Diversity and Inclusion ‘Working Together for a Stronger Tomorrow’

23 Jul 2024
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Diversity and Inclusion ‘Working Together for a Stronger Tomorrow’

July 23 @ 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM AEST

VIC Mildura Network
The data tells us that greater diversity means stronger performance and better outcomes for individuals, organisations and communities so why is achieving Diversity so hard?

This Network event will hear from three Executive Leaders in our community about three key aspects of Diversity (Neurodiversity, Indigenous employment and Women in the workplace).

We will hear from:

Andy Charles, Executive General Manager
Kelly Wandel, General Manager at Northern Malle Leaders
Deb Fankhauser, General Manager People and Customers

We will finish the network session with an engaging Q&A where we can share knowledge and experience and consider opportunities to work collectively in our community to build a stronger tomorrow through greater diversity.

Target Audience  
All levels of HR practitioners, business leaders and owners

Speaker: Andy Charles, Executive General Manager
Andy Charles – A proud Yorta Yorta/Wemba Wemba man, who is committed to true Aboriginal Self Determination and has a strong leadership background and proven history in leading teams and individuals to achieve high performance across a broad range of Family and Community programs within the Aboriginal Community Controlled and Non-Government sectors.

Speaker: Kelly Wandel, General Manager at Northern Malle Leaders
Kelly Wandel is a dedicated advocate for women’s empowerment and connections of empathy. With a diverse career, she brings unparalleled support to high-level individuals and the wider community, fostering their success through a collaborative approach. With deep roots in social values and emotional intelligence, Kelly’s leadership has transformed countless lives. Her work with WomenCAN Australia and now with Northern Mallee Leaders highlights her commitment to driving meaningful change for women. Kelly’s unique blend of intuition, resilience, and attention to detail makes her a trusted ally for those striving to reach their full potential.

Facilitator: Deb Fankhauser, General Manager People and Customers
Deb Fankhauser is an HR professional with over 25 years’ experience across government, not for profit and private sectors including Health Services, Education and Training and Aboriginal Services. Deb’s technical expertise is in leadership and talent management, culture change, performance management, pandemic management and workforce design. Deb is passionate about building leaders to champion Inclusion, Equality and Diversity not just within her organisation but across the public sector. Deb is the Chair of the Vic Water Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and has just lead the Water Sector through the development of the water sectors Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024 – 2028. Deb believes to unlock the full potential of our people we need to develop a culture that appreciate our differences as our strengths and an enabler for doing things differently.

Other Event Information
You will obtain 1.5 CPD points for this forum.

Registration Information
Registration close: Monday 22 July
Having trouble registering? Contact Us or phone 1300 811 880.
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23 July 2024
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM AEST


Lower Murray Water’s Head Office 741-759 14th Street
Mildura, VIC
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