Founder | Hybridges Lynette Reed is the founder of Hybridges, and head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Te Kaunihera o Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Council. Lynette was a founding member, chair and host of the Viaduct Village, an informal and growing network of Pasifika corporate leaders based in Auckland’s viaduct basin. In 2022 Lynette completed her Master of Technological Futures at The Tech Future Lab, bringing Pasifika engagement models from the academic world into the workplace. As head of DE&I at Auckland Transport, Lynette pioneered the organisation's very first Pasifika Strategy, as well as overseeing the crucial Future of Work, Hybrid ways of working strategy. Lynette's work earned her a finalist position at the NZ Diversity Champion Awards 2022. In addition to a stellar career in Recruitment and Organisational Development, Lynette also served with her husband Richard for five years as a pastor in Samoa, yielding invaluable insights into people and culture in a challenging context, crossing barriers of culture, age and gender. Lynette is also Chairperson of Samoan-language early childhood centre Aukilani Kids, and a Pasifika Business Advisor for Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
Human Centred Design Marie Young is an entrepreneur, academic and community advisor who puts people at the heart of everything she does. As founder of Pacific Enterprise People (PEP), Marie has used Human-Centred Design (HCD) principles to support startup and community organisations to innovate and succeed. Marie completed her Master of Technological Futures at the Tech Futures Lab and created the brand-new Koko Samoa Talanoa (conversation) model that brings a uniquely Pasifika approach to individual or group sessions, whether for the purpose of gathering data or co-creating innovative ideas. Marie is also trained in The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter. Marie has appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast Show as a Technology Commentator and is currently the host of the PEP Talk podcast. Marie is a member of the Institute of Directors and trains community groups in governance, in cooperation with Local Government. She co-pioneered the first Local Board Pacific People's Strategy in New Zealand, which is now being used as a template in other areas. Marie is a founding director of the Multimedia Community Trust. She is also a mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand.
Ps Richard Reed
Pastoral Care For nearly 30 years, Richard has served as a Church Pastor in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand, working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Having studied Theology in Adelaide, Australia at World Changers College of Ministry, Richard brings a calm listening ear to people in need, helping to support religious and ethnic equity and inclusion in the workplace by leveraging visible ethnic role models and creating psychologically safe places where everyone can thrive. Richard is available for one-on-one, confidential and objective counselling to bring a personalised approach to wellbeing and mental health in the workplace.
Data Storytelling Simon is a multimedia, multicultural storyteller whose writing has appeared in the New Zealand Herald, Idealog, NZ Management Magazine, and Campaign Brief Asia, and his material has been taught by the University of Auckland, New Zealand Institute of Management and the New Zealand Marketing Association. Simon’s specialty is to “find the fascinating” in complex data, using the same storytelling principles used by Hollywood to introduce new concepts that drive organisational change. Simon is a former host of the Hollywood Creative Academy podcast. Simon is author of Reboot Yourself, a self-help book. A New Zealand-born European, Simon has a conversational level of Samoan and Mandarin, and is on a learning journey to embrace Te Reo.