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Celebrate International Women’s Day with MiNDFOOD

Come and be part of MiNDFOOD’s first-ever full-day workshop celebrating International Women’s Day at Hotel Sofitel, Auckland on March 8.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with MiNDFOOD

A panel of experts in the fields of beauty, fashion, fitness, psychology, nutrition, community, science and many more will inspire you for the year ahead and beyond.

You will also be treated to a Lancôme Lip or Eye Touch-up during the day and a gift bag valued at more than $500.

DATE: Saturday March 8, 2014
TIME: 9:30am registration
COST: $250 per person (includes lunch, afternoon tea, tea and coffee, canapes, Deutz Marlborough Cuvee and a Lancome Touch-Up, plus a gift bag valued at more than $500).
WHERE: Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
TO BOOK Call MiNDFOOD on +64 9 362 0770.


HEALTH – Dr Frances Pitsilis

A highly experienced and multi-talented medical doctor, Dr Frances Pitsilis has been described as a “guru of good health”.

She is also an excellent communicator across all media including TV (Surviving Modern Medicine, 2012), radio and print. She consults privately over a broad range of health areas, and also speaks and writes about motivation, achievement, resilience and stress in life and work.

PSYCHOLOGY – Dr Mary Grogan

Dr Mary Grogan is MiNDFOOD’s resident psychologist, regularly contributing articles on psychology-based topics for the magazine. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and positive psychology.

She has worked for the past nine years in the public and private sectors of mental health as a clinical psychologist, working for individuals and running groups including teaching courses on “the science of happiness” and “changing your relationship with food”.

COMMUNITY – Steve Chadwick

Stephanie “Steve” Chadwick is the incumbent Mayor of Rotorua after taking office in October 2013. Prior to becoming Mayor she held positions of Minister of Conservation, Women’s Affairs, and Associate Health in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand. One of her goals as Mayor is to harness the community’s collective talent, energy and vision to take Rotorua to a great future.

FOOD –  Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Programme Leader for Nutrition Research at the National Institute for Health Innovation, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu trained in Nutrition and Dietetics at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a Clinical Dietitian before undertaking a PhD in Public Health Nutrition in the UK. Her research programme focuses on evaluating the impact of promising population dietary interventions and policies, including food taxes, front-of-pack nutrition labels, and food reformulation.

BEAUTY – Liz Hancock

MiNDFOOD’s beauty director Liz Hancock was one of London’s most respected beauty editors and writers before she joined MiNDFOOD. She spent seven years as beauty editor of i-D magazine and was appointed grooming editor of the insider fashion industry uber-glossy 10 magazine and 10+ Men. She also spent a period as acting beauty editor at British Vogue and later as Vogue’s acting ‘spirit’ editor. In addition to writing and editing on beauty, Liz has also worked as a trends forecaster and strategy writer and was a former editor of British futurology bible Viewpoint magazine.

FASHION – Carolyn Enting

MiNDFOOD associate editor Carolyn Enting has a strong background in style. Prior to joining the team at MiNDFOOD she was fashion editor and feature writer at The Dominion Post for 11 years. Last year she received the Star Beauty Outstanding Contribution to Beauty Journalism (New Zealand) at the beautydirectory Star Awards in Sydney, Australia where she was also recognised for her high standards for style and beauty journalism. Carolyn has been backstage and front row at fashion weeks around the globe including Paris, Milan, New York, London, Sydney and New Zealand


Julia Grace wears many hats including artist, musician, mother and sometimes comedian. She loves to comment, muse, teach and inspire through her melodies. Her self-titled album, juliagrace, received the Tui Award for Best Gospel/Christian Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2006.

Julia is also a qualified school teacher with more than 10 years experience in the classroom.

TEAMWORK – Raewyn Henry

Netball selector, coach and former player, Raewyn Henry also has the title of “unofficial All Blacks selector”. Her husband, former All Blacks coach Graham Henry is said to have often sought rugby counsel from her.

Raewyn is currently a member of the Silver Ferns selection panel. She is former mid-courter, and has coached netball locally for the past 40 years as well as the Welsh team. She took Wales to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and 2003 World Championships in Jamaica.

SCIENCE – Prof Margaret Brimble

Professor Margaret Brimble was the first New Zealander to receive the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award, and the second woman to receive the Rutherford medal – New Zealand’s highest science and technology honour.

A chemist professor at the School of Chemical Sciences at Auckland University, she has worked on the design of a drug with huge potential health benefits for treating brain injuries.

TO BOOK Call MiNDFOOD on +64 9 362 0770.

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