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#WorkSchoolHours - How organisations can tackle big (HR) issues & better support parents

Ellen is driven by a cause, to fundamentally change the working world.

Following her service in the NZ Army, managing a large team at PTS Logistics, and completing an (exec) MBA, in parallel to her Regional Manager role at NZ Trade & Enterprise, Ellen conducted a PhD, focused on the social well-being and authentic leadership experiences of women in the workforce, with the case study being the New Zealand Army. Her post-doctoral research further examined the experiences of women in the workplace, and then a subsequent (less formal, but much larger) research project, which examined the experiences of working parents (based on conversations with more than 500, and growing, working parents globally).

Ellen is passionate about improving social outcomes (with a focus on women and parents), while simultaneously improving organisational outcomes such as: wellbeing, retention, leadership, productivity, and business performance – all issues we too, as HR practitioners are grappling with right now.

Ellen offers a deep and valid perspective on the top issues we are all, facing right now backed up by practical advice on how to address in our organisations.

About our Speaker Dr Ellen Joan Nelson

Dr Ellen Joan Nelson is an ex-NZ Army Commander, an academic, a strategy consultant, a Mum to 2 beautiful boys, owner of her own business and an all-round wonderful human being. Since August 2021, Ellen has been volunteering 30 – 40 hours per week, to help evacuate NZDF allies from Afghanistan. Ellen and her team have evacuated over 550 people to NZ. Ellen was featured in TV1’s Sunday documentary in October 2021, and again in March this year:

Ellen has spoken about her research and practical recommendations on numerous occasions, including at KPMG, EY, Massey University, multiple Women in Leadership events, Westpac Smarts, Venture Taranaki and Manawatu Chamber of Commerce. She will be speaking about her #workschoolhours movement at TEDx Auckland in June this year, and has been interviewed on TV3 The Project (, and Radio NZ The Panel, with article’s published in Australia’s ‘Propel Her’ ( and Canadian’s ‘Women of Influence’ (

Check out her website:


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