Career Development Association of New Zealand


CDANZ National Symposium 2018

CDANZ National Symposium 2018

Social Justice

In partnership with Victoria University Wellington & the Tertiary Education Commission

Victoria University Wellington / 23 & 24 October 2018

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CDANZ National Symposium for Research and Leading Practice is our flagship event bringing together practitioners from across New Zealand and ideas from around the globe. 

The Symposium itself is a 1.5 day event running from 12.30pm on Tuesday 23 October to 5pm Wednesday 24 October.

Attendees may also wish to attend for associated events CDANZ Annual General Meeting (9am-12noon on Tuesday 23 October) and CDANZ Symposium Dinner (6.30pm Tuesday 23 October). You may register for all three events at the same time by choosing each eventlet when booking. 


“New Zealanders have consistently rated inequality as the single biggest issue facing the country, since 2014.”

Social justice is a term used to represent the fair and just distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society, and has strong historical roots in vocational psychology. Today we continue to see how social and political factors influence the aspirations, education, and employment opportunities for individuals and communities. At this year’s CDANZ National Symposium we will explore:

  1. How can effective career development services reduce inequality and contribute to a more just society?
  2. How do we ensure our career practice reflects the varied needs of clients from diverse backgrounds?
  3. How can we partner government to achieve our CDANZ vision of “Excellence in career development - for all New Zealanders.”


The Symposium is generously hosted by Victoria University of Wellington at their Kelburn Campus.

Our Plenary sessions will be held in TTR LT1 in the Te Toki a Rata Building for Science teaching and research. 

Workshop Spaces will be held in AM102, AM103, AM104, AM106 in the nearby Alan McDiarmid Building.

See map of the whole Kelburn Campus here. 


Programme details will be released here as available. The programme will include:

  • Key Note by Professor Jenny Bimrose
  • Key Note by Niki Harre
  • World Tableau - video response to the theme from career professionals around the world
  • Workshops - your choice to attend four out of 16 workshops presented over four concurrent sessions. Read Draft Abstract Summary here. 
  • Landscape Scan - a quick fire session to give you the heads up about current and pending research and related career developent projects. If you are involved in research yourself that you would like to share contact
  • Fantastic networking opportunities with peers from around New Zealand and beyond
  • Exhibitor area and more to come!


Key Note: Professor Jenny Bimrose

Jenny is currently a Professor at the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick, England. Management positions include three years as Deputy Director of the Institute for Employment Research and twelve years as Head of Centre for Training in Careers Guidance at the University of East London, where she also managed a suite of post graduate training courses for career guidance professionals, as well as an NVQ assessment centre.

In parallel with teaching, researching and managing in higher education, Jenny has acted as consultant on careers related issues for a range of organisations including governments. Jenny has also been involved in projects focused on bridging the gap between research, theory and practice across the careers community, including the development and integration of ICT systems for end users.

With qualifications in career guidance, teaching and learning, sociology of education as well as a PhD in Education Jenny brings a wealth of experience in research, teaching and management in the areas of career development, education and policy development.

Key Note: Niki Harré

Niki is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. Niki is a founding member of the Pt Chevalier Transition Town, cycles to work, learns the guitar from a musician who lives on her street, and has a large organic garden thanks to her husband. In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. Her two latest books are The Infinite Game: How to Live Well Together and Psychology for a Better World: Working with People to Save the Planet. / / / @nikiharre

World Tableau: Professor Ronald Sultana

Professor Ronald Sultana studied career guidance at the University of Reading (UK), and researched career education at the Universities of Waikato (NZ), and Stanford (USA), where he was a Fulbright Fellow. He is professor of sociology and comparative education at the University of Malta, where he directs the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He has participated as a consulting expert in several international reviews of career guidance across Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa region. He has most recently edited Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean (Sense Publishers, 2017), and has co-edited, with Tristram Hooley and Rie Thomsen, Career Guidance for Social Justice: Contesting Neoliberalism. A list of his publications is available at: 

Ronald will conduct this year’s World Tableau video presentation as an interview, reflecting on our Social Justice theme and responding to questions from CDANZ members. If you have a question for Ronald please submit it here.

Workshop presenter: Sarah Bond

Sarah is an experienced Human Resources and Careers Guidance professional. She launched her consulting career in 2011 after identifying the need for professional HR/HSE coaching packages for small enterprise owners and job seekers. Formal Qualifications: BA - Political Science, LLB majoring in family and employment law 1999, Grad Dip Bus Admin (HSE) majoring in operational health and safety 2005, Dip Career Guidance (Distinction) March 2014

Sarah will present Social Justice in Recruitment: How to answer sticky questions

Workshop presenter: Lee Brodie

Lee is the founding Director of Career Dynamic based in Auckland with a background in teaching, general management, learning and development and HR consulting and has been in private career practice for over 20 years. She holds a Commerce Degree in Human Resource Management and is an experienced and qualified teacher and trainer. She has held the position of President of CDANZ, has taught at tertiary level in career development and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Lee has developed a range of career decision making tools that are sold globally and she runs related workshops across New Zealand and Australia. She also works with professional and high performance athletes across all sporting codes and supports private and employer referred clients from the professions and business.

Lee will present Social Justice and the Future of Work

Workshop presenter: Lila Pulsford

Lila holds a Master of Career Development and has been working in the career industry since 2010. She has managed a tertiary career centre, worked in a private consultancy in the creative sector, and she is currently employed as a Career Practitioner at Epsom Girls Grammar School while also running her own private career practice. Lila co-chaired the Auckland branch CDANZ committee from 2014-2016 and has recently had her research on kindness published in the Australian Journal of Career Development.

Lila will present Why Kindness?

Workshop presenter: Dr Glenys Ker

Glenys is the Programme Leader of the undergrad qualifications on offer through Capable NZ, a School in Otago Polytechnic specializing in work-based learning and professional practice qualifications. She works as a facilitator of learning, supporting learners to articulate their skills, knowledge and attitudes gained from their work-based learning experiences, as well as undertaking new learning to gain a degree qualification through Capable NZ’s independent learning pathways. Glenys brings to her facilitation a background in career practice, a teacher in secondary school, polytechnic and university level, and roles in senior management and leadership. Her doctoral study was a case study of practice on the ILP (independent learning pathways) to acquiring degrees in tertiary education. Glenys has particular interests in adult learning, management and leadership, elite sports performance, career development and in the recognition of prior experiential learning.

Along with Heather Carpenter, Glenys will co-present Expanding learning opportunities: Valuing and validating difference. This will take place in a shared session with Anthony Naganathan who will present The rise of microcredentials 

Workshop presenter: Dr Heather Carpenter

Heather is a Facilitator, Academic Mentor and Assessor for Capable NZ. She is Programme Co-ordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice and the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice (OHS), working mainly in these programmes as well as the Master in Professional Practice. She has significant tertiary experience in teaching, staff development and management at senior levels. Heather is also a career consultant, in her career practice she is involved in the provision of decision-making programmes for young career-makers, training career practitioners and advisers; and developing and consulting on tertiary education programmes and careers resources.

Her current research interests are in professional identity and work-based learning, and the impact of work-based learning and professional practice programmes on career development.

Heather is the author of two books: The Career Maze - guiding your children towards a successful future, (New Holland Publishing, 2008,) and Your 21st Century Career - new paths to personal success, (New Holland Publishing, 2010).

Along with Glenys Ker, Heather will co-present Expanding learning opportunities: Valuing and validating difference. This will take place in a shared session with Anthony Naganathan who will present The rise of microcredentials 

Workshop presenter: Kathryn Jackson

Kathryn is based in Christchurch and is a Learning & Development Coach with over 20 years of HR consulting and coaching experience. Formerly responsible for designing, delivering and leading initiatives including performance management, succession planning and employee engagement in the UK, her coaching practice, careerbalance has been providing Coaching, Facilitation, Leadership Development and Career Transition services to NZ businesses for over 10yrs. A Fellow with the CIPD (UK), she has a first-class Hons/Masters exploring motivation at work, trained with the Oxford School of Coaching and Career Analysts, and was awarded Senior Practitioner with the EMCC in 2017. She is excited to be supporting the launch of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience in 2018, and as a result has built solid credentials in exploring Resilience at Work to achieve this.

Kathryn will present Resilience at work: A critical factor for all New Zealanders

Workshop presenter: Robyn Bailey

Robyn has worked in the career development field for the past thirty years with varied client groups as an educator and consultant. She has had a significant role over the past twenty years in training career practitioners at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in setting up career centres in tertiary education institutions. Her consultancy ranges across career counselling for individuals and groups, professional supervision of career practitioners, designing and facilitating training groups in career development and supervision.

Robyn will present Help! A robot took my job. Technological unemployment and social justice

Workshop presenter: Heather Lowery-Kappes

A recipient of the CDANZ Research Recognition Fund, Heather Lowery-Kappes research was part of her Master of Counselling. She is currently Acting Manager /Career Development Advisor at the University of Waikato and also works in private practice. Heather is Vice President of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ). Her educational and vocational background is in human resources, training for employment, development, and supported employment.

Heather will present two workshops Career success: Who decides? and When the bill payer isn’t in the room

Workshop presenter: Dr Suzette Dyer

Suzette teaches at the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato. Suzette has a keen interest in women’s careers and has been teaching and researching in this area for nearly two decades. She has always embedded social justice in her teaching and research.

Suzette will present Social justice and women’s careers

Workshop Presenter: Jenny Bean

Jenny is the Assistant Director of Career and Talent Management Development, New Zealand Defence Force reviewing the service delivery model for NZDF Career Managers and developing and implementing a new strategic framework to transform practice with 12,000 personnel. Her life’s work has been in career practice, helping to support changes to people’s thinking, behaviour and the results they get in their lives. She has a passion for learning (Master of International Security (Distinction), Massey University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sociology Major, Diploma in Career Guidance, and a National Certificate in First Line Management Level 4; and loves the things career practice has taught her about her life.

Jenny will present NZDF: Leading social equity through career development

Workshop presenter: Joanne Ostler

Joanne is a Career, Executive and Life Coach Joanne is a professionally credentialed coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has been providing career and personal development coaching services since 2002. Joanne’s central life-work purpose is all about empowerment. Everything she does is navigated with the aim of empowering others in creating clarity, inspiration and momentum in their direction and career work and life choices.

Jo will present Fees Dilemma

Workshop presenter: Jessica King

Jennifer, who is originally from the United States, has been working as an Employment Assessor/Advisor for the past four years with New Zealand Red Cross in Hamilton. She is also an IELTS Speaking Examiner at The University of Waikato. Throughout her career, she has accumulated many years of experience working with a diverse clientele, including international students, migrants and former refugees. She holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Management, a TESOL Certificate and CELTA Certificate and has taken extensive professional development in career counselling. On top of balancing her two jobs, she is also a wife and mother of two young, active kids.

Jennifer will present Tapping into resilience: A strength based approach to support people from refugee backgrounds

Workshop presenter: Val O'Reilly

Val O’Reilly (PMCDANZ, CATE Member, Honorary Member CDAA) has served on CDANZ Executive, including as National President, and is actively involved in the CDANZ Professionalism project. She has a teaching background and longstanding experience as a career practitioner in NZ secondary schools. Her work history includes career consultancy in a leading NZ university, programme development for a degree-level career development qualification, and as Owner/Director of Life-Story for Life Design, a private practice using a narrative approach to support the career development of clients across life stages. Val’s life story includes recent completion of a PhD that investigated the professional context and professional identity of career practitioners in schools in Australia and NZ.

Val will present Shining a social justice lens on the professional identity of school career practitioners in a shared session with Amanda Smidt who will present Nurturing ‘possible selves.’

Workshop presenter: Amanda Smidt

Amanda has enjoyed many years in the school context as a career practitioner, teacher, HOD and Dean; and, in industry training and tertiary education sectors facilitating workshops and developing qualifications, programmes, curriculum and resources. Her approach firmly places the student and their aspirations at the heart of her work, and this is evident in her recently completed Masters which investigated strategies for career education in New Zealand schools to foster 21st century career development. She is a member of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Advisory Board for Career Development qualifications; and is also part of the CDANZ Professionalism Project.

Amanda will present Nurturing ‘possible selves’ in s a shared session with Val O’Reilly who will present Shining a social justice lens on the professional identity of school career practitioners. 

Workshop presenter: Raewyn Laurenson

Raewyn is Principal Academic Staff Member NMIT Qualifications: Phd student,M.Ed (Couns/Hons), BA (Hons) Dip Teach Professional Member CDANZ and NZAC Raewyn teaches across three programmes which include Careers, counselling and supervision. Prior to teaching at NMIT she was in private practice as a workplace coach, counsellor and supervisor drawing on her background in executive search and recruitment in Australia and New Zealand. She worked in many different organisational environments before she became an academic staff member in 2012.

Raewyn will co present Power dynamics and reflective practice in career development with Dr Sarah Proctor

Workshop presenter: Frances Harre

 Frances is a career change and development specialist working full time in private practice in Forte Career & Business Designs Ltd. She is qualified and experienced in facilitating people to find and build the work future they really want. She and Max run training programmes for a range of businesses and organisations focussing on soft skills, performance effectiveness and well-being at work. B.A. Social Science - Double Major in Psychology and Sociology, Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education Specialising in Career Development, Co-author of “Work Passion Power: Strategies for a working life you will love” published September 2017. 

Frances will co-present Valuing the worth of people: Towards social justice (1 client at a time) with Max Harre

Workshop presenter: Max Harre

Max has held management and research positions in several organisations. He works full time with Frances in their consultancy. His focus is seminar development, research into the future of work, executive coaching, seminar design, management practice. MSc (Hons) Resource Management, MA (Hons) Philosophy, Dip Teaching, BSc Physics, Co-author of “Work Passion Power: Strategies for a working life you will love” published September 2017.

Max will co-present Valuing the worth of people: Towards social justice (1 client at a time) with Francess Harre

Workshop presenter: Jean Ottley

Jean is a Career Development for the Tertiary Education Commission’s Work Connect - Migrant Futures, DIscovery Directorate.

Jean and her colleagues will present Is New Zealand’s job market biased against new migrants? A workshop to examine how programmes like Work Connect help address actual and perceived barriers to work for our migrant clients.

Workshop presenter: Dr Richard Norman

Richard teaches human resources management, and training and development, at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Management. He is researching digital change and work, focused on the Wellington region. Previous research on performance management challenges of the decentralised model adopted by the New Zealand public management model in the late 1980s-1990s included completion of a PhD and book entitled Obedient Servants? Management freedoms and accountabilities in the New Zealand public sector (Victoria University Press, 2003).

Richard will present It takes a city to raise a graduate: Creating authenic learning with can benefit employers and students

Workshop presenter: Andrew Tui

Andrew is the Head of Careers at St Peter’s College in Auckland. With a passion for social media, he presented his research paper “Do you Tweet, Like, Share or Pin?” at the 2014 Career Research Symposium, followed by the collaborative presentation “Don’t get Left Behind!” with Grant Verhoeven in 2015. He holds Commerce and Arts degrees from the University of Auckland and the Graduate Diploma of Career Development from AUT. Andrew is of Samoan-Chinese descent and currently leads the Maori and Pasifika Career Practitioners Network.

Andrew will present Coffee and a career chat: Empowering and supporting communities through the medium of blogging

Workshop Presenter: Anthony Naganathan

Anthony Naganathan is the lead policy analyst on microcredentials in the Quality Assurance Division of NZQA and was involved in the consultation paper Recognising micro-credentials in New Zealand’s education and training system?

Anthony will present The rise of microcredentials in a shared workshop with Glenys Ker and Heather Carpenter who will present Expanding learning opportunities: Valuing and validating difference

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

We offer a range of partnership options for businesses and organisations wishing to profile their products and services to career professionals, and to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in career development.
$400+GST Exhibitor packages include one registration and a display table
Sponsorship options start from $1500+GST.
Read more here and for more information please contact Lauren at 

Travel and Accommodation 

Please note the Symposium falls directly after Labour Weekend. We recommend you book your travel early in order to secure flights.

There are a number of accommodation options near to Symposium venue. Consider staying on The Terrace or in the CBD and riding the cable car to the university. 

Wellington Industry event Work In Progress may also fall in October. We are working with the organisers of this event to create opportunities for dual attendance and further information will be provided once their dates are confirmed.

Registration Fees


Early Bird incl GST

Until 21/9/18

Standard 2018 incl GST













Non Member



If you are not currently a member of CDANZ it is advantageous to join before registering to attend the Symposium. Read more about membership options here. 


18 April Call for Abstracts open

20 June Call for Abstracts close

29 June Early Bird registrations open

18 Sept Applications to CDANZ Research Dissemination Fund close

21 Sept Early Bird registrations close

17 Oct Presenter slides due to CDANZ

23 Oct Symposium Day 1 and optional dinner

24 Oct Symposium Day 2 


Official Venue Partner - Victoria University Wellington






Official Event Partner - Tertiary Education Commission




Hospitality Partner - NMIT 


Air New Zealand Aviation Institute

Career Dynamic


New Zealand Red Cross

Victoria University of Wellinton