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SONA & EmAGN Lean In: Working With Diversity

23 Sep 2020 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST

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Diverse thinking encourages viewing issues through different lenses. Ensuring a diverse workplace is an important start but to create successful organisations, workplace culture and design solutions, celebrating diverse thinking is critical. What work do we need to do individually to ensure that we can collaborate with others who have different viewpoints and perspectives to our own? This panel discussion will cover how to work in teams, manage conflict and different points of view, and generate designs for diverse groups of people. 

Introducing the speakers

Fiona Austin-Webber

As Diversity Council of Australia’s  Membership Advisor based in Melbourne, Fiona guides and supports a wide range of corporate and   not-for-profit sector member organisations as they navigate implementing workplace Diversity & Inclusion. She   also creates communications content and delivers D&I Knowledge Program workshops.

With a professional background in training and development, recruitment, operations, consulting, marketing and   communications, she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Australia, the UK and Germany,   experiencing a range of diverse range of working environments.She is passionate about how organisations can best include and utilise the strengths of neuro-divergent employees at work.

Dr Remi Ayoko

Oluremi (Remi) is an Associate Professor of Management at the UQ Business School in the University of   Queensland, Australia. Remi’s principal research interests include conflict management, emotions, leadership,   diversity, team work and employee physical work environment and territoriality.

Remi is an award-winning researcher and the results of her cutting-edge research have been published widely   in reputable journals such as Journal of Organization Behavior. She has also written many book chapters and   co-edited a Handbook of Conflict Management Research published by Edward Edgar Publishers while she has presented her research in several national and international conferences. 
She is a recipient (with others) of a highly coveted Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant awarded to study the impact of employee physical work environment (e.g. office configurations) on employees’ territoriality, wellbeing and productivity. She has appeared on radio (national/international),TV and newspapers talking about workspace issues. Remi is a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI), US Academy of Management, and International Association of Conflict Management.

Zach Ghirardello

As the Member Engagement and Partnership Manager based in Canberra, Zach works in collaboration with the national team supporting Diversity Council of Australia’s members and partners.

 Having worked in the private sector, not-for-profit organisations and with government agencies, Zach has   extensive experience in both business development and stakeholder management. Zach enjoys supporting   organisations of all kinds in their Diversity & Inclusion journey and facilitates DCA’s ‘Engaging Men’ Knowledge   Program.

In 2017-18, he advocated for victims of institutional negligence and sexual violence as they navigated complex legal processes— an experience that motivated Zach to begin his own legal studies and research. Zach currently works part-time and is completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the ANU.


23 Sep 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
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