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Diversity Council Australia and NAB Annual Diversity Debate

This year DCA and NAB invite you to join us for the 2018 Annual Diversity Debate, moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists and host of ABC's Q&A, where we will ask our talented debate line up:  Is it really a good idea to bring your whole self to work? 

WHAT: DCA and NAB Annual Diversity Debate

WHEN: Tuesday 20 November 2018, 6.00pm - 10.00pm (AEDT)

WHERE:  Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Level 3, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont


To be or not to be your whole self at work, that is the question at this year’s Debate.

Work is where we spend a great deal of our time. Research shows that if people are able to be their authentic selves, they will feel more comfortable and will be more productive and engaged. There is also evidence that masking who you really are at work expends valuable time and energy and negatively affects productivity.

But … what if your whole self really is best left at home? Some people’s personal views and traits are best not brought into the workplace, e.g. if they are racist, sexist, homophobic etc. And the reality is that some workplaces are still not inclusive, and if you were to be yourself, you may find yourself discriminated against or harassed. So which is it? To be or not to be your whole self at work.


Lorraine Murphy, Chief People Officer, National Australia Bank
Lorraine has global experience in Human Resources and brings deep expertise across all HR dimensions. As a NAB Group Executive, she is responsible for the end-to-end HR solutions for the 35,000 global workforce. 

Lawrence Leung, Comedian, screenwriter and speaker
Lawrence was the first Asian-Australian comedian to create and present his own TV shows (Choose Your Own Adventure and Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable). He also starred in Maximum Choppage, wrote an episode of The Family Law and played the popular character Dr Elvis Kwan in Offspring. 

Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia
Karen is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern NSW. As the CEO at Reconciliation Australia, she brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns.   


Jack Heath, Chief Executive Officer, SANE Australia
As Chief Executive of SANE Australia and Director of The Dax Centre, Jack has been working to improve the lives of Australians affected by complex mental illness for more than two decades

Mary Coustas, Writer, performer, comedian
Mary has embraced us with her humour and style for many years. Famously known as ‘Effie’, she is a Logie Award-winning actor, comedian and writer. Mary is the star of Wogs Out of Work, Acropolis Now, Wogarama, Hercules Returns and Greeks on the Roof, to name but a few. 

Alan Kirkland, CEO, CHOICE
Alan is CEO of CHOICE, a national not-for-profit organisation working for fair, just and safe markets that meet the needs of Australian consumers. He was previously CEO of Legal Aid New South Wales and Executive Director of the Australian Law Reform Commission. 


CONTACT DETAILS: Sue Flockart, DCA Melbourne. M: 0414 531 476 E: sue@dca.org.au



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