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Workshop: 24 May 2021
Conference: 25-26 May 2021
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.
Head of Indigenous Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion
With degrees in International Politics and Law, Jacqui has nearly ten years’ experience bringing corporate and community together. In her current role she heads up Sodexo’s Indigenous Affairs and Diversity teams, leading a team of passionate individuals delivering community engagement, diversity and inclusion strategies, Sodexo’s Reconciliation Action Plan, Indigenous employment and spend with Indigenous owned businesses. Jacqui also co-leads Sodexo’s global Indigenous workgroup. Prior to joining Sodexo, Jacqui worked across a range of industries, including at Toll, Melbourne Water and Medibank, in a range of diversity and Indigenous Affairs roles. Jacqui is passionate about social justice issues and is driven by supporting people and organisations to be their best.
Senior Program Manager, FFMVic Culture and Diversity
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
An experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in public safety and emergency management for over 20 years. Holding her Master's degree in Education, Dawn has used adult learning principles throughout her career to design and develop programs and curriculum. Dawn works for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, leading the Women in Fire and Emergency Management program across Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic). Dawn is Captain of Toolangi Fire Brigade, as well as a Board Member with the Country Fire Authority. Dawn has a history of working with community groups. She is passionate about ethical behaviors and gender equality in the emergency management sector.
Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
A cross-cultural trainer by profession, Monita has over 25 years’ experience in lecturing, teaching and training of students and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds at Australian Hospitals, Canadian and Australian Universities, Australian Language Centres, as well as Australian and North American Relocation Management Companies. Multilingual (fluent in Dutch, English and Spanish with working knowledge of French, Italian and Papiamento) she completed a BA Hons. and Master degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Queen’s University (Canada) as well as a Master in International Business (Swinburne University. Since 2009 she has been the Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, during which time she developed foundational policies/plans, a cultural diversity events program, a language app and a comprehensive training program which covers more than 20 topics ranging from cross cultural conflict resolution management to cultural considerations at end of life as well as the impact of culture and language on pain and pain assessment. With an annual delivery of over 60 workshops as well as an online training module, cross cultural training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne reaches nearly 2,000 staff across the health service every year.
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.
Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Leigh Frost has over 15 years’ experience across a variety of industries including retail, mining and finance. She has deep expertise in recruitment, mobility, business improvement and business partnering but has found her passion in diversity and inclusion. Leading the D&I strategy at QSuper has been her most rewarding role to date, and one where she feels that she has contributed to enhancing the employee experience and the culture of the organisation. “As a parent of two returning to the workforce I was looking for purpose in my work life. I feel like I am contributing to the creation of an inclusive workplace where my children will be able to bring their whole selves to work”.
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
Senior Advisor - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Born in India to feminist parents and having lived and worked in many different countries, I really am a vagabond and a global citizen. After years of living overseas, I moved to Melbourne, in December 2016, with my partner and our mighty little girl, who is already a fearless feminist. It is for this reason too that I chose to contest the elections in the School Council at the Ivanhoe Primary School; volunteer with my local council whenever I am not travelling, and take my daughter along with me in events I am invited to speaks- so that my daughter, and others know and see capable women, from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in various platforms. After twenty odd years working in humanitarian aid and international development in Asia, Africa and Oceania working on gender justice in various sectors – Infrastructure, Elections, Violence against Women, I stepped out of my ‘comfort zone’ and into my newly created role in the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) as their Senior Advisor -Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. My role is to lead, guide and embed intersectional elements of diversity and strengthen inclusion across the organization and in its people, practices, policies. The EDI canvas at TIO is gradually being filled with different shades of passion, creativity and purpose, aimed at making us an Employer of Choice where all employees dare to be great, feel respected and inspired, evolve and grow and are celebrated.
Associate Professor,Director of Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion
Monash Business School
Nick is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion in the Monash Business School. He is an award-winning educator who works as an innovator, instigator, and disruptor to create future-oriented business education programs that focus on innovation, creativity and design thinking.
Bruce McKenzie, National Manager Commercial Services & Major Projects, Sergon Building Consultants
Nic Cox - Director, Focus Alliance Pty Ltd
Mark Norris, Operations Manager-Building QLD & PNG, CBP Contractors
Sophie Fekri - Senior Structural/Façade Engineer, Pendyala Consulting
John Wilson, Manager Building Surveying, Queensland Department of Housing & Public Works
Natasha Stojanovich, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers
Gareth Gamble - Architectural Technologist ACIAT and Technical Author, NBS
Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, Associate Director, Red Fire Engineers
Blair Stratton, Manager – Victoria, RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Simon Fletcher, Fire Safety Consultant, Red Fire Engineers
Ben Wallis - Sales Director, Blue Chip Group
Brad Malcolm, Project Manager, Johnstaff
Steven Baxas, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Melbourne
Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, RED Fire Engineers
Bruce Smith - Fire Services Engineer, Cundall
John Bordigan, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Port Phillip
Stephen Kip, Fire Safety Engineer & Building Regulation Consultant, Skip Consulting
Sam Ciccia, Senior Project Manager, Shape Group
Steve Parrott, Manager Technical Assessments, Cumberland Council
Vic Lilli, Director - Vic Lilli & Partners
Pelle Zetterstrom, Technical Director, GHD
Douglas White - Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls
Brendan Sim, Project Officer, Cromwell Property Group
Eoghan Pierce - Specifications Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels