Diversity & Inclusion Conference

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 Tuesday 5 May 2020, Sydney

Be a Champion for Change

Australia's diversity and inclusion initiatives are on the rise. But is there more we should be doing?

According to a recent survey by AHRI and the Macquarie Business School, we need to ensure organisations are employing an inclusive culture, and that groups and individuals can benefit from a wider range of diversity initiatives. We can't afford to relapse into a tick-in-the-box approach when it comes to diversity and inclusion. 

Our communities and businesses need D&I champions like you.


Yenn Purkis, autistic advocate, author and presenter

Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary author and public speaker who also has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Yenn is the author of seven published books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger and feature writer for Spectrum Women Magazine.  

Yenn has been facilitating a support group for women and gender diverse folks on the autism spectrum since 2011. They received the 2019 ACT Chief Minister’s award for Achievement in Inclusion and are a regular media commentator on all things autism and mental health. Yenn is a prolific public speaker and has presented at a range of events including at TEDx Canberra in 2013. 

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Advocating for disability inclusion

Beyond the playing field

Craig Foster, former Socceroos captain 

With 29 appearances on the Socceroos team, Craig's contribution to Australian communities goes beyond the playing field. In 2019 he led a global advocacy campaign to free a young refugee footballer from a Thai prison, where he faced extradition to Bahrain, torture, and probable loss of life. 

Craig is a strong voice for equality and social justice, he is an Ambassador for The Homeless World Cup, The Big Issue Street Soccer Program for the homeless Football United, a charity for refugee and disadvantaged kids and John Moriarty Football, teaching football to indigenous kids in remote communities. 

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I found the conference to be highly information and also enjoyable. The three keynote speakers were exceptional.

Lisel Allen
Senior HR Advisor, Tasplan

As someone who is relatively new to D&I, I found the conference extremely helpful, insightful and interesting. I learned a lot in one day. It was a big eye-opener for me around this important area of work.

Phillipa Boyle 
HR Coordinator, Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Fabulous, thought provoking and inspiring day that I am sure will be a driver of positive change in many organisations.

Gauri Maini 
Founder and Director, The Culture Advantage

What others say

AHRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference features some of Australia’s most prominent diversity and inclusion practitioners, leaders and visionaries, sharing their stories, challenges and victories to inform you of the way forward to building sustainable organisations.


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A Day of Trailblazing

The AHRI D&I conference was amazing. Very thought provoking as well as offering some practical ideas for how organisations can progress their D&I agendas. Well done AHRI - can't wait for the 2020 conference!

Sarah Ferris
Manager | Employee Experience, Department of Transport and Main Roads

This was my first time attending the conference and I really enjoyed it. Everything felt very relevant to what I have been working on and it was great to hear the case studies and what creative things others have been working on.

Erana Tito 
Group D&I Coordinator, Mercy Health

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Excellent practical session that 
I will be able to apply in my workplace, thank you.

David Grant
Global Talent Acquisition Lead, BAI Communications

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