Don’t Miss Aspire 2016!

New York-based New Zealand entrepreneur Derek Handley and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will be leading the line-up of keynote speakers at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce’s Aspire Conference this year.

Derek Handley 2015Finance Minister's photoChamber chief executive Dot Kettle says it is a real coup for the chamber to have such top quality speakers committed to this year’s Aspire Conference which will focus on the theme “Leveraging Regional Strengths.”

Some of Derek Handley’s achievements include;

  • Helping found multiple companies in digital media and technology including The Hyperfactory and Snakk Media, of one of the world’s first publicly listed B-Corporations.
  • Donating two years of his life to help create The B-Team with Sir Richard Branson. This is a group of global business icons catalysing better ways of doing business for people and planet.
  • Named one of the top ten social entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter and listed on two `top 100’ global leadership indexes
  • Awarded Ernst & Young ‘Young Entrepreneur’ of the Year and named among `Silicon Alley 100’ most influential technology people in New York
  • Founding chair of art crowdfunding platform Boosted that has raised over $1m for New Zealand artists
  • Authored “Heart to Start” detailing his entrepreneurial journey and providing a practical field guide on pursuing personal purpose
  • Founding Aera Foundation, investing in causes and companies addressing social challenges in different ways.

“Our businesses are having to operate in a global community where competition and the pace of change are increasing all the time,’’ Dot says.

“Derek exemplifies someone who has been able to anticipate trends and build wealth by carving his own niche and holding true to his ideals.

“Both he and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English have a lot to offer a discussion on leveraging regional strengths and we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The full-day Aspire Conference will take place at Nelson’s Rutherford Hotel on Thursday, June 23. Aspire is an annual event staged by the chamber to enthuse, inform and inspire our local business community.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency, Blueberry IT, ASB Bank and Wild Tomato. “We are very grateful to our sponsors for assisting us to stage an event of this calibre.’’

The chamber is currently in discussions with other potential keynote speakers and expects to have the full-line up confirmed over coming weeks.

Anyone can register to attend the conference although a discount applies for chamber members, particularly those who register before May 31.

Click here for registration details.