Kate Sheppard Women of Influence Lecture

New, this year, the inaugural Kate Sheppard Women of Influence Lecture was held at Massey University in Wellington. The first address was given by our Community and Not-for-Profit winner from 2015, Stacey Shortall, who asked "Who have you helped today?".

We are very grateful and acknowledge the descendants of Kate Sheppard, the National Council of Women that she founded and the Canterbury Museum who help safeguard her reputation in allowing us to include Kate Sheppard’s name with this annual event.

Photos from the 2016 Kate Sheppard Women of Influence Lecture have been posted on the Westpac NZ Facebook page.

Stacey Shortall

Stacey Shortall

A partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Stacey has broad experience successfully representing financial institutions, other companies, public sector entities and directors and officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters. She returned to the firm in 2010 after spending 11 years as a Wall Street litigator in New York at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (selected as the best litigation firm in the United States by The American Lawyer in 2006).

Among other salutations and awards, Stacey was named in the Legal Media Group Rising Stars 2015 guide (an international publication that identifies “the brightest young talent”). She also was named in the NZ Lawyer 2015 Hot List.

Having worked as a volunteer lawyer in many New York State prisons, Stacey developed a program that seeks to help mothers incarcerated at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility maintain meaningful connections with their children. Stacey also developed a weekly homework club at a decile one school in Wellington where primary school children are assisted with their homework and provided access to different role models.

The mother of three young children, Stacey continues to develop other initiatives intended to help stop violence against children in their homes. An advocate for preventing violence against women and children, Stacey also looks to provide thought leadership by writing and speaking on topics such as diversity and women’s rights.

We are very grateful and acknowledge the descendants of Kate Sheppard, the National Council of Women that she founded and the Canterbury Museum who help safeguard her reputation in allowing us to include Kate Sheppard’s name with this annual event.