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Q&A - Growing workforce diversity in the tech sector

As the tech sector battles skills shortages, opportunities to connect & create career pathways are being missed. What can businesses do?

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Q&A - Growing workforce diversity in the tech sector

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Fri 20 May 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Nationwide (more than one region)


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Q&A - Growing workforce diversity in the tech sector

This Techweek22 event is brought to you by the Digital Boost Alliance, a partnership between public and private sector organisations focused on motivating and inspiring small businesses, individuals, and communities across New Zealand to lift their use of digital technologies. Each Alliance member has committed to providing free, subsidised or discounted offers or services to help Kiwis succeed in their digital journey. View MYOB's commitments here.

New Zealand’s tech sector has grown exponentially over the past decade as more local businesses embrace digital solutions and innovate using new technologies.

But the industry is now in critical need of skilled workers and despite a greater need to tap into talent on our home soil, insights show that significant opportunities to improve consideration and uptake of technology-focused careers by local talent – particularly amongst women, and young people from Māori and Pacific communities - are being missed.

Providing new and exciting career pathways for more New Zealanders, improving innovation and culture in our workplaces, and even helping to fill the skilled worker gap - there are a range of reasons why we should do more to ensure a diverse workforce in tech.

Following MYOB’s panel discussion around this topic on Monday, its Chief Employee Experience Officer and Digital Boost Alliance Board member, Helen Lea, talks to Anamari Fanthorpe - Digital Boost Event Manager, about these challenges, what action MYOB has taken, and what other tech businesses could do to improve diversity and create more career pathways for local talent.

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Helen Lea

Chief Employee Experience Officer and Government Policy Lead at MYOB

Helen is an experienced executive having held senior roles in transformation, human resources and talent and performance. She is the Chief Employee Experience Officer and Government Policy Lead at MYOB, responsible for a diverse portfolio of functions including Digital, Workplace, People and Corporate Affairs. Helen is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed FinTech Butn.

Helen has a master’s degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a registered Organisational Psychologist. Helen is a Member of the Victorian Advisory Group of Australian Industries Group, a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the AICD.

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