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Serial technology entrepreneur

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Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, ChMInstD, is widely recognised as an inspirational role model and business leader.

Melissa became a Futurist and Professional Director after 25 years’ experience as a technology entrepreneur and CEO of a number of Technology companies. Melissa sits on the Boards of Weta Workshop, Atkins Ranch, Alpine Energy and Daffodil Enterprises.
She is former Deputy Chair of Radio NZ, Director of Jasmax Architects and Kiwi Insurance. Melissa was the first non-farmer Director of New Zealand Beef + Lamb, a Member of MPI’s Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel, a Member of EECA’s LEV Panel and Chair of the LINZ Risk & Audit Committee.

Melissa works with companies to understand the future and become resilient while shaping the kind of world they want. She has a particular focus on sustainable business models and decarbonisation. Melissa received the ONZM for Services to Technology in 2015. She is a sought after speaker on what is coming next, new technologies and how we navigate complexity and uncertain futures.

In recent years she has keynoted for Cognizant NZ, the Plumbers Association, Flooring Xtra, Laser, NZFSG High Achievers, CAANZ, Plastics Association, BNZ, and Architectural Designers Conferences.

Talking Points

Don’t let a good crisis go to waste: Making the most of a crisis, is it time to rethink your business model?

Black swan events seem to happening all the time. Opportunities exist to mitigate the impact on your business, to support your staff and customers and reframe your business model.

• We have already had the GFC, Christchurch Earthquake, Wellington Earthquake, Christchurch Terror attack, Mbovis - what did we learn from those events that can help us to become more resilient now?
• Implementing your Business Continuity Plans
• Effective Strategies for managing Distributed Teams
• Managing the cash runway when the supply chain and customer base are disrupted
• Your staff will be feeling vulnerable, give them agency, adopt new practices to ensure they are safe and productive.
• Identifying opportunities in this crisis (Zoom and Slack stock price is rising, robotics and automation companies are looking good)
• Implementing Digital Transformation Strategies now (statring with collaboration and communication technologies)
• By leaning in to disruption, history tells us that those companies who emerge out the other side are stronger and more resilient
• 5 Key things every business needs to do now
• 3 technologies every company requires today

Q & A: A conversation/ interview on a business or leadership topic

Topics include:
• Being a Turnaround CEO
• Lessons from other Crises
• Using Foresight to see what is coming
• Is this a Black Swan Event?

60-minute webinar with interactive tailored Q&A

Topics include:
• Leading during Crises
• Managing the Finances under stress
• Making good decisions
• Leading Disturbed teams

90 Minute webinar for teams of up to 30 people at once

Includes interactive activities and breakout rooms (to be held via Zoom).
Topics include:
• Innovation during Disruption
• Stabilising the Business & Pivoting to the Future

The Future

Everyone is grappling with disruption - new technologies, new business models, new ways of working. How might we use foresight and signal for change to predict what is coming, and shape the futures we want? These futures are not just about business and technology, they also concern health, wellbeing, sport, societal change, the natural environment.
We all want to learn from the past and use it to create futures. Futurism and foresight are hot topics - this presentation will help you to see what is coming, and how you can thrive in an era of disruption.
Received great feedback on Melissa from delegates, with many saying she was one of the best speakers they had heard. Harding Consultants

What a way for our conference to open - we couldn’t have wished for better ... She was outstanding - we couldn’t have asked for more. What a wonderful woman! Gut wrenching emotion, laughter, tears, “sudden intakes of breath” - Melissa touched the audience in so many ways.

Lampen Alectus Recruitment

It was different from what we anticipated but very effective. We would love to hear her again. She really grows on you and has messages from the heart.

NZ Primary Principals Federation Conference

The presentation was inspiring, motivating and a great way to start the conference.

Medical Industry Association of NZ

Melissa's presentation exceeded our expectations and she received a standing ovation. She put a very human perspective on issues and was incredibly valuable for the audience.

Grow HR

Melissa addressed our brief perfectly. It was obvious she had spent considerable time to ensure delegates expectations were met. We would highly recommend Melissa as a speaker. She had great rapport with the audience.

NZ Food and Grocery Council

Melissa, your presentation was extremely well received and added real value to the convention. Thank you for making our convention a success.


Melissa was on the panel at our HR Game Changer Conference and was a great presenter. She challenged the audience on thinking differently, shared her personal experience and had some fascinating insights into how we can change the game.

Elephant HR

Melissa was outstanding. She took the time to really understand our organisation and tailored a talk that was spot on. We asked her to challenge us which she did, but at the same time she was warm and engaging. We all learned a lot from the session. The talk received very high ratings from the participants at the conference and was the highest rating session of the day.

The Co-operative Bank
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