Faith & Spirituality Forum

Date: Tues 20th February 2018

Time: 9am - 10.30am

Deloitte, level 9, 225 George St, Sydney

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.

(Signed copies of Michael Traill’s book will be available for cash-only purchase, at the special price of $30 on the day)

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?

Menti Results from questions asked to members about how they manage/perceive Faith & Spirituality in their workplace.

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