POSTPONED – International Women’s Day 2020

Event Postponed

We regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone our scheduled #EachForEqual event on Thursday.

Covid-19 has distracted from the celebration and, as a responsible business, we feel it is the best interest of attendees, speakers and staff to make this difficult decision.

We plan to reschedule the event once concerns around the virus have settled. It is an event that we have long been looking forward to and a cause we will continue to champion.

Thank you for responding to our invite and to our speakers for the preparation they have done to date in addition to all those involved in planning.

We will ensure your efforts do not go to waste and will be in contact in the future to reschedule.



An equal world is an enabled world. Gender equality is essential for your business and for economies and communities to thrive. The International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism.’ Diversity and Inclusion is directly correlated to business success and higher levels of engagement and innovation.

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

Collectively, we can make change happen. Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.

Society is asking for a gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth to name but a few areas.

Ricoh New Zealand is hosting a networking event in celebration of this.

You will hear from some of New Zealand’s most inspirational and successful women, working in sports, business and humanitarian efforts. Network with other powerful and interesting women and allies during this uplifting and educational event.

#EachforEqual Speakers

Helen Manson

Helen Manson is a multi-award-winning Kiwi humanitarian photographer and storyteller, currently living and working in Uganda.

Helen’s work has taken her around the world to some of the most challenging environments documenting famine, refugee settlements, post war environments, child sponsorship, micro-enterprise, trauma counselling and disaster zones.

She’s travelled to more than 40 countries including places like Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and India, documenting global humanitarian issues for charities and not for profit organisations all over the world.

When she’s not ‘shooting in the field’ you’ll find her jumping on the trampoline in her backyard with her husband and three kids aged four and under in Kampala, Uganda.

Anna Lawrence

Anna Lawrence is a highly accomplished senior executive and former Olympian and captain of the Black Sticks New Zealand hockey team.

Following her sporting career, Anna parlayed her sporting acumen and diligence into a range of marketing, commercial, management and consulting roles with NZ Cricket, NZ Netball and Blues Super Rugby.

In 2017, Anna co-founded BOMA, a SaaS platform that helps take time, cost and complexity out of digital marketing for SMB’s, in particular business advisors.

Anna has significant governance experience including three years as a Board Member of Hockey New Zealand and Patron of the New Zealand Hockey Foundation and, Advisory Board Member for the New Zealand arm of Verizon-backed media company ‘Athletes Voice’.

Amigene Metcalfe

Amigene Metcalfe is the current coach for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic franchise, as well as assistant coach for the New Zealand A netball team.

A Triple International—having represented New Zealand in netball, touch and athletics—Amigene has been the captain of the Magic and Waikato NPC teams, as well as the Touch Blacks.

In netball, Amigene is the Waikato region’s most capped player, with more than 400 games to her credit.

During her netball career, Amigene led Waikato and Magic to 11 National championships, two runners up and a minor premiership

Amigene has 25 years’ experience as a teacher and leader in sport, including leading a team of 30 staff across different sports codes as  director of sport.

Amigene used her sporting career to increase her learning and has two degrees.

Vicky O’Neill

Our host and MC for the night is our very own Head of Human Resources, Vicky O’Neill. Vicky’s career has rapidly progressed, leading her to take a seat at the Executive table for the first time in her twenties. Being young and female in a male-dominated industry has presented its own set of challenges; each an opportunity to grow and develop. Vicky has used her experiences personally and professionally to build resilience and to create positive change.

Vicky’s role is centred around aligning our commercial strategy to our people strategy, with Diversity and Inclusion a key of her agenda, as diversity of thought quite simply makes for better business.

This year Vicky led a project team in the creation of our Ricoh purpose statement: #togetherforbetter, tying in nicely to the theme for this years’ IWD event, as we all work together to create a more equal workplace, a more equal world, a better workplace, a better world.