Diversity & Inclusion Talks

Kia ora 👋 Elina here, co-founder of Storyo with a cool little proposition!

I believe that storytelling and representation are critical to equitable workplaces and we need to have way more conversations around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Our recent series with 30 women & gender-diverse folks in the New Zealand tech industry showed the power of personal stories, and I have been unpacking it together with a range of audiences, from startups to schools!

Would your team benefit from hearing the stories of these 30 folks in tech and learning lessons about Diversity & Inclusion? Book me for a 60 minute session with your team!

What does this session look like?

In this short session, I will bring in my experience from Diversity & Inclusion work in start-ups, tech, consulting, government and academia, as well as 100+ interviews with women & gender diverse folks on Storyo.

I will share a few valuable lessons that I have learned on my journey and we will watch one of the videos from '30 in Tech' series together to reflect on how and why you can frame this work in your team.


"I knew this event was special from the amount of sheer feedback and interest from our company.  Not only did over 160 people turn up to our event, but our audience was as diverse as Storyo itself.

Some literally stood up and clapped halfway through the virtual session. Some snapped their fingers in agreement. Some finally saw their stories told. And some wish they had seen this session sooner, to see women live their lives bravely and different from societal stereotypes.

Elina is deeply human – she will call stuff out, she will make you laugh and she will bring out beautiful and relatable examples. She will show what it means when we’re all in it together, peddling the same waka. Kia ora Elina!
Pok, EY


"The Blackbird team works with tech founders and their teams every day. Getting together to watch the 30 in Tech stories - told so beautifully - pushed us all to stop and reflect on the many challenges we still face in creating a diverse startup ecosystem. It was inspiring to hear the honest stories of people featured, and a reminder that there's a lot more we must do to create an inclusive industry. Ka mau te wehi Storyo!"

Phoebe, Blackbird VC
Phoebe from BlackBird
Mike, CEO of Brightly


"As a founder, it was so inspiring to hear the different stories shared and was a great reminder of the importance of creating safe and inclusive workplaces. Elina communicates in a positive way that nonetheless challenges our underlying bias and stereotypes. There were so many important ideas from the stories that were shared! Highly recommend taking up the opportunity if your company has the chance to work with Elina and Storyo."
Mike, Brightly


"The point that has really stayed with me is how important it is to slow down, and not just immediately want to move to execution mode. Elina's enthusiasm and optimism for this topic also were incredibly infectious. It is so easy to feel terrified in this area, that somehow you will offend someone or do something wrong. Elina created an atmosphere and environment where you could come as you are, at the level of understanding that you are at, and take something away from it."
Workshop Participant
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