Startup Breakfast Club: Embracing Diversity

Ministry of Awesome's STARTUP BREAKFAST CLUB powered by MYOB is made for all you budding entrepreneurs and start-ups in Christchurch. This is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you will find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support you need to power your business forward. 

At this month's Breakfast Club, we’ll explore the imporance of diversity in the workplace, and highlight how it can lead Kiwi start-ups to entrepreneurial success. Our panelists will examine the value of gender parity and the power of multi-culturalism.

We’ll be joined by:

Carolyn Luey, General Manager of MYOB New Zealand, Kevin Rowland, Chief Operations Officer at eStar and Lloyd Mander, Trustee of Ministry of Awesome.

Thanks to our friends at MYOB there will be breakfast treats to keep your brain and tummy wide awake, and our friends at The Sailors Son will provide free-flowing coffee. It's an absolutely FREE event, so claim your spot by registering now!

You won't want to miss this great opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and to learn from industry veterans who have been through the start-up process and can help you along your journey.

Don't miss out - register here by Tuesday, June 19th. 



Carolyn Luey 

Carolyn is the general manager of enterprise solutions & New Zealand at MYOB. She has more than 15 years’ experience in strategy, marketing, product management, business development and digital media across a range of industries. Prior to joining MYOB, she held executive roles at NZME, as chief operating officer and group strategy and operations director. Carolyn is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive New Zealand tech sector.

Lloyd Mander

Lloyd has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and is a trustee of Ministry of Awesome. He was a co-founder and the managing director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider. Lloyd was an inaugural trustee for the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee. He is also an Advisory Board Member for SuperTyre and provides voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors NZ. Lloyd has a Master of Business Administration, with Distinction, from the University of Canterbury, and a Master of Audiology, with First Class Honours, from the University of Auckland. He is an active member of Canterbury Angels and is a Committee Member for the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Institute of Directors. Lloyd has a special interest in Diversity from the perspective of ‘diversity of thought’ in decision-making groups such as governance boards and senior leadership teams. 

Kevin Rowland

Kevin joined eStar in June 2015 as Chief Operations Officer, leading the production team and driving through the development of processes and reporting across the company. Kevin combines 40 years of retail experience with his technical knowledge, and considers himself first and foremost to be a professional and passionate retailer, who happens to be working in IT. His experience encompasses store management, operations management, and supply chain IT as well as systems support and development. He is recognised internationally as a Business Intelligence expert, speaking at conferences both in NZ and overseas, and is the first Kiwi ever to be granted Luminary status by Qlik. He is a collaborative, team and customer-focused leader who manages and delivers core business technology and solutions in complex business environments. Kevin has been independently accredited as a Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) by ITP, the professional body of the IT sector in New Zealand. Chartered IT Professional accreditation shows internationally agreed standards of competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct are met.