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Untapped, Unsaid, Unheard: Part I


Guest speakers Kevin Stone, CEO of the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, and Ro Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, join Nous Group’s Tim Orton and Deb May to discuss the challenges to diversity in modern Australia. The panel discusses the many benefits of working to consciously and intentionally overcome those challenges and improve the meaningful inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds, focusing on the experiences of disabled people and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Kevin and Ro share their personal stories of facing the challenges of discrimination, unconscious bias and apathy, eventually becoming champions for their communities and helping others follow in their footsteps. Collectively, the panel discusses how best to tap into the wide and varied range of experiences, backgrounds and expertise available in Australia to deliver the best possible outcomes for organisations, our communities and our nation. Listen to part 2.

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What are the biggest challenges facing Australia right now? How will Australia rise to meet those challenges and forge a bright, prosperous future for the nation beyond 2020? NousCast consults a series of experts at the top of their field in government policy, business, NGOs and academia on how to tackle Australia’s biggest threats and opportunities, including national security, trade, energy, diversity and more.

Who do you choose to mentor? Do you choose someone like you, if you’re a white cisgender heterosexual male over 45 and incredibly privileged – I hope you all know that. Do you mentor women? A young trans woman? A non-binary person? I can tell you you’ll learn more from that, in a two-way experience, than you’ll learn mentoring someone who’s just a younger version of you.

Ro Allen

Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

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