At 24, Jeremy was shown a fabric developed from 100% merino wool - it inspired him to quit his job and mortgage his house to start Icebreaker. This brave move launched merino wool outdoor clothing as an entirely new retail category and led Icebreaker to become New Zealand’s leading outdoor clothing producer and exporter. The company now has over 450 employees worldwide, with offices in the US, Canada and Europe. These days, Jeremy is Executive Chairman & Creative Director, focusing on product innovation, brand and marketing. He is a leading figure in the sustainable business movement and was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2008 for his services to business. He also chairs the New Zealand Government’s Better By Design group, attends the invitation-only TED conference in North America, and is a leading speaker on sustainable business practices and the role of design and innovation in business. Don't worry - he still gets some downtime, which he spends diving, mountain biking and doing other outdoor activities, preferably with one of his four children.
TOPIC: "HOW TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND FROM NEW ZEALAND"
If you were one of the many reading Diane's book In the Arena last year, you'll know what an incredible business woman she is. Diane has grown successful businesses in health, property and of course, award-winning ice creams such as NZ Natural. You can thank her for bringing Movenpick to our shores, too - surely a move that deserves some sort of award! Diane built globally successful Emerald Foods, which she sold in June last year. She made the top 11 in Forbes' 2014 Asia's Power Businesswoman List, was 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business.
TOPIC: "HOW TO BUILD A COMPANY THAT TAKES ON THE WORLD"
Fresh from her two-time win at Rio, canoe sprint star Lisa will be joining us in Fiji! Lisa won her Olympic debut in 2012 with a K1 200m gold medal... and a new Olympic record time! The 27-year-old has been dominating the 200m distance since 2011, winning four consecutive world championship titles and gold at the 2012 Olympics. In 2015 she added the K1 500m world title to her swag of wins and we all watched her taking the podium at Rio, TWICE! She also had the huge honour of carrying the NZ flag at the closing ceremony. She's been awarded the NZ Order of Merit, been a five-time Halberg Sportswoman of the Year finalist, and won Maori Sportswoman of the Year for the past four years. Last year she won the inaugural Extraordinary Award for the Best Female Sportsperson of the Past 25 Years. Lisa is now based on Auckland's North Shore, training at Lake Pupuke and studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology to complement her Bachelor of Arts.
TOPIC: "GOLD MEDAL SECRETS ON HOW TO BE DISCIPLINED TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS"
Murray left school at 15 with no qualifications. By the age of 23 he was Managing Director of CBS Records NZ. With a strong desire to be self-employed, he left the corporate life 19 years ago to have a go on his own. Murray's boutique music company, Thom Music, has enjoyed great success. Two of his productions, 'Together' and 'Miracle', featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. Other creations include The Great New Zealand Songbook, The Great Australian Songbook, The Great Australian Cookbook and The Great New Zealand Cookbook - the latter won 'Best Easy Recipes' at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and spent 10 weeks at #1 on the NZ non-fiction bestsellers list. Murray is a keen sailor; in 2005 he won the World Laser Masters championship in Brazil.
TOPIC: "TURNING SMALL IDEAS INTO HEALTHY REVENUE STREAMS"
Jake Millar is a 21-year-old new-media and education entrepreneur based in New York City. A born risk-taker (he did his first skydive aged 5!), Jake turned down a $40k law scholarship when he was 18 years old, sold his car and founded OOMPHER, his first startup. Less than one year later it was acquired by the NZ Government. Jake co-founded Unfiltered in November 2016 where he currently acts as CEO. Unfiltered allows entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn directly from the world’s greatest business minds. Contributors include Sir Richard Branson and Tesla co-founder Ian Wright. Jake says he is setting out to build the world’s most trusted and exclusive education company: “I am only interested in building world-changing businesses."
TOPIC: "HOW TO SET GOALS & MAKE THIRTY-YEAR PLANS"
Hamish has competed on the international triathlon circuit for 15 years - an outstanding track record ('scuse the pun). We can all learn from the determination and grit Hamish has displayed to stay globally ranked in his chosen sport for over a decade. He has won 13 World Cup races, a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but his sporting career hasn't been without its challenges. Hamish will share with us how he changed his focus and mindset to turn the disappointment of coming 26th in Sydney into a win at the Athens Olympics. He'll also provide insights into performing under pressure. Hamish was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list of 2004/2005.
TOPIC: "HOW TO RESET YOURSELF - AND YOUR TEAM - WHEN THINGS DON'T GO TO PLAN"