This HR Virtual Summit, in association with MAS and Culture Amp, will explore breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion happening within New Zealand organisations.  We are excited to bring our members new and challenging ideas about how to succeed with diversity and inclusion.

Once again Te Radar will be our Master of Ceremony, with a line up of exceptional speakers providing insights into the latest trends, best practice, and the sharing of personal stories of strength and success. 

This Summit will provide thought, debate and discussion and we hope some breakthroughs for you personally and for your organisation.  The conversation will cover:

  • What it takes to create a break-through in your diversity and inclusion programme.
  • How New Zealand organisations are achieving success through greater inclusivity.
  • Why Diversity and Inclusion is such an important part of achieving organisational sustainability.
  • Why your diversity and inclusion programme might be falling short in delivering real change to the people it aims to support.


9:00AM         Welcome

9:10AM         Melanie Beirne

Opening Keynote

Melanie is a champion of the millennial generation, gender diversity and inclusion in leadership.

As founder of Women Step Forward Melanie is hugely passionate about equipping leaders to succeed in a multi-generational workplace and helps leaders understand new ways of working to reduce workplace friction.  Melanie’s humour and straight-up approach entertains, challenges and transform’s perspectives, and we are thrilled she will be joining us as our opening speaker.


9:40AM         Maretha Smit, Chief Executive, Diversity Works

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – leadership for sustainable outcomes.

Organisations are increasingly reliant on diverse perspectives to effectively connect with customers, communities and stakeholders.  As corporate citizens, workplaces are also increasingly viewed as a pathway to improve standards of living and quality of life for the communities in which it seeks a licence to operate.  These issues are critical considerations for long-term organisational sustainability.  And yet, time and again, organisations fail to mobilise sufficiently to realise the desired outcomes of diversity and inclusion programmes.  What are the roadblocks?  And in this context, what is the role of, and what are the tools available to the HR professional to mainstream Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the organisation?

What you will take away

  • An introduction to the case model for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which provides a holistic view of the “why”.
  • An introduction to the Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix (AIM), as maturity framework for “what good looks like” and a useful tool for roadmapping.
  • An understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a critical leadership competency, with case studies, tools and tips to get leaders mobilised.


10:10AM       Q&A

10:20AM       Refresh

10:30AM       Diversity and Inclusion for Māori Women Leaders: A Retrospective Account and Research Agenda

Crystal Tawhai, MMS (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ranginui,Ngaati Mahuta), PhD Candidate – Māori - Diversity and Inclusion Leadership and Associate Professor, Dr Maree Roche (Ngāti Raukawa), Co-Director – Leadership Unit, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato.

While interest in diversity and inclusion is a growing area for HR, and concerns around this are prominent, there is often misunderstanding about the differences in these topics and how they are used or enacted, in organisations. This presentation, firstly, outlines the differences in diversity and inclusion; secondly recounts experiences of diversity and inclusion from a Māori Women's perspective, and finally suggests a research agenda. This agenda also forms the speaker's PhD topic and investigation to date.


11:00AM       Zoe Brownlie and Dr Kaisa Wilson, Leading AllHuman

Fix your system, not your people

The majority of diversity and inclusion programmes currently focus on what individuals can do to change themselves to fit in with the system, rather than how systems can change to work for everyone. This places the onus on those who are disadvantaged and perpetuates discrimination and bias within organisations.

Zoe and Kaisa from AllHuman will present more progressive thinking and strategies that focus on achieving systemic change in organisations, leading to stronger cultures of inclusivity and belonging.


11:30AM       Q&A

11:40AM       Break

11:55AM       Lauren Peate (she/her), Founder & CEO, Multitudes

How to make DEI a reality: Getting honest about privilege & allyship

Let’s face it: decades of telling people from marginalised groups to try harder, negotiate better, or study STEM more haven’t gotten us to the more equitable future we all want. To really have an impact, we need to get honest about where power lies and how those with power can use it to change outcomes through allyship. This talk will provide an introduction to allyship and privilege, discuss how you can get a real sense of where your organisation is with DEI today, and share quick tips for how you can integrate allyship into your organisation’s work.

You will walk away with

  • An understanding of what allyship is and why it matters
  • How to understand and measure where you are with DEI today
  • Strategies for you and your organisation to take action as allies


12:25PM       Q&A

12:35PM       Refresh

12:40PM       Gloria Ewe, a New Zealand entrepreneur and co-founder of Au - a wholly minority owned management consulting firm

Personal Story

Gloria will share her personal leadership journey, the set backs, the successes and the insights. Her story is built on a foundation of a bi-cultural upbringing which provides insights and calls to action as to how Organisations can think bigger than setting targets.  Gloria knows numbers well, having to navigate her life fighting the odd’s that have worked against her from an early age.  She is passionate and driven to leave you thinking bigger than targets, sharing how a bicultural way of working can work for better outcomes for individuals, teams, organisations and communities. 

1:10PM         Q&A

1:20PM         Summary and Wrap up

1:30PM         Summit Ends