Previous NEEOPA forums can be found below.

8 Dec 2021


Building Inclusive & Accessible Workplaces - the New Norm


In acknowledgment of International Day of People with Disability, our panel will explore a range of topics from attitudinal barriers, why employment outcomes haven’t improved in 20 years, the importance of disclosure and data capture, as well as emerging problems and opportunities the pandemic has presented for the disability community.

Our special guest panel includes:


A recording of this forum is available for members, please make a request at


7 Sept 2021


Women in Politics: the barriers to achieving gender balance and how women and men are working together to combat this

We heard from: 

  • Amanda Webb, Board Director, Women for Election Australia on the barriers women face to getting elected - how and why they prepare women to stand for public office;

  • Zali Steggall OAM MP, her personal experiences and how she got elected into an “unwinnable seat”; and 

  • Alex Greenwich MP, an Independent Member for Sydney, who champions equality and human rights. 

Despite the passing of the sexual discrimination act over 35 years ago and women’s rising workforce participation rates (61% compared to men's at 71%[1]), only 18% of CEO’s are women and only 32% of Directors in ASX 200. For the first time in Australia’s history, there was equal representation between men and women parliamentarians in the Senate as of 1 January 2020[2]. However, women still comprise only three in ten federal parliamentarians in the House of Representatives. One in five (20.0%) Federal Government Ministers and 26.1% of Federal Government Cabinet Ministers were women, as of January 1, 2019[3][4].

[1] Women’s Gender Equality Agency, [2] Australian Bureau of Statistics, [3] Australian Bureau of Statistics 

A recording of this forum is available for members, please make a request at


29 Jul 2021


Workplace response to Domestic and Financial Abuse


A case study exploration with Claire Dawson, Executive Manager, Community Investment from the Commonwealth Bank and Jane Threader, National Program Manager, Good Shepherd Financial Independence Hub, which explores how business can partner with the community sector to address complex social issues.


  • How CBA has approached the issue of domestic violence to better support its employees, customers and communities.

  • How business partnering with experts and the community sector can make a difference.

A list of resources: click here.

A recording of this forum is available for members, please make a request at


Jun 7, 2021


Black Lives Matter  


Mundanara Bayles AFHEA MAICD joined us as our keynote speaker. Mundanara is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Australian BlackCard Pty Ltd (BlackCard), which is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business certified with Supply Nation.

BlackCard is a specialist consultancy providing cultural capability training and consultancy services to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community.


Mundanara shared her journey with us, what the Black Lives Matter movement looks like in the Australian context, as well as her insights on how individuals and organisations can tackle racism. 

Her message is loud and clear - it’s up to every individual to be curious and become educated about the true history of Australia.


Following are some simple actions we can all take today:


  • If you see racism, call it out, even if it means losing friends

  • Use your platform to amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (e.g. Check out and share the Black Magic Woman podcasts)

  • Check out Share our Pride for resources

  • Support the Raise the Age campaign

  • Support the  Free Her campaign

A recording of this forum is available for members, please make a request at


Apr 29, 2021


Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


Our expert panelists  explored the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace and the practical ways employers can address this issue and drive cultural change and leadership to promote positive workplace cultures for women and men. 

The Panel:

Kate Eastman SC - Barrister, New Chambers

Michael Jeh - Educator and Public Speaker  

Shaan Ross-Smith, Director, MATE Program, Griffith Criminology Institute

Some articles of interest on the topic:


A recording of this forum is available for members, please make a request at


Feb 25, 2021


Women in STEM - Inspiring the next generation

DPANEEOPA and EEON joined forces for our premiere event of 2021.

Our three organisation are proud to collaborate together to bring our members a forum discussing women in STEM and how to tackle the prevailing barriers in creating more gender-equal industries.

In this virtual event, we present some of Australia’s thought leaders and doers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Our expert panel explored the following themes and provide practical strategies that can be used immediately in the workplace, or in entrepreneurial endeavours:

  • attraction and how to inspire the next generation and end under-representation.

  • how we reshape the stories we share about STEM to address enduring myths

  • rethinking attraction to grow our pipeline, rather than ‘rob’ one another for great talent.

  • why women leave STEM: the challenges of under-representation and covert discriminatory practices.

  • practical strategies to make schools, universities and workplaces ready and more inclusive.

The Panel:

Moderated by Ruth “Rocket Women” Harrison

Taylah Griffin - Flight Test Engineer, Boeing Australia 
Angela Bee Chan - CEO Hackathons International
Madhu Bhaskaran - Professor and Electronics Engineer RMIT University
Keynote by Bronwyn Evans PhD, CEO of Engineers Australia.


Nov 26, 2020


NEEOPA EOY Celebration

No one could have predicted the year that was 2020, where we were rocked by global pandemic, economic meltdowns, race protests, remote working, home schooling and lockdowns. As we wrap up 2020, we invite you to join us in celebration of the human spirit for enduring all these with grace and courage.  We’ve asked four guests from all walks of life to tell us their stories – how they woke up one day in 2020 to find their jobs and their lives turned upside down and how they learned to adapt, refocus and thrive.  Get ready to be inspired so you can make 2021 all you want it to be.   

  • Hozefa Siddiqui, TAFE NSW Service Centre Manager 

  • Jina Belnick, Teacher and Learning Team Leader 

  • Matt Levy OAM, Paralympian Swimmer, Event Speaker, Change Analyst

  • Rachel Setti,  Registered Organisational Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Facilitator, and Writer. 


Oct 25, 2020

Driving the Inclusion agenda forward during recession

Australia is in recession. What impact will this have on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and what can D&I/HR practitioners do?


Our two wonderful speakers, Rhonda Brighton-Hall and Yasmin Poole, shared their knowledge and insights on the topic as well as delivered at least one key action that organisations/D&I practitioners can take. 

A recording of this forum is available for our members, please make a request at

Future Forums


Sep 20, 2020

Disrupting the way we work: COVID-19 and workplace flexibility

2020 has seen remote working become the new normal for most organisations.

We are very excited to welcome Juliet Bourke and Troy Roderick who will discuss what impact this will have on our workplace’s overall flexibility agenda in the future.


We will explore:

  • What does a sustainable flexibility approach look like as we move into 2021 and beyond?

  • The impact the change in the way we work may have on our diverse workforces.

  • How does organisational culture inform the success of a dynamic flexible working approach going forward?


A recording of this forum is available for our members, please make a request at

Jun 25, 2020

Diversity & Inclusion during crisis and recovery

As we move out of the COVID crisis, organisations across the world are drawing from new experiences and perspectives and taking the opportunity to re-imagine ways of working and doing business. This presents opportunities for organisations to embrace and deliver on diversity and inclusion.  

Our panel of D&I thought leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities for diversity and inclusion arising out of the COVID crisis and recovery.  We heard from: 

Alison Woolsey: Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Clayton Utz

Edyta Torpy: Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Allianz Australia

Sarah Abbott: Head of Diversity, Leadership & Inclusion, The University of Sydney

A recording of this forum is available for our members, please make a request at

Jun 03, 2020

A chat with Libby Lyons WGEA

Libby Lyons, outgoing Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shared her reflections and achievements during her 5 years as Director as well as her thoughts on the future progress of gender equality in Australia.

A recording of this forum is available for our members, please make a request at

Apr 06, 2020

Delivering Diversity through Recruitment

Our guest speakers are actively involved in the progress of diversity in recruitment across a range of industries and will discuss:

  • International recruitment trends on Diversity & Inclusion

  • Innovative talent acquisition strategies to source and match diverse talent (inc. under-utilised and under-valued talent)

  • How to accelerate specific D&I recruitment initiatives

  • How to use your recruitment partner as ambassadors of Diversity & Inclusion

This 60-minute webinar will include expert insights as well as practical strategies and resources for everyone - you don’t need to be a D&I specialist!

Our passionate guest speakers include:


Charles Cameron - CEO Recruitment Consulting and Staffinc Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA)


Rachelle Towart OAM - CEO and Founder, Pipeline Talent

Kerry McQuillan - General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Randstad

Thank you to Randstad RiseSmart for hosting this online forum.

A recording of this forum is available for our members, please make a request at

Feb 19, 2020

Diversity in Thinking

An interactive workshop presented by Juliet Bourke, Partner and D&I Practice Lead, Deloitte, to explore how diversity of thinking help teams make smarter decisions and the relationship of thinking and demographic diversity.

Nov 27, 2019

2019 EOY Function

Venue: Ashurst Australia, level 9, 5 Martin Place, Sydney

Drinks and canapes served.

NEEOPA Members: Free. Non-Members: $60*

Thank you to our member - Ashurst, for generously hosting this event.

This was an opportunity to reconnect as a community, reflect on our achievements, the journey ahead and our plans for 2020.

Our principal speaker: 


Tracy McLeod Howe 
CEO, CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Service) & Co-founder, Childhood Domestic Violence Australia

A guest appearance from Juliet Bourke on behalf of our wonderful sponsor Deloitte.

(*100% of sales from non-member tickets donated to CAPS). 

Oct 21, 2019

Diversity in the Media

An interactive showcase on Diversity in the Media. Our prominent speakers will explain the importance of a balanced representation in Australian Media and how best to engage with diverse audiences.

Our speakers: 


Members will have an opportunity to listen to each speaker and ask questions in small groups at a round-table setup.

Sep 02, 2019

Accessibility in the Workplace

Join us to learn from a range of speakers who are actively working to progress access and inclusion across their industries. 

Together we will:

1. Learn about the lived experiences of people with disability and the impact accessible workplaces can have.
2. Understand the business case for digital accessibility.
3. Share what progress employers have made to create more inclusive workplaces for people with disability, and understand where further opportunities lie.

There is something for everyone at this forum, no matter what stage of the accessibility journey you are on!


- Majella Knobel, Director Accessibility & Inclusion, Westpac
- Gabrielle Bartlett, Marketing Coordinator, Job Support
- Michelle Rzepecki, Australian Paralympic goalball player and part of the HireUp team
- Amy Whalley, Deputy CEO, Australian Network on Disability
- Renata Zanetti, Digital Accessibility Consultant, Intopia

Thank you to our sponsor Deloitte for hosting this forum.

Jul 22, 2019

EOFY Networking Event

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Baker & McKenzie, Tower One - International Towers Sydney
Level 46, 100 Barangaroo Avenue | Sydney NSW 2000 

Canapes and Drinks included.

Members are invited to network at our EOFY event and meet our 2019/2020 Executive Committee.

This event is proudly hosted by Richard Gough, Partner at Baker McKenzie.

Jun 05, 2019

2019 AGM with Guest Speaker Dr David Cooke

Dr David Cooke has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years and was appointed as the first non-Japanese Chairperson and Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013. 

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers. 


David is Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Australia and of the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sustainalytics, an ESG advisory firm and is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.

David will present on CEO Activism. 


NEEOPA Members are encouraged to read selected works from Dr David Cooke prior to attending:

Apr 08, 2019

Parental Leave Equality

Join us to view the uniquely beautiful Aussie Dads photographic exhibition and hear a lively panel discussion, in which we will unravel the true value of parental leave equality.


Australia’s mainstream approach to Paid Parental Leave is not meeting the growing needs of Australian working families.  In fact, progress has stalled according to WGEA.  Parental leave requires urgent consideration by employers to ensure future parental leave and flexibility policies are gender-equal and family-friendly.

We will tackle those burning questions such as what do best practice parental leave policies look like? How can we implement a shared, gender-equal approach to parental leave? Why is it important to include Dads in the caring conversation? How can we foster workplace cultures that support and encourage men to take parental leave?

Facilitating the panel discussion will be Emma Walsh, Founder & CEO, Parents at Work as she interviews Sam Sheppard, CHRO, Deloitte and  Eleanor Debelle, CHRO, QBE and Alex Laguna, Founder of Betterdads, on parental leave equality.

Feb 18, 2019

The D&I Revolution presented by Juliet Bourke

In an interactive session, Juliet will talk about Deloitte’s recent research, The D&I Revolution “8 Powerful Truths” spanning leadership, measurement and narrative.

This session will also include a fireside chat on your burning questions.

Recommended pre-reading for our February forum:

  • The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths

  • Missing out: The business case for customer diversity

  • The six signature traits of inclusive leadership

  • Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? A new recipe to improve business performance

Dec 03, 2018

2018 End of Year Function

Our speaker during the evening will be Jon Owen, CEO & Pastor of Wayside Chapel. Jon lives and breathes Wayside’s mission of creating community of no ‘us and them’. Wayside do this by breaking down the barriers of judgement and providing a safe place where people from all walks of life are welcome.  Jon has dedicated his life to closing the gap on inequality, both living and working amongst some of the most disadvantaged communities in Sydney and Melbourne.

Thank you to RiseSmart for hosting the event.

Oct 22, 2018

Gender Equality: How close are we really?

Why are we still talking about a gender pay gap?

With the recent news on achieving the lowest parity in 20 years, NEEOPA will revisit gender pay parity from three diverse perspectives. 

Beginning with a presentation from each speaker, the 90 minutes will be rounded out with a Q&A session inviting participant interaction.


Reaching the magic zero - what's next?

  • Achieving gender parity is a goal on many of our country’s top executives’ scorecards but what should a company do when they finally reach that goal? Last year Australia Post became the largest organisation in Australia to report gender parity for their 35,000 employees. How has Australia Post achieved this and what have they learnt in the last 12 months since reaching the magic zero? Jayne Ward, Head of Performance, Talent & Reward, Australia Post.

What about the male perspective?

  • We live in an era of improving gender equity and stand on the precipice of a future that is female. However whilst there has been substantive progress in empowering women in the workplace, we have not made equivalent progress for men. As more and more women step back into the workforce, are we really helping men to step out to take care of their families? Rob Sturrock, Senior Public Policy & Advocacy Manager, The Smith Family.

A six-step process

  • WGEA will provide an overview on why gender pay equity matters and present a six-step process to help organisations address gender pay equity. WGEA will also share tips on actions organisations can take to address gender pay equity, including suggestions for conducting fair and equitable negotiations. Helen Karatasas, Education Delivery Manager, Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

We encourage you to invite your male colleagues and remuneration specialists along to be part of a wide variety of conversations around gender pay parity.

Thank you to Deloitte for hosting this event.

Sep 03, 2018

Future of Work - a new narrative

The Future of Work is here

Robots. Contingent workers. Displaced roles. Augmented humans. Agile working.


What is your response? How does this impact on the focus of D&I? Do you have or want a seat at the table in discussions on the future of work?


Join this Masterclass to gain an edge in your thinking, knowledge and understanding of this topic. This forum will change the way you approach discussions on the future of work and provide you with tools, ideas and network of people who have also been through this masterclass. Focused on a case study, in 90 minutes we will use techniques including neuroscience, design thinking and marketing principles to interact with other attendees and stretch our collective thinking on the narrative of diversity and inclusion.


Katrina North, (former) Asia Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Leader EY, will lead the Masterclass. Carmel Court will co-facilitate this event.


We encourage you to invite your Marketing or Engagement colleagues and embrace behavioural change principles that are deeply embedded and well utilised in marketing strategies.  

Jul 23, 2018

The New Asian-Australian Century

Join us for a NEEOPA-first discussion where Julie Chai, Founder and CEO of the Asian Leadership Project alongside a distinguished and expert panel will unpack this new term.

  • Marina Go (Chair of West Tigers NRL club and Office Brands, Non-Executive Director at Energy Australia, 7-Eleven, Autosports Group ASX:ASG, Ovarian Cancer Australia and Author)

  • Swati Dave [Managing Director and CEO, Export Finance Insurance Corporation (EFIC) and Non-Executive Director of Asia Society Australia and State Super]

  • David Field (Chief Legal Counsel, Canon Australia)

  • Plus a Special Guest

Jun 04, 2018

AGM with guest speaker Tracey Spicer

Last year, journalist Tracey Spicer asked Australians working in the media to contact her with their #MeToo stories. The responses she received – more than 1600 – came from all around Australia, across industries and backgrounds. Many of them expressed the shame and fear that kept them from speaking out earlier.


This movement has brought to light horrifying levels of both harassment and retaliation for speaking up. For too long, those with power have chosen to protect workplace abusers and silence those who tried to stop them.


This changes NOW.


Spearheaded by Tracey Spicer AM, NOW is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated.


NOW will help these people understand their rights and options, and support them if they wish to tell their story. The fund we're building will connect them with counselling and legal services, including our growing network of lawyers around Australia.


Join us for this members only event for a conversation with Tracey Spicer to hear more about NOW and its aims to address harassment and assault. Tracey will speak following our short AGM when we will welcome the nominated 2018/2019 Executive Committee.


Thank you to Deloitte for hosting this event.

Apr 09, 2018

Procurement Supplier Diversity Forum

Join us for an interactive panel discussion, featuring leading Australian organisations discussing diversity and inclusion along the supply chain, and hear examples of organisations who are working to align diversity, corporate responsibility, sustainability and procurement agendas.


We will be joined by guest speakers:

  • Erandi Samarakoon - Indigenous Supplier Diversity Manager at LendLease

  • George Mifsud - Director at Indigenous Defence Consortium

  • Glenn Johnston - Director of Procurement Transport at NSW Trains and Board member, Supply Nation

  • Olivia Tyler - Director Sustainable Business Services, Commercial Services at Westpac


Beginning with an address from each speaker, we will move to a discussion amongst the panel and open up to the audience for questions and input. Key themes we will cover include;


  • What are ethical and inclusive sourcing practices?

  • What are different types of direct vs indirect inclusive sourcing practices?

  • What are the practical challenges when engaging in Supplier Diversity? 

  • What are the steps/processes each of you take to build capability in suppliers when they're unsuccessful, or not quite there yet?

  • How can organisations address systemic and/or unconscious bias when it comes to sourcing events?

  • How can organisations use their influence to drive inclusion within their supplier base?

  • How can leaders outside the supply chain, such as D&I and HR leaders help to drive inclusive procurement?  


We encourage you to bring along a colleague from your organisation from Procurement/Supply Chain, and look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you to Deloitte for hosting this forum.

Feb 19, 2018

Faith & Spirituality Forum

For our first event of the calendar year, NEEOPA will be hosting a unique event in the D&I agenda, where we will explore the diversity of faith and the implications within the corporate context. We will be joined by the following guest speakers: 

Michael Traill AM

Michael was the founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia between 2002 and 2014 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles. He is the author of ‘Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment’ which reflects on his personal and professional journey and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector.

In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations.

Jacquie Seemann

Jacquie has practised employment and industrial relations law since 1990, guiding clients through four major reforms to the Australian industrial relations system.  With her team, Jacquie advises on individual and collective employment relationships from recruitment to termination and beyond.  She is an experienced litigator in employment disputes, discrimination claims, and prosecutions for breach of industrial and workplace safety laws. Jacquie is also a leading practitioner in discrimination law, and an industry leader in designing and presenting tailored compliance training programs for employers.

Jacquie works in both the public and private sectors, and her expertise spans a wide range of industries including education, health and aged care, community services, financial services, IT, retail, manufacturing, transport and agribusiness. She has recently completed a chapter on the challenges facing religious schools, to be published in a handbook on schools law.

Michael and Jacquie will each provide a keynote address, followed by a discussion across the following themes:


  • How do leaders maintain a respectful work environment  amongst employees of varying faith and belief systems?

  • Do the faiths and philosophies of individuals influence the way they operate in the workplace? How does this impact on whether they “bring their whole selves to work”?

  • What strategies are available to address the diverse needs of our people and customers, with respect for their religious and spiritual beliefs?

Thank you to Deloitte for hosting this forum.

Nov 20, 2017

End of Year Function

Tues 21st Nov 2017

Time: 16.45pm - 19.00pm

(Drinks & Canapés served)

Hosted by PwC, Lvl 17, One International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo

Our theme this year is 'A Celebration of a Successful Year in D&I'.

Our End of Year celebration is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our year and what we have achieved, as well as the lessons learnt and the journey we still have ahead of us.

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Patrick Kidd, CEO of Invictus Games 2018. The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry as a way to use sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, as well as generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

We will also be hearing from Tom Moore, CEO and Founder of WithYouWithMe, a veteran owned digital startup connecting ex-defence force talent to Australia's leaders. Their programs are changing the way that the veteran labour force is perceived by Australian industry.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Oct 23, 2017

Wellness and Inclusion Showcase: Wellbeing Through an Inclusion Lens

Our Table Hosts:

  • Rachel Clements – Centre for Corporate Health

  • Graeme Cowan – Creating Thriving Tribes

  • Chrysa Aroutzidis – EAP – Davidson Trahaire Corpsych

  • Sarah McCarthy – Pride in Diversity

  • Lara Bisley – Smiling Mind

Juliet Bourke, partner at Deloitte, will open the Showcase and discuss how wellbeing is commonly talked about, but rarely understood or measured. More than one-third of executives in the Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trend survey rated wellbeing among their top five priorities, but fewer than one in ten thought they were dealing with it effectively. When organisations are able to measure wellbeing it means that they can make measurable improvements, monitor progress and return on wellbeing. Wellbeing is important to Deloitte – and it’s important to Medibank. So they formed a partnership to develop the Wellbeing@Work Index. The Index measures wellbeing holistically across 4 indicators: Mind, Body, Purpose and Place.

Sep 11, 2017

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander: Building Pathways - Nurturing Future Indigenous Leaders


Nareen Young, Director, PwC Indigenous Consulting

Adam Davids, Learning & Development Director, CareerTrackers

Station Officer Bill Spek, Fire & Rescue NSW


Sonja Braidner, Diversity Coordinator, FRNSW

Jo Higgins, Lead Business Partner, IAG

Across Australia we are seeing a number of progressive organisations take positive steps towards building a sustainable pipeline of future Indigenous leaders, creating employment and education opportunities which will empower future generations and close the gap that exists.

A panel of organisations shared what they are doing in the indigenous employment space, from graduate and entry level roles, through to senior level employment.  They shared their learnings and key insights, and also talked about how they’ve worked to ensure this new talent joins an inclusive organisational culture, through policy and procedural change.

Jul 17, 2017

Cultural Diversity Showcase - Doing it Differently!

When around 30% of the Australian population was born overseas, simply having a culturally diverse workforce doesn’t automatically translate into business benefits. To leverage the true value of cultural diversity you need to manage it effectively.

There are however, different ways of taking action to build culturally diverse organisations and our terrific line-up of speakers will share their unique approach to:

  • recruiting and engaging refugees and asylum seekers in both the public and private sectors; 

  • building cultural capability – from ASX 100 leaders to frontline staff

  • addressing a lack of cultural diversity in leadership and

  • using data analytics to support the diversity strategy.

Cultural Diversity Showcase table hosts:

  • Charis Martin-Ross, Head of Diversity and Sustainability, Allianz Australia

  • Christine Ung, Group Diversity and Inclusion Manager,  The Star Entertainment Group

  • Sonja Braidner, Diversity Coordinator and Ania Kebabjian, Fire & Rescue NSW

  • Jo Higgins, Organisation Architect, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and Ash Nugent, Deputy CEO, CareerSeekers and Manar Radhi, Claims Consultant

  • Tamerlaine Beasley, Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Jun 05, 2017

AGM/Guest Speaker Catherine Fox

Following the Annual General Meeting we will be having a fire side chat with Catherine Fox to discuss the topic of her latest book - Stop fixing women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody's business".

Catherine is one of Australia's leading commentators on women and the workforce. A journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia.

After working in the financial services sector in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Australian Financial Review. During a long career with the AFR she edited several sections of the publication, and wrote the Corporate Woman column and for Boss magazine before leaving to set up her own consulting business in 2012.

Catherine has written several books, including "Seven Myths about Women and Work" which was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Her latest book "Stop fixing women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody's business" was published in March 2017.

Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards and is on several advisory boards, including the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.   


Apr 03, 2017

Catalyst – Insights from the latest Catalyst Global Inclusion Research.

How do you define inclusion? Can you recall particular experiences at work when you felt included? Based on those, can you now describe what inclusion looks like?

Now think about instances when you felt excluded. How would you describe those experiences? Perhaps you’re able to recall a specific story, image, or interaction that signalled exclusion. Chances are you’ll remember feelings of exclusion more vividly than those of inclusion.

Yet, Catalyst’s new research shows that employees’ day-to-day experiences of inclusion and exclusion happen at the same time. This presents a dilemma for leaders. We must equip leaders with the skills, resources, and tools to manage the coexistence of inclusion and exclusion.

Join us for this engaging and insightful webinar where we hear from Emily Wakeling, Executive Director, Catalyst and Troy Roderick, Australian Catalyst Ambassador as they provide insights into Catalyst’s latest research on Inclusive Leadership, how managers can learn new behaviours, and Catalyst’s resources available to you.


Emily Wakeling  - Executive Director, Global Corporate Relations, Catalyst          

Emily Wakeling oversees Catalyst’s relationships with its more than 800 corporate members. With an expanding team globally, she recruits, develops, and supports Catalyst member organisations to advance organisations' diversity and inclusion initiatives to make positive change for women and other diverse groups.

Troy Roderick - Global Head of Diversity, Telstra and Catalyst Ambassador Australia

Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for over 20 years. As Catalyst Australia’s Executive Ambassador, Troy provides leadership and support to Catalyst supporter companies in Australia committed to more inclusive cultures. In this role he frequently speaks to corporate and public audiences on topics including women’s leadership and advancement, flexibility, inclusive leadership and engaging men.

Feb 20, 2017

Customer Diversity & Inclusion

Historically diversity and inclusion strategies and programs have focused in the most part on the employee experience.  However, organisations are starting to think about building greater levels customer inclusion into their business models, recognising the need to address the unique needs and perspectives of a diverse customer base and ensure that their products and services are accessible to all. 

Customer inclusion can cover a broad spectrum of activity: from utilising technology to make products more accessible, to incorporating universal design and accessibility into product development; from community engagement, to creating products that respond to the specific needs of a customer’s cultural background, gender, age, disability or social/economic demands.

Join us to hear from our panel of guest speakers, who will share their experience of customer diversity and inclusion. 

  • Juliet Bourke, Partner Deloitte Human Capital Consulting – sharing the latest research findings with the Australian Human Rights Commission on customer diversity

  • Heather Denman, Customer Inclusion Manager, IAG

  • Matt Bizilis – President, Salesforce

Nov 21, 2016

End of Year Function: A Conversation with Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

We are excited to invite you to NEEOPA’s end of year function, an intimate conversation with Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

Kate will be providing an update on her first year as Sex Discrimination Commissioner, what she has learned, her priorities as well as her vision for gender equality in Australia.

Following on from the key note there is an opportunity for the audience to take part in an interactive Q&A where you can pose your questions and provide insights and learnings on your own journey to gender equality.

Oct 24, 2016

The Evolution of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to Business Resource Groups (BRG) – lessons learned

Whether you are forming an Employee Resource Group or have already reached a level of maturity, this forum will help you understand what it takes to build a successful network, avoid the pitfalls and leverage your ERGs to become a source of diverse talent and contributor to business growth.

At their best, ERGs are an opportunity to engage employees from different groups, give them a voice, provide networking and communities of support and advance Diversity action plans.  At their worst, they can lose direction, lack sponsorship and funding, appear to exclude others and become a ‘whinge-fest’ through sheer frustration.


This forum will discuss:

  • What is an Employee Resource/Network Group, what does it do and how is it different to a Business Resource Group?

  • Where to begin forming an ERG

  • What are some of the legal implications

  • Developing a governance framework or charter

  • Gaining executive sponsorship/champions

  • Budget and competition for resources

  • How to avoid losing momentum

  • Redefining the ERG to become a BRG - market facing to unlock business opportunities


Our panel of guest speakers will share their experience of either their ERG or BRG and represent some of the most progressive networks in NSW:

  • IBM - Todd Wright, Diversability Chair supporting people with disability community

  • CBA – Lucy Riggall, Unity Network Co-Chair, supporting the LGBTI community

  • Work Dynamic, Anne-Marie Paterson, Legal Advisor

Sep 12, 2016

Interactive Forum on Understanding and Addressing Pay Equity

NEEOPA - in partnership with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and supported by Sageco - is conducting an interactive forum  designed to understand and address gender pay equity.

WGEA will provide an overview on why gender pay equity is important, the types of pay gaps that exist and a six-step process for addressing gender pay equity. We will then hear from Jacquie Milne HR Business Partner at MSD who will provide an insight into their journey to gender equality before breaking into groups for an interactive session to discuss and work through the six step process to improving pay equity and how this can relate to your own organisation.

After sharing leading practice, you will leave this session with an action plan, strategies, tools and resources to help identify and address gender pay equity within your organisation.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • Recognise why gender pay equity is important for everyone

  • Understand the types of pay gaps, the issues and causes

  • Become aware of ways to address gender pay equity including through WGEA’s tools/resources,  case studies and sharing leading practice

  • Share and brainstorm innovative solutions to address gender pay equity


Guest Speakers:

  • Jacquie Milne – Senior Business Partner: HR, Compensation & Benefits

  •  Helen Karatasas – Senior Education Advisor - WGEA

  •  Asha Hum - Strategy & Education Manager, WGEA

  • Sarah Cleasby - Sageco Transition Specialist

Jul 25, 2016

Diversity and Inclusion Showcase

Each year NEEOPA hosts a Diversity Showcase to enable leading organisations to host a table and share the latest trends, initiatives, case studies, project outcomes and research which is influencing the discussion around diversity and inclusion today. Members have an opportunity to circulate the room and select which Showcase hosts to visit. It is an interactive and vibrant forum and very popular so RSVP as soon as you can!  

Our table hosts will share information and insights on an impressive range of diversity and inclusion related topics and they are:

  • Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

  • Cecelia Herbert, Diversity and Inclusion Manager (APAC), Google

  • Cathy Francis, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager, Harvard Business Publishing

  • Michael West, CEO Guwaali, Director NSWICC, Director ACCAN

  • Juliet Bourke, Partner, Human Capital at Deloitte Australia TEDx speaker, author

  • Sarah Abbott, Senior Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Jun 06, 2016

Is our Leadership Diverse Enough? (Annual General Meeting)

Chair: Chrissie Tucker, ABC

Is our leadership diverse enough?

Australia is rightly celebrated as a multicultural success story. But our cultural diversity isn’t yet reflected in the leadership of our political, business and civic organisations. Why does this matter? How do we change the status quo? And whose responsibility should it be?

Apr 04, 2016

Webinar - ‘Keep the momentum going’ - LGBTI Inclusion in Practice

Chair: Simon Wilkins, Talent Program Manager, Allianz

Are you interested in learning more about LGBTI workplace inclusion? Are you just starting out, or wondering how you can keep the momentum of your program going? Join us to hear from two leading employers who will share their stories and examples of embracing pride in the workplace.


Feb 15, 2016

Supporting Carers in the Workplace: An Essential Business Strategy

Chair: Fiona Hitchiner, SeventeenHundred and Alice Moginie, Merck Sharp & Dohme

With 39% of employees having unpaid caring responsibilities*, supporting carers in the workplace remains a critical topic for organisations. Organisations that develop and implement an integrated carer strategy will benefit from a wider and more diverse talent pool.

* Australian Human Rights Commission – Supporting carers in the workplace toolkit

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