Conference Day One

Conference Day One

Tuesday 6 March 

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08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Alison Causley, Council Member, Australian Institute of Project Management

09:00 | INSPIRATIONAL PRESENTATION: How inclusion can help improve business performance

Danielle Marsden-Ballard, Founder & Owner, Sacred Earth Works

Finding inspiration to drive D&I initiatives in your organisation

09:35 | Building inspiration to walk the walk and advance your career

  • Growing from the bottom up
  • Building skills and competencies to achieve your career goals
  • Using diversity to meet new and future businesses demands on innovation, research and workforce development

Sandra Hills, Chief Executive Officer, Benetas

10:10 | Morning tea

Examining leading industry approaches for all dimensions of diversity and inclusion

10:50 | Case study: How Australia Post is driving an inclusive workplace culture

  • Overview on Australia Post’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Why psychological safety is critical to inclusion
  • How diverse perspectives influence creativity and innovation
  • Why leadership is critical to changing the status quo

Ashely Samson, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Australia Post

11:25 | Case study: An overview on the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion’s diversity and inclusion strategy

  • Unpicking assumptions – we might be diverse but how inclusive were we really?
  • Getting everyone on board – influencing for change
  • Establishing the strategy – bringing it all together
  • Delivering on our promise – making the strategy live

Emily Andary, Workforce Strategist, South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

12:00 | Networking lunch

13:00 | Case study: NSW Government Veterans Employment Program – why hiring veterans is a good business decision

  • Improving workplace diversification by transferring approximately 5,500 military people into Australian workforce annually
  • An overview on NSW Government Veterans Employment programs and how it is encouraging employment of highly efficient professionals
  • Assessing veterans’ highly relevant and transferable skills and experiences – and what value they can be to business
  • Results to date

Garth Callender, Former Manager, Veterans Employment Program, Department of Justice

13:35 | KEYNOTE SESSION: Engaging senior management to be a workplace champion

  • Discovering a passion D&I initiatives and the value it can add to both the organisation and the wider community
  • Building skills and competencies to achieve your goals whilst inspiring other to do the same
  • How to build the influence and skills to get support and buy-in from senior management

Tina Dimitriadis, General Manager People and Facilities Services, Family Planning Victoria

14:10 | Building the foundations of diversity by having an effective inclusion strategy in place

  • Creating a culture that encourages opportunities and enhances participation of a diversified workforce and community
  • Improving employment by facilitating recruitment, retention and career development opportunities
  • How commitment to employee empowerment and excellence in workplace diversity leads to excellence in business and in the community

14:45 | Afternoon tea

Building influence in your organisation and getting senior management buy-in

15:25 | Influencing cultural change by educating leaders to think differently

  • Why cultural change is critical in driving diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Driving successful outcomes by putting people first and championing innovative values
  • Encouraging personal and successful growth to all by building people up – and seeing careers and business soar

Max Knobel, Director, Change Right Consulting

16:00 | PANEL DISCUSSION: What role does SES (Senior Executive Service) plays in driving D&I initiatives across the business?

  • Why should every organisation embrace diversity and inclusion as a business strategy?
  • How cultural transformation can support leaders to embrace challenges and change?
  • How should managers redesign their beliefs and create influence that reflects ever growing skills in the team?

Panel moderator:
Alison Causley, Council Member, Australian Institute of Project Management

Donna Rygate
Chief Executive, Local Government NSW
Karen Lay-Brew, PresidentAustralian Business Software Industry Association

16:40 | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:50 | End of Day One and networking drinks

18:00 | Official event dinner 

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