16 Mar 2017

Newsletter | March 2017 | Embracing diversity

Sumita Paul spoke at the SUPERdiverse WOMEN launch
Sumita Paul spoke at the SUPERdiverse WOMEN launch

Perpetual Guardian is proud to be a sponsor of SUPERDiverse WOMEN. The group aims to recognise, empower and inspire diverse women leaders from indigenous and migrant backgrounds.

On 16 February, SUPERDiverse WOMEN was launched at an event at NZME Centre in Auckland. Inaugural chairwoman, Mai Chen led the event which was attended by other public figures such as Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, musician Bic Runga and fellow sponsor nib CEO, Rob Hennin.

Chen explained that the group was “about refreshing diversity in the 21st century” and also spoke about how it is “important for us to get more sophisticated with how we look at diversity”.

Sumita Paul, Investment & Philanthropy Partner at Perpetual Guardian, is one of the group’s founding members. Sumita’s family immigrated to New Zealand from India over 20 years ago.

She describes that “Perpetual Guardian’s philosophy to embrace diversity in its team and clients has created the environment to work with some of the best talents in the industry. What’s more, it has strengthened Perpetual Guardian’s ability to relate to clients from various backgrounds”.

At the event, Sumita spoke about Perpetual Guardian’s vision of making estate planning accessible to everyone in New Zealand and how it was critical for us as a business to understand the changing demography of NZ. In 2015, we launched web pages about our services in simplified Chinese and te reo Māori.

We are proud of the diversity we have in our own business, and we are continuously aiming to harness the strength and diversity of our team. We have team members who understand the cultural and language requirements of diverse groups.

You can find out more about SUPERdiverse WOMEN and superdiversity as a whole at

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