VIC Lunchtime CPD: How to achieve a diverse workforce

VIC Lunchtime CPD: How to achieve a diverse workforce
Every day there are more headlines about the challenges of workforce diversity. A focus on diversity, often means a focus on hiring, and even with substantial investments of time and money,  it takes years to turn the tides for companies with thousands of employees.

With the following benefits it’s worth exploring;
• Inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time 
• Teams that follow an inclusive process make decisions 2x faster with ½ the meetings 
• Decisions made and executed by diverse teams delivered 60% better results 
Erik Larson - Forbes, 21 September 2017

At this CPD event we are talking to leaders about achieving diverse work teams.

This event will be facilitated by Jane Northey, Associate Director - Cost Management at AECOM.

About the speakers

Sarah Slattery – Managing Director Slattery Australia
Slattery takes pride in its workplace diversity and creating an inclusive environment that values all individuals. We believe
diversity powers creativity and sparks innovation. Our recruitment strategy focuses on personal attributes over skill sets.
This way of recruiting has become a key driver in our growth strategy and is complemented by adopting flexible working
arrangements for our staff members. Our emphasis is on developing models that suit each employee’s needs – no matter
their gender, race or lifestyle. Slattery was recently acknowledged as the winner of the Property Council of Australia Award
for Diversity < 250 employees.

Level Crossing Replacement Program (LXRP) (speaker TBC) 
Women In Transport Mentoring Program The Women in Transport Mentoring Program is creating an empowered, enduring and
energetic future for women in Victoria’s transport industry. The Program has been designed to foster supportive face-to-face
relationships and actively encourage female mentees to identify and realise their professional goals. The aim is to give mentees
a fresh avenue for development as they progress through their career in transport, and for mentors to share their expertise and
experience. Unique to WiT Mentoring is the opportunity to build networks across disciplines and across government and private
business in Victoria’s transport industry. The program allows for the inclusion of all women in the transport industry, as well as
access to an extensive network. 

Dr Francesca Maclean - Senior consultant at Arup
Driven to create socially inclusive infrastructure and cities, Francesca thrives on the challenge of solving complex problems and
leading diverse teams to achieve impact for individuals, clients, and our communities. With experience delivering strategies,
feasibility studies and business cases, I enjoy working with my clients and leaders to tackle unique, wicked problems to achieve
social impact through infrastructure and transport. While founding the Fifty50 to promote gender equity in STEM she completed
her PhD in tissue engineering for brain repair at the ANU, for which she was named ACT Young Woman of the Year 2017 and
ANU Postgraduate Student of the Year 2018.

Josh Antram - Quantity Surveyor at Ralph Beattie Bosworth (Melbourne)
Starting as a Quantity Surveyor in Perth, Josh has engaged with the AIQS and its members through his active roles in the
WA Young Quantity Surveyors and AIQS Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Josh is passionate about seeing people from
every walk of life engage and grow together, creating teams and workplaces that thrive on finding innovative solutions.
Josh considers Diversity & Inclusion to be a wholistic approach to providing workplaces that bring the best out of employees
regardless of age, gender, race, values or abilities. Currently, Josh is involved with developing a strategic direction for the AIQS 
to achieve their Diversity & Inclusion targets outlined in their industry initiatives for 2025. Josh is also working to provide young
professionals a framework which enables direct access to industry leaders within the AIQS, providing opportunities to accelerate
their career and achieve their goals. 

Aimee Najdovski - Development and Services Manager at Coleman Rail
With over 10 years of experience in HR, training and procurement, Aimee is a young driven woman, creating sustainable social 
and economic outcomes through the delivery of infrastructure projects. Through her own personal experiences, Aimee has an 
intimate understanding of the barriers people face to sustainable and inclusive employment. She also has a deep understanding
of the drivers and enabling factors that lead to the success of building sustainable industry capability and diversity/inclusion
initiatives and social procurement outcomes. Aimee is the instigator for the development and integration of detailed
procurement and community engagement strategies used across all Coleman Rail projects nationally, and is considered an 
industry leader, challenging the norm and paving the way for the construction industry. Aimee’s expertise provides a positive 
baseline to working with industry and community groups to maximise potential opportunities for under-represented socioeconomic
groups within the construction industry, during and beyond project life-cycles. The organisational change Aimee has instigated has 
led to include a wealth of new social procurement strategies/policies, which have resulted in the formation of partnerships with 
aboriginal businesses and social enterprises. In addition to this, through Aimee’s strong collaboration with Jobs Victoria and her 
determination to create cultural change, Aimee successful implemented Coleman Rail’s Justice Client Program, which resulted in 
the employment of four long-term unemployed people, facing complex barriers to employment. These employees are still employed 
by Coleman Rail and are working on a number of infrastructure projects across Victoria. 

When: Wednesday 18 September 2019 
Where:  'Collins Tower' - Level 11, 580 Collins Street, Melbourne - Venue: 11th Space
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Time: 11:30 am for a 12:00 pm start (estimated finish time - 1:15pm) -
Light lunch will be provided before the start of this event
Price: Member $59 (incl. GST)
  Non Member $69 (incl. GST)
  Student Member $15 (incl. GST)
  Student Non Member $25 (incl. GST)
 CPD Points: 1.5
 RSVP: Online via AIQS website
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18/09/2019 11:30 AM - 18/09/2019 1:30 PM
Melbourne, VIC

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