn &  Josiah Tualamali'i     Talk to me about   increasing Youth voice, assisting Pacific youth and how to participate in democracy.

Sarah Gwynn &
Josiah Tualamali'i

Talk to me about increasing Youth voice, assisting Pacific youth and how to participate in democracy.

Lisa McLaren  Generation Zero    Talk to me about   climate change activism and solutions towards a carbon neutral Aotearoa.

Lisa McLaren
Generation Zero

Talk to me about climate change activism and solutions towards a carbon neutral Aotearoa.

Shaquille Shortland  Tuapapa Maori Language Academy    Talk to me about   empowering our communities, raising cultural awareness and inclusion.

Shaquille Shortland
Tuapapa Maori Language Academy

Talk to me about empowering our communities, raising cultural awareness and inclusion.

Dr Robbie Frances  Co-founder, The Lucy Foundation    Talk to me about   developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities.

Dr Robbie Frances
Co-founder, The Lucy Foundation

Talk to me about developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities.

Gabe Davidson  Wellington Chocolate Factory    Talk to me about   running a sustainable, ethically run business and the bean to bar journey!

Gabe Davidson
Wellington Chocolate Factory

Talk to me about running a sustainable, ethically run business and the bean to bar journey!

Jazz Thornton  Co-founder, Voices of Hope    Talk to me about   mental health awareness and successful storytelling for impact!

Jazz Thornton
Co-founder, Voices of Hope

Talk to me about mental health awareness and successful storytelling for impact!

Bart de Vries  Co-Founder, Limber    Talk to me about   performance and wellbeing, our work environments and sustainable business.

Bart de Vries
Co-Founder, Limber

Talk to me about performance and wellbeing, our work environments and sustainable business.

 
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SESSION 3 – SUNDAY AM // Conversation Hosts


Holley Sommerville-Knott , CEO, Tell Someone Who Cares    Talk to me about   starting      a  consumer movement that saves rainforests with every purchase!

Holley Sommerville-Knott,
CEO, Tell Someone Who Cares

Talk to me about starting a consumer movement that saves rainforests with every purchase!

Talei Bryant , Founder, Find Your Fish Movement    Talk to me about   empowerment for youth and how to create a change out of your FFTF experience.

Talei Bryant,
Founder, Find Your Fish Movement

Talk to me about empowerment for youth and how to create a change out of your FFTF experience.

Tamati Shepherd , Partner at PWC New Zealand    Talk to me about   transforming health and social services for indigenous populations.

Tamati Shepherd,
Partner at PWC New Zealand

Talk to me about transforming health and social services for indigenous populations.

Takunda Muzondiwa , Spoken Word Poet    Talk to me about   the power of spoken word & the ways we connect to our roots and life in Aotearoa.

Takunda Muzondiwa,
Spoken Word Poet

Talk to me about the power of spoken word & the ways we connect to our roots and life in Aotearoa.

Elspeth Tilley , Massey University    Talk to me about   the power of creative activism to encourage political and social justice.

Elspeth Tilley,
Massey University

Talk to me about the power of creative activism to encourage political and social justice.

Ming Janssen & Sarrah Jayne , Enspiral Dev Academy    Talk to us about   diversity and Human Skills in tech, inclusiveness and wellbeing

Ming Janssen & Sarrah Jayne,
Enspiral Dev Academy

Talk to us about diversity and Human Skills in tech, inclusiveness and wellbeing

Heidi Parks , Future Leader, Kawerau    Talk to me about   accessibility advocacy, Youth Council experiences and using your voice to make a difference.

Heidi Parks,
Future Leader, Kawerau

Talk to me about accessibility advocacy, Youth Council experiences and using your voice to make a difference.

Graedon Parker , Organic Mechanic    Talk to me about   sustainablity, mindfullness, health and wellbeing and industrial hemp.

Graedon Parker,
Organic Mechanic

Talk to me about sustainablity, mindfullness, health and wellbeing and industrial hemp.

 
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SESSION 4 – SUNDAY PM // Conversation Hosts

Charlotte Hoonhout , Entrepreneur, Part-athlete    Talk to me about   resilience & what Paralympics teaches you about achieving your goals.

Charlotte Hoonhout,
Entrepreneur, Part-athlete

Talk to me about resilience & what Paralympics teaches you about achieving your goals.

Steve Pirie , Director, Wander & Wonder    Talk to me about   failure and the power of turning challenges in to learning and our biggest successes.

Steve Pirie,
Director, Wander & Wonder

Talk to me about failure and the power of turning challenges in to learning and our biggest successes.

Whaiora Patick , Kawerau Future Leaders    Talk to me about   raising awareness around mental health & suicide prevention.

Whaiora Patick,
Kawerau Future Leaders

Talk to me about raising awareness around mental health & suicide prevention.

Vuki Vujasinovic , CEO, Sling & Stone    Talk to me about   storytelling for impact and using technology & business to create a positive impact.

Vuki Vujasinovic,
CEO, Sling & Stone

Talk to me about storytelling for impact and using technology & business to create a positive impact.

Shay Wright , Co-founder, Te Whare Hukahuka    Talk to me about   community empowerment, emerging Māori economy and social enterprise.

Shay Wright,
Co-founder, Te Whare Hukahuka

Talk to me about community empowerment, emerging Māori economy and social enterprise.

Dr Arama Rata , National Institute of Demographic Analysis (NIDEA)    Talk to me about   , Māori-migrant relations, and attitudes to diversity and inclusion.

Dr Arama Rata,
National Institute of Demographic Analysis (NIDEA)

Talk to me about , Māori-migrant relations, and attitudes to diversity and inclusion.

Trevor Mallard  New Zealand Parliament    Talk to me about   every New Zealander having their voice heard and engaging with Parliament.

Trevor Mallard
New Zealand Parliament

Talk to me about every New Zealander having their voice heard and engaging with Parliament.

Mike Smith , Lead chair of Climate Change Iwi Leaders    Talk to me about   climate change, activism, filmmaking and Maori mobilisation.

Mike Smith,
Lead chair of Climate Change Iwi Leaders

Talk to me about climate change, activism, filmmaking and Maori mobilisation.

 
Shrutika Thapa , Future Leaders, Greymouth    Talk to me about   building your inner leader and finding your voice to make a difference.

Shrutika Thapa,
Future Leaders, Greymouth

Talk to me about building your inner leader and finding your voice to make a difference.

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Learn more about the other breakout streams.