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Diversity & Inclusion eConference Series

What is the role of the CA in embedding a diverse and inclusive organisational culture? Are your organisation’s communications inclusive? Why is it important to your organisation?

This e-conference series is designed to provide practical, applicable advice on how to not just think inclusively, but behave inclusively too.

Content Description

In the current climate of constant disruption every organisation needs to be thinking about the way in which their leadership team can better equip their organisation for the future of work. Developing and implementing a Diversity and Inclusion strategy is vital to ensuring sustainable business success.

Employers who fail to proactively offer practices to promote full participation are missing out on a rich untapped labour pool. Employing a more diverse staff allows businesses to be more attuned to the needs of a diverse community, enabling you to reach a wider market and attract a broader talent pool with new skills and perspectives. Achieving diversity of thought and diversity of skills is increasingly becoming critical to securing a competitive edge in business and delivering innovative solutions.

This econference series is relevant to senior level, decision makers responsible for drafting policies and taking ideas to their organisations as well as middle management and emerging leaders. The content is designed to bring together a blend of managers, senior executives and those working at the coal face to better understand how they can operationalise a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Session Information

Session 1 - Developing inclusive behaviours, attitudes, systems and knowledge
Jane Counsel, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Executive Coaching and Consulting
What can you do to foster a culture of inclusion as an individual and as an organisation? How will you have inclusive conversations? How do you coach people into developing and maintaining inclusive behaviour? This introductory session aims to answer the above questions and more.
•Applying a mindset of inclusion and coaching for implementation
•Demonstrating that your policy is not just tokenistic
•Ensuring your policy is being lived and breathed by your organisation
•Establishing transparency - training and communicating policies to staff

Session 2 - Understanding the business case for a diverse and inclusive organisational culture
 David Cawley, Regional Director, Hays
How can you gain a competitive edge through a diverse and inclusive culture? How can you round out your organisation’s capabilities and offer value-add to your clients over and above the technical? How can you increase outcomes, productivity and profitability?
•Harnessing business benefits, evaluating opportunities and potential barriers
•Improving organisational decision making and preventing the slant towards bias
•Increasing your relevancy to valued stakeholders
•Enhancing customer satisfaction and employee engagement
• Accelerating your ability to attract, retain and promote the right talent
•Leveraging diversity of thought and skill to widen your reach and grow your client base

Session 3 - Orchestrating culture change: Implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy to ensure sustainable business success
How do you get a framework, strategies and policies in place? This session showcases best practice examples of how you can establish a diversity and inclusion program and the results it can achieve.
•What does best practice look like? - Getting a framework in place
•How do you tailor your diversity and inclusion framework to the specific needs of your organisation, its clients and people
• Looking at the system, the organisation, the person
•Changing ingrained thought processes to make it work for your organisation
• Gaining staff buy-in top-down and bottom-up
• Implementing cost effective diversity and inclusion
•Creating smarter systems that attract and cater for all through inclusive working

Session 4 - Adapting organisational communications to achieve inclusive, impactful, innovative working
This session covers how you can improve communication by establishing clear information and systems that support inclusivity and the work your organisation is trying to do.
•Delivering cultural bias training for senior management and board member
•Changing the language used in teams to help your people to communicate
•Improving your organisational ability to respond to market challenges
•Tapping into a more diverse skills sets to achieve diversity of thought

Session 5 - The Future of work session - Getting flexible working arrangements right
Kate Boorer, Founder and CEO, Young Professional Women Australia
How are we working in different ways to be inclusive and gain diversity of skill? What is the future of the Accounting profession? What is the future of Flex? How do you make flexibility work in the workplace?
•Demonstrating where flexibility works
•Reflective rebellion and how we need to think differently
•Increasing your relevancy to valued stakeholders
•Harmony, team work collaboration and compromise
•Examining the opportunities of the digitalisation of the workplace
•Enabling and allowing for different blended careers

Session 6 - Entrenching a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain talent
•Cultivating a workplace culture that values difference of skills and talents
•Harnessing the talent, ideas, skills and abilities of all sections of the population to contribute
•Committing to building teams who understand diversity and work well together
• Increasing staff motivation, satisfaction and engagement

Session 7 - Transitioning from an inclusive mindet to inclusive behaviour
How do you avoid mis-interpretation and misunderstanding to set your whole team up for success? How do you raise apprehension and awareness within your organisation? This session has a practical focus, designed to help you prevent unconscious bias in everyday decision making; helping you call yourself out and to continually challenge yourself.
•Balancing building an accepting environment and managing expectations
•Training staff on inclusive communication techniques and raising sensitive topics
•Adapting behaviour and communications to ensure inclusivity
•Establishing strategies to develop and progress inclusivity

Session 8 - Measuring performance and understanding where to invest resource for maximum impact
Anka Wittenberg, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, SAP
•Establishing diversity targets alongside your strategy to ensure accountability
•Measuring the tangible benefits and impact of investing in diversity and inclusion
•Executing a diversity and inclusion detailed needs analysis
• Leveraging workforce diversity as a powerful engine for economic and social outcomes

What is the role of the CA in embedding a diverse and inclusive organisational culture? Are your organisation’s communications inclusive? Why is it important to your organisation?

This e-conference series is designed to provide practical, applicable advice on how to not just think inclusively, but behave inclusively too.


Topic: Business Mindset, Ethics & Integrity, People & Leadership

Sub-Topic: Ethics , Leadership, Operational Excellence, Strategy, Talent Management

Format: Recorded Webinar

Proficiency Level: Intermediate, Advanced

CPD: 8 hours