Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Virtual Conference 2023

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Embracing DEI as a strategic advantage for your organisation

Harness the current optimism and momentum surrounding DEI to drive sustainable initiatives that make a measurable impact in your workplace.

09.30 AM - 10.30 AM


SESSION 1 · The myth of merit
Navigating the intricate tapestry of merit and gender equity in 2023

In this thought-provoking keynote, Annabel will challenge the notion of meritocracy in the workplace, dissecting recent global events including the controversies surrounding the Women’s World Cup. Join a discussion that will prompt you to explore strategies to pull apart systems that perpetuate disadvantage and create a culture of equality and belonging.

10.30 AM – 10:45 AM


10.45 AM – 11.40 AM


SESSION 2 · Navigating the corporate role in DEI
Is the role bridging societal divides, achieving genuine DEI momentum, or both?

In today’s dynamic environment, organisations and DEI and HR professionals are facing a range of opportunities, challenges and expectations, both internal and external. Our expert panel will discuss how organisations can achieve their DEI goals, while confidently navigating changing social and political agendas, including avoiding over-reach.

11.40 AM – 11.50 AM


Browse the virtual attendee list to connect with fellow DEI professionals

Discuss session insights, current challenges and opportunities, and build your professional network to help guide future initiatives.

11.50 AM – 12.30 PM


12.30 PM – 1.20 PM


SESSION 3A · Amplifying lived experience
The transformative power of voices in shifting mindsets and culture

Amplifying the lived experiences of employees can be an effective way for organisations to foster an inclusive and productive culture. In this session an expert panel will share the practical strategies organisations have used to highlight the voices of lived experience, and as a result have created meaningful and enduring cultural change in the workplace.

SESSION 3B · Data analysis and reporting
Informed decision making to foster equitable workplaces

Understanding and effectively utilising diversity data is essential to fostering equitable workplaces and making informed decisions. What gets measured gets done.  

Undertaking intersectional and multifactorial analysis of diversity data helps to build your data literacy, considering the people behind the data, reasons for resistance in data collection and identifying key equity issues. This session will empower HR and DEI professionals with the knowledge and tools to harness the potential of data effectively by understanding, interpreting, and ensuring the integrity of diversity data.

1.25 PM – 2.15 PM


SESSION 4A · Unlocking leadership
Conversations on gender and race in corporate Australia

Research undertaken in 2023 by Chief Executive Women (CEW) and Intersection sheds light on the unique challenges culturally diverse women have faced in their leadership journeys, uncovering a variety of factors, both positive and negative, that have influenced their career trajectories.

In this session a panel of diverse women leaders will provide insights into the actions and strategies that organisations can employ to unlock the full potential of diverse talent in senior leadership roles.

SESSION 4B · Beyond rainbow-washing
Nurturing authentic allies in the modern era

Over recent years within many organisations LGBTIQ+ allyship has evolved, but authentic support is sometimes obscured by performative acts, also known as rainbow-washing. To advance DEI, organisations must foster genuine allyship that goes beyond superficiality and embraces meaningful, lasting action.

Discover strategies to cultivate genuine allies in your organisation who drive positive change, creating an inclusive workplace where every voice is valued.

2.15 PM – 2.25 PM


Browse the virtual attendee list to connect with fellow DEI professionals

Discuss session insights, current challenges and opportunities, and build your professional network to help guide future initiatives.

2.25 PM – 2.40 PM


2.40 PM – 3.25 PM


SESSION 5 · Fostering mental wellness and inclusion
Building resilient, psychologically safe and inclusive workplaces

Expedited by the global pandemic the focus and state of workplace mental health has shifted substantially. Creating mentally healthy workplaces is a necessity for employee productivity, satisfaction, and organisational success. This engaging conversation will explore the strategies and practices that leaders are using to build workplaces that support and empower employee well-being, engagement, and productivity.

3.25 PM – 3.30 PM



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Antoinette Lattouf, broadcaster, journalist, author, diversity advocate and mental health ambassador. Phtoto by Peter Morris/Sydney Heads

Antoinette Lattouf (she/her)

Conference Host

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb (she/her)

Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster

Aunty Munya Andrews

Aunty Munya Andrews

Aboriginal Elder, Cultural Educator and Director of Evolve Communities

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Dr Bree Gorman (they/them)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Matt Haanappel OAM PLY

Matt Haanappel OAM PLY (he/him)

National DEI Manager · AUSTSWIM

Michelle Sheppard

Michelle Sheppard (she/her)

Presenter, Advocate, and Trainer

Rezza Moieni

Rezza Moieni (he/him)

Chief Technology Officer and Project Director · Cultural Infusion

Roman Ruzbacky

Roman Ruzbacky (he/him)

Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion · Cultural Infusion

Dominic Taranto

Dominic Taranto (they/them)

Diversity & Inclusion Lead, People & Performance · EPA Victoria

Tammy Pararajasingham

Tamara Pararajasingham (she/her)

General Manager of Impact and Innovation · Uniting

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Keri Le Page (she/her)

Inclusion & Diversity Lead · Australia & New Zealand, Mars

Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr Ruth Vine

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health

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Jono Nicholas

Managing Director · The Wellbeing Outfit and Chief Mental Health Advisor for EY Oceania

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Dr Clinton Schultz

Director, First Nations Strategy and Partnerships, Head of First Nations Research, Black Dog Institute

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Natasha de Silva

Principal, Intersection

Dr Marlene Kanga AO

Dr Marlene Kanga AO FTSE FREng FAICD

Chair, Non-Executive Director, Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Diversity Activist

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Melanie Fernandez

General Manager Policy, Communications & Research, CEW

Rhonda Brighton-Hall (1)

Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR

Founder and CEO, mwah – Making Work Absolutely Human

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Sugandha Chapman (she/her)

Senior Manager of Client Delivery, Inkling Group

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