An in-depth look at D&I programs which embrace values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, for a happy, healthy, productive place to work

Pre-conference workshop: 27 August 2018
Conference: 28 - 29 August 2018
The Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Forum New Zealand will be bringing together industry leaders to assess and take an in-depth look at diversity and inclusion frameworks which create a happy, healthy, productive place to work. You will hear valuable case studies and interactive panel sessions from cross-sector industry leaders, addressing inclusion and diversity journeys, lessons learned, and most importantly key takeaways to create staff inclusiveness in your organisation.
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & financial services
  • Construction
  • Education
  • FMCG
  • Government
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Property
  • Technology
  • Transport
  • Utilities


  • Empowering women in the workplace
  • Maori and South Pacific Islanders employment and engagement
  • Flexibility programs
  • LGTBQIA+ initiatives
  • Eliminating bullying and harassment
  • Unconscious bias
  • Disability programs and wellbeing programs
  • Cultural intelligence and ethnicity
  • Diversity in leadership 
  • Building an inclusive workforce
2018 Diversity Awards NZ Gala Dinner, Wednesday 29 August at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland 
Brought to you by Diversity Works NZ 
Be sure to also book a gala awards dinner ticket for the annual Diversity Works event and be inspired by New Zealand organisations delivering best practice D&I initiatives all around the country. Celebrate with over 95 entrant organisations and discover the winners in nine categories.


Planning and delivering your diversity and inclusion strategy
During this workshop you will be able to plan and set out Diversity and Inclusion strategies needed within your organisation by understanding your current state and setting objectives of what you want to achieve. You will be able to design an effective D&I strategy and support your organisation throughout the D&I journey by developing open communication framework, training, education and awareness, and identifying key enablers to support your D&I strategy. 
About your workshop leader
Carol Brown, CEO, Diversitas
Carol has twenty-five years plus experience as a strategic HR and Talent consultant and has worked with client organisations across 6 countries to help them create a competitive edge by leveraging their talent more effectively. Having spent most of her career focussed on talent acquisition and engagement, since 2010, she has made a name for herself by first leading the D&I portfolio for a large international engineering group, based in Sydney, before coming back to New Zealand to set up her own specialist D&I consultancy (Diversitas). As CEO of Diversitas, Carol has built a team with a reputation for delivering quality D&I solutions to clients across New Zealand, including private and public-sector organisations. Diversitas prides itself in its reputation for delivering pragmatic, impactful solutions to their clients and has built an enviable reputation from word of mouth referrals. Building on the success achieved in New Zealand and Australia, in late 2017, Diversitas expanded to the Northern hemisphere, by opening up an office in Dubai.

Featured Speakers

Katrina Felton

Director of People & Operations

McDonald's Restaurants

Annamarie Jamieson

People and Culture Director


Heather Dodge

Talent and Diversity Manager, Organisational Development Business Partner

Fletcher Building

Catherine Valentine

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Lead

St John Ambulance

Louise Alexander

Human Resources Director

Bell Gully

Evan Bateup

Chief People Officer

Vista Group

Lloyd Ratnaraja

People and Performance Manager

Mauri ANZ

Lisa Gerrard

Chief Legal Officer

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

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Endorsing Partners

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  1. Assess priorities, frameworks and approaches to building an inclusive and diverse workplace
  2. Learn how to facilitate more opportunities for women to take up leadership roles 
  3. Support diverse ethnic groups and cultures in your diversity and inclusion frameworks
  4. Hear about eliminating stereotypes, prejudices and unconscious bias in your organisation from 
  5. Build a positive workplace culture to improve inclusivity outcomes
  6. Adopting initiatives that improve inclusion for LGBTQIA+ employees
  7. Gain practical insights on how to improve Maori and South Pacific Islanders staff engagement and participation
  8. Improve your organisation’s accessibility and suitability to support disabled employees
  9. Assess the benefits of implementing integrated wellbeing and mental health programs
  10. Utilising flexibility programs to support the needs of your diverse organisation


  • Heads of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Heads of People and Culture 
  • HR directors, managers, advisors, consultants
  • Workforce relations specialists
  • Health, safety and well-being managers
  • Talent acquisition professionals
  • Organisational development and capability specialists


Group Discounts




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Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Venue

Pullman Auckland


Address: Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland 1010
Conference Room: Regatta D
Workshop Room: Regatta B
Pullman Auckland is offering a group rate to attendees. To book, please call +6493531000 or +6493588007, or email
Group Name: Aventedge Workplace Conference
Room Type:    Superior Room
Bedding:          King Bed
Room Rate:    NZD$235.00 per room per night incl. 15% GST (room only, subject to availability) 
Booking Code: AVE270818
Cancellation Policy: 30 Day Cancellation Policy. Any Room nights cancelled beyond and within 30 days of arrival are fully chargeable per room night cancelled
T: +64 9 353 1000
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.