Inclusion, diversity on menu at breakfast event

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The Comms Council and Diversity Works NZ are to hold a breakfast speaker event to delve into best-practice examples and real-world experiences from organisations which are developing sustainably inclusive and diverse workplaces.

An unsigned release from the Comms Council, received this morning, said: “Not only will attendees leave inspired about generating effective inclusion and diversity in their agency, they will hear tools and tips from companies who are working towards strong inclusion & diversity programmes and their successes with this, and better understand the impact of client policy on agencies’ contractual obligations.

“This is a must attend session!”

“Best-practice and real-world experiences from organisations developing sustainably inclusive and diverse workplaces.”

DWNZ ceo Rachel Hopkins will provide case studies from the 2018 DWNZ Awards and speak about the importance of understanding clients’ supply chain inclusiveness and diversity policies.

Clemenger Group NZ ceo Jim Moser will speak about Clemenger’s journey towards inclusion and diversity, from where they started to where they are now.

This will be followed by a discussion with BNZ diversity & inclusion lead Mark Carrick, and Air NZ diversity & inclusion manager Charlotte Downes, who will share how they have navigated their client-side journeys towards inclusive and diverse workplaces.

They will speak about the commercial benefits their organisations have experienced and their expectations of their agency partners.

Who is it for?
All managers involved in recruitment of team members, whether HR or team leads, any members of agency Inclusiveness & Diversity committees, and anyone who is interested in the development of their own organisation’s Inclusiveness & Diversity programmes.

Where, when, how much?

  • Wednesday 19 September, 7.30am-9am
  • Raffles Room, Stamford Plaza, 22-26 Albert Street, Auckland
  • Comms Council members $60+gst, non-members $75+gst
  • Email to register for this event

MEET THE SPEAKERS (info supplied by the Comms Council release)

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins is committed to equity and empowerment for all New Zealanders. She has degrees in Law and Feminist Studies, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and studied Design Thinking at Stanford University.

She has owned her own business in Sydney and worked for the world’s largest law firm in London. In New Zealand, she has held various executive leadership roles in professional services, education and training.

Her volunteer work includes sitting on the Establishment Board of the Auckland Foundation’s Women’s Fund and the New Zealand Committee of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Jim Moser
Moser is ceo of Clemenger Group NZ, chairman of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Colenso BBDO.

He has been with the Clemenger Group for 19 years having joined in 1999 after serving several years as MD of BBDO Italy. He started his career with BBDO as MD of BBDO Warsaw Group from 1994.

He has dual citizenship with the US and Australia. He holds a BA from DePauw University and a MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Mark Carrick
Mark Carrick combines more than 20 years corporate HR experience with the latest best-practice thinking and scientific research. He has a pragmatic approach to balancing social justice with the commercial imperatives of business leaders, always striving to find mutually beneficial outcomes.

He has worked as an architectural draughtsman, a timeshare salesman and aerobics instructor before moving into banking. He has a passion for connecting with people, and believes difference should be valued.

Outside of work he is a snow skier and an ungraciously retired dancer. While he might give off a “pale stale male” image, he takes great delight in being a little bit different. His motto is never judge a book by its cover!

Charlotte Downes
Prior to Air New Zealand, Charlotte Downes worked in talent acquisition for over 12 years in London and Shanghai for organisations such as ITV and Walt Disney.

She is passionate about her role in driving positive change towards Air New Zealand’s Diversity and Inclusion vision to create a diverse organisation, proudly representative of Aoteroa, where Air New Zealanders can be themselves and thrive.

She has a passion for all things diversity and championing inclusion and equality.

The Comms Council
Commercial Communications Council is committed to building more inclusive and diverse workplaces for its members. Part of this commitment is in working alongside Diversity Works New Zealand to deliver best practice workshops and tools.

This event is the initiative of the Comms Council Inclusiveness & Diversity Council which was established in 2016 to enhance the relevance and competitiveness of the NZ industry by:

  • championing the benefits of diversity on creative thinking and commercial outcomes
  • helping member agencies develop greater diversity at all levels


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