Connect: Talks to Inspire - Finding joy in the relentless pursuit to the top

Date: Thursday 7 Apr 2022     Time: 12pm to 1:30pm

Venue: St Johns Bar & Eatery 5 Cable Street Wellington, 6011

A writer, director, producer, editor … the list goes on. Audrea Topps Harjo has experienced it all.  Currently, she is COO of A44 Games – a fast-growing tech company right here in Wellington that continues to put NZ on the map in the gaming industry. Oh, and she’s also the founder of InclusionFX  - an incredible  platform designed to support and amplify underrepresented voices in visual effects for features, television and games industries.

With 25-years of experience in the entertainment industry, we asked Audrea for 3 things she’d learnt along the way, here’s what she said: perseverance, relentlessness and finding joy. Join us at our upcoming winter speaker series, ‘Connect; Talks to Inspire’. This dynamic series is back for 2021 with Audrea kicking off the first of two sessions enlightening your lunchtime each month with fresh topics and delicious food.

In partnership with BNZ and St John’s Bar & Eatery these sessions offer a prime opportunity to escape the cold weather, enjoy connecting with other like-minded professionals and hear from an inspiring speaker.

Seats are limited, so register now to secure your place.

Tickets include a buffet lunch and beverage.


*12.00pm – Buffet lunch with drink & networking

*12.30pm – Guest speaker

*1.15pm – Q&A

*1.30pm – Event concludes

A little more about Audrea  

Audrea Topps Harjo has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. With an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from The College of William and Mary and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Howard University, she first launched her film career by producing, directing, and writing two short films (Raw Intensity and Hard Candy) in her student years which garnered numerous awards including a Student Academy Award nomination in 1993.

Shortly thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked behind-the-scenes on various films to acquire a broad spectrum of experience in movie production. She has worked as a Digital Producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks (Contact) Cinesite (X-Men 2), Rhythm and Hues (Garfield), Development Director at Electronic Arts, (Medal of Honor), Creatures Production Manager at WETA Digital (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Coordinating Producer for James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment (Avatar sequels). She produced three independent films (Secrets, All In, and The Avaliable Wife) She served as Mind & Machine’s VFX Producer on Ridley Scott’s (Raised by Wolves). She is currently Chief Operating Officer at A44 Games and founder of InclusionFX, which is platform designed to support and amplify underrepresented voices in the VFX for features, television and games industries in Wellington, NZ.

Please note this event will only go ahead in  Alert Level One . If we are not in Alert Level One , this event will be postponed.

We are following the Events Sector Voluntary Code. More details on this code are available here.

Prices (per person):

Members: $35 + GST

Non-Member Price: $45 + GST



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 10 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.