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NSW D&I Network
This session is targeted at all leadership teams who are working to become more inclusive and recognise the value of diversity in the workplace.
We will discuss inclusive practices: Building disability confidence to achieve meaningful action and sustained employment.
- There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with disability. Of these, just under half are employed (47.8%), compared with 80.3% of people without disability.
- Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%.
- 73 percent of employees who say they work at a "purpose-driven" company are engaged, compared to just 23 percent of those who don't.
We know that increasing employment and retention does not only benefits people with Disability but the organisation and customers alike.
Join us in this panel discussion to hear from 3 organisations making a difference in supporting people with disability along with organisations to navigate successful employment opportunities.
- Each panellist will present what organisations can do to increase their diversity numbers and what services are available to support you.
- Panellists will share their innovative approaches and programs and highlight how changes to traditional recruitment practices have led to results in filling known skills gaps for organisations.
We will then open the discussion to the Audience for Q&A. This session will provide networking opportunities facilitated through breakout sessions.
This forum is suitable for:
Any person with a focus on building inclusion in the workplace and who has an interest in increased access to employment for People with Disability.
Speaker: Sam Dancey, Consultancy and Projects Lead, Australian Network on Disability (AND)
Sam joined the Australian Network on Disability as a Relationship Manager in 2013. In 2016, she was appointed Senior Relationship Manager and became part of the AND Leadership Team, to ensure continuous improvement, delivery of quality services to AND members and to further develop AND’s learning solutions.
In 2019, Sam took on her new role as Consultancy and Projects Lead. For nearly seven years at AND, Sam has worked with Australian private, public and third sector organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. Over this time, Sam has designed and created several key aspects of AND’s work through collaboration with AND members, including the Disability Confident Recruiter Program.
Immediately prior to joining AND, Sam worked as a Diversity and Deployment Consultant at National Australia Bank, undertaking project management and the development and implementation of the recruitment objectives of NAB’s Accessibility Action Plan.
Speaker: Kurt McLachlan, COO, Xceptional
Kurt has over 20 years’ experience in business, social impact, impact investing, strategic design and B2B sales.
With education in Health Sciences – Nursing (Sydney University), Diploma of Theology (School of Christian Studies) and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (AGSM) and MBA in Social Impact (AGSM), he is adept at the intersection of social impact, business operations and governance.
Experience gained through work at 3M Pharmaceuticals, Executive search firm Aquila, running his own business and consulting to SME’s for over 20 years have given him a breadth of understanding of the challenges facing business and social enterprise alike.
Add to this roles as partner and COO at a strategic design firm for 10 years, advising and working on the supply of commercial solutions for social infrastructure at Grace Mutual and sitting on several NFP and private company boards as a non-executive director and chairman, Kurt has worked with large public companies, and the full spectrum of government from local to Federal.
Speaker: Adele Tashkin, Inclusion Projects Officer, Council for Intellectual Disability
The Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) is a disability rights organisation led by people with intellectual disability. The organisation provides advocacy and speaks up big issues to campaign for change. Adele will be joined by her colleague Ben Alexander, Inclusion Project Worker, who will discuss the More than Just a Job Project development by the CID.
Registration closes: Monday 19 October 2020
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