Dr Jarrod Haar

Professor of Human Resource Management | AUT

Keynote Speaker - Thurs, 20 October

Dr Jarrod Haar is a Professor of Human Resource Management at AUT and Associate Director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute. He has tribal affiliations of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Mahuta.

He joined AUT in 2016 after completing a PhD at Waikato University. With a strong combination of research, supervision, teaching, and service excellence, he has over 400 refereed academic outputs, including 138 journal articles. He has given 76 keynotes or invited presentations. He has won $6.5 million in research grant funding and is also a named researcher on a $100 million Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge. He is a frequent media commentator, with over 230 media presentations, including 51 TV appearances.

Dr Jarrod Haar is an award-winning writer with 10 best paper awards, an award-winning lecturer, and enthusiastic participant in teaching. As a quantitative researcher, he enjoys mentoring students and colleagues towards publication. Active in graduate research supervision, he has brought numerous 17 PhD and 66 masters research students to successful completion, as well as participating as examiner for many others.

In 2018, he was appointed as a Member of the Marsden Fund Council and is the Convenor of the Marsden Economics and Human Behavioural Sciences panel. He was admitted as a Fellow of academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi in 2020. He is also a Research Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, and a Chartered Fellow of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand. His research interests embrace a wide range of management areas, with a particular focus on Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour.

In 2021, Professor Jarrod Haar was awarded the University Medal, a pre-eminent academic award of AUT. It is presented to a member of the University community at the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards in recognition of a sustained and outstanding contribution that reflects and enhances the academic development and reputation of the University.

Gillian Kelly

The Career Agency | Outplacement Australia

Keynote Speaker - Fri, 21 October

Executive Marketing & Branding Specialist - Building Career Capability for the Future of Work

Gillian is a career development coach, multi-credentialed Master Executive Resume Writer and Personal Branding Strategist with global writing experience.

Over the past 15 years she has worked with top-tier leaders and professionals in the creation of high-impact marketing materials that showcase the immense calibre of their talent, depth of experience, and unique leadership brands.

As a multiple winner in the Toast of the Resume Industry Awards, she is highly sought-after for her talent in Executive Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles, Executive Biographies and leadership brand positioning. As leader of the Outplacement Australia career marketing team, she works uniquely with senior leadership and senior management professionals during career transition to maximise their impact.

Speakers - Thursday, 20 October

Kylie Robinson

Kylie started in a casual role in the Careers Employment team at Griffith University in 2013 and it sparked a real purpose to work with students and help them navigate their careers. Kylie fell in love with the Employability and Careers space and has since forged a career for herself specializing in developing social media strategies to increase engagement with students, industry and alumni across Brisbane. Noticed for her social media mastery, she was approached by Auckland University of Technology in 2015 to take up the Engagement Content Manager, staying in the role for over 5 years. Since returning to Australia in 2022 to be with her family, Kylie had the opportunity to participate in educating the next generation of career professionals in Career Psychology and Counselling. Kylie is passionate about teaching students to utilise the power of LinkedIn as an important part of their job search and networking process to engage with potential employers and to research organisations and potential job opportunities. Born and raised in Brisbane, Kylie has a Bachelor of Communications and currently volunteers for NAGCAS as the Queensland and Northern Territory Professional Development Coordinator.

Emma Spires

Emma is an Employability and Career Specialist at AUT who is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their career. Emma educates clients on proactive job search techniques with LinkedIn being a key tool; as such, Emma has worked to increase AUT students’ engagement and understanding of this platform through developing workshops and introducing an online LinkedIn consultation service. Prior to AUT, Emma has worked as a Recruitment Consultant at an Auckland agency and graduated from Lancaster University in the UK with a BA Honours. Emma has gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education after completing career counselling papers at AUT and has attained a CoP in organisational behaviour. Emma is committed to professional development and has gained an MBTI® Step I and Step II Certification, has undertaken SHL Talent Measurement training in personality and ability assessments and is a professional member of CDANZ.

Dr Lynette Reid

Lynette is a Senior Lecturer and has over 20 years’ experience in the NZ career field where she has supervised career professionals and worked with a range of client groups. Lynette entered the careers field as a vocational guidance counsellor, with the role now described as a career counsellor. She has completed a post graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling at the University of Auckland. After some years as a career counsellor, Lynette became a part time lecturer on the career development qualifications offered by AUT. She has completed a Masters of Commerce and a PhD with both focusing on careers from a Māori perspective. Lynette is currently teaching across undergraduate and post graduate courses. During this time, she has supervised Master's students and is currently supervising a doctoral student. Lynette’s research includes related fields such as employability, work integrated/related learning, professional/career identity, and career transitions. She continues to contribute to the body of knowledge of careers from an indigenous perspective and has a strong interest in the purpose of contemporary career theory and the role of career counselling, in the fast changing social and work contexts. She continues to work towards growing and developing a research culture in careers that challenges assumptions that underpin the field and ways of "thinking" and "doing" career work differently. Many of Lynette's research conversations and interests are collaborative and across disciplines and fields. Her view is that listening and learning from the perspective of others in different disciplines and fields provides a constant source of reminders, challenges and resolve about the potential career work has to transform lives.

PhD, Auckland University of Technology
MCom, University of Auckland
DipBus (Maori Development), University of Auckland
BA (Sociology), Massey University

Dr Joanna Fadyl

Jo came to her current roles in research and teaching from prior work in vocational rehabilitation. She has a particular interest in how societal culture and values influence health and rehabilitation - frequently drawing on scholarship in critical disability studies and post-structural theory.

Jo teaches on the postgraduate rehabilitation programme and has published on a range of aspects of rehabilitation research and methodology. She also contributes to the field internationally as peer reviewer, examiner and speaker at national and international conferences.

Jo has worked on a diverse range of research projects in both principal and co-investigator roles, and is involved in developing research capacity through postgraduate research supervision, research leadership and methodological discussion forums.

PhD, Auckland University of Technology
MHSc, Auckland University of Technology
BSc (Psychology), University of Auckland

Lillian Vimahi

Malo e lelei. Lillian Vimahi is an Employability and Career Specialist at Auckland University of Technology. With her Master in Career Development, she has over 10 years work experience in higher education and specialises in career development and employability for Māori and Pacific students and graduates. In addition to her work, she is a Research Assistant facilitating the literacy and numeracy of Pacific peoples across Aotearoa for the NZ Work Research Institute. This year, Lillian has expanded her careers and course counselling profession to include Pacific secondary students, mainly years 11 – 13 for the 360 Tautua initiative. New Zealand born from Tongan and Samoan descent, she gained her Bachelor of Social Work in Hawaii and served a voluntary church mission in the Philippines. Malo 'aupito.

Ligi (Caroline) Harris

Caroline Ligi Harris is a champion for Pacific communities in Aotearoa. She is of mixed heritage; raised Samoan Chinese in Aotearoa, with bloodlines to USA, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Ligi brings more than 20 years of experience in various roles as a teacher, course developer, education advisor, programme manager and leader of community-initiated programmes. Her talents lie in thinking creatively outside the box and initiating new and innovative programmes for diverse people groups.  Ligi currently works as a Mātanga Whanaketanga Aramahi Matua (Senior Career Development Consultant) for Pacific Work Connect at the Tertiary Education Commission. She is currently working towards a Master of Professional Practice at Capable NZ Otago Polytechnic. The Topic of her research, “Pacific Women in the Public Service Sector Talanoa about their career decision making strategies in the workplace”. Pacific Work Connect is a partnership amongst the Ministry for Pacific People, MBIE NZ Immigration and Tertiary Education Commission to support new migrants from the Pacific to provide a culturally responsive career guidance programme support into jobs or training in Aotearoa. She was an active member in local government as co-chair for the Democratic Advisory Pacific People Group at Auckland Council, and a PSA union delegate currently advising on equity pay for Māori and Pacific wahine in her organisation influencing policy and strategic planning.

Peter Apulu 

Talofa lava, malo lava le soifua maua ma le lagi e mama. Peter Apulu is the founder of BrownTale, a Careers Development practice advancing the a career pathways for the Pasifika community. BrownTale aims to build scaffoldings of grace and gratitude to have courageous conversations promoting career development for Pacific peoples and Pacific prosperity. Peter's career pathway can be best described as eclectic and a perfect example of Krumboltz's theory of planned Happenstance, taking advantage and capitalising on chance events and turning serendipity into opportunity. A corporate career spanning over 20 years of management positions in print media, telecommunications, recruitment, airlines and radio. Peter has intentionally pivoted into management roles within NGOs, PTEs and community advocacy roles, emphasising career coaching, career counselling, and mentorship in the last decade. He recently completed a research project on  "how to build a culturally responsive practice," aimed at the Pacific community.  His favourite quote is "I come as one, but I stand as 10,000" - Maya Angelou

Pat Mose

Pat Mose is in his first year as the  Pathways Careers Advisor at his alma mater Kelston Boys High School and prior to this had spent five years at  Henderson High School in a similar role. He is an under stated talented musician and shares his gift to teach music to the junior school. Pat’s work with youth extends beyond high school to Unitec where he honed his creative and people skills as a Student Liaison Advisor and then moved on to being a Pacific Marketing Advisor. Earlier years saw him mentoring and working with at risk young people through the Village Trust and job support services with SENZ including Work and Income New Zealand. Having seen what it is like on the ‘otherside’ Pat aims to support as many Pasifika into greater opportunities. A NZ born Samoan to parents who worked as cleaners, this motivated Pat and other family members to pursue careers in teaching. He is a member of Career Aotearoa Professionals (CAP), Pasifika Teachers Collective, CATE and ACATE. Pat is devoted to his lovely wife and two awesome children and is involved with church and singing or being a DJ at weddings.

Speakers - Friday, 21 October

Miriam O'Connor

I have nine years of experience in the sector.  I work in private practice which includes two days a week on the MSD/Connected contract, and I operate Successful Resumes Bay of Plenty through which I offer my clients a complete solution to help them secure their next role.  I have been with Successful Resumes for nine years - it is an Australasian business with 35+ territory owners who keep connected in regard to professional development, industry training opportunities, helping each other out and sharing leads.  We work with our clients to develop professional CVs, LinkedIn profiles, application letters and we provide interview coaching.

Our clients come from all sectors and range from entry level school and tertiary graduates and skilled tradespeople to experienced managers, senior executives and company directors. I have helped thousands of clients achieve their career goals by preparing highly competitive job applications and LinkedIn profiles, facilitating impactful career coaching and providing practical interview training. I also provide outplacement services for many businesses and organisations who have invested in providing support to staff facing redundancy.  My previous life was in the Marketing Communications sector where I had a 25 year career in Wellington in financial services sector, in EECA (a government Crown Entity) and with Consumer New Zealand. 

My credentials include:  NZ Diploma in Career Development (Level 6) - NMIT, Professional Member of CDANZ, Member of Career Directors International (CDI), Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CDI), Licenced Career Intelligence Coach (CareerEQ), Licenced CareerSmart practitioner (CareerEQ), B.A. and B.Comm (Otago University).  I am also Secretary for CDANZ Bay of Plenty branch.

Ma'aola Saminatoto Milovale Ioane

General Manager: Membership and Community 

Ola is drawn to roles that reduce inequities and has a decade of experience providing solutions in the finance and health sector. With his experience in managing dynamic projects and transforming equity initiatives through innovation, he is energised to also use his lived experiences of exclusion to convert conversations about inclusion and fairness into meaningful action.

Ola has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Auckland and Master's degree in Business from the University of Queensland. From this, he has worked with clients in health, hospitality and not-for-profits to create messaging that improves organisational outcomes.

He is a proud brother to three beautiful sisters and the son of hard-working migrant parents of Samoan and Fijian descent from the villages of Vaisala and Vaivase-Tai. He is also a creative for the Odd Family arts collective, a songwriter, fitness trainer, natural bodybuilding champ, and a very proud resident of Aukilani i Saute.