2019 ISNZ Conference - Call for Speakers



2019 Independent Schools of New Zealand Conference

The Future of Talent

30-31 August 2019 | Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


Are you a talented professional eager to share your knowledge, research and experience?

Independent Schools of New Zealand welcomes inspiring presentation proposals related to education with a specific focus on The Future of Talent.


How to apply

To submit your presentation proposal, you will need to provide:

  • Abstract of your presentation (up to 200 words)
  • Your biography
  • Full contact details
  • Links to video clips of previous presentations you have given.

Please refer to the following guidelines:


Please email your proposal to deborah.james@isnz.org.nz


Why apply?

  • Share your knowledge or your latest project in front of +180 school decision makers: Board Members, Principals, Business and Senior Managers of New Zealand Independent Schools
  • Enhance your profile and network with delegates from leading private/independent schools.


About the conference

Independent Schools of New Zealand is the peak body representing the interests of the nation’s leading private schools.

The 2019 ISNZ Annual Conference programme shall explore the broad theme of The Future of Talent. In an environment where competencies (talent) are constantly being redefined, our speakers shall focus on the adaptability and agility that is essential to modern learning environments if they want to succeed into the future. We’ll look at talent management and recruitment trends, demographics, organisational structure and new technologies, all of which can assist schools in making better decisions about talent and talent-related issues.

And how should we help to prepare students for an uncertain future? Our speakers shall present their findings on how we can improve and innovate in the area of student talent development, in an environment that encourages diversity of thought, creativity and skills. We’ll explore the notion that it is diversity that will allow a talent-based economy to flourish.


Session formats and lengths

Conference Session formats include:

Keynote or traditional presentations: these presentations are standard plenary conference sessions. They are 45 minutes to one hour in duration and may include time for facilitated questions and answers with the audience.

Panel discussions: three or more panellists are invited to these sessions. Panellists have the chance to share their point of view on a given topic before opening to facilitated questions and answers for the audience. Panel discussions are usually one hour in duration, allowing interactive input from the audience.

Workshops: these sessions are expected to be highly interactive and should involve audience participation. Duration can vary depending on the topic, but they are normally 45 minutes to one hour long.



Representatives from the leading private and independent New Zealand schools are expected to attend the conference.

Delegation is made up primarily of: Governors, Board Members, Principals, Business Managers and senior leaders of private schools in New Zealand.  Attendance at the ISNZ Annual Conference is open to anyone with an interest in education.