Auckland Networking Event - Technology Lure of the US

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Talent acquisition and retention are one of the biggest challenges currently facing the tech sector in New Zealand. How can we attract global talent to our shores? What changes need to be made within the education system to attract more graduates to fill these gaps? And how can we encourage more diversity in our tech sector workforce?

Join us at Generator in Auckland on Thursday 28th February 7.00 – 9.00 am for an engaging TIN CEO brainstorm session on how we address the talent gap in the tech sector.

Please note that Chatham House Rules apply.


7:00 – Welcome, Networking
7:15 – Light Breakfast
7:45 – Brief Introduction
7:50 – Panel Discussion
8:10 – Facilitated Group Discussion
8:30 – Summary
8:40 – Networking
9:00 – Event Close



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Date & Time:

Thursday, 28 February 2019

2019-02-28 7:00:00
2019-02-28 9:00:00
TINShed: Filling the Talent Gap

Generator, The Square, 28 Customs Street East, Britomart,



Moderator & SPEAKERS:

Simon Bennett
AWF Madison Group

Simon is an experienced business owner, director and manager. His career began in FMCG sales, then moved from the corporate sector to set up a wholesale food production business in the early 1990s. The business was successfully scaled and sold in 2007.

In a consulting capacity he has been engaged by large listed NZ companies in property, retail and distribution. He has been a director of several businesses and is on the Board of Trustees for business incubator The Icehouse.

Simon was appointed CEO of Madison in 2011 and, following AWF’s acquisition of Madison in 2014, became Chief Executive of AWF Madison Group in July 2015.

Victoria MacLennan
Managing Director

Chair, Digital Skills Forum; Chair, Code Club Aotearoa; & Co-Chair, NZRise.

Victoria is passionate about many things – growing great companies, raising digital literacy, growing New Zealand’s economy and equality for women. Her day jobs include Managing Director of data and information specialists OptimalBI, plus investing in and advising a range a great kiwi startups as they grow.

Victoria’s community contributions include
co-Chair of NZRise a community of NZ owned digital and technology companies, Chair of the Digital Skills Forum a cross government and industry initiative focusing on the future of work, and Chair of Code Club Aotearoa a fabulous charity established to give every kiwi kid the opportunity to learn to code.

Often found laughing, Victoria loves what she does “We live in a great country so helping every New Zealander reach their potential in life is something we can all aspire to achieve”.

Victoria Hayward
HR Business Partner
Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Victoria is a passionate and future-focused HR leader with global experience leading teams in complex organisations across multiple sectors.

Victoria believes that business success starts and finishes with having the right amazing people on your teams. People are the innovators and guardians of your intellectual property, the face of your brand for your customers and biggest differentiator of great companies today.

Victoria joined Douglas Pharmaceuticals in June 2018 following eight years at BNZ leading the talent acquisition strategy.

Douglas has a very diverse workforce, from manufacturing to R&D, and it’s scaling very quickly. They have been working on building their talent brand to attract the people they need now and for the future, launching a learning academy to develop and engage their people and build strong leadership capabilities, and creating a culture that connects their people to their purpose.


TINShed: General Admission$50.00 NZD excl GST

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