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Inspirational Women

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Podcaster & Money Columnist

 Frances Cook is a money communicator and journalist, a reformed financial hot mess who now makes a living saving others from her money mistakes. As a podcaster, columnist, author, and speaker, Frances knows how to balance giving you the information you need with making sure you don’t fall asleep.

Frances is well known and respected for her work as the BusinessDesk Investments Editor. She hosts a weekly personal finance podcast Cooking the Books for BusinessDesk and NZ Herald, and answers reader questions in the weekly Money Answers BusinessDesk column. She also regularly explains what you need to know about the money world in a fortnightly slot on the AM
Show, as well as across other radio and TV shows including TVNZ Breakfast, NewstalkZB, The Hits and Flava. Her speciality is taking complicated, specialised knowledge, and simplifying it down to just what you need to know. Her two books, Tales from a Financial Hot Mess and Your Money, Your Future, were both best sellers.

If you want to know more about money mindset, your KiwiSaver, how to buy a first home, or dip a first toe into investing, Frances can help you. Priding herself on a clear communication style that is never judgemental, Frances has built an audience of people who felt excluded by traditional money advice. From getting out of debt all the way to finding financial freedom, Frances is the smart friend
who can make it make sense.

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Monday 22nd May, 11:45am -1:15pm, Conway 5


Branch Manager - Sales & Marketing Consultant

Harcourts The Difference

Nicky is a Harcourts business owner and an active sales consultant. She will share with you some of her life’s challenges and experiences which have shaped her into who she is today. Some of the events have been extremely testing and demanding of her and her family. She hopes by sharing her story will show how every experience we have, can give us skills, build strength and resilience, to deal with anything that life throws at us. Nicky knows these challenges have made her who she is today and she believes she is one of the luckiest people you’ll ever meet.

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Monday 22nd May, 11:45am -1:15pm, Conway 5


Empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success is an organisation focused on promoting economic independence for women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


 By providing women with the resources and support they need to succeed in the workplace, both Inspirational Women and Dress for Success are helping to close the gender gap and create more equitable opportunities for women.


The Inspirational Women/Dress for Success donation drive at HX is the perfect opportunity. Inspirational Women would love you to consider supporting this worthy cause and is looking for donations of professional clothing and accessories, such as suits, blazers, blouses, skirts, and dress shoes and unused and unopened toiletries. 


 To encourage donations, we’re offering a special incentive. Anyone who donates goods for Dress for Success at the HX Inspirational Women pre-launch workshop and leaves their business card or contact details will be entered into a draw for an Inspirational Women 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle which features an array of inspiring women throughout history and around the world.  We have two to give away!

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