LUNCHTIME LEARNING SERIES

Enjoy bite-sized learning with our free lunch series— brought to you in partnership with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ).

Business Skills at Lunch Series: Digital accessibility

Wednesday, 3 July, 12-1 pm
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Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Unlock the power of inclusivity in your digital communication.

Delivered in partnership with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, join us for a free one-hour event led by experts Gillian McCarthy and Catherine Caudwell. Based on the Digital Accessibility micro-credential, this session covers strategies to identify and create inclusive content for all users, including those with disabilities.
Understand key guidelines and tools to improve user experience and avoid the costly “click-away” effect, where inaccessible content leads to lost revenue, estimated at over $500 million for NZ businesses.
Perfect for content creators, web designers, and project managers, this event will help you master the principles of accessible design.

Capability at Lunch Series: Neuroscience and positive change

Tuesday, 23 July, 12-1 pm
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RHLT3 Rutherford House, Wellington

Your brain and developing and sustaining effective relationships and influence.

Drawing on the Influencing and Persuasion Skills short course and delivered in partnership with IPANZ, in this free one-hour session you’ll be introduced to how understanding your influence style and the tools and techniques to influence can achieve positive change.

Jenny McDonald has an MSc in the neuroscience of leadership. She has led change in organisations in New Zealand and overseas and will share her knowledge of both contexts with you.

Business Skills at Lunch Series: Becoming a learning organisation

Wednesday, 7 August, 12-1 pm
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Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Planning and developing capability frameworks to develop the skills needed now and into the future.

Join Wellington Uni-Professional at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce for an engaging and practical workshop on becoming a learning organisation. This free one-hour event is an introduction to learning and development for business leaders and professionals to explore ways to embed learning into their work culture and practises. Learn why learning matters for your business, and how to implement capability plans to drive continuous growth and improvement. Connect with peers and gain valuable insights to develop a workforce ready to meet future challenges. Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in the long-term success of your organisation.

Capability at Lunch Series: Leadership in interesting times

Tuesday, 20 August, 12-1 pm
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RHLT3 Rutherford House, Wellington

A time to step-up, lead from the front, and create a better future.

Digby Scott and David Keane are two of New Zealand’s best known and experienced thought leaders.

Bring along your lunch and join this free one-hour session. Delivered in partnership with IPANZ, we’ll challenge ourselves and have a conversation about how we can live well, purposefully, and sustainably to lead and thrive through flux and uncertainty.

Business Skills at Lunch Series: Design thinking fundamentals

Wednesday, 11 September, 12-1 pm
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Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Empowering solving business problems through human-centred design.

Based on the Design Thinking Fundamentals Bootcamp, in this free one-hour session Matthew Ellingsen will introduce you to the process, methods, and mindset of design thinking / human-centred design. Delivered in partnership with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, this session is for businesses and individuals keen to integrate design thinking and service design to successfully solve real-world problems.

Matthew has led design teams within major companies around the world, including Sony Design Centre Europe and the New Zealand 2011 Office during Rugby World Cup as well as leading projects for Comvita, Kiwibank, Sacred Hill Vineyards, and the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Capability at Lunch Series: Budget25 and social investment

Tuesday, 24 September, 12-1 pm
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RHLT3 Rutherford House, Wellington

What will the Social Investment Budget means for the public service?

Social investment is a powerful approach that moves us from just fixing problems to preventing them through smart strategies. In this session, Emily Mason will explain what social investment is, the key ideas you need to know and how your organization can embrace this approach.

Whether you are a policy maker, a public service leader, or a community advocate, the tools and strategies Emily shares will be directly applicable to your work.

Business Skills at Lunch Series: Unlock the potential of your emerging leaders

Wednesday, 16 October, 12-1 pm
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Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

Practical tools and techniques for leadership success.

This is for business leaders and managers looking to elevate your team’s leadership capabilities. In partnership with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, this free one-hour event introduces the Emerging Leaders Programme. This session provides a snapshot of the comprehensive training that develops future leaders by understanding leadership, its context, and the practical tools and techniques to lead yourself and others.

Presented by Andrew Fox, a seasoned expert with over 25 years in leadership development. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow business professionals and discover how this programme can drive your team’s success.

Capability at Lunch Series: Giving and receiving great feedback

Tuesday, 12 November, 12-1 pm
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RHLT3 Rutherford House, Wellington

Learn a research backed method for giving and receiving meaningful feedback.

In this free one hour session, delivered in partnership with IPANZ, Laurna Munro will:

  • Introduce preparing people to receive feedback
  • Presenting feedback in a way that can lead to more acceptance of the feedback and increase the recipient’s intention to act on it.
  • Look from the other perspective and share some tips to help you feel more in control of the feedback you receive.

Laurna brings a breadth of practical Stakeholder Engagement experience which spans government agencies, banking, and not for profits where she has helped improve policies, processes, customer interaction and IT systems.

Business Skills at Lunch Series: Confident Te Reo Māori and tikanga for work

Wednesday, 13 November, 12-1 pm
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Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt

New Zealand’s only Te Reo Māori qualification designed specifically for the workplace.

In this free one-hour event our kaiako will introduce you to basic pronunciation, local place names, and the Te Rou micro-credential. Te Rou is the only course of its kind in Aotearoa New Zealand – designed specifically to grow the ability of your teams to use Te Reo Māori and Tikanga in the workplace.

If you’ve wanted to grow your cultural capability and enhance your engagement with employees, customers, and stakeholders, then this course is right for you. The Māori economy is estimated to be worth $60 billion (and growing), but you’ll need to engage authentically to be a part of it.

Capability at Lunch Series: Emotional intelligence

Friday, 22 November, 12-1 pm
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RHLT3 Rutherford House, Wellington

Increase your awareness of your own and other people’s emotional impact on decisions, behaviours, and performance.

Paul Wood’s passion for the pursuit of excellence and the development of emotional intelligence is the result of his own journey from imprisoned delinquent to Doctor of Psychology. It’s not just the theory with Paul, he knows what works and the power of the techniques covered from his own life.

In this one hour session, delivered in partnership with IPANZ, Paul draws from this experience, and his short course Emotional Intelligence: Working with others, and will explore managing a range of staff including neurodivergent and stressed staff. Bring along your lunch and questions and leave introduced to techniques to manage your own and others’ emotions.