Wellington Launch Event with Xero

Location: Held at Xero One Office, Wellington   |  Date: Held on Thursday 1st October, 2015

SheSharp has officially launched in Wellington!

Wellington’s first SheSharp event was sponsored by Xero and 920 Career Agents as well as Orion Health, Unitec and Google and was held at Xero with a team of ShehSharp members who travelled down from Auckland. The event was sold out, with over 60 women attending from around Wellington, some even travelling in from other cities around New Zealand.
In addition to secondary and tertiary students, there were also industry members from a range of companies including Xero, 920 Career Agents, Fonde, Catalyst, Assurity , Orion Health, IBM and VizExplorer. Attendees participated in professional development activities around Agile and held discussions on issues faced in various spaces such as industry, tertiary and secondary education.

The event also included a panel of women from Xero who shared successes, challenges and experiences from their own journeys. Feedback from participants was very encouraging, many commenting on the level of professionalism of the event and on the value and necessity of such a group to continue in Wellington.
Read about out awesome panelists from Xero below.


Helena started her career at Xero in Customer Experience before becoming a quality assurance engineer. She now works in the Fondue Ferrets team, where she keeps a bunch of developers in check and stops them breaking things.


Jo’s been working in software development for 15 years. She enjoys working in productive and cheerful teams, 8 hours a day flies by when you are doing something you love. Outside of work she can usually be found at the beach with her crazy dog Cole.


I am a Quality Assurance Team Leader at Xero. I started my career as a software engineer in India , developing Mobile phone applications and later on moved to testing purely as choice and to please my passion for creating a good customer experience.


I’m a Development Team Lead for the Performance and Scalability Team at Xero, who also leads a double life as a Product Owner (read: I’m a developer who’s a jack of all trades). When I’m not talking tech, I’m usually getting overly excited about the importance of soft skills, mentoring, graduates and interns.