D&I workshop: How culturally intelligent are we?

How culturally intelligent are we? On Tuesday 8 September 9-10am, our Global Women team and our partners EY are hosting a panel with Mihingarangi Forbes, Bo Li, Monique Faleafa and Liz Te Amo, on cross-cultural communications and cultural intelligence.

New Zealand – specifically Auckland – is super-diverse, resulting in an extremely wide and valuable talent pool.
Developing and leading a diverse and inclusive workplace culture requires a willingness to embrace a new mindset and set of skills. The success of future companies is with those leaders that value cultural intelligence and build diverse and inclusive teams.

Global Women presents a powerful panel that will provide insights into how you can further develop your CQ and cross-cultural communication skills. The panelists are: Māori investigative journalist Mihingarangi Forbes, managing director of Asiaworks Bo Li, and chief executive of Le Va Monique Faleafa, facilitated by NZTE director of Māori business Liz Te Amo.

This GW partners-only event is a unique and essential opportunity to explore cultural intelligence, a skill that’s increasingly critical in leading New Zealand organisations to connect, collaborate and thrive in a global economy.

Mihingarangi Forbes – Investigative Journalist
Mihingarangi Forbes is the specialist correspondent, Māori Affairs, at Radio New Zealand. She is the former host of the current affairs programme Native Affairs on Māori Television. Mihingarangi has more than 20 years experience in the television industry, working as a journalist and producer for TV3 and TVNZ. For six years she worked as a reporter at TV3’s Campbell Live. She is a skilled communicator and investigative reporter with valuable insights to offer on communicating within Maori culture.

Bo Li – Managing Director, Asiaworks
Bo Li started his advertising career in Beijing and has worked in advertising, marketing and cross-cultural communications for over 12 years. He is a well known consultant on Chinese cultural and business practice. Bo is the managing director of Asiaworks, which assists New Zealand businesses to maximise Asian markets by overcoming cultural and language barriers. Asiaworks has led many large marketing projects with companies such as NZ Post, 2degrees and SKYCITY, and has strong working relationships with major New Zealand advertising agencies and government agencies.

Dr Monique Faleafa – Chief Executive, Le Va
Monique Faleafa heads Le Va, New Zealand’s national non-government organisation focused on Pasifika well-being. Le Va specialises in Pacific workforce development, organisational development, support services, health literacy, and training across social sectors, supporting a range of social sector Pacific and non-Pacific organisations as well as government and local government agencies. Monique has over 17 years experience working with Pacific communities in the not-for-profit sector, DHB’s and social services. She is a registered clinical psychologist and currently serves on Crown Entity, Health Promotion Agency, and has been the deputy chair of the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board since 2009. She also serves on the Pacific Advisory Group to Australia’s NRL, as well as the New Zealand Rugby League Medical Council.

Liz Te Amo – Director, Maori Economic Development, NZTE
As director of Maori Economic Development for NZTE, Liz works with a wide range of internationalising Maori businesses. She is also responsible for NZTE’s Maori business strategy and support for the Maori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, He kai kei aku ringa. Liz has more than 20 years’ international business experience in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the US and Australia. Prior to her current role she was responsible for a range of NZTE projects across North Asia including the establishment of New Zealand Central in Shanghai, Shanghai World Expo business leveraging programme, and NZ’s presence at Food & Hotel China and Foodex Japan.