The ABC is pleased to have partnered with the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit and the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards, which were announced on 7 September.
The Summit and the Awards aim to reshape the debate and confront the “bamboo ceiling” – the under-representation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions across Australia’s institutions and workplaces, including in the media.
The partnership includes the ABC’s Asia Pacific Newsroom running a community engagement session with some of the 40 under 40 awardees and participating in other events around media diversity.
The ABC has also run content exploring the issues faced by the Asian-Australian community and leaders, including a story about young Australians building careers during the pandemic and an interview with actor, writer, producer, theatre-maker and comedian Diana Nguyen, the overall winner of 2021’s 40 Under 40 Awards.
“ABC News is committed to telling the stories of the broadest cross-section of the Australian community,” says Asia Pacific Newsroom Managing Editor Matt O’Sullivan. “The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit is about much more than ethnicity – it is about impact, and about celebrating success in leadership, providing guidance and support for others looking to follow.”
Due to COVID restrictions the Awards were held online this year and the Summit was postponed to a later date this year. The partnership will continue for the 2022 Summit and Awards.
“Harnessing the extraordinary talents and experience of Asian-Australians is critical to Australia’s future and the key to building stronger links with our region,” says Jenny McGregor, chief executive of Awards co-convenor Asialink.
“Our partnership with the ABC will help elevate the under-representation of Asian-Australian leaders on the public agenda and share the stories of their remarkable achievements across the nation and to the region.”
“Our partnership with the ABC represents an important step in the development and growth of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit and the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards as we work towards shifting perceptions of what representation and leadership should be and look like in modern multicultural Australia”, says Jieh-Yung Lo, Director of the ANU Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership and co-convenor of the Summit and Awards.
“We are proud to be working and partnering with the ABC – an organisation that is walking the talk on diversity and inclusion through its diverse and inclusive reporting, analysis, storytelling and outreach”.