Cast your vote: Millennial Women of Influence

Luke Parker
Cast your vote: Millennial Women of Influence

The top 10 Millennial Women of Influence finalists have been announced and it’s now up to the public to decide who will be the overall winners.

The Millennial Women of Influence Programme aims to identify and celebrate the next generation of influential New Zealand businesswomen and budding entrepreneurs aged between 25-35 years old. Young women with vision, social media influence, the aspiration to create change and strong business acumen.

The programme is part of the Westpac/Fairfax Women of Influence Awards. In its third year, the Awards identify, recognise, and celebrate the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

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An amazing opportunity to grow

The five women who receive the highest number of public votes will win:

  • A two hour mentoring session with three high profile New Zealand business leaders (Kellie Taylor - moochi, Cecilia Robinson - My Food Bag, Belinda Nash - NZ Girl) to be held in Auckland on 4 November 2015.

  • A ticket to the Women of Influence Awards Dinner on 4 November, 2015 at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland. A great opportunity to network and meet some of the women shaping New Zealand.

  • A one hour business session with a Westpac business banker in their local area to discuss business or business needs.

Meet the 10 finalists

Alex Gage–BrownAlex Gage Brown1

General Manager of natural skincare company, Skinfood, Alex is using her social media influence to drive sales and boost her skincare products both here in NZ and overseas.

Already widely available and well known in New Zealand, Alex says Skinfood is natural goodness for every body.



Annelise ClarkeAnnelise Clarke1

Along with her husband, Annelise is responsible for Miss Moonshine and The Street Food Collective which opened in Auckland’s Ponsonby earlier this year.

At the Street Food Collective, vendors with big ideas and small budgets get an opportunity to make food their business at a purpose built site in the heart of Ponsonby. 


Brianne WestBrianne West 1

Through her socially responsible skin and hair care company Ethique, Brianne has put her chemistry and biology background to good use making natural products with 100% waste-free packaging.

Certified cruelty-free and climate-neutral, Ethique was named as a Rising Star by Deloitte in their annual Fast 50, and are finalists this year in the Innovation Council awards and the Sustainable Business Network awards.


Dani RevellDani Revell2

Dani launched Anthology Digital 18 months ago and, in her own words, it’s a “kick-arse female-run company working to get more mums at home back in the workforce through social media”.

Through We Are Anthology, her team pairs bloggers and online influencers with brands, and also works with companies to build their social media influence and run events.


Emily WritesEmily McKewen head and shou

Emily’s success as a mummy blogger was instant. Her first blog post at her site Mama Said at had more than one million hits in 48 hours.

Emily is the founder of Ballet is for Everyone, a non-profit organisation that provides free ballet lessons to children from low income families and children with high health needs.



Emily Jean WatersonEmily Jean Waterson1

Seeing a gap in the market, Emily founded La Maison Boutique in 2012 while she was studying for a law degree, and by the time she graduated she was able to work on her business full time.

Her French-inspired antique reproduction furniture is sold online and via her Parnell showroom. La Maison Boutique has around 23,000 fans on Facebook.


Holly DevineHolly Devine 1

Holly is a personal development coach who runs living with cancer workshops as well as mind, body and soul transformation coaching sessions.

Later this year she will be launching a new 100% certified organic probiotic and superfood product.



Laura BurberyLaura Burbery1

Her daughter’s imagination inspired Laura Burbery to launch Little Belle. She creates children’s nightlights for sale in New Zealand and overseas.

Drawing on the nostalgia of traditional nightlights with a contemporary twist, Laura’s nightlights are ethically produced and are attracting attention from interior designers. 


Rochelle ShawRochelle S1

Her Modern Mum Facebook page already has a following of more than 3,000 and Rochelle says she likes to share tips and tricks with other mums to help make day-to-day family life fun smoothly.

As General Manager of the Bloggers Club, she is a social media influencer helping connect brands and bloggers to create social conversations and consumer engagement.


Stacey WilliamsonStacey W1

Stacey runs a Facebook group called Farming Mums NZ (FMNZ). Since its inception in 2013, FMNZ has grown to over 5,000 members and has doubled in size in the last year.

It was set up as an online community for Farming women across New Zealand who could do with friendship and support of women who could relate to each other.

The group continues to grow by around 60 members a week and Stacey has plans to launch a website soon.


Vote now

To cast your vote, go to the Millennial voting page.

Voting closing on Wednesday, 21 October and the winner announced on Friday, 23 October.

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