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The Gig Economy, Future of the Workforce

16 May 2019 – Is your business futureproofed and ready for the uprising of the gig economy? Do you know how to lead gig based workers, while maintaining and building a positive team culture? PwC Herald Talks’ second event for 2019 will be held on Thursday 30 May at the Victory Convention Centre, where a panel of experts will discuss the future of the workforce, The Gig Economy.

Ditch the standard approach of the 9-to-5 workday; technology is revolutionising the way we work. Allowing us to work from virtually anywhere, technology is changing the way we do business. Many employees want to work outside the traditional office-bound working week, seeking better work-life balance and flexibility in their roles. As a result, businesses are faced with the decision of whether to favour this modern, flexible approach to the workweek or stick with the status quo.

Hear from keynote speaker Monica Yianakis, Head of Lion Ventures at Lion. Monica has extensive global experience working across the FMCG sector, and now heads up an incubator team exploring innovation and new business avenues for the nation’s largest alcohol beverage company.

Yianakis comments, “Across the world we’re seeing a huge transformation in the world of work. The possibilities are incredibly exciting for businesses that are willing to embrace these changes. However, through all of this we need to remember that we’re all still human beings and the need for connection and belonging has never been more important”.

Following the keynote will be a knowledgeable panel with experience in navigating the flexible work/lifestyle balance. Amongst our panellists are Professor Elizabeth George, whose active research interest is in diversity and non-standard workplace arrangements; Amy Prebble, CEO and Founder of Getaflex; Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins; and Felicity Brown, Head of Employee Services, MYOB. To find out more about the panellists, be sure to check out the PwC Herald Talks website.

Duncan Bridgeman, Head of Premium Business at The New Zealand Herald comments, “Flexible working hours are becoming more common among businesses globally. It is critical for New Zealand businesses and leaders to address these new ways of working, if they want to stay ahead of the global workforce trends. We’re proud to offer this event to help them do just that.”

The PwC Herald Talks will be held at the Victory Convention Centre, a bigger space for bigger ideas, with plenty of space to network and host.

The Herald’s Fran O’Sullivan will serve as panel adjudicator, NewtalkZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan will MC the event.

PwC Herald Talks would not be possible without the support of our proud partners; PwC, The NZ Herald, Massey University, ATEED, Corporate Travel Management, MYOB, YUDU and Nood.

Break the traditional 9-to-5 norms and come join an exciting line-up of speakers as they delve into future of the workforce. Find out more at

With discounted group bundles available - it's the perfect opportunity to host your clients or upskill your whole team at this must-attend business breakfast event.

Ticket prices:

1 ticket for $89
4 tickets for $288
- save $68
6 tickets for $390 - save $144
10 tickets for $600 - save $290

Book now at

PwC Herald Talks: The Gig Economy, Future of the Workforce
Victory Convention Centre
Thursday 30 May
7 am – 9 am

Event Format:

7:00am Registration & stand-up networking breakfast with barista coffee
7:35am MC Welcome
7:40am Keynote Speaker (Monika Yianakis)
8:00am Panel Discussion
8:30am Q&A
8:45am MC Wrap Up
9:00am End

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