Chrysalis for Women

About Chrysalis

Chrysalis for Women is a networking group for Wellington women wanting to grow themselves as well as their business

“Chrysalis provides a wealth of experience and knowledge for women and run by women. It’s a warm, welcoming and supportive environment where members generously share their wisdom for the benefit of everyone. Not only have I learned a lot, but I have enjoyed!!”

Judith Yeabsley, The Confident Eater

The Chrysalis for Women business network began in 2013 for women in small to medium sized businesses, keen to grow their business while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

We offer a unique networking experience – one that as well as being fun and friendly is always focused on supporting you to grow and develop your business.

If you’re looking for a supportive business community that gets what it’s like to own and run a business then come along.

You’ll love the opportunities to grow your business, connect with others in a networking community, learn, find inspiration, and form friendships.

We help you grow your business confidence, gain skills, knowledge and inspiration, one step at a time, as you travel on your business journey.

No matter what stage your business is at, whether you’re just starting or are well established, we have something to offer.

Membership opens the door to a supportive community where you can meet interesting business women; promote your services; be inspired by speakers and gain new clients and business growth ideas. There are also opportunities to form business partnerships with other members.

It’s a case of what you put in is what you get out.

If you aren’t already a part of the group, come along to a meeting and see if it’s what you are looking for. We look forward to seeing you.

Walking the talk

It’s important to us as an organisation to walk the talk and provide a supportive, safe and inclusive environment for all businesswomen.

Our mission: To provide an inclusive community of positive supporting and vibrant women who encourage, empower and inspire each other to grow in their business and in themselves.

Our Values:


    • We welcome everyone in business who identifies as a woman, come along and share your business journey.
    • There’s no limit on members from the same sector – in fact we love it, it makes for collegiality and collaboration
    • We embrace all cultures and love to find out more about where people come from and how that enhances their business

Supporting you to grow your business:

    • We love seeing our members smash their business goals – we’re here to help you do that
    • We offer business advice and support – check out our website and Facebook group
    • Our thought provoking speakers at the monthly meetings will challenge your thinking and inspire you

Fun and friendly environment:

    • Chrysalis offers a ‘no pressure’ environment for those wanting to connect with like-minded business people
    • Don’t be surprised if you come away with new friendships and opportunities to partner with others in your business
    • Chrysalis is not a referral based networking group and it’s not the place to come and do the ‘hard sell’ – there are other groups around that cater to that

Our Advisory Board

Grow My Business

Iona Elwood-Smith

Iona is the owner of Grow My Business, a Wellington web design agency that focuses on growing your business through your website.

With a background in business strategy, working with start-ups as well as global businesses Iona fundamentally believes that getting it right for your website helps you get it right throughout your business.

The Coaching Hub

Tania Carr

Tania has spent the majority of her career building credibility in executive roles, providing strategies and guidance to a number of reputable multi-million-dollar businesses. She’s the Director of The Coaching Hub, The Recruitment Hub NZ and the Director of Real Talk NZ.

Tania believes that we deserve to be empowered to have it all, whilst maintaining the flexibility and balance in life. She’s on a mission to change lives and is passionate about connecting with people.

Lorriane Hamilton Coaching

Lorraine Hamilton

Lorraine Hamilton helps brilliant women change the world by becoming wildly successful without compromising who they are.

With over 16 years’ experience her Feminine Success Accelerator program is the perfect blend of curriculum, coaching and community for women to break through their upper limits and thrive in their life, career or business.

Halo Communications

Angela Bensemann

Angela runs Halo Communications, helping businesses and organisations to get their message across and get noticed.

She’s a seasoned strategist and wordsmith with a penchant for getting things done. Angela has spent her career dealing with difficult communications issues in the health, justice, private business, local and central government settings.

Smartway Builders

Ann Woolston

Ann is the Director/Owner of Smartway Builders along with her husband Howard.

They do renovations, additions and new builds in the greater Wellington area, including Kāpiti Coast.

Smartway Builders love to get involved with their clients at the start of the project so know what their dreams are likely to cost before they outlay large amounts of money to find they can’t afford to do the building project.

Pogo Design

Jane Comben

Jane set up Pogo Design to provide friendly, intelligent, professional design.

She draws on 20+ years of wide-ranging experience in New Zealand and the UK and has been described as “a pleasure to work with, great to bounce ideas around with and her results are extremely creative and on brief”.

Jane loves building a sense of community and has contributed her creative talents to many local initiatives.

Kath Cooper Coaching

Kath Cooper

Kath gets it: Life goes fast. Maybe you woke up one day and wondered how you got here. Through Kath’s coaching sessions you’ll discover all the things that make you awesome.

Think of her as your guide, your mentor, and your biggest advocate. She’ll work with you to tap into your unique strengths and uncover infinite possibilities for how you can use them throughout your life journey.