Mary Haddock-Staniland MC/Entertainer Profile


Global DEIB Executive & Speaker

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, panellist and thought leader, Mary Haddock-Staniland has garnered an impressive reputation for advocating for a more equitable world. She is the Senior Vice President of Global Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) and People APAC EMEA at EverCommerce. Mary also happens to be trans, which has seen her develop a significant profile and become a powerful voice, lending insights and commentary about the importance of activism and awareness.


Growing up Mary learnt to work harder than others in order to assert her right to be here. As a young Trans woman, she was starting life’s race at the back of the pack. Her work for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is centrally rooted in her identity and she is determined to change the race altogether. She advocates for difference to be acknowledged and embraced. If this is accepted, then perhaps life can no longer be a race, but a win for all.

Mary is passionate, commercially astute and experienced in identifying and delivering effective HR, People Experience & DEIB initiatives that match business objectives. She is an innovative visionary, and a highly collaborative leader who has the experience and skills to develop and execute strategic plans and implement highly targeted programming. Mary also holds a range of advisory and governance roles, and in 2017 was appointed an ambassador for charitable trust, Lifeline New Zealand.


Mary’s work underpins the importance of diversity in the corporate world. An intuitive and flexible speaker, Mary has the gift of being able to match any energy, and engage with any audience. Lauded for her humour, creativity and compassion as often as her corporate prowess, Mary is known (and loved) for her on-the-nose social commentary, and the voice and insights she lends to the queer community. A uniquely compelling all-rounder, Mary can innovate and elevate any event, inviting true engagement and leaving lasting impressions. You’ll be moved, touched and inspired by hearing Mary’s story.






Auckland , New Zealand


Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Keynote Speaker, MC, Panellist


Fashion, Health & Wellbeing, My cats, Travel, Whanau

Speaking Topics

How to navigate the art of inclusion in the board room, My personal journey in life, The importance of bringing DEIB to life in organisations

Event Highlights

2023Infrastructure NZ Panel, Tonkin + Taylor - Panelist
2023Pink Shirt Day Webinar - Mental Health Foundation - Speaker
2023Reimagining Wāhine Leadership in Aotearoa 2023 Summit, Trans - Tasman Business Circle - Panelist

Testimonials (6)

Mary's presence as a keynote speaker at The New Zealand Women's Leadership Symposium was nothing short of extraordinary. Her insightful and captivating presentation resonated deeply with delegates, leaving a lasting impression. Mary's expertise and passion for leadership development inspired attendees to embrace their capabilities and strive for excellence. Her contributions elevated the event's success, making it an unforgettable experience. We highly recommend Mary as a captivating and inspiring speaker.

Amy Davis | Events Coordinator

The New Zealand Women’s Leadership Symposium