NZAL Leadership Training Programme – Wellington

Developed and delivered by the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
Following the inaugural NZAL Leadership Training programme held in June, NZAL and the Superdiversity Centre facilitated a training programme for superdiverse leaders in Wellington on 19 – 20 September, 2016. Keeping in mind the sector representation of the city, the training programme was tailored towards the public sector with approx 85% representation.
Participant organizations included Careers New Zealand, KiwiSport and ActivAsian, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Office of Ethnic Communities, Ministerial Services, State Services Commission, Bank of New Zealand, Greater Wellington Council, Kiwibank, Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and SuperU.
Councillor David Lee opened the training programme on behalf of NZAL corporate member, Wellington City Council. David who was a part of the inaugural NZAL Leadership Training Programme held in June shared his reflections and insights from the experience.
Mai Chen, Chair, NZAL and Superdiversity Centre set the stage for the training programme with her session on how to break through the bamboo ceiling.
Hon Louise Upston, Minister for Land Information, Women, Associate Minister of Local Government, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment shared her journey as a woman of influence.
Mervin Singham, Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance, Department of Internal Affairs spoke to the leaders on his journey to becoming a superdiverse leader in Wellington.
Tracey Bridges, Managing Partner New Zealand, SenateSHJ provided insights on the mechanism behind media. 
Dr. Karen Poutasi, Chief Executive, New Zealand Qualifications Authority provided key points on working with government.
Glenis Philip-Barbara, Deputy Secretary CYFS and former Chief Executive of Maori Language Commission brought forward myths, stereotypes about Maori and how to operate in Te Ao Maori.
Andrew Kibblewhite, Chief Executive, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet shared  his thoughts on strategic excellence in the public sector.
Ginny Baddeley, Acting Chief Talent Officer, State Services Commission elaborated about  leadership and talent in the state sector.
CEO, Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business, Marina Matthews facilitated the one and half day NZAL Leadership Training Programme.
Day one of the training programme was followed by networking drinks with the NZAL Wellington Advisory Board, current delegates, speakers of NZAL Leadership Training Programme, along with other top leaders in Wellington.

NZAL Emerging leader and participant of the training programme, Loretta Mamea commented on NZAL LinkedIN page, “A true & genuine super diverse leader with passion to inspire and galvanise all leaders to own their journeys, know their value and to lead with purpose, conviction, empathy, love and respect for all humanity. Our diversity gives us the edge and we should celebrate it and nurture environments where diverse leaders and people will thrive and where our unique perspectives are normalised in society.
Mai is a true visionary and transformative leader who is inspiring a generation of diverse leaders to have a clear sense of direction and understanding of the benefits and value to be gained by harnessing and embracing our diversities for success locally, nationally and globally.
Thanks also to NZAL leadership team Karinia, Marina, Priti and others for such a fantastic Superdiversity leadership training programme aptly titled: “From Good to Great: Becoming a Top Global Leader”. Thank you enormously.”

Janryll Fernandez, NZAL Emerging leader, Senior Communications Advisor, Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and participant of the training programme commented, “The Leadership Training Programme was superb! We need to give credit to NZAL for this pioneering initiative and to Mai Chen really who is the driving force behind it. As Aotearoa has become culturally superdiverse, the perspective of emergent diverse groups is crucial whether in business, government or civil society. This programme will catalyse the rise of Asian/Maori/Pasifika leaders to positions of influence. That is inevitable if NZ is to be a stable society.”

With a purpose of developing more training programmes, the next NZAL Leadership Training Programme in Wellington will be held on February 27 – 28, 2017. For further information, contact Karinia Lee.