Bev Cassidy-McKenzie, CEO, Diversity Works

Better by diversity – Measuring the ROI of effective diversity


Diversity Works Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie will share how diversity and an inclusive culture in our schools will enhance decision-making and result in an engaging and productive learning environment that benefits our staff, our students and their families. She will also discuss initiatives schools can look at as part of a diversity strategy and how to measure the tangible benefits of investing in this strategy.

About the speaker

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie has been in the Chief Executive seat at Diversity Works New Zealand (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) since 2012 following roles in marketing and relationship management across both private and public sector and a time running her own business.

In the past five years she has witnessed a sea change in attitudes towards workplace diversity and inclusion and is committed to helping businesses across New Zealand to be better-by-diversity.

Bev believes that to bring out the best in diverse individuals and teams we need to cultivate a workplace culture that values difference and makes the most of everyone's talents; an approach that values the transmission of valuable knowledge and experience from one generation to another, from one culture to another, and from one team to another.

She brings important experience from her previous roles, appreciating the challenges of diversity in large, complex business environments but also recognising the importance and value of creating environments that foster diversity of thought.

Past roles include marketing and consultancy for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, and Corporate Marketing Manager for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.