Agenda

08:30

08:50

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP & CULTURE 

09:00

  • Formulating your organisational response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, and how this impacts our Indigenous communities
  • Celebrating differences of opinion and setting boundaries
  • Why inclusive leadership is so important in today’s environment – fostering inclusion, building cultural intelligence, empathy, sense of belonging etc.
  • Identifying the right leadership skills to align with a business-oriented diversity strategy 
  • Moving away from a focus on “diversity” towards a focus on “inclusion” 
  • Implementing values at the top that flow on to the entire workforce 
***Bring your CEO for free to this morning session***  

09:40

  • Changing the way leaders think about inclusion & diversity from a social justice issue to a strategic business imperative - how can it facilitate business recovery?
  • Positioning inclusion as the critical enabler  
  • Leveraging “diversity of thought as the end game”  
***Bring your CEO for free to this morning session***  

10:10

  • Planning, engagement & conversations: the key factors to a successful inclusion & diversity strategy 
  • Building an inclusion & diversity strategy that matches an organisation’s values and reflects the community in which it operates 
  • Ensuring a sustainable program, a committed leadership, and a level of success that is measurable 
***Bring your CEO for free to this morning session***   

10:40

FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR WORKPLACE 

11:00

  • Catering to requests for flexibility from different employees with specific needs  
  • Managing employee engagement & well-being through unique flexible working requirements 
  • Ensuring your employee's home working environment is psychologically safe 

MEASURING SUCCESS 

11:30

  • What is Cultural Diversity and how do you measure it? Finding out the ''who we are!" 
  • How a data and scientific driven approach can create better inclusion and engagement outcomes 
  • Becoming Diversity Agile - understand cultural alignment between your organisation and the customers and communities you serve 
  • 3 steps that help people bring their true selves to the workplace - getting data to work  
  • Displaying the results of ‘who we are’ at this conference 

INTERSECTIONALITY

12:00

  • Understanding the interactions between different “identities” and how these impact diversity & inclusion 
  • Embedding a culture of inclusion that allows all diverse employees to feel safe  

12:30

  • Understanding the difficulties that employees face whose diverse identities intersect 
  • Making an employee feel safe & respected 
  • Implementing a culture of inclusion that goes beyond typical diversity metrics  

01:10

02:10

Work as a group to discuss practical solutions to the following challenges: 
Roundtable I – Managing and embracing an aging workforce
Morag Fitzsimons, Manager - Employee Care, Lockton Companies  
 
Roundtable II – Advancing employment for those with disabilities
Fiona Davies, Manager - Diversity and Inclusion, Life Withour Barriers 
 
Roundtable III – Eliminating unconscious bias
Lucy Taksa, Director Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquaire University  

03:10

RELIGIOUS & CULTURAL ISSUES

03:40

  • Navigating and pre-empting the potential policy options 
  • Preparing an inclusion strategy in times of uncertainty 
  • Simplifying and explaining the proposed legislation to other employees & heads-of-departments 
  • How to keep your inclusion & diversity strategy aligned with legal requirements and organisational outcomes 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

04:10

  • Understanding different mental health considerations within each generation 
  • Responding to the distinct ways in which remote work impacts each generation 
  • Considerations of leadership for someone within each generation 
  • Creating a mentally healthy workplace catering for generational diversity 

04:40

04:50

05:00

08:30

08:50

09:00

  • What can we learn from decentralized movements like BLM that have diverse spokespeople with different opinions?
  • Ensuring diverse employees are included at all levels of seniority, including in leadership roles
  • Understanding the business, economic and social impact of an inclusion-focused workplace 
  • Identifying and implementing effective programs to achieve meaningful inclusion for all citizens 
  • How to monitor progress and measure success 

ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS 

09:30

  • Have the recent BLM movements impacted the discussion around Indigenous employment?
  • Recognising the pandemic’s impact on Indigenous businesses, which are 100 times more likely to hire Indigenous employees  
  • Realising the economic and social impact of inclusive workplace programs aimed at Indigenous Australians 
  • Understanding and overcoming the barriers to meaningful Indigenous workforce participation 
  • Working with Indigenous communities to create shared value and a shared purpose  

GENDER EQUALITY 

10:00

  • How to legally collaborate with competitors to achieve a common social goal  
  • Using research and data to influence MDs to be involved and commit resources 
  • The importance of a data driven approach and finding the right external partners for 2020 initiatives 
  • Responding to the negative employment impact that COVID-19 has had on women in STEM 

10:30

  • Identifying key areas of concern & establishing tangible measures of progress 
  • Creating & implementing a strategy to improve gender equity across a large and well-established organisation 
  • Understanding & overcoming cultural barriers within an organisation within a realistic timeline 

11:00

CULTURAL DIVERSITY 

11:20

  • Stories of Australian companies who’ve welcomed refugees into their workforce 
  • The business case for including refugees – why it’s good for your organisation and good for Australia 
  • Inclusive recruitment tips 

DISABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY

11:50

  • Recognising D&I as an enabler of business performance and recovery 
  • How to design your workplace from the point-of-view of workers on the fringe 
  • How inclusive design benefits workers in the mainstream 
  • Configuring inclusive design for your workplace designed to provide the greatest level of accessibility 

NEURO-DIVERSITY

12:20

  • Understanding the potential of an effective neurodiversity program 
  • Identifying the right skills and attracting the right talent 
  • Maintaining a safe & positive work culture 

12:45

  • An overview of neurodiversity initiatives at St Martins Youth Arts Centre 
  • Hiring leaders with lived experience to establish an organisational culture of inclusion  
  • Leveraging on inclusive culture to implement structural change that empowers neurodiverse communities
  • How has a focus on neurodiversity benefitted our people at St Martins? 
  • Interactive activity: Embracing diverse styles of communication 

01:15

02:10

Work as a group to discuss practical solutions to the following challenges: 
Roundtable I – Building a culture of inclusion within your organisation 
Gudrun Elms, D&I Program manager, NBN Co
 
Roundtable II – Improving accessibility 
Charmine Hartel, Professor and Chair in Inclusive Organisational Leadership  and Employment, University of Queensland 
 
Roundtable III – Creating a culture of psychological safety 
Theresa Lim, CEO, Play2Lead 

03:20

LGBTIQ+ PRIDE 

03:40

  • Building organisational confidence by starting with solid executive buy-in 
  • Engaging employees on the ground before, during, and after the process 
  • Creating and maintaining a space for LGBTIQ+ employees to feel safe and valued

04:10

  • Understanding and applying the latest research into diversity & inclusion in Australian workplaces
  • Identifying & overcoming reporting issues with LGBTQ staff to achieve a true measure of inclusion
  • Preparing & implementing the most appropriate and effective strategy to improve your D&I programs for LGBTQ staff 

04:40

04:50