D&I MeetUp: The Importance of Cultural Diversity in Business

Join Global Women at Auckland War Memorial Museum for our first D&I MeetUp of 2017, where we’re going back to the Big Why of diversity and inclusion: Understanding why diversity in business is important.

Explore the exhibition Being Chinese in Aotearoa, enjoy a networking breakfast, and then hear from our panel of experts on the importance of cultural diversity in business—how it helps economies, societies and businesses grow, and the personal benefits of working in a more diverse environment.

About our speakers

The panel will be facilitated by Miranda Burdon, CEO Global Women.

Miranda will be joined by panelists Edwina Pio, Professor of Diversity at AUT, Jonathan Beale, GM Wealth Management at ASB, and Kara Brown, People and Performance Manager, Fletcher Construction - Infrastructure.

Who should attend? 

Global Women partners have been allocated complimentary registrations to this event.

  • Principal partners – 10 tickets
  • Major partners – 5 tickets
  • Support partners – 2 tickets

About the exhibition

Being Chinese in Aotearoa tells the story of one of New Zealand’s earliest immigrant groups, from before the Gold Rushes of the late 19th century to the present day.

Through compelling and rarely seen photographs, new works by contemporary New Zealand artists and writers and treasures from Auckland Museum, the exhibition tells the story of a major New Zealand cultural group—and their ongoing contribution to the development of Aotearoa’s society and economy.

We'd like to thank Auckland War Memorial Museum for their generous support of this event.

About D&I MeetUps

Global Women’s quarterly D&I (diversity and inclusion) MeetUps are designed as networking and thought leadership events for Global Women partners who are working to strengthen their diversity and inclusion strategies and outputs.

The Gock family, innovative market gardeners in Māngere, South Auckland, 1960s. Courtesy of Megan Blackwell, on behalf of Fay and Joe Gock.

Auditorium at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Please RSVP by
Wednesday 29 March 2017

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Edwina Pio
Professor of Diversity at AUT

Edwina Pio is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity and has recently been appointed University Director of Diversity at AUT. She is a thought leader in the area of diversity in business, communities and education. Edwina is widely published and travels extensively to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia to interact with diverse audiences in the academic, business and social sector.

Speakers Name
Jonathan Beale
GM Wealth Management at ASB

Jonathan Beale is the General Manager of Wealth at ASB, and is responsible for advice , product and performance of all Wealth products such as ASB KiwiSaver and Portfolio Series. He is a member of the ASB Investment Committee and also a member of the ASB Diversity council. A financial services professional with  over 20 years’ experience working for banks, life insurance companies and investment houses, Jonathan has been with ASB for 11 years. Prior to this, he held roles at Westpac, AMP, and in the UK. Jonathan moved to NZ in 2002 with his wife Helen and how has two Kiwi children.

Speakers Name
Kara Brown
People and Performance Manager, Fletcher Construction - Infrastructure

Kara Brown is the People and Performance Manager for the Fletcher Construction - Infrastructure business.

Kara has worked across manufacturing, retail and telecommunications for over 20 years and also set up her own HR business. Kara has a strong bent towards organisational development, particularly engagement, talent and leadership capability with a specialised focus and purpose in helping people to be their best.

Kara initially completed a Commerce degree majoring in Commercial Law but was soon attracted to the world of human resources and behaviour. She later completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Her most rewarding job is being the mother of two energetic young boys.