Women in Business lunch with Carmen Blackler

Join us for this networking lunch - a great opportunity to catch up with other locals and businesses over a relaxed lunch and hear from Carmen Blackler Director of Blackyard Consulting Ltd + Founder of The WAN (Workforce Accommodation Network)

Thriving on intellectual challenge and striving for excellence, Carmen’s career spans a range of consulting, management, technical, product development and operational roles. Carmen is well known for her honest approach to providing objective views of solutions that are in clients’ best interests, and working with people to deliver outcomes.

With significant experience in the energy sector, including electricity, gas, emissions trading and asbestos management, Carmen’s interest in the application of emerging disruptive technology (EDT) to solve business and social issues enabled a switch to the management and development of platform business models and technology for social impact.

After 25+ years working across technical-based organisations and industries to establish cohesive working relationships, Carmen decided to embrace and lead change. Starting during lockdown 2020, Carmen chose to re-focus her knowledge and skill set on reinventing accommodation exchanges (through the application of technology) to build more sustainable outcomes for communities with flexible workforce requirements and launched The WAN (Workforce Accommodation Network).

Carmen holds a Master of Technological Futures, a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and diplomas in both International Marketing and Interior Design. Carmen is a member of the Institute of Directors, and prior to relocating to Wanaka in 2019, was the Chair of Wellington Golf Inc.


This time round we are doing things a little bit different - alternate drop for the mains - which means the two mains meal options will be served alternately around your table – the idea is that you are free to swap with your neighbour – let’s see how your negotiation skills are working and a great way to meet your table friends!

For the starters….  Sharing boards

  •  Pulled pork spring rolls, sweet chilli dipping sauce
  •  Asparagus and tomato Bruschetta, curried hollandaise sauce

 For the mains….. Alternate drop

  •  Thai beef salad, authentic and fragrant, with glass noodles
  •  Falafel and Pita, hummus, tahini sauce and sumac Onions

 Coffee and a sweet treat for after

 If you have special food requirements – please email hello@ignitewanaka.co.nz


Additional information 


We have been monitoring government updates regarding COVID-19 and are keeping up to date with Ministry of Health guidance with regard to events and public gatherings. For the latest updates on face-to-face courses and events please click here.

Friday, 1st October, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lake Hawea Hotel
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