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MUV Talks: Equality Matters
Fri, May 12, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM NZST
This is a special edition because of Techweek, the theme of our next event is “Equality Matters”, come along to be inspired by seven incredible humans who are working to close the gender gap.
MUV Talks is a non-profit event. It consists of seven talks for seven minutes, from a diverse set of people with different experiences and points of view (from researchers and scientists to entrepreneurs and investors). It’s point of difference is the energetic and friendly buzz that originates from this style, and our unique approach to networking which welcomes people to break out of their bubble in a non-confronting way - perfect for Kiwis who aren’t always the best at that.
Our goal is to create an environment where passionate people can gather together to get things done; to learn, network and share knowledge.
- Date: Wednesday 12th of May 2017
- Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Meet our speakers
Meet Mahsa Mohaghegh
Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh Founder/Director SheSharp – Lecturer in School of Engineering and Computer Science at Auckland University of Technology
Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a background in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. She obtained her PhD from Massey University in 2013.
Mahsa is also the founder and director of the women’s technology group She# - shesharp.co.nz, a platform aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation, and creating networking opportunities for tertiary students and industry professionals in the digital sector. Her passion for promoting careers in technology to young women has been recognised by a number of organisations, and resulted in her being awarded at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.
Meet Claire Conza
Creative, crafty kid turned fashion designer turned communications agency co-founder, wife and mother, Claire Conza eventually broke down under the pressure of life and striving for success in a direction that she had lost connection with. Being forced to stop allowed her to really think about what she was doing with her life and WHY.
Claire spent 18 months searching for her purpose, listening to the little voice, figuring out how she could use her skills, talents and experience to do something good, something that mattered to her and other people. This journey lead her to dream up a movement called Make Give Live which is fast becoming a successful reality better than she imagined it.
Meet Nurain Janah
Nurain is a passionate advocate for young people and women of colour in the context of work, entrepreneurship, leadership and beyond. She moved to New Zealand at a young age from the small island nation of the Maldives and grew up in Auckland, a proud Kiwi Muslim. She represented New Zealand at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for young women of colour in the workplace. Nurain was also awarded the Good Citizens’ Award for setting up the Waitematā Youth Collective, giving young people a voice in local government.
Nurain is an accountant specialising in tax and business advisory at William Buck Christmas Gouwland. Recently, she initiated “She4She” – a project that maps out women’s support organisations across New Zealand to create a platform where young women can be matched to support services and organisations according to their needs. She is also a Board member of JCI New Zealand and an organiser for Startup Weekend Auckland.
Meet Zlata K
Zlata lead Interlike from a 3 people home business into a global company that delivers value to clients such as Singapore Airlines, Estee Lauder and The New Zealand Olympic Committee to name a few. It's a fast growing marketing tech start up with an incredible culture and strong values #InterlikeFamily. Advertising and tech is still a boys club., but Zlata is determined to succeed in it and help other women along the way.
Meet our awesome MC: Colart Miles
Colart Miles is a Co-Founder of Velox Innovation. He is a well known innovation coach and a specialist in accelerated delivery practices such as Agile, Kanban and Lean. Colart also plays a central role in the local startup ecosystem including Startup Weekend, Flux Accelerator and Lightning Lab. Colart is pursuing his passion for helping kiwi organizations to speed up innovation and to find new futures.
Colart’s approach to life is intense, insightful, compassionate and highly productive.