The 2022 New Zealand Employers’ Network ‘Disability Inclusive Pathways’ Conference offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with other organisations committed to improving disability career and inclusion outcomes. Hear from leading disability experts, experienced practitioners and people with lived experience, including inspiring international and local speakers.

Join our powerful network of business leaders, diversity and human resources professionals, industry experts and influencers from the public, private and for-purpose sectors.

This year's theme, 'Unlocking True Potential' looks at how we can support and empower disabled and neurodiverse employees to be all that they are capable of being and ways to foster organisational culture of true belonging of disabled people in the workplace.

Conference dates and location

Re-imagining Recruitment - Pre-Conference Workshop

This year we are offering a half-day pre-conference round table workshop 'Re-imagining Recruitment' which will be an opportunity to look at inclusive recruitment practises that will better allow employers to tap into the wealth of talent of disabled people.


Note: Registrations now only available for online attendance at the pre-conference workshop.
Thanks to everyone who has registered, we look forward to seeing you soon.


Supporters

Announced Speakers and Facilitators

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Susan Scott-Parker
OBE HonD

Founder, business disability international

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Paula Tesoriero MNZM

New Zealand Disability Rights Commissioner

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Korrin Barrett

life unlimited

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Professor Amanda Kirby MBBS MRCGP PhD

Found and Chief Executive Office, Do-IT Solutions

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Selwyn Cook

Selwyn Cook: facilitator - Disability Employment

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Thea Kurdi

President of DesignABLE Environments Inc.

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Annamarie Jamieson

People and Culture Director, Stuff NZ

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Gerard Stewart

Talent & Acquisition Manager, Stuff NZ

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Jay Barrett

Psychologist, Glia

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Callum McKirdy

Speaker, Author, Mentor and Facilitator

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Sharon Carroll

Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Australia Post

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Sandra Budd

Senior Relationship Manager, Accessibility Tick / NZDEN

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Phil Turner

Managing Director, Accessibility Tick / NZDEN

Panelists

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Angela Desmarais
Research and Development Advisor, Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) NZ

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Anne Hawker ONZM
Principal Disability Adviser, Ministry of Social Development

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Ben Lucas
Lead Advisor - Disability, ACC New Zealand

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Chanelle Moriah
Author & Illustrator
'I Am Autistic'

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Dr Chandra Harrison
Managing Director, Access Advisors

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Enya van Hulm
Lead Accessibility Network, KPMG NZ

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Grant Cleland
Director Creative Solutions (Disability Consultancy) and
Past CE Workbridge

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Jack Keeys
Founder Accessibility Network, KPMG

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Jake Ryan
Founder Accessibility Network, KPMG

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Kelvin Xu
Co-chair Westpac Accessibility EAG

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Lara Draper
Senior Manager for Deaf Adults and Seniors, Deaf Aotearoa

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Sandra Budd
Senior Relationship Manager, Accessibility Tick/NZDEN

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Sarah Mitchell
Head Of Employment And Youth Transition, Blind And Low Vision NZ

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Skye A. Rapson
Founder, ADHD Coach, and Researcher, Unconventional Organisation

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Sian Winmill
Freelance Artist

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Stew Sexton
Owner, AbilityDis Consulting

Photos from the 2021 conference

NZ Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM speaks to delegates from the stage at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference
Keynote speaker at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference, NZ Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM, speaks to delegates from the stage. The title of her presentation is 'Getting this Right Counts'.
A panel of disabled people sit on seats on the stage. The topic for this panel is 'Finding a job - the good, the bad and the ugly'
A panel of disabled people sit on seats on the stage. The topic for this panel is 'Finding a job - the good, the bad and the ugly'
Callum McKirdy presenting at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Pathways Conference
Callum McKirdy presenting on Harnessing the Power of Neurodiversity in our Workplaces' at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Pathways Conference
Three people having a discussion in NZ Sign Langugage at the NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference 2021
Three people engaged in conversation using NZ sign language NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference 2021
Table of delegates engage in discussion around a table at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference
A round table of delegates from various organisations engage in discussion around a table at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference
Table of delegates at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference. One person is interpreting the conversation using NZ Sign Language.
Table of delegates at the 2021 NZDEN Disability Inclusive Pathways conference. One person is interpreting the conversation using NZ Sign Language. On stage presenting is 'That Blind Woman' Julie Woods.

What people said about the 2021 Conference

"The mix of people with accessibility needs and people working with people with accessibility needs/employers (was great) - a great blend of perspectives. The range of topics covered was excellent."

"Everything was done very well! Very professionally pulled together, great speakers, great venue (and catering), great networking opportunity. All in all it was very enjoyable and gave me some great insights/resources to take back to my organisation."

"First level of accessible documentation. Great having braille of the presentations. Enjoyed the passion and commitment."

"Great speakers & content. Most inspiring people and stories. Great networking. Such nice people. Good venue. Well looked after."

"The speakers were all great, I especially liked hearing from disabled people and the struggles and successes they have had. The location was great."

"It provided specific useful information, inspirational speakers, was relevant, good contacts, national and international speakers."

2022 Disability Inclusive
Pathways Conference

'Unlocking Full Potential'

10 August - Pre-conference workshop
11-12 August - Conference

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua