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NZTech Women: Lana West talks diversity and inclusion
Join us for breakfast this month and hear BNZ’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Lana West speak about creating a high performing workforce for now and the future. Learn how to value diversity of identity and provide an environment of inclusiveness where people flourish. Gain insight into the development of D&I strategy, including the capture of critical data. Lana will also discuss the inherent challenges and opportunities of D&I initiatives.
Lana West is proud of her heritage as a Kiwi Samoan. Growing up in Auckland, she describes herself as part-islander, part-mainlander acknowledging her Samoan father and her mother from Dunedin. The 10th of 11 children in her family, her life has been firmly focused on family, respect and living in a way that shows courage, strength and humility. Whilst Lana always thought she would follow her parents into the medical field, her studies saw her instead embarking on a career in banking and human resources. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa. Outside of work, Lana has a love of sports and has played netball both provincially and internationally. Community remains important to Lana and she currently either coaches or manages several teams. Lana has a teenage son and in her own words, is also wildly proud of her cricket coaching Norwegian/Yorkshire husband.