Women in Business Lunch 2019

Tickets on sale now!

Join us to celebrate women in business in Wanaka.

Clear your diary for a few hours to connect with friends and colleagues over a glass of Maude bubbles and a three course lunch at Edgewater Resort.

Based on the long lunch idea, this three-hour event will allow plenty of time for connecting as well as being inspired by the stories of success from our speakers. 

We are proud to confirm our speaker line-up for 2019:

MC, Linzi Ebbage-Thomas 
Kelly Good
Cass Treadwell

Full speaker bios below.

Tickets $65 p/p - incl three course lunch, Maude bubbles on arrival and a party favour to take away from Pembroke Patisserie.

Cash bar serving Maude Wines, beer and soft drinks available.
Tickets sold out in 7 days last year and max numbers apply, so get in quick!

Book via the link below. Please select duck OR fish OR veg when booking for all in your party. Dietaries catered for by prior arrangement (please include in booking).

Check-out the event listing on our Facebook page for up-to-date details on giveaways and sponsors.

Prizes confirmed so far:

  • 5 x $10 vouchers for Pembroke Patisserie
  • 4 x $200 travel vouchers for Air New Zealand


Thursday, 5th December, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Edgewater Pavilion, 54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka

MC, Linzi Ebbage-Thomas

Co-Owner Pure New Zealand Ice Cream and Executive Coach (and director) of Career Steps


Linzi is a proud import from the Republic of South Yorkshire and says she is almost now a local of Wanaka, having arrived permanently in 2000 with her husband Brian. Linzi and her husband built Wanaka Springs Lodge on a piece of land in town that everyone said was dark, wet and totally unsuitable to have ANYTHING built on it.  They didn’t listen and went on to build a successful hosted lodge.  With no experience in hospitality and having NEVER cooked for 16 people Linzi and Brian described themselves a little like Sybil Basil Fawlty but they did go onto become a runner-up in the National Tourism Industry Association Awards for Hosted Accommodation, in their second year of operation – so maybe they were better than they thought!

Linzi’s professional background has always been Human Resources, specifically Development, including Executive Coaching and senior level Search and Recruitment.  Linzi and her husband, along with close friend Anna Howard, also own PURE New Zealand Ice Cream – a super-premium artisan ice cream brand created and distributed nationally from right here in Wanaka – and it can be found in restaurants, hotels, delis, supermarkets and family freezers across the length and breadth of the country.

That's all about Linzi for now as we'll hear much more from her on the day....

Kelly Good

The nutrition nut

Growing up with some of her own un-balanced food and body ideas, Kelly went on to study Nutrition at University, but ended up embracing her enterprise skills and filling her days with entrepreneurship and business accolades from London and then back to New Zealand. 

There’s not much time for cooking, or exercising in the corporate world. Kelly was working full time, and suffering from debilitating migraines and by this stage also had two little boys to keep her on her toes. Enough was enough and Kelly decided to take things into her own hands, and began researching and experimenting with certain foods and her body’s reaction to them.

Through trial and error and then feeling the phenomenal results, Kelly became hooked to food and the wonders it could do for the body and mind. Not only had she found breakthroughs with her migraines, but she now also had the energy to exercise again, even representing New Zealand in triathlon at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in the Gold Coast.

Kelly will discuss how her health and sporting journeys have brought her back to food and it’s impact on health and performance and how she believes it is her true purpose to share this knowledge and bring people back to real food one step at a time.

Cass Treadwell 

Chief Executive Officer, Director and Co-Founder - So They Can and Essence of Humanity

Cass started her 'career' achieving her masters degree in medical law and ethics from King’s College, London University. 

While she enjoyed living overseas Cass chose to come back to Wellington and then Wanaka to raise her four children in the same nurturing community she grew up in.

Having spent a year in Argentina on a student exchange when she was 16, Cass spent time at an orphanage and was confronted for the first time with poverty in the developing world. The injustice effected her greatly, and sculpted her future career choices and charity involvement. As a new mother this empathy took her back to the communities of East Africa that she had become acquainted with while travelling, and a drive to improve the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished children whose families suffered deprivation and displacement due to political violence.

Enter So They Can, and Cass' more recent adventure Essence of Humanity.  Join us to hear Cass' epic journey from NZ to Africa and back again to Wanaka, which she now calls home, enabling her to enjoy the running, tramping, skiing and general outdoor lifestyle Wanaka enables.

Just some of Cass' achievements:

  • Bachelor of Laws: Master of Arts medical law and ethics.
  • Medico Legal Counsel Capital & Coast Health New Zealand.
  • Fellow Medical Law and Ethics North Shore Hospital Sydney.
  • 12 years’ experience in international development and NGO projects.
  • Nominated for 2015 New Zealander of the year (1 of 10 finalists).
  • Nominated for 2018 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards (1 of 10 finalists).