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Women Of Impact Gala Fundraiser For Tauranga Women's Refuge

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Introducing... drumroll... our BIGGEST EVENT to date: 

Join us for an extraordinary event that celebrates the power of women and the incredible impact they have on the world around them. Introducing "Women of Impact" – an unforgettable gathering dedicated to raising funds for the Tauranga Women's Refuge, an organization that supports and empowers women and children in need (detailed video below) 

At Women of Impact, we believe that every single person has the power to make a difference, regardless of gender. We recognise that each and every one of you, are a woman of impact in your own unique way. Whether it's through your personal achievements, interpersonal-relationships, your support for others, or your valuable contributions to your community, you have left an indelible mark on the world.

Immerse yourself in an evening filled with inspiration, connection, and empowerment. Be captivated by stories of resilience, compassion, and triumph as our empowerment panel share their personal journeys of impact.

Moreover, by attending "Women of Impact," you'll not only be part of a transformative experience but also contribute to a cause that is close to our hearts. The Tauranga Women's Refuge provides a safe haven for women and children facing domestic violence and offers support, resources, and a pathway to a brighter future. Your ticket purchase will directly contribute to their mission, helping them continue their vital work in our community.

Together, let's amplify the voices of these remarkable women and inspire others to recognize their own power to create change. Join us at "Women of Impact" and become a part of this incredible movement. Together, we can make a lasting difference and create a brighter future for all women.


  • FREE Drink on Arrival - Kickstart the festivities with a complimentary drink in hand. Sip on a refreshing beverage as you mingle with fellow guests, soak in the atmosphere & make the most of the networking opportunity. 
  • Goodie Bag on Arrival - Indulge in a delightful surprise as you receive a goodie bag upon arrival. Packed with exciting treats and goodies, it's the perfect way to start your evening.
  • Mesmerising Live Entertainment on arrival - Prepare to be blown away by the mesmerizing musical talents of  
  • Auction Goodness! - Join us for a thrilling live auction featuring the renowned Auctioneer Legend, Rodney Fong. Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary prizes on offer, and the best part is that ALL PROCEEDS will be directed towards supporting the refuge. In addition, we'll have silent auctions with delightful goodies up for grabs, ensuring that your contributions go towards a noble and worthy cause. Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference while treating yourself to some incredible items!
  • Dress to Impress - Don your most glamorous attire as we set the stage for a night of elegance and sophistication. 
JUST FOR YOU - Feel free to utilize these complimentary codes if you haven't already obtained your dresses:
- For anything over $75, use code SIU25
Need breast support? - use code SIU30 
  • Photo Opportunities Galore - Strike a pose and capture the magic of the evening at our dedicated photo stations. Immortalize your memories and create Instagram-worthy snapshots with your friends. 
  • Support Small Businesses - Explore a variety of carefully curated small business stalls, offering unique and exclusive products. Discover hidden gems, support local entrepreneurs, and find something special to take home.
  • Delicious Dinner and Decadent Dessert - Savor a delectable dining experience, prepared by the talented Baypark culinary team. From mouthwatering entrees to divine desserts, your taste buds are in for a treat.




Nestled in the heart of Auckland, "Just Jess Cake Co." is more than just a bakery; it's a place of happiness, where memories are crafted, and celebrations are made sweeter with every bite.

Meet Jess, a dynamic entrepreneur who brings joy to countless lives through her delectable creations. As the proud owner of a thriving business, she is the mastermind behind the most exquisite cakes, cookies, and renowned donuts that grace the vibrant city of Auckland each day. Passionate about her craft and determined to make a mark in the culinary world, Jess juggles a myriad of roles that come with being a successful business owner.

At the heart of her success lies Jess's unwavering dedication to her brand. A true marketing maven, she knows the importance of creating a distinct identity for herself in the bustling food industry. Her innovative approach to baking has won the hearts of her customers and earned her a loyal following.

With an engaging and warm presence on social media, Jess has built a thriving community of food enthusiasts and loyal customers. Her Instagram has become a hub of inspiration for fellow bakers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone with an insatiable sweet tooth. 

Before immersing herself in the world of baking, Jess had a successful tenure in the Media industry as an Integration Account Manager for a renowned company, Stuff. For 3.5 years, she expertly managed national portfolios in press and digital, honing her skills in communication, strategy, and client relations. This valuable experience laid the foundation for her business acumen and prepared her to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Jess's story is one of determination, passion, and the belief that pursuing one's dreams can lead to a life filled with purpose and fulfillment. Her journey from an aspiring baker to a thriving business owner is a testament to the power of embracing one's talents and daring to take the leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship.


Ezel considers herself fortunate to have discovered her calling early; the 18-year-old made a difficult decision to leave her computer science degree in favour of bringing her first mobile app to life. 

The 29-year-old technology entrepreneur now lays claim to three innovative start-up enterprises:

As an 18-year-old co-founder and product manager of storytelling app STQRY, Ezel broke barriers constantly as one of the youngest product managers in her trade. She continued to trail blaze her way into the industry by innovating and then supporting the patent of evolutionary indoor mapping and way-finding technology. Within three years, they were the number one technology provider to museums all over the world, raising $7m of funding, and accrued a database of more than 500 customers worldwide with offices in New Zealand, United States, France and Singapore.

Early 2016, Ezel left STQRY to pursue her new venture, Non-Stop Tix, a ticketing platform developed to fix the growing consumer dissatisfaction around the steep booking fees and poor customer service which plagued the existing companies. It achieved almost overnight success. Non Stop Tix was sold to a local promoter in the same year that it was developed, which was an exciting accomplishment for the young entrepreneur.

October 2016, saw the birth of Ezel’s third venture, Passphere. Specializing in bespoke ticketing management with a correlating analytics system. 

Ezel is fortunate to now include a role at Skills Consulting Group as Product Manager working with a vast array of clients from education to technology, sitting on the mental health charity Bring People Dancing board as well as being an advisor for Enable Health. 

Helen Van, a visionary entrepreneur, is best known as the co-founder of aim'n, an acclaimed activewear brand that has taken the fitness world by storm. With a deep commitment to positivity and the celebration of femininity, Helen's mission is to empower women worldwide, inspiring them to embrace an active lifestyle and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

In 2013, Helen Van embarked on an extraordinary journey alongside her partner, Tekla Acs, to establish aim'n. Despite lacking prior experience in design, manufacturing, logistics, online retail, and running a business, Helen and Tekla fearlessly pursued their dream, turning it into a remarkable reality. Their collective passion and relentless dedication allowed aim'n to evolve from a humble startup to a thriving global enterprise, now catering to customers in over 160 countries.

Helen's innovative vision and unwavering commitment have made aim'n a beacon of inspiration for countless women worldwide. With their empowering message and high-quality activewear, aim'n continues to transform lives, encouraging women to embrace their authentic selves, break barriers, and create their own success stories.

Helen Van's profound impact on the fitness industry and her unwavering pursuit of empowering women has solidified her position as a trailblazer and role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and fitness enthusiasts alike. Through aim'n, she has revolutionized the way women approach fitness, reminding them that every step forward brings them closer to achieving their goals and living their best lives


Introducing the vivacious Summer Brons, a captivating force of nature and a true embodiment of versatility. Hailing from the scenic shores of Tauranga, this extraordinary woman effortlessly balances the responsibilities of being a doting mother of five, including one precious angel.
Renowned for her unwavering authenticity, Summer has garnered an awe-inspiring following by fearlessly sharing her journey of nurturing a family while simultaneously venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. She serves as an unwavering inspiration for women seeking to reinvent themselves, to break free from societal norms and embrace their true potential.

Enter Summer Brons Shop, a manifestation of her entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering passion. This visionary influencer and business maven embarked on a quest to create the ultimate sunless tan, a transformative elixir that imparts a flawless golden glow. Summer's mission is fueled by her deep-rooted belief that a good tan can do wonders for one's confidence, empowering individuals to radiate their inner beauty.

With an unwavering commitment to cruelty-free and vegan practices, Summerbrons Tan is a testament to her unwavering values. Crafted from the nourishing essence of hydrating coconut water, this revolutionary tan transcends mere aesthetics, bidding farewell to dry, lackluster skin and welcoming a smooth, sun-kissed canvas.

Unleashing (yes, we love that word hehe) her entrepreneurial spirit and embracing her innate calling, Summer Brons has emerged as an irresistible force within the realms of motherhood, beauty, and business. Prepare to be captivated as she unveils her remarkable journey and invites you to embark on your own path of self-discovery and transformation. Step into the realm of Summer Brons, where dreams are realized, confidence is nurtured, and the world becomes a canvas for endless possibilities.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Ray White Te Puke, Tauranga and Bayfair | Chanelle Wilson Mortgages | The Cosmetic Clinic Tauranga Crossing & Bayfair

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Financial Independence | CRAIGS Investment Partners | Sharpe Tudhope Lawyers | Envelope Engineering

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