Managing Resilience in the Workplace Symposium

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AUT Business School Executive Education, in conjunction with the New Zealand Work Research Institute and Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, is proud to host the inaugural New Zealand "Managing Resilience in the Workplace" symposium.

The symposium features the latest research for managing resilience in the workplace and is committed to creating and stimulating thought and discussion around building the concept of resilience in the workplace. 


Disruptive changes in the business environment, such as those brought on by natural disasters, technological failure, or even restructuring have sparked an increased interest in the concept of resilience in organisations. The uncertainty and ambiguity that emerges from a business crisis have far reaching effects for organisations such as business disruption, productivity changes and employee stress.

Organisational resilience, the capacity to respond, adapt and transform in response to a business crisis, is now recognised as an important characteristic for organisations. This capacity to process significant setbacks or crises is of particular importance for managers, and indeed organisations, and those who are able to better withstand these setbacks to their business have better outcomes in terms of performance, wellbeing and recovery.


Auckland University of Technology

Sir Paul Reeves Building

Te Iringa Conference Centre - Room WG308

Governor Fitzroy Place


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Keynote Speakers

Sharron Botica

Sharron-Moana Botica

Chief Officer People and Community, Sovereign Insurance

As Chief Officer People & Community, Sharron leads the development and implementation of the human resources, people capabilities and diversity and inclusion strategy for Sovereign. Along with her team, Sharron provides strategic human resources advice and learning and development initiatives to all areas of the business. She is responsible for ensuring staff understand and are engaged in the company’s vision, purpose and values that form the underlying culture of the organisation.

With more than 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s life insurance industry, Sharron has held a number of senior leadership roles across HR, operations and customer experience functions. Before taking on the role as Chief Officer People & Community at Sovereign, Sharron was GM Customer Experience; GM HR and Head of Customer Services.

Sharron is a senior associate of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Of Maori-Pakeha descent, Sharron’s iwi is Maniapoto and Te Ati Awa. 

Martie-Louise Verreyne

Associate Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne

University of Queensland Business School Brisbane, Australia

Martie-Louise Verreynne is an Associate Professor in Innovation and Leader of the Strategy cluster at the University of Queensland Business School in Brisbane, Australia. Her research in small firm innovation and resilience focuses on how these firms leverage capabilities and networks to gain a competitive edge. A current ARC Discovery grant broadens this to look at the processes and technologies of open innovation. Martie-Louise has published in leading entrepreneurship and strategy journals; interdisciplinary journals, including Nature Reviews Drug Discovery and Journal of Cleaner Production; as well as the three main small business journals.

Read Martie-Louise's full biography here

Aims of the Symposium

The symposium is committed to creating thought and discussion around the concept of building resilience in the workplace. Using an evidence-based approach, the event is designed to deliver simple, innovative, and inspiring ideas and tools that will enable participants to re-assess or create resilience strategies in the workplace. The symposium is also design to provide participants with the opportunity to build a community focused on promoting and sharing their ideas about workplace resilience.

Who Should Attend? 

The symposium is designed for managers, human resource and organisational development professionals interested in developing a resilience strategy and programme in the workplace. The symposium is also designed for professionals who are interested in individual and organisational resilience. 

Roundtable Session

The symposium features leading New Zealand experts in resilience who will share the latest research and tools on managing resilience in the workplace. During the interactive discussion session, participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to our experts on resilience preparation, wellbeing, community and business growth.


The symposium features three professional development workshop sessions during which different aspects of managing resilience in the workplace will be facilitated by experts in their field. Participants will elect to attend one of the workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Mindfulness training
  • Workshop 2: Wellbeing at Work
  • Workshop 3: Organisational Resilience: Building a Learning Environment  

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Last updated: 05-Sep-2016 9.00am

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