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First ABC ‘The Drum’ Appearance of 2020

On my first ‘ABC The Drum’ of 2020, feeding in from Melbourne. Tonight: talking about what’s being done to prepare for job transitions in coal regions? What have other countries done to make the move away from mining. Has the coronavirus killed the cruise industry? Plus, the collapse of George Calombaris’ restaurant empire. With Matt Carnegie, Margy Osmond & Ewen Jones, hosted by the brilliant Ellen Fanning.  

2020-02-20T06:39:57+00:00February 13th, 2020|

Gordon 2020 Teachers Summit – Diversity and Inclusion

Started the working year off with a presentation at the Gordon 2020 Teachers Summit in Geelong, presenting to a cohort of TAFE educators. I spoke about the application of Diversity & Inclusion in educational settings, highlighting the value of having diversity represented beyond the student body from, staff recruitment and HR policy, through to representative leadership. Am so thankful to the warm reception from the Gordon TAFE trainers and their wonderful teachers. A special shout [...]

2020-02-12T03:16:59+00:00January 30th, 2020|

Women In Leadership

#WomeninLeadership I recently Chaired the second day of a two day conference on ‘Women in Leadership’, with the theme, ‘How to be Changemakers’. Held in Melbourne, this conference involved keynotes from Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, the Vic Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commissioner, Kristen Hilton and Managing Director of SEEK, Kendra Banks. Further panels through the day discussed workplace flexibility and strategies for an engaged workforce as well as a brilliant presentation on leading with [...]

2020-02-20T07:41:34+00:00December 15th, 2019|

Human Rights Under Attack

Presenting this afternoon at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Conference on the panel; Are human rights under attack and do we have an obligation to uphold them? Facilitation from the ABC’s Religion & Ethics host, Scott Stephens. My co-panellists included: Deputy CEO, Pacific Disability Forum, Savina Nongebatu CEO Human Rights Watch, Elaine Parson TEAR Australian CEO, Matthew Maury Cross Cultural Consultant and Chair AMWCHR, Tasneem Chopra Issues I spoke to included: who’s responsibility [...]

2018-10-30T23:49:03+00:00October 30th, 2018|

She Roars

Speaking on a panel ‘SHE ROARS: Muslim Women and Feminism in Islam’ (love the title!) for #Muslimcollective as part of #SalamFest2018 . My co-panelists were the erudite Dr Shakira Hussein and boxing sensation, Bianca Elmir, with Reem Soueid artfully facilitating. We covered the personal, transnational and intersectional dimensions of feminism, along with observations about future blue prints for inclusive societies. It was thoroughly thought provoking with audience interaction affirming the need for more spaces to [...]

2018-11-06T04:24:25+00:00October 27th, 2018|

The Future is Fiercely Female

Tonight I spoke to a group of young women and girls from the #YouthActivatingYouth. I shared my story of migration to Australia, traversing a hyphenated identity, obstacles in my career, observations about opportunity for growth and hope. In all, these brilliant and determined young women inspired my belief in a future for this society replete with diverse and forward thinking global citizens. Confident and capable, the future IS female !

2018-10-01T03:53:49+00:00September 24th, 2018|

Cultural Competence In Corporate Settings

This morning I presented to a Corporate recruitment firm on the merits of diversity in the workplace. I canvassed the moral and fiscal imperatives of centring inclusive practices in their strategic planning. More importantly, I stressed that any policy commitment to effect change in workplace culture must occur in tandem with organisational will, else be redundant. I was grateful for a warm and engaged audience who appeared to want to further their organisational capability to [...]

2018-10-01T04:00:39+00:00September 20th, 2018|

#MeToo must Not Go On

Tonight I enjoyed facilitating the Monthly ‘Game Changers’ event at Victoria University, MetroWest. The theme was ‘The Show Must (not) Go On’ and it invited artists to creatively unpack dimensions of the #MeToo movement in the arts industry, a year on from the issue taking shape globally. Background: “A sinister phase of this #MeToo movement has been identified by the New York Times, coined the “not so fast” era, which indicates the attempted comeback of [...]

2018-10-01T04:03:31+00:00September 19th, 2018|

Indonesian Counterparts in Leadership

I was honoured to meet with an Indonesian Leadership delegation via #deakinuniversity today. These Senior Multi-Faith Women Leaders were in Melbourne as part of a broader national tour. I conducted an overview on the work of #AMWCHR, the challenges of Islamophobia & the struggle for diverse women leaders within patriarchal societies. There were some amazing thought leaders in this cohort from Muslim, Buddhist and Christian communities- the questions were incisive and plentiful. Thank you, Deakin, [...]

2018-10-01T04:20:32+00:00September 11th, 2018|