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Future Directors: Introduction to Corporate Governance

Empower - Jericho

Date: Thursday 25th September

Time: 10am-4.30pm

Venue: Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central

Investment: EEO members $430 + GST Non Members $530 + GST

To book: eeo@chamber.co.nz 

If you are a new director, currently seeking a directorship or you are positioning yourself for directorships in the future this seminar will provide you with essential guidance.

Gain a deeper knowledge of Board best practice.

Facilitated by The Boardroom Practice Ltd and presented by Janine Smith, this seminar will provide essential guidance on what is required from company directors. Janine’s wide ranging knowledge and expertise is a result of her experience as a chief executive, executive director and independent director with companies in the commercial, arts and education sectors, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Janine will cover:

  •     Governance Not Management - board purpose, function and roles
  •     Board Structure - board make-up, conflict of interest, board effectiveness and
        relationships.
  •     Effective Board Practice-processes & protocols, monitoring and sub-commitees 
  •     Legal & Ethics - companies & trusts, ethics
  •     How to become Director ready

A workbook, light lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

This one-day seminar is an introduction to corporate governance and is jointly organised by Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust.




Empower: Aspiring Female Leaders  

Empower - Jericho

Date: Thursday 23rd October

Time: 1.00 - 6.30pm including professional styling session and networking event with drinks and canapes

Investment: EEO members $430 + GST Non Members $530 + GST

Venue: Boardroom, Level 3,100 Mayoral Drive Auckland

To book: events@eeotrust.org.nz

Are you a female professional seeking senior management roles and need some inspiration to help focus the mind to achieve your goals?

Through presentation, group discussion and exercises this workshop will challenge participants to consider how they:

  • recognise, develop and communicate their leadership

  • relate up across and down in their organisation

  • present their leadership style to client and partner businesses

  • connect leadership in life and leadership at work

  • define their personal brand

Our facilitator for this workshop is Anne Blackburn a professional director and consultant. Anne enjoyed early careers in journalism and diplomacy, and a diversion as a Treasury policy advisor. Her career has spanned both public and private sectors in New Zealand, the US and the UK, including the not for profit sector, where she currently holds numerous governance positions.



Diversity Overview (Limited spaces available)   

Accept - Jericho

Date: Friday 31st October     

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Investment: Complimentary

Venue: EEO Training Room, Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive Auckland Central

To Book: events@eeotrust.org.nz                                                                                

This half-day workshop is free and aims to give you an overview about the benefits of practicing Diversity in the workplace, and how to address various topics and/or issues that can arise.  You will learn about cultural diversity, the benefits of working with your aged workers in a time of labour shortage, along with our younger workforce. Other diversity platforms will be covered using winning examples from our Diversity Awards that include, gender, lifestyle choices, religious beliefs, parental leave and more.

This session also includes an introduction to dealing with workplace bullying and harassment as well as the merits of workplace wellness initiatives.  You will also hear about unconscious bias and how to avoid it.

Our facilitator Skot Barnett will give you some tips to take away and get started. Skot also specialises in employment strategies for businesses to recruit and cultivate the skills of people from all groups. 



Prevent: From Bias to Bullying 

Prevent - Jericho

Date: Thursday 6th November

Time: 9am - 3.30pm

Venue: Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, CBD Auckland

Investment: EEO Member $245 + GST Non Member $345 + GST

To book: events@eeotrust.org.nz

This is a workshop for managers and team leaders aimed at identifying workplace bullying and harassment and appropriate strategies to deal with such issues in a timely and effective manner. 

You will explore common traps and pitfalls as well as learn how to challenge behaviour and make relevant interventions to resolve issues.  It is no longer acceptable both legally or emotionally – to ignore allegations or evidence of bullying incidents in any workplace of any size. 

Workshop facilitators:

Professor Tim Bentley is the Director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute at AUT University and Dr Bevan Catley, Associate Head of the School of Management at Massey University. 



Employing people with divers-abilities                

Respect - Jericho

 Date: Wednesday 12th November

Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm

Venue: Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD  

Investment: $175 + GST for EEO Trust members, $275 + GST for non-members 

To book: events@eeotrust.org.nz

One in five New Zealanders has a disability. Like other New Zealanders, their skills, experience and educational qualifications are widely varied, but they are an under-utilised talent pool. This presents a huge opportunity for workplaces, both in terms of tapping into disabled people's skills and talents in a skills-short employment market, and more importantly reflecting the demographic of a diverse society which includes people of all abilities. 

Employing disabled people makes good business sense. Benefits to workplaces include:

  • Attracting and retaining the best of the talent pool, including latent talent
  • Improving customer service
  • Strengthening workplace morale and productivity
  • Being a good corporate citizen
  • Complying with legislative requirements and meeting international standards

This half day workshop gives employers and employees the opportunity to understand and build a more accessible and inclusive working environment for people with disabilities.  If you currently have employees that have a disability you will learn strategies to build on to become a true Employer of Choice.  If you are working toward employing people with diverse abilities you will learn how to get it right first time.  Or maybe you want to tap into that extra 20% of customers that can’t currently access your business.  Being aware of possible barriers that may affect the productivity, freedom and wellness of your staff and your customers can make a significant and positive impact on your business. 

Our facilitator: Karen Beard-Greer, CEO of Idependent Living Services. Her vision is to raise the profile of ILS by taking its services into local communities across Auckland as a resource for all people. Karen has 18 years experience running businesses in the health and wellness sector and speaking professionally throughout Australasia.



Diversity Breakfast Series with Nadia Lim            Empower - Jericho

Date: Wednesday 19th November

Time: 7.30am - 9am

Venue: Rendezvous Grand Hotel

Investment: $70 + GST

To book: eeo@chamber.co.nz    

Our diversity breakfast series is an opportunity for business people to take time out of your busy schedule and reflect on your organisations' diversity journey, taking stock and considering where to next in terms of learning and continuous development. 

Our special guest speaker for this event is Nadia Lim, She credits her mixed cultural heritage with giving her a love for interesting food! These days she's passionate about promoting healthy eating and combating the ever-increasing problem of diabetes in our neighbourhoods.