Diversity Driving Change

Sep 19
Using workplace inclusion to achieve business outcomes


Leading organisations around the world recognise the benefits of a diverse workplace culture for driving change and achieving project goals. Increased productivity, increased ingenuity and greater workforce engagement are a few of the widely cited benefits of diverse workplaces.

This panel discussion will focus on case studies of successful programs in WA from organisations that are champions of workplace diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to further the discussion on government policies and how these can be leveraged to drive positive impact for organisations.

The key topics of our discussion are:

1. WA policy and procedures incorporated to address diversity issues;
2. Government policies to push in projects (relating to AIPM members);
3. Evolving demographics in projects – more culturally diverse. As a culturally diverse society, how has our workforce evolved and influenced how project teams are formed?
4. How is the industry adapting to our evolving, culturally diverse society?

AIPM Members $35 | Non Members $45
CPD: 3 points


Tania Cecconi As a senior manager and executive of CEOs for Gender Equity, Tania has worked across the public and
not for profit sectors, specialising in post compulsory education, training and
employment. She is motivated by improving the workforce participation of
vulnerable groups in society, particularly women’s participation. As CGE's
first executive officer, Tania has successfully shifted the conversation in WA
from fixing women to fixing organisations. She has brought a game-changing
proposition and strategy to CGE that ensures all CEO members assume
responsibility and accountability for creating an inclusive and gender diverse
Kate Kirwin The founder of She Codes (formally Perth{web}Girls), and has coordinated activities for the past 4 years. In 2018, Kate worked to send the program into regional WA allowing women in remote regions access to up-skilling workshops, facilitated by mentors from the industry. Kate is also the Programs Co-ordinator at Spacecubed - providing opportunities for innovators through accelerator programs such as Plus Eight and hackathons such as Startup Weekend and Plus Eight Health; facilitating capability for innovation and business growth in regional areas through Meshpoints; building community partnering with schools and social enterprises; and fostering corporate innovation. Having project managed more than 30 innovation events, Kate’s impact on Perth’s start-up ecosystem has been extensive, a passionate advocate for women in STEM. A recent winner of the West Australian newspaper Rising Stars award for young leaders in WA, and a semi finalist for the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.
Helen Nys Assistant Director General, Policy and Service Design at the Department of Communities.  Helen has extensive experience in operational service delivery and policy design in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

For the past seven years Helen has worked in Executive roles at the Disability Services Commission where she was extensively involved in the negotiations regarding delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Prior to that Helen worked in the United Kingdom in Children’s Services and Child Protection.
Helen as a particular interest in Integrated Service Delivery and alignment to Community generated outcomes.
Kate West is the Consulting Group Leader and one of three Principals responsible for Arup operations in Western Australia. She is presently working on the Metronet programme, as the Consultant team Project Director for the Morley Ellenbroo k Engineering and Land Use Planning study – working hand in hand with a collaborative Metronet and consultant team to deliver an integrated transport and land use planning outcome. 

Kate has won numerous awards including the 2018 Business News 40 Under 40 Leaders Award for WA and the 2017 NAWIC Crystal Vision Award for Senior Women in the WA Construction sector.
Kate’s presentation focus will be around Arup’s values in shaping a better world; and how over her career those principles have shaped her world.
Ashleigh Brand is a highly experienced project manager, facilitator, diversity and leadership trainer and coach.  She is committed to assisting workplaces to become more diverse.  She is also a social change-maker with a passion to help newcomers realise their full potential in Western Australia.
Ashleigh has more than 20 years’ experience working in communications, change management, organisational development, policy and technology.  She also has more than eight years’ experience running her own business, consulting and project managing.  She is an accredited coach and has skills and experience in leadership development, human resources, project management, business process improvement and policy development. Ashleigh has a Master in Business Leadership.

Tania Cecconi

Kate Kirwin

Helen Nys

Kate West

Ashleigh Brand

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