About Chrysalis for Women

“Being in business on your own can be lonely. And very daunting. Chrysalis gives you friendship, support, and opportunities to learn in a fun and supportive environment.”  Julia FitzGerald

A network for

Wellington women wanting to grow and develop their business.

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 an affordable, no pressure, fun and friendly environment for Wellington business women to get together and achieve their business goals.

If you want to grow your business, connect with others in a networking community, learn, find inspiration, and form friendships, then Chrysalis is for you.

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 are just starting out or are well established, Chrysalis has 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’s 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 meeting you.

Who are we?

Iona Elwood-Smith

Co-ordinator and Business Director

“I had been attending Chrysalis regularly for a year when Kim approached me about working together. I found Chrysalis to be welcoming and supportive, very different from other groups I tried out. I had met some great women, worked with many, and really saw the potential in Chrysalis. I was, and am, inspired by what Kim has built and feel hugely privileged to be involved in creating this business journey we have developed together, to make a difference in the lives of everyday women in business. “

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

Grow My Business was born in response to the need for small businesses to get awesome websites at a price they could afford, that can grow as their business grows.

With a background in business strategy, working with startups as well as global businesses Iona fundamentaly belives getting it right for your website helps you get it right throughout your business. 


Our Advisory Board

Kim Chamberlain

Angela Bensemann

Halo Communications

“Belonging to Chrysalis has changed the way I view my business opening my eyes to opportunities for growth and development. I’ve found my tribe and love networking with likeminded business women.”

Angela  has run Halo Communications for 15 years. She wanted to work for herself to get a better work/life balance and be the boss. She knows what it’s like to leap into the unknown and how to navigate the pitfalls.

Angela’s a seasoned fighter of fires having previously worked as a journalist and then as a communicator in the health sector, as national media manager for the Department of Corrections and as a senior advisor in the local government sector.

She set up Halo Communications in 2005 to provide quality strategic communications planning, support and advice to businesses and organisations concerned about getting it right.

Based in the Wellington region, Halo Communications supports clients from across the spectrum: private, local and central government.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Angela specialises in communications planning following through with the implementation of the activities identified in the planning phase.

Relationships are key – she has built strong relationships with her clients over many years, watching their businesses and organisations evolve and flourish.

Angela has been a member of the Chrysalis Advisory Board since January 2019.

Kim Chamberlain

Tania Carr

The Coaching Hub

I’m an ICF certified coach that works with entrepreneurs and business owners.  I absolutely love building genuine connections with people and adding value to their lives.  Most of all I love working with coaches and small business owners, helping them to maximise their potential.

I have spent the majority of my career building credibility in executive roles, providing strategies and guidance to a number of reputable multi-million dollar businesses.

I’m also the Director of The Recruitment Hub NZ, a nationwide recruitment agency that aligns nicely with my coaching offering, and the Co-Founder of Real Talk NZ.

I believe that women deserve to be empowered to have it all, whilst maintaining the flexibility and balance in life.

I am on a mission to change lives, I am passionate about connecting with people, and I am here to help you in any possible way.

Kim Chamberlain

Ann Woolston

Smartway Builders

I have been a Chrysalis member for 6 years, I love what it is about and having watched it evolve and grow into what it now has on offer for women in business.  Feel especially privileged and excited to be part of the Chrysalis Advisory Board in helping set the growth and sustainability of Chrysalis going forward.

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, from Kapiti coast to south coast, up the Hutt Valley and everywhere in between.  They offer an end to end service and wrap their arms around the entire project.  They love to get involved with their clients at the start of the project when they are thinking about what they might want to do, as they can then help them understand what their dreams are likely to cost before they outlay large amounts of money and then find they can’t afford to do the building project, so many times we hear, “if I had only known that at the start then I would have taken a different decision”

Once they have the dreams and budget in alignment they will work with the various specialists to get the detailed drawings, council permission and provide you with a  Lump Sum price for your project.

They will put together the building team along with the various sub trades needed to complete your project then handover the key for you to enjoy your new space.  They run their business on 5 key principles Quality of Work, Agreed Budget, Agreed Timeframe, Good Communication, that creates a Trusted Relationship and the clients at the end go WOW that is exactly what I wanted.

Ann Woolston – Smartway Builders, Expertise On Every Level.

Kim Chamberlain

“I help busy, high achievers build confidence, self-awareness and resilience to realise their potential.”

An Imposter Syndrome expert who specialises in Women in Leadership Jess has a background in Senior HR roles and a decade working with leaders in the corporate world.  Featured on TV3, BBC, RNZ, Dominion Post, Stuff and NZ Business Magazine.

International speaker, coach and author of three personal development books.  The latest of which, The Superwoman Survival Guide, gives practical advice and tips for building resilience, leveraging strengths whilst navigating fear, getting over self-doubt and mastering the art of balance.

Jess believes that tapping into your potential doesn’t mean doing more or having to be different.  It’s uncovering what’s already there and being enough as you are. 

Described as inspiring, articulate and relatable by audiences.  Jess has a passion for sharing her knowledge and motivating others with her words.

“Chrysalis provides a wealth of experience and knowledge for women and 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 but I have enjoyed!!”

Judith Yeabsley, The Confident Eater

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