Mar 21 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Belonging, Autonomy, Purpose | Auckland

Leaders should aim to create an environment where staff feel they belong, they have autonomy, and that what they are doing has a purpose they care about, and then direct that energy towards the required tasks.

#belongingautonomypurpose is a socially and commercially smart concept aimed to improve the working world. It looks to improve the sense of belonging people have. When they feel they are truly valued and included as their whole, unique, diverse and authentic self, they do their best work. When people feel they have more autonomy over how, when and where they conduct their tasks, they are able to perform better. Finally, people need to feel a sense of purpose, and believe that what they do matters. Creating workplaces that support #belongingautonomypurpose is better for staff and better for the organisation.

Dr. Ellen Joan Ford

Dr Ellen Joan Ford (Nelson) is an ex-army academic business mum, with deep expertise and practical experience in leadership, gender, well-being and the future of work. Ellen has spoken at TEDx Auckland in 2022, advised many corporate and government organisations, including the NZ Army, and her research and ideas to improve the working world have been published multiple times. As a speaker, facilitator and consultant, Ellen helps organisations to remove structural barriers facing women and parents, while simultaneously experiencing improvements in organisational metrics such as: wellbeing, retention, leadership, productivity, innovation and business performance. She is involved in the Food and Fibre leadership development project with Rural Leaders. Her volunteer team, including Chris Parsons and Martin Dransfield, evacuated 563 people from Afghanistan to New Zealand. Ellen is the Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year 2023 ‘Local Hero’, and was also awarded Person of the Year 2022 – Manawatu Standard.