Thu 27 Feb 2020 AT 7:30 am , Wellington

An inclusive culture in the New Zealand workplace

More organisations than ever before are discovering the importance of championing an inclusive culture at work. In this panel discussion we will explore the difference between diversity and inclusion, review some great examples of inclusion in action, reflect on how senior managers and leaders can ‘call forth the voice of others’, and understand what it takes to create an environment that welcomes new voices, and the consequences of not.

Join Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Wellington School of Business and Government Professor Ian Williamson, the President of IPANZ (Institute of Public Administration New Zealand), and other invited guests for breakfast and a panel discussion with four local experts in the area of diversity and inclusion.

There will also be an opportunity to ask your own questions and share your insights at the end of the session.

Spaces are strictly limited so please register to attend by 21 February. Light refreshments will be served.

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Panel members –

Dr Christian Yao - Academic Programme Leader of the Master of Global Business and a Senior Lecturer at Wellington School of Business and Government.

Dr Yao’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion related topics including global careers, cross-cultural mobility and well-being at work. His collaborative research on living wage issues in New Zealand addresses the important social issue of poverty using capability theory. Between 2013 and 2016 Christian was an advisor to Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples’ Advisory Panel, advising the Mayor, governing body and local boards of strategic ways to engage with ethnic communities in Auckland. Christian also holds editorial roles in several international journals.

Simone Robbers - Assistant Governor/GM Governance, Strategy and Corporate Relations, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Simone is Assistant Governor and General Manager of Governance, Strategy and Corporate Relations at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. She is responsible for the Bank’s strategic planning and performance, communications, legal, risk and audit teams, and the Board secretariat.

Simone brings with her a wealth of public and private sector experience, most recently successfully managing the role of Director of Strategy, Risk and Assurance at the Financial Markets Authority, as well as previous experience with the Securities Commission and in the private sector in banking and wealth management, and legal firms.

Deb Marie Te Kawa – Board Member IPANZ

Deb Te Kawa is a North Canterbury-based consultant who provides governance advice and policy support to the private and public sector in Australia and New Zealand. Originally from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Deb has lived in Rangiora since 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, a post-graduate Diploma in Information Management, and a Master’s in Public Management. Deb won the Prime Minister’s prize in public management in 2013.

Pia Steiner - Inclusion and Diversity Manager, Kiwibank

Pia Steiner is the Inclusion and Diversity Manager for Kiwibank in Wellington. She is an Ambassador for Yes Queen, an Australian based initiative focused on erasing bullying and cultivating safe, positive, and inclusive cultures at work. Pia also volunteers with Canary Collective which works with not-for-profit organisations to improve the employee experience through human-centred designed practices. Pia has been a business development manager, archivist, digital designer, learning and development advisor, and work practice designer across several industries in Auckland and Wellington. She has led inclusion and diversity initiatives and programmes previously at Trade Me and Meridian Energy.