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!
Ally Skills Workshops were a great first step to take towards becoming more diverse & inclusive; I would highly recommend them!
— Vanessa Radich, formerly Global People Operations Manager at Vend
This is a practical, well-facilitated workshop that improves awareness and equips you with confidence to take action.
— Levi Allan, Head of Job Management Products at Xero

Inclusive teams are high-performance teams. That’s why we work with organisations to create more inclusive, welcoming workplaces.

Our approach focuses on ally skills: simple, everyday ways that you can use your voice and influence to support marginalised groups. We provide data-driven insights to help leaders understand how their teams work and offer workshops and consulting to unlock the power of allies to create a more inclusive culture.

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Why work with us?


Diversity and inclusion are good for business

Diversity and inclusion have been linked to business benefits including:

  • higher profits (McKinsey)

  • improved talent attraction and customer satisfaction (PwC)

  • higher-performing teams (Google)

  • better decision-making (CloverPop)

  • greater innovation (The B Team)

  • and more!

Data-driven insights make culture more visible

It’s one thing to care about diversity and inclusion. It’s another to ensure that an organisation is living those values every day.

We make culture more visible by mapping it--we look at the data on how people are working, communicating, and being recognised so that companies can see their strengths and areas for improvement.


Actionable recommendations

After surfacing key areas for improvement, we work with companies to identify action steps. Our approach focuses on two key areas:

  1. engaging allies who want to use their voice and influence to support marginalised groups

  2. creating structures that bring out the best in teams by minimising bias and encouraging inclusion


Ready to take action on diversity & inclusion?

Check out our free resource toolkit:
3 Steps to a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Our free resource toolkit is designed for people and companies who care but aren't sure where to start. We provide three steps to take action to make your workplace more diverse and inclusive. 

Here's what's inside:

  • A framework for your company to create diversity and inclusion goals
  • Guidelines for conversations and data-driven analysis that can help you identify priority areas for your company
  • Ideas for action steps to help you achieve your goals
  • Additional resources to support you on the journey

To download a copy, please click the button below.




Do you want to take action on diversity and inclusion but you’re not sure where to start?

We use a data-driven approach to help you understand how your teams are working together today. We then work with you to celebrate successes, identify areas for improvement, and design new systems that are more fair and equitable. Contact us to learn more:

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What does it mean to be an ally? And why are allies so important for making 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 teach participants how to be an ally for targets of marginalisation including women, people of colour, LGBTQIA folks, caregivers, people with disabilities, those with experience of mental illness, people of different ages and body sizes, and others. 

After a brief introduction to marginalisation, the bulk of this three-hour workshop is spent in small groups discussing real-world scenarios and ways to respond. At the end of this workshop, past participants reported feeling more confident in identifying marginalisation and taking action as an ally. To learn more and arrange a workshop, please contact us:




Do you have other questions about creating a more diverse and inclusive culture?

Our approach focuses on setting up systems that bring out the best in people and engaging allies to use their voice and influence to support marginalised groups. 

If you have a question that’s not addressed here, we’re happy to have a chat to see if we can help or, if not, refer you to others who do great work. Contact us to learn more.

Vision & Mission

We envision a world where workplaces bring out the best in their people--where leaders use their voice and influence to create inclusive cultures that give every employee enough support and challenge to grow. 

To that end, we work with forward-thinking companies to create more equitable workplaces where all employees, particularly those from marginalised groups, can thrive. 



Our facilitators have lived and worked around the world, with roles in organisations from small startups to multi-billion-dollar corporates. To date, we've worked with hundreds of people in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. 


Lauren Peate

Lauren has worked with tech companies around the world--as a management consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco advising Fortune 500 tech companies, interim COO of an eCommerce startup in Jordan, and co-founder of data science consultancy Analytics for Us. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics.


Erica Austin

Erica is an architectural graduate, social entrepreneur, community weaver and photographer, as well as the founder of E.A.Curation. She has worked with non-profit organisations, government agencies, education providers, and companies to help curate meaningful experiences. Erica graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters in Architecture (Prof).

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Teresa Bass

Teresa is co-founder of Narrative Muse, a startup that connects audiences with books and movies by and about women and non-binary people. She's also worked as a scriptwriter in radio, television, and film, and she's served as a Red Cross delegate throughout the Pacific. She has a BFA from New York University and a MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University.

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Vivian Chandra

Vivian is passionate about using technology for the good of humanity. She works with startups and charities to optimise their technology strategy and align it with their business goals. She is also certified in agile team facilitation by ICAgile. Vivian graduated from the University of Auckland with a B.Sc. in Physics and a Masters in Sociology. 


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.Sc. 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. 

Our facilitators have been trained by Valerie Aurora, the founder of Frameshift Consulting, who leads the Ally Skills Workshops worldwide.