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Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Conference Sydney
21 - 23 May

The Aventedge Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference takes an in-depth look at diversity programs which embrace values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds and preferences in the workforce. We have been running this Conference in Australia since 2016, and are pleased to announce that we will be running the Conference in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Hong Kong and Singapore throughout 2018. By attending this two-day Conference, you will gain an overview of the current issues, challenges and trends surrounding workplace diversity and inclusion. Not only that - but you will discover critical steps and practices to assist your organisation in transitioning from diversity to diversity and inclusion. There is something unique about the calibre of speakers and organisations who will bring their expertise to this Conference in May. You will hear case studies addressing inclusion and diversity journeys, lessons learned, and most importantly the tangible takeaways for your organisation to prepare for the future of work and create inclusiveness in today’s diverse workforce.
 
The two-day event will cover a range of challenges and issues that surround workplace inclusion & diversity, such as:

  • gender diversity
  • pay parity
  • LGBTQI+
  • cultural differences
  • ethnicities
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous & Torres Strait Islander people
  • fostering inclusivity

For the Sydney Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Conference Agenda, click here
 
 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Developing A Holistic Inclusion & Diversity Strategy


9.00 - 5.00 Monday 21 May 2018

Explore the true meaning of inclusion through this full-day workshop at the Workforce Inclusion & Diversity conference, and discover ways to create a strong baseline for your organisation to achieve better inclusion. Construct a rigorous change approach for your organisation to enable diverse cultures, skills, experience, backgrounds, behaviours and attitudes to be included in your strategic dialogue and improved organizational outcomes. Build a baseline data-set that ascertains the true diversity and inclusive indicators that will make any diversity and inclusion strategy successful, and build greater employee engagement.

 

Workshop Leader

 
Simon Corcoran
Co-CEO, A-Ha! A Human Agency

Simon is a transformational change leader who works with global and local organisations to deliver sustainable and high-performance outcomes. He is the founder and Co-CEO of the consulting company, A Human Agency, which lives by the mantra of HR designed differently. He helps many Australia’s top performing companies move beyond the complex and design simple people oriented solutions. He is also holds the position as Australia’s Head of Country for the global Change Management Institute. He is most known for his work within diversity and inclusion and is recognised as a leader in the space. He co-authored CMI’s e-book on ‘Change in the age of disruption’, and has also been published by the Centre for Workplace Leadership on the important role culture plays in rapid organisational growth and engagement. 

Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Sydney Agenda

08:20

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE 

08:50

Chairpersons’ opening address
Alison Woolsey, Director Diversity and Inclusion, Clayton Utz 
 

09:00

Holistic strategies for diversity and inclusion
Edward Pearce, Human Resource Specialist, Accor Hotels 

09:35

Case study: Advancing women in leadership
Geraldine Leslie, Executive General Manager People, Safety and Customer, AusNet Services 

10:10

Case study: Empowerment and enabling women in your workplace
Niki Kesoglou, Global Head Diversity and Inclusion, QBE Insurance

10:45

MORNING TEA

11:15

Panel discussion: Rebalancing gender divides
Panel moderator: Gina Lednyak, CEO, L&A Social Media (Telstra Young Business Woman of  the Year NSW 2016)  
Panelists:
  • Alexandra Taylor, Head of Human Resources, Citi Australia and New Zealand
  • Linsey Simpson, Head of Human Resources ANZ, Thomson Reuters Legal
  • Emma Highwood, Head of Community Football Development and Women’s Football, Football Federation Australia
  • Simone McDonald, Head of Capability and Enterprise HR, EnergyAustralia
  • Sue Davidson, Director Organisational Development and Change, CSIRO

12:00

Case study: Improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Carol Corzo, Head of Inclusion, Bupa Australia and NZ

12:35

Case study: Talent management and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members
Sharon Gray, National Aboriginal Engagement Manager, John Holland

01:10

NETWORKING LUNCH 

02:10

Case study: Ensuring mental wellbeing for a diverse workplace 
Wilma Stevens, Manager Diversity and Inclusion, DLA Piper
 

02:45

Interactive Roundtables

03:20

AFTERNOON TEA

03:50

Case study: LGBTQI+ staff engagement and support
Samantha Turner, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Westpac Group 

04:25

Panel discussion: Benefiting through strong LQBTQI+ inclusion and participation
Panel moderator: Mark Latchford, Associate Director, Pride in Diversity
Panelists:  
  • Sonja Braidner, Diversity Coordinator, Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Kirby Grattan, Director, Organisation Capability, Optus
  • Karen Jacobs, Head of People and Culture, Sonoma Banking Company
  • Edward Pearce, Regional Human Resources Manager NSW ACT, Accor Hotels

05:00

Chairpersons’ closing address
Alison Woolsey, Director Diversity and Inclusion, Clayton Utz 

05:10

NETWORKING DRINKS 

08:30

WELCOME COFFEE

09:00

Chairpersons’ opening address
Rebecca Rushton, Director Strategic Human Resources, NSW Education Standards Authority

09:10

Reducing cultural gaps in ethnically diverse workplaces
Fiona Davies, National Manager Diversity and Inclusion, Life Without Barriers 

09:45

Case study: Incorporating diversity and inclusion in to talent management strategies 
Heather Geary, Oceania Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Ernst and Young

10:10

Case study: Building an inclusive culture, and harnessing diversity as part of the fabric of your organisation
Theaanna Kiaos, Managing Director, Diversity First

10:45

MORNING TEA

11:15

Case study: Inclusive language and design 
Grazia Pecoraro, Founder, Perspective Hive

11:50

Panel discussion: Tackling unconscious biases and embracing diversity of experience, experiences and thoughts
Panel moderator: Stephen Ellis, CEO, Knight Frank
Panelists:
  • Simone McCloskey, Team Lead Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Treasury
  • Maree Morgan-Monk, Head of People and Culture, Peoplecare
  • Gina Lednyak, CEO, L&A Social Media (Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year NSW 2016)
  • Breckon Jones, Director Head of Total Reward AU & NZ and Global Health and Well-being CoE, American Express

12:30

NETWORKING LUNCH 

01:30

Case study: Inclusion for people with disabilities
Kate Rush, Head of Disability and Mental Health, Anglicare

02:05

Supporting people with disabilities and embracing their abilities
Samantha French, Social Inclusion, Employment, International Relations, People with Disability Australia

02:40

AFTERNOON TEA 

03:10

Case study: Inter-generational workforces, and generational diversity
Priya Subrahmanyam, Head of People and Culture, Credit and Investment Ombudsman 

03:45

Case study: Meeting flexibility expectations for younger employees and women in your workplace
Michelle Rheinberger, Head of Talent Management, Flight Centre Travel Group

04:20

Case study: Holistic flexibility strategies for effective inclusion
Victoria Park, Diversity and Inclusion Director, PwC

04:55

Chairperson’s closing remarks
Rebecca Rushton, Director Strategic Human Resources, NSW Education Standards Authority 

05:00

END OF CONFERENCE

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Workforce Inclusion & Diversity | Sydney Speakers

Carol Corzo

Head of Inclusion

Bupa Australia & NZ

Samantha Turner

Head of Inclusion and Diversity

Westpac Group

Stephen Ellis

CEO

Knight Frank

Kirby Grattan

Director, Organisation Capability

Optus

Sharon Gray

National Aboriginal Engagement Manager

John Holland

Breckon Jones

Director Head of Total Reward AU & NZ and Global Health and Well-being CoE

American Express

Alexandra Taylor

Head of Human Resources

Citi Australia and New Zealand

Kate Rush

Head of Disability and Mental Health

Anglicare

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Partners

Supporting Organisations

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Why Attend Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Sydney?

  • Learn inclusion strategies through case studies by HR professionals from Westpac, PwC, Citibank, QBE, EY, Bupa and many others
  • Understand the true meaning of inclusion through panel discussions on LGBT+ inclusion, women in workforce and unconscious biases
  • Determine how to empower women in the workplace and work towards achieving pay parity through a case study from QBE
  • Implementing better flexibility strategies 
  • Hear about how Bupa and John Holland have improved Indigenous employment opportunities, talent management and retention strategies
  • Explore workplace culture and talent management strategies with Heather Geary from EY 
  • Adopt winning inclusion and diversity strategies used in both government and corporate sectors
  • Achieving inclusion and employment engagement for people identifying as disabled
  • Interactive roundtables: benefit from peer experiences and address your challenges 
  • Bring your experiences and challenges to roundtable discussions for interactive learning and share problems with HR expertsIn-depth pre-conference workshop: Developing a holistic inclusion and diversity strategy
    • Building a strong baseline for your organisation
    • Embracing values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds and preferences of individuals to benefit workplace culture and diversity through inclusion

Who Should Attend Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Sydney?

  • Heads of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Heads of People and Culture 
  • HR directors, managers, advisors, consultants
  • Workforce relations specialists
  • Health, safety and well-being managers
  • Talent acquisition professionals
  • Organisational development and capability specialists

 

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Location: Workforce Inclusion & Diversity

Sydney | 21 - 23 May, 2018
The event will be held in a hotel located in Sydney's CBD. The venue will be confirmed up to four weeks prior to the conference