Ngāti Hamoa & Ngāti Hapani
Sachi is a creative strategist, a design leader and a recovering people pleaser. She has worked in digital and design for over 25 years, spending most of her career creating and designing digital experiences centred on people.
As a proud Pasifika woman, she has a particular interest in diversity, equity and inclusion. She has spoken out about the need for more diversity within design and technology and the impact it can have on the technology we create.
Sachi is passionate about giving back - when she's not running after her two kids, you'll find her mentoring Pasifika youth, cheering on young leaders through the Young Enterprise Scheme, judging awards for Women in AI or volunteering at the local hospice.
Throughout her career, Sachi has often felt like the odd one out.
The only woman, the only Pasifika person, the one who laughed too loud, the one who looked different and sounded different.
It’s no secret - we have a diversity problem in design and technology. In NZ, women make up less than 30% of the Technology workforce and Pasifika sits at around 2% (Diversity data is unknown for the research and design fields)
In the workplace, our beacons of success are often the people who have climbed the mountain of achievement - our managers, leaders and senior executives. When our measures of success are embodied in the values, norms and behaviours of the majority group it’s understandable why many of us who aren’t, feel the pressure to conform to gain favour.
In her talk, Sachi will share the challenges she’s faced as a Pasifika woman in design and technology; and how this has shaped her approach to leadership and her drive to create inclusive environments where individuals and teams thrive.
Learn how she, along with her design leads, are building a diverse team of designers at NZ’s largest bank. She'll share her reflections and learns from a leadership perspective, in the hope these will help others create teams that reflect the depth, breadth and richness present in our communities.