How to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion in your Workplace
Diversity is about our individual differences and acknowledging the unique blend of knowledge, skills and perspectives people bring to the workplace. Its characteristics are wide ranging, including everything from cultural background and ethnicity, age, gender and disability; to professional skills, working style, location and life experiences.
An inclusive culture is one where everyone feels valued and respected and able to fully contribute. It is about removing barriers to make sure everyone can participate in the workplace and have equal access to opportunities. Inclusion is about empowering people to contribute their skills and perspectives for the benefit of organisational performance and business outcomes.
Why does diversity and inclusion matter? Diversity is central to innovation. It brings forth new and better ways of doing things, helps us to harness the benefits of technology and improve the efficiency and quality of our services.
Inclusion is the key to unlocking this potential. When we value workplace diversity and inclusion, we see benefits such as:
- Higher employee engagement
- Improved performance
- Greater innovation
- Retention of talent
- Improved employee wellbeing and lower levels of unlawful behaviour such as harassment and discrimination.
Join us in this complimentary breakfast panel event, as we explore:
- The nature of diversity and inclusion and what it looks like in the Australian workforce today
- The drivers and outcomes of several programs Allianz Australia and Settlement Services International have implemented to help create jobs and access to education for refugees and migrants in Australia
- What stops us from creating inclusive recruitment practices within our own organisations.
This event is designed to give you some key insights and take-aways to improving your own diversity and inclusion strategies, as well as practical tips on overcoming unconscious bias in your recruitment processes. The event will also include a facilitated Q&A session.
MEET THE PANELLISTS
Kylie van Luyn - Settlement Services International: Employment Services & Social Enterprise Director
Kylie has an extensive history in executive leadership, working with a wide range of not for profit and NGOs in the employment, disability and social enterprise sectors. She has deep experience across employment and disability programs and a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and social impact. Kylie’s early career experience has given her a strong grounding in working in cross cultural environments and supporting people through their settlement journey, as well as supporting people with disability and the most disadvantaged in society.
In April this year Kylie was named as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women's Awards in the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category.
In her current role, Kylie leads the Employment Services & Social Enterprise team at SSI and leads a number of growth and diversification projects across the division.
Charis Martin-Ross - Social Impact, Corporate Governance & Conduct at Allianz Australia Insurance
Charis developed her career as an organisational psychologist, working across global consultancies before specialising in financial services. She is fascinated by what makes people tick and how organisations can positively impact the lives of employees.
Charis transitioned into inclusion as a specialism, driven by a sense of social justice and advocacy for the commercial value of shaping cultures that leverage diversity of thinking. This work led to a strong focus on the development of a culturally diverse workforce, including programs to provide employment and education opportunities to people with a refugee background.
Her latest work in Social Impact provides the opportunity to create positive impact across the broader community, both in Allianz Australia and across the global Allianz network of over 70 countries.
Nina Mapson Bone - Managing Director of Beaumont People
Nina is the Managing Director of Beaumont People, a specialised recruitment business that truly believes in “placing people first”. Nina helps business leaders with their people problems and delights in bringing talented people together to drive value, build vision and realise opportunities.
With extensive leadership experience, she has built and restructured high-performing teams with a focus on talent attraction and retention.
As a non-executive director and managing director, Nina understands the challenges and complexities of driving growth and ensuring a customer-first approach in large, diverse businesses that have multiple service lines.
If you have a business problem, complex tactical challenges with your employees or organisational structure, you can be guaranteed that Nina has helped others navigate through similar issues.
Nina has an MA (Hons), is a Fellow for the RCSA (Recruitment Consulting and Staffing Association) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Facilitator, Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith - CEO of The Inclusive Foundation