Most organisations have an inclusion and diversity strategy in place, but is it simply a corporate “tick-box” exercise? Organisations must move their D&I commitments beyond just a tick of the box to gain a competitive market share, and create a safe, inclusive and innovative working environment.
Improve your D&I strategy at the 2nd Annual Workforce Inclusion and Diversity conference and hear from 30+ government, business and not-for-profit leaders to drive initiatives that produce tangible results, which would ultimately improve your organisation’s bottom line.
You will hear valuable case studies, take part in interactive panel sessions and round table discussions from cross-sector industry leaders like Vodafone, New Zealand Rugby, Diversity Works and Ministry of Social Development. They will share their inclusion and diversity journeys, lessons learned, and most importantly key takeaways to implement in your organisation.
Key themes: 
  • Aligning D&I with business goals  
  • Leadership development Maori and Pacific Islanders 
  • Achieving gender equity, equality and balance   
  • Intersectionality 
  • Neurodiversity 
  • LGBTQIA+ inclusive initiatives  
  • Recruitment and retention of diverse pipelines     
  • Addressing unconscious bias, myths, assumptions    
  • Courageous diverse leadership from the top   
  • Developing culturally Inclusive partnerships 
  • Improving mental wellbeing 
  • Promoting religious diversity 
  • Leading a multigenerational workforce 
  • Inclusive workplace for staff with disabilities   
  • Enablers for successful flexibility and work-life balance 
Plus, Don't miss the Post-Conference Workshop on Friday 30 August, led by D&I superstar, Fiona Krautil, Founder & Principle of Australian organisation Diversity Knowhow. Fiona will delve into intersectionality and how to apply it to your D&I strategy for impact and growth.

Featured Speakers

Anne Fitisemanu

Chief Executive Officer

Tupu Toa

Heather Shotter

Chief Executive Officer

Palmerston North City Council

Chris Quin

Chief Executive Officer

Foodstuffs North Island

David Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

New Zealand Post

Rachel Froggatt

Chief Executive Officer

Women in Sport Aotearoa

Glen Cornelius

Managing Director

Harrison Grierson

Mai Chen

Managing Partner; Chair

Chen Palmer Partners; Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business

Kylie Dunn


Russell McVeagh

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Media Partner

Endorsing Partners

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  • Human Resources Managers and Directors
  • Heads of People, Culture and Capability
  • Diversity and inclusion Directors or Managers
  • Talent Managers or Heads
  • Employee Relation Managers
  • HR Business Partners
  • Chief People Officers
  • Resource Development Managers
  • Multicultural Specialists


  • Hear Labour MP and award-winning presenter Tamati Coffey MP on the government’s commitment to building an inclusive and diverse New Zealand
  • Emulate the successes of leaders from Harrison Grierson, Palmerston North City Council, Auckland District Health Board, Foodstuffs North Island, and New Zealand Post who are driving diversity initiatives throughout their organisations.
  • Acquire practical strategies from the CEO of Tupa Toa on how to create more leadership opportunities for Maori and South Pacific Islanders
  • Assess the impact that the intersection of gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation have on your inclusion strategy  
  • Create more inclusive policies and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ employees with New Zealand Police and Diversity Works  
  • Discover how Vodafone improve workplace positivity and productivity by executing a specialized integrated wellbeing and mental health program 
  • Identify the best ways to re-align your inclusion and diversity strategy with business goals from Chen Palmer Partners
And so much more!

Testimonials from Last Year's Conference


Pullman Auckland


Conference Room: Princes Ballroom A
Workshop Room: Gallery One
Address: Corner Princes Street and, Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
T: +64 9-353 1000
W: www.pullmanauckland.co.nz
A positive departure from the usual formula in hotel accommodation, Pullman Auckland’s sleek interiors emit a warm and friendly vibe, creating an intimate atmosphere whether in the lobby lounge, by the 25 metre heated swimming pool, or within one of 16 dynamic meeting spaces.

A selection of spacious hotel rooms, the exclusivity of an executive lounge, and chic residential suites with living areas and kitchen facilities framing views from city to sea uniquely redefines the lifestyle of the modern explorer.