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24-25 March 2020. Melbourne, Australia
Corpolinx Conferences have established itself as a leader in quality content and events. We are genuinely passionate about delivering the best participant experience and outcomes by ensuring discussion topics are current and led by guru speakers whilst keeping the format interactive.1
Sessions designed to share and deliver practical information on creating a culture of belonging3
10 individual, interactive, solution-focused roundtable discussions2
Real case studies on current trends in D&I space, including: inclusive policies for LGBTQIA + employees; D&I strategies in a multilocational organization; leadership strategies for successful ﬂexible work environment and job sharing in workplace4
Across the globe, leading organisations are making diversity and inclusion a priority. And there is sound reason for it:
Studies show a direct correlation between a culture of fostering diversity and inclusion and a company’s bottom line. In a recent McKinsey study, research showed that companies that are more gender diverise are 21% more likely to outperform others those that are ethnically diverse are 33% more likely to outperform others.
Diversity AND inclusion go hand-in-hand to propel a business forward. Companies that actively work towards making their cultures more inclusive are better positioned to achieve strong customer loyalty as well as boost employee engagement and productivity.
As Australia moves up in ranks with its rich, diverse profile of people, it becomes imperative that we learn best ways forward to create and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Corpolinx, therefore, is hosting the Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Summit to promote a learning and networking platform to share notes on strategies and case studies on what is working and what is not.
Executive Counsel and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Sally Macindoe is Executive Counsel and former partner and past Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia. In addition to her Planning & Environment practice Sally continues to lead the strategic discussion concerning Diversity and Inclusion with the national and global executive of the firm and more broadly within the business community and legal services industry. Sally was named Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency at their 2011 Business Achievement Awards, Female Partner of the Year at the 2012 Lawyer’s Weekly Women in the Law Awards in recognition of her leadership in the diversity area, National Australia Bank Women's Agenda Leadership Change Champion in 2013 and named in the 2013 AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.
Aboriginal and Cultural Diversity Program Team Leader
Kristie Cocotis is the Aboriginal and Cultural Diversity Program Team Leader at Diabetes Victoria. Kristie has a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and a Master of Public Health and has been working in health promotion with a focus on diversity and inclusion for over 12 years. She has worked in non-for-profit organisations overseas (Tonga) and interstate as well as local government. Kristie is passionate about health equity and the complex world of health literacy.
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Bindy Edelman is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Xero, where she is responsible for the diversity and inclusion program across Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK and Asia. She previously worked as the global Diversity and Inclusion Manager for WorleyParsons. Bindy started her career as an employment lawyer with a particular interest in equal opportunity and discrimination law. She has an Honours Degree in Law and a Master of Laws from Monash University.
General Manager Diversity Inclusion and Participation Inclusion Participation
Katie is committed to contributing to better mental health outcomes for people within marginalised populations through systemic and structural change processes. She works to develop and operationalise strategies for organisational capacity, workforce development and practice that are underpinned by an understanding of cultural safety, health equity, lived experience and participation. Katie has been working in social services for more than ten years with experience in both service delivery and strategic roles across child and family welfare, family violence, homelessness and mental health. She works from a social justice and human rights perspective incorporating lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ identity and mental health supported by a Master of Social Work. She is a graduate of the National Mental Health Commission, Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship.
Transgender Community Liaison Officer
Radio Personality and LGBTIQ+ Consultant
Michelle Sheppard “Mama Mish” is a highly respected presenter, advocate, and trainer in the gender equity space. As a transgender woman, she appreciates the difficulties within the grey created by the gender divide and not only traverses them herself, she willing takes others on the ride with her. Some of her high profile media engagements include JOY 94.9, AFL, ANZ, BMW, and Channel 9. She embodies dignity, grace and the change that is needed to make a positive difference in others’ lives, empowers women and challenges barriers to inclusion, discrimination, and harassment.
Inclusion and Diversity
Jacqui Davis is HR Partner, Diversity and Inclusion at Mercer Australia. Jacqui partners with business leaders to provide, promote and counsel for all D&I initiatives and is involved in the roll out of health and well-being programs across the region. Jacqui joined Mercer in 2012 and has worked as a Talent Acquisition Consultant and a Change Manager, prior to her current role. She is passionate about employee engagement, in particular, employers providing a welcoming and safe environment where colleagues can “bring their whole selves to work”. Jacqui is tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Employee Management from the University of Melbourne. Outside of work Jacqui enjoys watching her 11-year-old identical twin boys play soccer, walking the family dog, Fonzie, and dining out at new restaurants in her local area.
Office Community Lead
Dominic Taranto is the current Office Community Lead at Redbubble Headquarters based in Melbourne Australia. He currently project manages a number of community based programs that focus on reinforcing the values of RB and demonstrate their commitment to the wellbeing of their employees. Including charity outreach, artist in residence and their Belonging strategy which is now in its third year. New to the world of Diversity & Inclusion Dominic has leveraged his many years working with the LGBTQIA+ community to apply this to his role at Redbubble.
Dr Catherine Barrett is the Director of Celebrate Ageing, a social enterprise challenging ageism and building respect for older people. Catherine was a finalist for the 2018 Australian Human Rights Medal and believes that creating real cultural change requires innovative and engaging approaches
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Kasey is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for International law firm Ashurst, who have offices across 27 countries. Kasey is passionate supporter and advocate for equal opportunity and has used this passion throughout her career to lead cultural change within the diversity and inclusion landscape and working with leaders and organisations to create workplaces that are inclusive and celebrate the diversity of the communities in which they operate. Kasey has influenced change at Ashurst to see the launch of a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives including its 'Committed to Change' leadership program which empowers the senior leaders of Ashurst to champion diversity and inclusion within the firm. Kasey also implemented the firm's reverse mentoring program to encourage greater understanding of perspective, inclusivity and diversity across all levels as well as launching key diversity and inclusion policies and programs including Ashurst's Transitioning (Gender Affirmation) policy, Domestic and Family Violence Paid Leave policy as well as the firm's Religious and Cultural Leave Policy.
John Bordigan, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Port Phillip
Bruce Smith - Fire Services Engineer, Cundall
Blair Stratton, Manager – Victoria, RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Mark Norris, Operations Manager-Building QLD & PNG, CBP Contractors
Steve Parrott, Manager Technical Assessments, Cumberland Council
John Wilson, Manager Building Surveying, Queensland Department of Housing & Public Works
Ben Wallis - Sales Director, Blue Chip Group
Sam Ciccia, Senior Project Manager, Shape Group
Gareth Gamble - Architectural Technologist ACIAT and Technical Author, NBS
Simon Fletcher, Fire Safety Consultant, Red Fire Engineers
Bruce McKenzie, National Manager Commercial Services & Major Projects, Sergon Building Consultants
Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, RED Fire Engineers
Eoghan Pierce - Specifications Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels
Pelle Zetterstrom, Technical Director, GHD
Nic Cox - Director, Focus Alliance Pty Ltd
Natasha Stojanovich, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers
Douglas White - Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls
Stephen Kip, Fire Safety Engineer & Building Regulation Consultant, Skip Consulting
Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, Associate Director, Red Fire Engineers
Steven Baxas, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Melbourne
Brad Malcolm, Project Manager, Johnstaff
Sophie Fekri - Senior Structural/Façade Engineer, Pendyala Consulting
Vic Lilli, Director - Vic Lilli & Partners
Brendan Sim, Project Officer, Cromwell Property Group