2024 Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Masterclass

Monday 5th August - Day 0

12:00 pmPre-conference masterclass registration desk opens
1:00 pmPre-conference masterclass -
'Persuading Disbelievers - How to build allies in your senior leaders'

Susan Scott-Parker OBE - Founder, business disability international
3.00pmAfternoon tea
5.00pmPre-conference masterclass finishes
Registration desk closes

Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference

Day 1: Tuesday 6th August

8:00 amRegistrations open (tea and coffee available)
9:00 amWelcome / Mihi Whakatau
9:40 amInternational Keynote Speaker -
'Accessibility, Equality, and True Inclusion'

Susan Scott-Parker OBE - Founder, business disability international
10:20 amMorning Tea
10:50 amDisabled Students Panel -
'Pathways to Employment: Transitioning disabled students to work'

11:30 amKeynote Speaker -
'The Value of Equitable Acccess to Employment'

Prudence Walker - Kaihautū Tika Hauātanga Disability Rights Commissioner
12:10 pmLunch
1:00 pmKeynote Speaker -
'Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace'
Justin Bruce - Executive Manager, Bayley House (Hidden Disabilities Sunflower)
1:30 pmHidden Disabilities Panel -
'Beyond Visibility: Open conversations about hidden disabilities'

2:10 pmIn the Room -
Quickfire updates on current initiatives
2:40 pmAfternoon Tea
3:10 pmKeynote Speaker -
3:40 pmDisability Research and Work -
Workforce Devlopment Councils
4:20 pmKeynote speaker-
'Room for Inclusion: Making disability a key check-in'

Kanika Jhunjhnuwala - Hind Management / Sudima Hotels
4:50 pmRecap of the day
Julie Woods MC
5:00 pmFinish
7:00 pmConference dinner

Day 2: Wednesday 7th August

8:30 amConference room opens - tea and coffee available
9:00 amWelcome to Day 2
Julie Woods
9:10 amInternational Speaker -
'The Valuable Vision: Charting the course for disability inclusion'

Caroline Casey - Founder, Valuable 500
(connecting via video)
9:40 amFireside Chat with Paula Tesoriero MNZM
Paula Tesoriero MNZM - Chief Executive, Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People
Phil Turner - Chief Executive, New Zealand Disability Employers' Network
10:10 amIntersectionality Panel -
'Intersecting Identities: Disability and other DEI dimensions'
10:45 amMorning Tea
11:15 amInternational Keynote Speaker -
Inclusive by Design: Crafting accessible futures

Jenny Lay-Flurrie - Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
11:45 amArtificial Intelligence Panel -
'Pros and Cons of Progress: The impact of AI on disability inclusion'

12:20 pmKeynote Speaker -
'Blueprints for Inclusion: Charting the digital inclusion landscape'

Stewart Hay - Intopia
12:40 pmLunch
1:30 pmMinisterial Address
Hon Louise Upston - Minister for Disability Issues
1:50 pmKeynote Speaker -
'Innovate. Adapt. Lead: Neurodivergent leadership in action'

Ruth Muller - Chief R&D Officer, Frucor Suntory
2:20 pmTBC
2:50 pmAfternoon Tea
3:20 pmOpen discussion -
'Moving Aotearoa towards employment equality'

Phil Turner - Chief Executive, NZ Disability Employers' Network
Susan Scott-Parker OBE - Founder, disability business international
3:50 pmClosing remarks
Phil Turner - Chief Executive, NZ Disability Employers' Network
4:00 pmFinish