Di­verse Think­ing Gover­nance Sum­mit 2018

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F ol­low­ing the launch of the Di­verse Think­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity Au­dit Re­port of New Zealand Board­room 2018, the Su­per­di­ver­sity In­sti­tute is now to hold an in­au­gu­ral Di­verse Think­ing Gover­nance Sum­mit on Novem­ber 19 in Auck­land.

The sum­mit will hear from top New Zealand chairs and ex­pe­ri­enced direc­tors about why di­verse think­ing on boards mat­ters to or­gan­i­sa­tions and their longterm per­for­mance.

In the re­port, Mai Chen, founder and in­au­gu­ral chair of the Su­per­di­ver­sity In­sti­tute for Pol­icy, Law and Busi­ness, in­ter­viewed more than 60 key gover­nance chairs, direc­tors and ex­ec­u­tive search firms to as­sess New Zealand’s cur­rent di­verse think­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, what we can do bet­ter, how di­verse think­ing direc­tors can be more in­flu­en­tial and how lead­er­ship needs to be taken to im­prove di­verse think­ing in New Zealand board­rooms.

She said in a state­ment that the Di­verse Think­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity Au­dit re­port is a global first that ex­plains what “di­verse think­ing” re­ally means for gover­nance, how to in­crease di­verse think­ing, the pre­dic­tors of di­verse think­ing be­yond gen­der and eth­nic­ity, and how to cre­ate a di­verse think­ing board­room cul­ture and gover­nance prac­tice for peak per­for­mance and bet­ter de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“The re­port is also a call to ex­pe­ri­enced direc­tors to lead for more di­verse think­ing in board­rooms in the best in­ter­ests of the com­pany/or­gan­i­sa­tion. Di­verse think­ing around the board table is es­sen­tial to im­prov­ing the per­for­mance of com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

The sum­mit, which will be held on Novem­ber 19 at Spark’s cor­po­rate New Zealand of­fice in Auck­land will dis­cuss: • The skills that chairs need to en­cour­age di­verse thinkers amongst their board, and the skills that direc­tors need to be di­verse thinkers. • How to grow your di­verse think­ing ca­pa­bil­ity as a

chair or di­rec­tor. • How di­verse think­ing direc­tors can be most ef­fec­tive. • What is a Di­verse Think­ing Ma­trix, and how to use it

along­side a Skills Ma­trix. • Key cri­te­ria to mea­sure di­verse think­ing on boards. • How to grow di­verse think­ing CEOs and se­nior

man­age­ment. • How to grow di­verse think­ing through­out your

or­gan­i­sa­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion see www.su­per­di­ver­sity.org.

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