Championing Workplace Equity: Unity not Uniformity

Earlier this year, we partnered with Diversity Works New Zealand to deliver the virtual Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit. As some of you are aware, the Summit was intended to be an in-person experience but due to COVID restraints, we had to pivot to an online offering.
While the virtual Summit was a resounding success, we know virtual conferences can never replicate face-to-face interactions and in-person networking. We promised we would hold an in-person gathering in October, complimentary for the DE&I community in attendance at the virtual Summit, as a follow-up conversation to the many interesting discussions that were heard then. 
Mark the dates in your calendar, and join us this October to connect, network and learn from your peers on critical DE&I issues, including:   
  • Co-designing DE&I programs with interdisciplinary teams that include people from historically excluded communities 
  • Supporting religious and ethnic equity and inclusion in the workplace by leveraging visible ethnic role models and creating safe places where everyone can thrive   
  • Leveraging Māori and Pasifika pathways to leadership by recognising and addressing the impact of occupational segregation 
Whether you are a large corporation or a SME, it’s time to adapt for human difference by reshaping and redesigning workplaces for inclusion. Let’s continue championing workplace equity for a more inclusive Aotearoa.   
Please note that the in-person Summit is running independently from Diversity Works New Zealand and is in no way affiliated with them. 

Post Conference Workshop

Co-design for Equity (CoE) 

20 October 2022 | 9:00am – 3:30pm  | Auckland  

Co-design for Equity (CoE) seeks to tap into the ‘lived experience’ of employees, uncovering existing inequities within organisational systems and structures. It prioritises relationships and uses creative tools to reimagine these fundamental processes. The goal of CoE is to work with your employees who are experiencing barriers to create solutions that result in equity for all.  
In this workshop, there will be opportunities to: 
  • Learn how to identify where power imbalances and inequity are likely to be undermining your diversity efforts.  
  • Understand the key components to taking an equity approach to your D&I practices.  
  • Learn the fundamentals of Co-design 
  • Workshop a co-design process and experience co-design in action 
  • Be resourced with tools and tips to bring co-design to your own organisation.  
Facilitated by:

Carol Brown  

Jo Mitchell  
Head of The Opshop

Jess Holdaway 
Design Director of The Opshop


Featured Speakers

Hon Aupito William Sio

Minister for Pacific Peoples

New Zealand Parliament

Mai Chen

Chair Superdiversity Institute

Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business

Haylee Putaranui

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion


Mary Haddock-Staniland

Global Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging


Roman Matla, Director

APAC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Sarah Archer

Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Chorus NZ Limited

Natasha Lewis

Senior Policy Advisor Culture and Diversity

Auckland Council

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie


Diversity Consulting

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Knowledge Partners

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  • People Leaders 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Specialists 
  • Change Managers 
  • Multi-Cultural Specialists 
  • Human Resources/HR Practitioners


  • Discover how to encourage and develop Māori and Pasifika leaders in the workplace through a cultural lens 
  • Hear how Google is driving large-scale impact by taking a targeted approach to address barriers of diverse representation 
  • Tap into vast sources of talent and creativity and learn more about supporting a neurodiverse workforce   
  • Find innovative ways to co-design DE&I programs and initiatives to attract, nurture and retain the best talent 
  • Unpack how to promote religious diversity and tackle sensitive topics in the workplace  
  • Emulate successes of leaders from leading New Zealand public sector and private sector organisations   
  • Acquire practical skills and understanding of the emerging discipline of diversity, equity and inclusion as a leadership competency



22-26 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Conference: Stamford Ballroom
Workshop: Raffles Room
T: +64 9 309 8888
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Auckland is offering delegates dynamic accommodation rate with 15% off the the best available rate. You may book your room here.
Parking: Underground car parking is subject to availability and subject to the terms & conditions of the car park facility. The conference rate for guests attending a function or event at the hotel is $45.00 per car, per day. The parking ticket must be paid for and validated at the front desk of the hotel.