“I just wanted to reach out to say thank you so much for your great talk/presentation at the CCiNZ conference, I have never had the pleasure of hearing you speak before before but as a woman in the corporate world it was so inspiring (and you were hilarious)! So much of your background, values, and general approach resonated with me and I went back to the office on Monday suited and booted with a renewed energy! So thank you! I think what you have achieved is truly amazing and hopefully our paths will cross again, enjoy your week.”
Brooke Nelson, National Manager contact centre, assessment centre and business support Randstad New Zealand, August 2016
“We held our annual conference in Queenstown this year and invited Theresa to give the opening address. She had the whole audience captivated. I think she’s one of the best speakers we had, from what was a very good line up.”
Marie Dawkins, Chief Executive, Summerfruit New Zealand. Feedback from Summerfruit New Zealand conference, June 2016
“The GirlBoss team would like to thank Theresa for speaking at our event. We greatly appreciate the time Theresa took out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with our attendees. The message she shared will have a profound and lasting impact on the upcoming generation of feisty, feminist change makers. The girls have taken away the fact that career is not a noun, it is a verb, it has opened the eyes of many of our attendees. One of our attendees said “Theresa was very relatable to us and gave me great inspiration to find a passion and follow it.”
Kayla Turner, Co-founder GirlBoss NZ. Feedback from GirlBoss NZ 2016 Conference, May 2016.
“Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to our senior leaders yesterday. The feedback has been extremely positive. It was not only that you were able to ground the messages you were giving about leadership into your own personal life story but your clear passion for all businesses in which you have been engaged and your ability to talk about both large corporate enterprises and high growth startups captivated our audience.”
John Allen, Chief Executive, New Zealand Racing Board. Feedback from NZ Racing Board senior leaders forum, March 2016.
“Theresa attended our annual agents conference as our key note speaker and what a success! The feedback on Theresa’s address has been fantastic with many of our guests listing Theresa’s address as a highlight of the trip, no mean feat in the gorgeous Queenstown. Theresa was warm and personable, funny and engaging and left our group ready to conquer the world”
Alana Billing, Sponsorship and Events Manager, Tabcorp. Feedback from Retail Rewards Conference, March 2016.
“Three Keys was honoured to hear from Theresa in the opening event of our fifth season. Captivating the crowd with detailed stories from her childhood, university life, and working career, Theresa left our members inspired with her Three Key points for success:
Remain curious – imagine you can achieve anything.
Give back – don’t just focus on yourself and it will come back to you.
The energy of our times has changed – leadership is about walking the talk and not about telling.
On behalf of our members we would like to thank Theresa for travelling to the Manawatu and for providing a fantastic insight into her journey to success. Feedback from our members was overwhelming positive with many members wishing Theresa could have spoken for longer.”
Regan Thompson, Three Keys Intern. Feedback from opening of 2015 Season Five Three Keys events.
“Theresa was our opening key note speaker at our annual Conference in October. To ensure that her address was in keeping with the Conference theme Theresa asked to spend some time prior to the event to ascertain what was required. Her address captured the essence of the conference theme (“Keeping Business Safe and Successful”) and set the scene for the balance of the two day event. She was very open and personable, sharing her life experiences and intertwined these with her business successes, especially her recent business ventures with “My Food Bag”. A great start to our Conference.”
Steve Downes, CE Institute of Internal Auditors New Zealand.
“Chris, on behalf of Zoetis, please pass on our thanks to Theresa for her involvement in our Executive Leaders Forum yesterday. Theresa’s presentation was very thought provoking and she made a great contribution (and was highly entertaining) in our mock dragons den exercise. Thanks again Chris and Theresa!”
Scott Meacham, Zoetis Business Unit Director – Livestock. Feedback from Zoetis Executive Leaders Forum.
“Having Theresa Gattung as our closing speaker was a masterstroke! She is one of New Zealand’s best known female CEO’s and after hearing her story, I can absolutely understand why. She is courageous, down to earth, intelligent and eloquent – the perfect person to have in your business! Working with her was a pleasure and I look forward to our next opportunity to do so.”
Alison Buck, Conference Event Coordinator. Feedback from 2015 Women in Business Conference, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
“Theresa spoke at our 2014 continuing legal education conference “Women, the Law – and the corner office”. Her topic, The Brave and the Bold absolutely epitomises Theresa’s courageous and resourceful personality and her inspirational message. It’s a message that can make a real difference to anyone feeling that their career/life is stagnating. She demonstrates, with humour, passion and terrific PowerPoints, how to take yourself by the scruff of your own neck and get on with life!
Kelly Wright, CLE Executive NZLS CLE Ltd. Feedback from 2014 Continuing Legal Education Conference.
“As opening keynote speaker for our Tertiary Education Management conference in Cairns, Theresa set the perfect tone. Theresa’s style, content and experience fitted perfectly with the conference theme and her presentation, with a mixture of her personal and professional experiences and successes, was engaging, humourous and inspirational. Theresa was extremely accommodating in liaising with delegates post-presentation, answering questions, providing suggestions and personally signing books. I would highly recommend her for any speaking engagement.”
Shannon Johnston, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine James Cook University. Feedback from Tertiary Education Management Conference.
“We would like to thank Theresa for her inspiring and humorous address at our recent Leadership conference. Her ability to captivate the audience with her engaging stories and her insightful messages on how to enhance the customer experience, have left a lasting impression with us all. As co-founder and Chair of the successful business My Food Bag, Theresa was the perfect person to share her valuable experience on how to add further value to the service we can offer customers, and I know our leaders took away some valuable insights.”
John McKay, Chief Executive Officer, AsureQuality. Feedback from AsureQuality Leaders’ Conference.
“Could you please tell Theresa how much of a success her seminar was. The room was packed (as you would expect!) and the audience was totally captivated. Afterwards people said they felt inspired and motivated. It was a real high note for the series to finish on. In particular, people really appreciated her personal insights, her references to “stroppy sheilas”, and her encouragement to be fearless and resilient. She also spoke of taking on new job positions and how the title is only defined by the limits of your imagination. Along the way she also reminded us that people never forget how you make them feel. It was an absolute privilege to have Theresa speak to us at MBIE.”
Anna Fitzgerald, Graduate Policy Advisor, Corporate Law Policy, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. Feedback from MBIE Women in Leadership Seminar.
“Theresa absolutely hit the mark with our audience, and the feedback we received about her presentation has been outstanding. Some comments include:
‘Inspiring … I loved every minute of it.’
‘Theresa’s candid nature, insightful points and ability to talk frankly about what really matters at the end of the day was refreshing and invigorating.’
‘What an intelligent, courageous, and humorous woman, leaving me with lots of food for thought.'”
Pip Greenwood, Partner, Russell McVeagh. Feedback from Supper Club, Russell McVeagh.
“Theresa’s inspirational story offered insight to our Australian audience of emerging and existing leaders, her engaging , warm style of presentation was easily relatable for those looking to aspire into senior leadership positions across different industries. An experienced public speaker Theresa’s open, honest style of presenting resonated with our audience to leave them enthusiastic about their own leadership journey ahead.”
Laura Holderness, Production Team Leader, Liquid Learning Group. Feedback from Women’s Leadership Summit: Finance Professionals
“With her open, honest approach and positive presence, Theresa’s presentation inspired everyone in the room. Her fascinating presentation on her career to date was relatable for emerging female leaders from all industries. An absolute pleasure to work with.”
Laura Holderness, Production Team Leader, Liquid Learning Group
“Blown away by this presenter, get her back to every course.”
“High energy, high value add … brilliant.”
“What an amazing woman! Thank you for being so candid about your life’s journey and learning.”
Feedback from Women in Leadership Summit participants
“Thanks very much, we were so happy with the talk and I think Theresa enjoyed the event too. We had a great turnout and someone went so far as to say the talk “changed my life”. Very good!”
Edward Bowie, Vice President of the Otago Law Students Association
“Theresa’s comments were particularly apt for our members. Our members mix their own personalities with determination and focus on behalf of clients. Theresa is inspirational and her particular comments on growing pains, the big issues and the ups and down of business and personal life was perfect.”
Carey Smith, NZ Chief Executive, Ray White (Real Estate) Ltd
“Thank you so much for coming and making last night’s everywomanClub event so inspirational with your honesty, humour and insight. The members told us that they thoroughly enjoyed hearing your story, the challenges and how you had navigated them.”
Max Benson MBE, Karen Gill MBE – Co-founders Everywoman Limited, London, UK
“Please pass on my huge thanks to Theresa for her speech last night in London for the everywomanClub. We were all spell bound by her account and were all nodding in agreement to all her advice.”
Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder Specsavers
“We had a fantastic night last night. Theresa was a star and all our members were animatedly talking about her for hours after her talk. She was an inspiration to all of us. We were very fortunate to have her as our guest speaker.”
Dame Silvia Cartwright Lecture, Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association
“Theresa Gattung was recently invited to make a keynote address at the inaugural Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Conference. The Conference was an outstanding success according to the over 200 delegates who attended and this success was largely due to the thought provoking, inspirational and motivational presentation made by Theresa. The feedback we received about her presentation was phenomenal and we would love to have her back again at other future events.”
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce
“Highly entertaining and inspiring for the audience of high-potential women, most of whom face a familiar struggle in balancing family and other commitments as they seek to progress their careers within global companies.”
CEO Forum, Australia
“The atmosphere you created in the room, your insights into authentic leadership, finding the right people to work for and with, and being clear about what you stand for, really struck a chord.”
Leadership Development Centre Trust Board
“She captured everyone’s attention with her personal insights, quick wit and humour…thank you for your thought-provoking insights into leadership.”
Hamilton City Council
“It was wonderful to have you as a speaker, and the entire audience was enthralled by your speech. Quite awe-inspiring.”
Chamber of Commerce, Tauranga Region
“We all gained a lot from the interesting insights you shared and the stimulating questions and answers that followed. We have had excellent feedback from our members.”
Women in Law, New Zealand Law Society, Wellington Branch
“Women around the country have expressed that they have enjoyed meeting you, and hearing you speak…some were so touched they have changed where they are now heading.”
“Thank you very much for your inspirational speech…delegates told me they thought your presentation was positive, full of information and fabulous.”
Textiles New Zealand
“I have received the most feedback – all positive, I have ever had following your presentation. Many people said it inspired and motivated them and the youth forum group was particularly impressed. I also heard people say you were the best speaker they have ever heard.”
Papakura District Council Business Breakfast
“We were delighted with the calibre of guests your presentation attracted, as well as the number… certainly our guests responded that they were very impressed with the content of your speech.”
Trans-Tasman Business Circle