WIA24 programme1

Pre-conference workshops


Modern leadership has changed, it isn't just about titles or authority; it's about fostering an environment where everyone can thrive. In recent years, an increased understanding of the powerful impact of male allies at work and at home has led many organisations to recognise men as allies as a critical component of their diversity and inclusion efforts. Men who are allies for colleagues are crucial partners in achieving equality. Without that partnership, it’s much harder to address the barriers and inequalities that women and other underrepresented groups face. This is a journey we’re all on together.

This programme, presented by Joe Consedine and Jess Stuart, is designed to inspire and support men to understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and spark the motivation to actively champion it.

By the end of the session, participants can expect to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of their own identity and its impact on their workplace interactions.
  • Develop grounded confidence in their ability to contribute to a more inclusive workplace.
  • Recognise and address biases in the workplace, fostering a more equitable environment.
  • Cultivate empathy and become stewards of others’ stories, fostering greater understanding.
  • Act as allies, supporting colleagues from diverse backgrounds and championing their success.
  • Contribute to the growth of collective power within the organisation.
  • Explore sponsorship opportunities and actively promote equity in career development.
  • Build a strong network of male allies, fostering a culture of inclusion within the workplace.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2024
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Shed 6, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Investment: $327.75 inc gst and can be purchased during the registration process.

A conference registration is required in order to access the Men as Allies workshop. However, Whiria Nga Kaha delegates may book a place on the workshop on behalf of a male colleague that would like to participate.

Jess Stuart

Jess Stuart (she/her) is an experienced leadership coach with 2 decades in the leadership development space. International speaker, coach and author of six personal development books. Well known leadership expert with a background in Senior Human Resources roles and a decade working in DEI & leadership development. Jess has a passion for sharing her knowledge and motivating others with her words.

WIA 24 Jess Stuart

Joe Consedine

Former GM, New Zealand for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, now an independent Diversity Equity and Inclusion Consultant - Joe’s mission is to help organisations create world class workplaces of the future where inclusion sits at the heart of high performance.

WIA24 Joe Consedine


To change systems, we need awareness of the power relations in organisational structures and the roles we play inside them, often influenced by our different identities and positions. This awareness could be challenging to achieve, experience, and share, but it is a fundamental step towards strategic and effective transformation.

This hands-on workshop uses crafts-design methods as an innovative approach that supports participants to be self-aware from an intersectional perspective, reflect on our positions, power and agency, and collectively create alternatives to take action towards diverse and inclusive organisations.

Participants will:

  • Experience the benefits of craft-making for concept visualisation and emotional regulation as acts of care.
  • Understand the importance of awareness of power relations in organisational structures and within our roles.
  • Acquire (self)awareness of identities and positions through DEI dimensions and intersections for better interactions inside diverse organisations.
  • Use care and empathy as the main drivers of self-reflection and allyship in action.
  • Collectively create alternatives and action plans for inclusive workplaces.
  • Gain the confidence to apply learned concepts and principles to promote inclusive and equitable workplaces.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2024
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Shed 6, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Investment: $327.75 inc gst and can be purchased during the registration process.

Dr. Diana Albarran Gonzalez

Dr. Diana Albarran Gonzalez (she/her) is a design researcher, lecturer and craftivist from Mexico in the Design programmes at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland. Her research explores crafts-design-arts, collective well-being, embodiment, and creativity in different contexts. Her approach integrates a meaningful sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the intersection of design with DEI.

WIA Diana