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Agenda

Day One - Wednesday, 12 June 2024

8:30

Registrations and Welcome Coffee

Day 1

9:00

Welcome to Country 

8:50

Welcome to Country 

9:05

Chairperson’s Opening Address 

9:15

Recognising domestic and family violence as a workplace issue in accordance with the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children  

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  • Designing flexible and considerate workplace policies that provide safety and continued employment for people who are experiencing domestic and family violence  

  • What role do employers have to play in early intervention?

Cara Gleeson, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch 

THE EVOLVING DE&I LANDSCAPE

9:45

Why the conversation on inclusion in the workplace must continue

  • Where are we today? Celebrating progress and bridging gaps 

  • Broadening definitions of diversity and positive action initiatives 

  • Combating discouragement through slow progress and recognising it’s an initiative without a set finish line

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Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council Australia 

10:15

Networking Bingo

10:30

Morning Tea 

11:00

Panel Discussion: Workplaces need employees and employees need a workplace… Is there a disconnect?

  • What can workplaces do to address persisting microaggressions and create a more inclusive working environment?  

  • Acknowledging the differences of the modern workplace and shifting workforce behaviour accordingly  

  • Designing inclusive and effective policies that address intersectionality and intersecting identities 

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Aisha Aboulfadil, Senior Advisor Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Transport  

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Edward Osano, Head of GradWISE, WISE Employment 

 Improving cultural safety and workplace experience for First Nations people  

11:40

Creating a workplace environment that is committed to healing and reconciliation

  • Establishing inclusive workplace policies that enable First Nations employees to prioritise healing and community  

  • Choosing a Reconciliation Action Plan that is right for your organization and your employees 

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Nareen Young, Professor for Indigenous Policy, UTS Jambunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research  

12:10

The future landscape for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees

  • Moving beyond filling recruitment quotas and towards improving retention rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees through inclusive working environments  

  • Setting First Nations employees up for success and career progression  

  • What makes a workplace appealing to prospective First Nations employees?

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Richard Hurst, Indigenous Employment and Engagement Manager, Monash University 
 

Kaylee Hipwell, First Nations Employee Journey Expert, ANZ  

12:50

Networking Lunch 

INCLUSIVE BY DESIGN - BUILDING A NEURODIVERSE & ACCESSIBLE WORKPLACE

1:50

Ensuring an inclusive workplace for both apparent and non-apparent disabilities 

  • Creating a workplace that is accessible for people with a disability and neurodiverse people 

  • Designing effective framework to enhance the employee experience 

  • Ensuring workplace policies are inclusive of intersecting identities  

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Rebecca Grace, General Manager, Centre for Inclusive Design 

2:20

Table Discussion: Combating DE&I Fatigue and avoiding burnout 

PITCHING DE&I

2:50

Pitching D&I Initiatives to the C-Suite and the Board 

  • Achieving investment and buy-in from c-suite executives for workplace D&I initiatives  

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Isabelle Swanston, Chief People & Culture Officer, Deaf Connect 

3:20

Afternoon Tea 

ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE

3:50

Cultural Safety Framework 

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Veronica Pardo, Principal, Veronica Pardo & Associates; Chairperson, Western Edge 

4:20

Panel: Unpacking racial equity in the workplace  

  • Understanding the systemic and institutional barriers facing diverse employees 

  • Attracting and retaining culturally diverse talent 

  • Ensuring that CALD employees have ample and equal opportunities for career progression  

  • Avoiding role pigeon-holes for CALD employees 

  • Attracting skilled migrants into under-represented positions 

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Moderator: Veronica Pardo, Principal, Veronica Pardo & Associates; Chairperson, Western Edge  

 Padmi Pathinather, People and Culture Director, Lifestart Co-Operative Ltd  

Cilla Robinson, Employment Partner, Clayton Utz (she/her) 
 

Anne Das Gupta, Head of People and Culture, Sydney Water

5:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address 

5:10

End of Day One

Day 2

Day Two - Thursday, 13 June 2024

8:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee 

9:00

Chairperson’s Welcome Address 

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Roman Ružbacký, Principal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant (he/him) 

LEADING THE WAY – FOSTERING AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE FOR PEOPLE & BUSINESS SUCCESS

9:10

Keynote: Making DE&I accountability a reality in your organisation  

  • Setting measurable DE&I goals that align with business objectives 

  • How to engage employees at all levels in DE&I efforts and ensure DE&I is a shared responsibility 

  • Holding leaders accountable for DE&I outcomes – how to foster a sense of urgency around DE&I initiatives 

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 Dr Teresa De Fazio, Director, Intersect Global Partners

9:30

CEO Panel: Leading with Purpose – Building inclusive cultures and driving employee engagement 

  • Leading inclusivity from the top to drive cultural transformation 

  • Creating a culture of belonging and inclusivity to build an engaged and diverse workforce 

  • Fostering an inclusive workplace culture – supporting refugees and immigrants in the workplace  

  • Ensuring DE&I doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of DE&I practitioners  

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Moderator: Roman Ružbacký, Principal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant 

Vase Jovanoska, Chief Executive Officer, RANZCOG 

David Lamming, Chief Executive Officer, Plenary Group 

Steven Zinsli,
Chief Executive Officer, Health Now

Rachel Green, Chief Executive Officer, SANE Australia

10:30

Morning Tea

11:00

Introduction to Interactive Breakout Discussions Introduction to Roundtable Discussions 

11:10

Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates will participate in two sessions of their choosing. Each session will run for 35 minutes. 

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Roundtable A: Taking a strategic approach to improving gender equality, even if the gender pay gap increases 

Vanessa Paterson, CEO and Principal Consultant, Checksfield Consulting 

Roundtable B: Exploring and understanding the different types of microaggressions: Verbal, behavioural and environmental  

 Roundtable C: Creating a workforce of positive bystanders: Practical skill building to ‘call it out’

 

Josie Miller, Senior D&I Consultant, Diversity Inclusion (she/her)

CREATING SAFE SPACES – PROMOTING RAINBOW INCLUSION & ALLYSHIP AT WORK

11:30

Case Study: D&I roadmaps and measurement metrics (AWEI) 

  • How the AWEI brought significant change to LGBTQ+ inclusion 

  • Applying methodology to other D&I Initiatives 

  • Discussion on measurement and practice 

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Christopher Nelson, Associate Director People, Pride in Diversity, ACON 

12:00

Networking Lunch 

1:00

Panel Discussion: Creating an inclusive environment that permeates all levels of an organisation  

  • Unpacking the impact of LGBTQIA+ friendly policies on employee engagement and retention  

  • How to address stereotypes and biases towards non-binary individuals in the workplace so they feel accepted and included 

  • How to encourage open and respectful dialogue on LGBTQIA+ Issues in the workplace 

  • How to build an ally network within the organisation 

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Kim Gascoigne, Inclusion & Diversity Program Manager, Cisco 

Steph Sands, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Capgemini 

1:45

Re-engineering diversity, inclusion and belonging 

  • What’s the numbers telling us about diversity in engineering and what can we do about it? 

  • How do we grow the pipeline? 

  • Advancing our society through ‘diverse’ great engineering 

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Luli Adeyemo, Director & Founder, Best Case Scenario 

2:15

Afternoon Tea 

ASSESSING AND MEASURING DE&I OUTCOMES

2:45

Interactive Mini-Workshop: Measuring inclusion and diversity  

  • What are the desirable outcomes of diversity and inclusion initiatives? 

  • Identifying effective metrics to genuinely measure an organisation’s inclusivity 

  • Avoiding settling solely for diversity measurements  

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Fiona Krautil, Founder, Diversity KnowHow 

3:45

Forum Wrap-Up and Identifying Key Takeaways 

4:15

End of Forum

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