Entrepreneurship & Governance
Passionate about business, marketing & leading impactful companies.
My Food Bag
Co-Founder (march 2013-Present)
Theresa co-founded the hugely successful start-up, My Food Bag, alongside Cecilia Robinson and Nadia Lim. The company now has a turnover of around $130m. The goal of My Food Bag is to bring inspiring, nutritionally-balanced tasty recipes and the best of New Zealand seasonal produce together and deliver it to your home.
Theresa co-founded the World Women Charitable Trust with Barbara Gabler, Lindy Nelson and Chris Woodwiss in 2015. A forum for women to share knowledge, look at issues differently and question the status quo.
worldwomen believe in women standing in their full power in private and public life and that the unleashing of this energy in the company of like-minded women has the power to transform our world.
worldwomen hosted an international conference in March 2017, worldwomen17, providing a space in time for women to be inspired by powerful local and international women who are already manifesting change in education, in health and in business.
As a result of this conference the focus of worldwomen over the next year will be:
The launch of SheEO in New Zealand
We have over 370 women already indicating they wish to be activators and have decided to cut off subscription at 500 so we can get going. If you want to be an activator please follow this link https://sheeo.world/activators/signup/new-zealand/ to register.
Women are getting paid less because they are women. And it’s not getting any better.
Let’s not wait another 100 years! We should each do everything we can to support this initiative. Contact your local MP, write, blog, speak about the matter. It will not change unless women raise their voices. See a recent article by Theresa (100 Years on)
Cambodia Charitable Trust
Denise Arnold was a speaker and workshop presenter at worldwomen17 and the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) continues to receive amazing support as a result of her participation. Aside from the many girls, libraries and bikes sponsored at the event, a further 48 girls have been sponsored since.
Dr Tererai Trent
Dr Trent was a speaker at worldwomen17 and the team will continue to work with her to fund a project that will bring opportunities for jobs, income and education for women and children in rural Zimbabwe. worldwomen will be posting on Facebook and Twitter on how you can help activate this dream. Tererai’s new book, The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams, is due for release on October 3rd. You can pre-order it here.
National Advisory board on the employment of women
Member (October 2016 - present)
The National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women ('the Council') has a long history of addressing issues of concern for women in employment. The Council has been tasked to provide advice that will assist the Government in planning action to deliver tangible results for New Zealand women, their families and communities.
With a professional background spanning financial services, telecommunications and agriculture, I am passionate about business and currently hold a number of governance positions.
Chair, AIA Australia Ltd. March 2010 – present (director from May 2009)
Australia’s largest Group Life Insurance Company. AIA Australia won the Australian & New Zealand Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) Life Insurance Company of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2015, ANZIIF Women's Employer of the Year 2016 and the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor Life Company of the Year 2012 and 2014 and Australian Insurance Awards (AB&F) Life Insurance Product of the Year 2016: AIA Vitality and Executive of the Year 2016: Damen Mu.
Co-founder and Director My Food Bag. March 2013 - present
The goal of My Food Bag is to bring inspiring, nutritionally-balanced tasty recipes and the best of fresh, free range and locally sourced produce together and deliver it right to your door in New Zealand. Current turnover around $130m.
Chair, Telco Technology Services. November 2011 – present
Private company established to take advantage of the shift to cloud solutions, which is now one of the largest IT players in the education sector in NZ.
Director, MyCare. January 2017 - present
New Zealand’s first online marketplace connecting people to a nationwide network of helping hands. Mycare is changing the way people find support in New Zealand, not only helping people to find the support they need in their own community, but also building tools to help them manage their ongoing care needs. With thousands of people registered with Mycare, it is now New Zealand’s largest online community for home support services.
Chair, Co.OfWomen. March 2016 – present.
A community, support and learning organisation exclusively for women entrepreneurs, and those planning to be.
Chair, The Six Senses. November 2013 - present
The Six Senses is a producer and distributor of luxury beauty products for premium brands.
Based in New Zealand, The Six Senses is run by an all female team with deep and diverse expertise in the fields of beauty products, manufacturing, marketing, project management, PR, law and commerce. Recent successes include the creation and distribution of a range of four fragrances with KAREN WALKER which were produced in France and distributed globally. Karen Walker B was awarded Female Fragrance of the Year 2016 at the Bauer Beauty Awards.
Chair, Wellington SPCA. March 2011 – present
Major financial turnaround completed and the substantial REHOME SPCA project, rehoming the Wellington SPCA to the old Fever Hospital, completed in February 2014.
Director, Royal New Zealand SPCA. June 2016 - present
SPCA New Zealand is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned
2015 Marketing Hall of Fame Inductee – TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards.
“The Marketing Hall of Fame also saw a new inductee announced at the awards ceremony. Theresa Gattung, co-founder of My Food Bag and former Telecom chief executive, was inducted for her long history of marketing accolades. She joins laureates Geoff Ross, George Hickton and Bill Peake.” NBR, Chelsea Armitage, Friday 28 August.
AFFILIATIONS AND NETWORKS
Co.OfWomen – is a community, support and learning organisation exclusively for women entrepreneurs, and those planning to be.
Global Women – Global Women actively work to expand the national and international impact and influence of women leaders, develop and assure leadership opportunities for qualified women, and mentor and shape emerging leaders.
A new initiative aimed at supporting new business ventures by female entrepreneurs, is halfway to its goal of signing up 500 backers. "It's about signing on to give women a leg up, because it's so much harder for women at that stage of their business to get funding."
Article by Chloe Winter.
Theresa Gattung talks with Corin Dann about SheEO and paying it forward.
Q&A, Women in business. TVNZ.
She's helped launch an investment vehicle called SheEO, which will offer interest free loans to female-owned companies.
Source: Seven Sharp
Visiting San Franscisco in 2015, ex-Telecom CEO and entreprenuer Theresa Gattung was intrigued about an idea promoted by fellow entrepreneur and mentorship expert, Canadian Vicki Saunders, who had created SheEO, described as a "disruptive economic model". Gattung decided to bring the model to New Zealand - the first creation of a SheEO model outside North America - and launched SheEO here in October.
Radio New Zealand, Saturday Morning, Kim Hill.
Progress for women is glacial in the existing system.
Opinion - Sunday Star Times.
Theresa Gattung on Telecom, surviving public scrutiny and investing in women innovators.
The Spinoff - Business is boring, Simon Pound.
Kiwi businesswoman Theresa Gattung was named the inaugural winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
It's called SheEO and is based on a scheme already in operation in Canada and the US.
Newstalk ZB, Mike Hosking.
A new female-led funding model has opened applications for women-led businesses to pitch for interest-free loans and support from other successful businesswomen.
NZ Herald, Tamsyn Parker, Money Editor.
It's still gobsmacking. 2017, one female CEO of a top NZX listed company.
NZ Herald, photo by Greg Bowker.
Known as high profile Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung has gone on to be the business brain behind My Foodbag and take the lead on many charities.
She's a fierce lobbyist for women in the workplace and believes that there doesn't have to be a choice between careers and families for them.
She talks to Jesse Mulligan, Radio New Zealand, about the philanthropic work she does and what she enjoys doing in her down time.
There's been a hot debate since Labour's Jacinda Ardern was asked if she's planning to have babies in the future, and how it might affect her ability to run the country.
Theresa Gattung tells Paul Little about a significant year in her life.
NZ Herald, Paul Little. Photo by Greg Bowker.
Sunday Star Times, Yvonne Van Dongen.
Photo by David White/Fairfax NZ.
100 years on, still waiting for equal pay
NBR Radio. Interview with Grant Walker.
National Portrait, Philip Matthews.
Photo by Bevan Read.
Holly Ryan, NZ Herald.
Photo by NZ Herald.
Seven Sharp Theresa Gattung inspiring women to crack the glass ceiling: “Women who get shi*t done!”
REHOME SPCA took out the Heritage and Environment category at the Wellington Airport Regional awards.
New Zealand Herald, Auckland
Comment for the New Zealand Herald on animal welfare standards in New Zealand.
On why in 2016 we're still not seeing women at the top.
An interview with Radio New Zealand on why there are now no women listed as CEOs in any of New Zealand's top 50 businesses, and on the disparity between chief executives and workers' pay.
'During Women Entrepreneurs Week and on International Women's Day, we talk to Theresa Gattung, the newly appointed chair of Co.OfWomen'
Seven successful female leaders on how they achieved their success and how other women can break down any door.
'I was blown away by the first Co.OfWomen event I attended. It was the annual inductions into the NZ Hall of Fame for Woman Entrepreneurs. The business advice that Diane Foreman, Trelise Cooper and Ranjna Patel imparted in their eloquent overviews of their lives and businesses would have been priceless to anyone in business.'