Moving beyond food festivals

The Leadership Council met on 21 March at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

The Leadership Council met on 21 March – the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

The Council hosted a panel session in conjunction with the Department, entitled Beyond food festivals: Practical actions to build diversity and create inclusive workplaces.

Through the discussion, panellists emphasised the significance of storytelling and the sharing of experiences, as well as how important it is that those from diverse backgrounds can be role models as leaders in their organisations. Panellists suggested ways organisations can begin to take steps to improve cultural diversity in their ranks.

Department Secretary and Leadership Council member Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM hosted the discussion. It was facilitated by HK Yu, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Panellists included Ridwaan Jadwat (Assistant Secretary, DPMC), Swati Dave (CEO, Export Finance Insurance Corporation), Raynuha Sinnathamby  Managing Director, Springfield City Group) and Asmi Wood (Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Indigenous), ANU).

Council members Raynuha Sinnathamby and Dr Tim Soutphommasane shared their thoughts following the panel discussion:

The Leadership Council will host the Cultural Diversity and Leadership Forum in Sydney in June 2018.