We teach ally skills: simple, everyday ways that you can use your voice and influence to support marginalised groups.

Through workshops and consulting, we help forward-thinking companies make diversity & inclusion a reality.

Our team at Vend got so much from the workshop ... our senior leaders have been putting the new skills to use and it’s making a difference already.
— Vaughan Rowsell, Founder of Vend & OMG Tech!

We have a range of options available, and we've worked with teams in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. 

Lauren and Nurain



What are ally skills? And why are they such an effective way to make workplaces more diverse and inclusive?

This one-hour session provides an introduction to allyship and marginalisation. We start by discussing what it means to be an ally and why ally skills are such a powerful way to create systemic change, and we also share tips for becoming an ally.

Contact us to set one up for your workplace!

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Do you want to help create a workplace that’s more fair and equal?

This workshop gives you an opportunity to develop your own ally skills as you practice identifying and responding to marginalisation. We consider how to be an ally for targets of marginalisation including women, people of colour, LGBTQIA folks, caregivers, people with disabilities, people of different ages and body sizes, and others. 

The bulk of this three-hour workshop is spent in small groups discussing real-world scenarios and ways to respond. To learn more and arrange a workshop, please contact us.

Note: The Ally Skills Workshop was originally developed by the Ada Initiative and Frameshift Consulting in the USA. We have adapted the content for the Southern Hemisphere. 




Do you want to set up systems that minimise bias while encouraging diversity and inclusion?

Iris Bohnet, professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, points out that it is very hard to eliminate human biases, "but we can design organisations to make it easier for our biased minds to get things right" (full interview here).

We use a data-driven approach to assess your organisation's current systems, identify areas for improvement, and work with you to design new systems that are more fair and equitable. Contact us to learn more.


Our facilitators have lived and worked around the world, with roles in organisations from small startups to billion-dollar technology companies. Read on for more about them.


Lauren Peate

Lauren has worked with tech companies around the world--first as a management consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco, where she consulted for Fortune 500 tech companies, then as interim COO of an eCommerce startup in Jordan, and now advising startups in New Zealand. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics.


Nurain Janah

Nurain is an accountant at William Buck and has been an organiser of Startup Weekend Auckland and founding co-chair of the Waitematā Youth Collective. Originally from the Maldives, she moved to New Zealand ten years ago. She has a B.S. in Human Geography from the University of Auckland and a Master of Professional Accounting from AUT. 

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Brough Johnson

Brough is co-founder of Narrative Muse, which promotes women-led books and films by matching users to their perfect content. She has thirteen years of experience as a film editor and co-founded a queer creative community called Romp. Brough has a degree in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.