4 MAY 2023
MELBOURNE
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UNLOCKING LIMITLESS VALUE

For too long, the true value of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity has been overlooked, eclipsed by competing priorities of the corporate agenda. While systemic transformation can be hard to envision, and harder still to unleash, the business case for Diversity and Inclusion is stronger than ever before, and pathways to action are clearing.

The Diversity and Inclusion Forum is dedicated to better understanding and unlocking this value by drawing on the shared experiences of Diversity and Inclusion Leaders from some the nation’s most respected businesses. The Forum will feature the voices of international and local leaders of authority and proven success to drive this mission-critical dialogue and attendees will walk away with practical, case-based insights into advancing and innovating within their own Diversity, Inclusion and Equity programmes.

Why Attend

    • We secure the highest calibre thought leaders from Australia and across the world to speak within a seamless and integrated format, facilitating fully interactive sessions that allow you to ask the questions that matter.

 

    • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.

 

    • Your experience is at the heart of the Forum. Our audience is screened for seniority, allowing for a five-start networking environment to extend the conversation beyond formalities.

 

    • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes-focused agenda.

 

Gain Access

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7 Exclusive Keynote Addresses
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150+ Executives
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Executive Learning Agenda
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5-Star Networking Environment
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20+ Executive Speakers
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Past Speakers

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Sarah Walsh
Head of Women's Football, Women's World Cup Legacy & Inclusion

Football Australia
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Sarah Walsh
Head of Women's Football, Women's World Cup Legacy & Inclusion

Football Australia
Sarah Walsh is a values-led sports executive and Head of Women's Football, Women's World Cup Legacy & Inclusion at Football Australia. As an athlete for 20 years, Sarah represented Australia at football’s top tier including the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007.

Beyond her professional playing career, Sarah transitioned into leadership where she accumulated extensive experience in driving gender equity in governance, and frameworks that create more inclusive environments and outcomes from grassroots to the elite level.

Sarah brings unique and progressive insights on leadership, high performing teams, and a track record in strategy development. Her results driven approach is evident in soaring participation growth across football’s ever increasingly accessible formats, and the landmark 2019 collective bargaining agreement that closed the Matildas pay gap with the Socceroos.

Now responsible for delivering a legacy from hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, Sarah is uniquely positioned to accelerate change for underdeveloped areas of Australia’s most played community club sport and has a strong platform to achieve 50:50 participation for women and girls by 2027.

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Asif Sadiq MBE
Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion, International

WarnerMedia (UK)
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Asif Sadiq MBE
Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion, International

WarnerMedia (UK)
Asif is the Senior Vice President at WarnerMedia for Equity and Inclusion, International, he was previously the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police. He is a board member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the board of advisors for Hedley May. Over his 20-year career he has worked in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Asif has been credited with impactful global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities and programs across organizations, that have created a strong sense of belonging for all and resulted in truly diverse workplaces. He has been key in building synergies between internal and external D&I efforts within organizations, ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded in all elements of a business, resulting in innovative, creative and inclusive products and services.

He is a Multi-Award-Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in D&I, Sustainability and Social Impact, being listed as one of the most influential Global D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, the CIPD’s Top 20 Power list and a LinkedIn Influencer. He is winner of numerous awards including the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and was honoured with an MBE in 2017 by the Queen and granted the freedom of the City of London in 2016.
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Fiona MacDonald
Head of Diversity & Inclusion

ANZ
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Fiona MacDonald
Head of Diversity & Inclusion

ANZ
Fiona is an experienced lawyer and HR professional with a lifelong passion for and career-long focus on equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.

Fiona is currently ANZ’s Diversity & Inclusion Lead, responsible for setting and executing the bank’s enterprise diversity and inclusion strategy across 33 markets, ensuring alignment with the broader Talent and Culture and organisational purpose, vision and strategy. Fiona leads the bank’s dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence which provides specialist advice, guidance and insights and delivers initiatives to build a diverse workforce and inclusive culture.

Fiona is known for her curiosity and empathy, and for taking a pragmatic, collaborative and relationship-based approach.
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Roman Matla
Director, APAC Diversity & Employee Engagement

Google
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Roman Matla
Director, APAC Diversity & Employee Engagement

Google
Roman’s professional career spans over 24 years i n a variety of Technology, Human Capital and Business Analysis leadership roles within the investment banking, mining and resources and technology industries across North America and the Asia Pacific region.

In August 2020, Roman joined Google as APAC Director of Diversity and Employee Engagement based i n Singapore. In this role, Roman and his team are responsible for delivering a globally aligned yet regionally tailored DEI strategy and set of initiatives that support Google’s business opportunities around the region. Roman graduated with honours from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada where he majored i n Business Administration and Marketing.

He has made Singapore his home for the past 19 years along with his wife Heather and two children Alex and Kalyna.
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Phillipa McDermott
Head Indigenous Employment and Diversity

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Phillipa McDermott
Head Indigenous Employment and Diversity

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Phillipa is a Wakka Wakka and Mulinjali woman. Phillipa is a committed public advocate and champion for diversifying the media, arts and workforces to best reflect contemporary Australia. With over 25 years’ experience in media, arts and employment, she provides strategic thought leadership and direction on implementing corporate strategies, governance and change. Phillipa’s goal is for an Australia that acknowledges and embraces our shared history and culture to build authentic, purposeful relationships with First Nations Peoples. Phillipa is the Head Indigenous Employment at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Chairperson of Bangarra Dance Theatre and Board Director Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Board member NSW Treasury First Nations Advisory Council. Phillipa has a BA in Communications from UTS and is the current UTS Indigenous Alumni recipient.
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Ryan Burke
Head of Inclusion & Diversity

Commonwealth Bank
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Ryan Burke
Head of Inclusion & Diversity

Commonwealth Bank
Ryan is the Head of Inclusion & Diversity at the Commonwealth Bank, and has been instrumental in developing the Group’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for the past 8 years. Over the past 20 years, Ryan has held roles in a range of HR disciplines and industries, and prior to Commonwealth Bank he led Diversity & Inclusion at KPMG Australia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Conference Board’s Asia Council for Gender Equity, Australian Human Rights Commission’s IncludeAbility network, and a founding group company lead of the Champions of Change Coalition. Ryan is energised by the intersection of identity and inclusion and its impact on employee engagement, wellbeing, productivity and business outcomes.
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Katie Wyatt
Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Coles
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Katie Wyatt
Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Coles
Katie is a 17-year leadership & business professional with multi-sector experience, and is passionate about the power of business to effect social change.

Her career story is a unique and diverse one, and a path that has given her a unique set of multi-sector experience in driving change and performance at the organisation and Board level.

She is a deep practitioner in organisation development and change, a strategic innovator with direct entrepreneurship cred and brings complex stakeholder management achievements from private and for purpose sectors.
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Penny Rush
Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Aurecon
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Penny Rush
Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Aurecon
Penny is Aurecon’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Australia & New Zealand. She holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) and has had a wide-ranging career in communication, policy, research and advocacy within government, corporate and consulting settings in Australia and the UK.

For the past five years Penny has worked in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I), playing an integral role in the current state review and strategy development for D&I at PwC before joining Aurecon in late 2018. Changing the experience of work and disrupting the system to transform ‘business as usual’ drives her professionally and personally. Penny is particularly interested in expanding men’s choices in regard to industry sector, parenting and caring roles.

She is a strong advocate for flexibility in the workplace to enable every person to actively and safely engage in work, family, community and to pursue personal passions.
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Sonia Harvey
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, APAC

BP
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Sonia Harvey
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, APAC

BP
A proud Kamilaroi woman from central NSW and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Lead for Australia and New Zealand at bp. Sonia is a diversity specialist who has worked in the Inclusion and diversity space for over 20 years, with a particular passion and interest for and racial equity, cultural safety and issues facing the Indigenous community. Prior to joining bp, Sonia held many positions, across both State and Commonwealth government departments. Sonia holds a Social Work degree and Bachelor of Arts, with majors in criminology and Indigenous studies from the University of Melbourne.
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Edwina Trenchard-Smith
Principal

IAG
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Edwina Trenchard-Smith
Principal

IAG
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Seemali Shukla
Country HR Leader - Australia & New Zealand

HP
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Seemali Shukla
Country HR Leader - Australia & New Zealand

HP
Seemali is an accomplished HR Leader who has extensive experience across HR function specialising in core HR business partnering & talent acquisition. During her 20 years plus experience she has worked with leading multinational companies across markets inclusive of FMCG, Telecom, Consulting as well as IT / ITES.

In her current role she is the Head of HR, Australia & New Zealand for HP Inc. She started her career with HP India in 2015, as their Talent acquisition lead and continued to accelerate her development , moving in 2017 as ANZ’s Country HR Manager.

Throughout her 20 years of HR experience , Seemali has held a variety of HR leadership roles including: • Talent acquisition Lead at Ernst & Young , HR Manager at Samsung & Staffing Head at Coca – Cola India.

Seemali earned a Masters in Human Resources from Thames Valley University , London in UK and is a member of Australian Human Resource Institute.

As a part of her family, Seemali has an 19 year old Son Mudit who is studying Bio - Medicine at Monash University and her husband Arvind who works in Real state. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
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Rana Hussain
Program Director

Champions of Change
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Rana Hussain
Program Director

Champions of Change
Rana Hussain is a Diversity and Inclusion leader making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. One of a handful of women of colour working in sports administration, Rana is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination through the vehicle of sports and media. She was recently appointed as the Diversity & Inclusion manager at Cricket Australia.

Rana’s desire to see more diversity in both media and sport sees her writing and broadcasting for various outlets including several years with the ABC.

Rana is a Board Member of the Victorian Women’s Trust and sits on the Collingwood Football Club Anti-Racism expert group. She is also a consultant on the Do More project and for the Ben Simmons Family Foundation.

Rana is also a mother to a somewhat bossy but very fun 6 year old who is not into sport at all…
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Kara Collins
National Co Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Australia

JLL
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Kara Collins
National Co Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Australia

JLL
Kara Collins is a Director with Global Property Company, JLL, currently National lead of the JLL Diversity and Inclusion team. Kara works closely with key Government clients on delivering on their long term Asset Management requirements in the remote regions of the Indian Ocean Territories. Working with remote communities ensures a practical understanding of the importance of Inclusive processes being incorporated in our daily operations.

Kara has taken her interest in the Diversity and Inclusion sector to become a passionate advocate for incorporating policy, procedures, training, events and activities that support and foster a fully inclusive and diverse environment.

As a female with a management role in the traditionally male dominated Commercial property sector, Kara loves contributing to more positive Gender parity achievements in her sector, along with celebrating the achievements of the organisation with regard to creating a truly Diverse and Inclusive company culture.

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Leith Mitchell
Director Diversity, Culture & Engagement

Queensland Department of Education
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Leith Mitchell
Director Diversity, Culture & Engagement

Queensland Department of Education
Leith is currently the Director- Inclusion & Diversity for the Queensland Department of Education- based in Meanjin, leading the departments’ We All Belong workforce inclusion and diversity framework across 90, 000+ workforce; proud to be the only State Government AWEI Gold award recipients for the last 2 years, and proud to have overseen the departments first Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commitment Statement, co-designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, launched by the Director-General and displayed in every workplace, including all schools. Leith’s team have recently been awarded gold in the international GOV Design Awards for the co-design of the All Kinds of Minds neurodiversity pilot. To respond to COVID, Leith has overseen the first Flexible by Design framework for the department launched in parallel with the trial of a job sharing platform in Queensland to enable the significant cohort of part-time employees to find compatible job sharing partners to enable career growth whilst maintaining external commitments.

Prior, as Director of Mitchell Services, Leith facilitated executive inclusive leadership coaching, inclusion and diversity strategy development for ASX500 Boards and Executive teams, as well as the Senior Associate for Diversity Partners developing Diversity & Inclusion strategy, facilitating Inclusive Leadership workshops, and conducting diversity diagnostic research for ASX200 Boards and Executive teams.

Leith Mitchell is an experienced Director with Asia Pacific, UK, Growth Market and Global executive roles in her 15 year Human Capital Management consulting career at IBM & PwC, leading clients through large transformational change initiatives across countries and cultures. This includes a prior role as IBM’s Global Diversity Recruitment Leader developing IBM’s first global diversity recruitment strategy. Leith chaired the 2014, 2015, 2017 Women in Leadership Summit, and has held national and international roles as a speaker, writer and judge. Leith’s research was recently published ‘Bias interrupters— intentionally disrupting the status quo to create inclusive and well workplaces’, building the body of knowledge in an emerging profession in a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.
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Melissa Tandy
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
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Melissa Tandy
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
A genuine people leader who treats everyone at a human level, Melissa Tandy has worked with large corporates to small charities in the areas of leadership, risk management, cultural change, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Melissa has been extensively involved in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, recognised for her Allyship in the LGBTIQ+ community, and is a Director of Equality Australia. Her energy and curiosity in others will help you to expand your own thoughts and explore different avenues. Melissa is the founder of Strategic Shift Consulting, and Specialist Member of The Xfactor Collective community.
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Michelle Sheppard
Inclusion Capability Officer

Department of Transport
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Michelle Sheppard
Inclusion Capability Officer

Department of Transport
Michelle Sheppard, “Mama Mish”, is a highly respected presenter, advocate, and trainer in the gender equity space and is currently the Manager, Inclusion & Social Procurement for LXRP. As a transgender woman, she appreciates the difficulties within the grey created by the gender divide and not only traverses them herself, but she also willingly takes others on the ride with her. Some of her high-profile engagements include JOY 94.9, AFL, ANZ, BMW, and Channel 9. She embodies dignity, grace and the change that is needed to make a positive difference in others’ lives, empowers women and challenges barriers to inclusion, discrimination, and harassment.
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Michelle Fenwick
Executive Director, People & Culture

Northern Health
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Michelle Fenwick
Executive Director, People & Culture

Northern Health
Michelle is an experienced Human Resources Practitioner, who has delivered progressive, responsive and relevant services to Northern Health to support staff, whilst they deliver healthcare needs to the community. She leads Northern Health, People & Culture directorate services, which include strategic employment, attraction and retention strategies, health/safety and wellbeing, learning and development, human resources and staff innovation system services. Her background is well suited in delivering sustainable workforce solutions, especially with the expected population growth of 59% by 2031.

Michelle has a Masters in Administration in Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations and has received Candidature for her Doctorate – Research Topic ‘Impact of nurse casualisation’.

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Angie Lie
National Talent Acquisition & Diversity Manager

Officeworks
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Angie Lie
National Talent Acquisition & Diversity Manager

Officeworks
An accomplished Regional Talent Acquisition leader, with a combination of agency and inhouse experience. Angie has enjoyed a successful recruitment career globally and over the past 2 years as had the opportunity to combine her passion for talent acquisition and candidate experience with Diversity and Inclusion. Currently Talent Acquisition & Diversity Manager for Officeworks, At Officeworks, we celebrate everyone from all walks of life and are focussed on creating a culture of belonging that’s reflected in the everyday behaviours demonstrated by team members at every location and at every level. We recognise the value that diversity brings to our business and understand that diversity means many different things, including; individual life experience, skill, ability, age, ethnicity, religious and cultural background, family status and sexual orientation.
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Olivia Trembath
Senior Organisational Development Advisor

Fortescue Future Industries
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Olivia Trembath
Senior Organisational Development Advisor

Fortescue Future Industries
Olivia is a highly passionate Organisational Development and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with extensive experience across many industries including renewables, local government, manufacturing, and professional services. Olivia is leading the development of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Fortescue Future Industries and recently directed the Gender Equality Action Planning and development of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at the City of Boroondara. Olivia has a keen interest in leadership development, coaching, employee engagement and a passion for driving the D&I Strategy through company values, culture, and the corporate agenda.

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Natasha Wooderson
Head of Internal Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, ANJ

The Kraft Heinz Company
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Natasha Wooderson
Head of Internal Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, ANJ

The Kraft Heinz Company
Natasha is an accomplished HR professional with a combination of Diversity & Inclusion, Communications and Talent Acquisition experience across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. Throughout her career, she has advocated for an empathetic, people-first approach to leadership and truly believes this is key to a successfully inclusive environment.

Since joining Kraft Heinz (and whilst navigating the pandemic as an expat) she has led the Hybrid Working model roll out, piloted Women in leadership programs, and set up rigorous Mental Health and wellbeing initiatives across the business.

Her mission is to drive value and a sense of belonging, by growing and nurturing diverse talent.

At Kraft Heinz our commitment is to demand diversity. To hear all voices and to be truly inclusive to their perspectives.

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Dr Genevieve O’Reilly
Learning and Development Specialist

Team Management Systems
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Dr Genevieve O’Reilly
Learning and Development Specialist

Team Management Systems
Genevieve is a seasoned learning and development specialist with with 20 years of facilitating, coaching, and program design experience. She has worked with executives, middle management, and front line teams to build culture, reduce conflict and leverage strengths to produce high performing teams and leaders. Genevieve’s facilitation approach is both practical and insightful as she combines academic rigor with corporate experience.
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Holly Brailsford
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Brancher
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Holly Brailsford
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Brancher
Holly Brailsford is CEO and Co-founder of Brancher. Brancher is a science-based mentoring platform that helps businesses retain top talent, boost diversity and drive better business results. Brancher creates powerful human connections using personality and values-based data – and then helps nurture mentee/mentor relationships with nudges and bite size training. As a registered psychologist Holly takes an evidence-based approach to mentoring program design and her internal corporate HR/OD background has led her to be passionate about customer relationships and moving the dial on business outcomes
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Why Get Involved

The Diversity and Inclusion Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with leading financial executives, the Diversity and Inclusion Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 10/02/2023)
$695 + GST
$2085 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 11/02/2023)
$895 + GST
$2685 + GST

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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Email: team@connectmedia.com
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

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Jessica Ewing-Flynn Commercial Manager
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