Speakers announced: Join global celebration

Globe with a camera shining purple on it

We have an incredible line up to kick start the celebration for the first #PurpleLightUp global broadcast on 3rd December 2020. We have an impressive agenda with presentations and stories from employee resource groups, senior leaders, champions and allies.

This powerful global movement connects us together to celebrate and acknowledge the economic contribution of people with disability around the world.

The Australian Network on Disability is honoured to be hosting the start of this party with a purpose. Come and join this free event, it is open to everyone.

Check out our jampacked agenda:

9am – Welcome

#PurpleLightUp event introduction and welcome by Kate Nash, Purple Space and Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500. There will then be an Oceania region introduction and welcome by Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO Australian Network on Disability and Phil Turner, Managing Director, Accessibility Tick, New Zealand.

9:20am – The Age of Inclusion

NSW Public Service Commission will discuss the Age of Inclusion: a new era, where we all have the opportunity to thrive.

9:25am – What I wish for

Stepping Into and PACE Alumni, and members of Employee Resource Groups share what is important to them and what they wish for in disability inclusion.

9:30am – Vehicles for Change: Effective Employee Resource Groups

NSW Department of Communities and Justice (NSW DCJ) will share how they achieved their ERG being acknowledged as a core part of NSW DCJ business, as a business unit rather than a resource group. This will be followed by a panel discussion to discover the moments ERG’s are most proud of and ideas for your organisation. Our panel:

  • NSW Department of Communities and Justice: Michael Patterson, Senior Project Officer, Disability Inclusion Action Plan and Jacqueline Duncan, DCJ Disability Employment Network Chair
  • VPS Enablers Network: Duncan Chew, Chair of VIC Department of Education and Training Enablers Network and President, Victorian Public Sector Enablers Network
  • EY: Paul Scantlebury, Talent Attraction & Acquisition APAC Strategy Implementation Leader & Co-Chair Oceania Ability Network

10am – Let’s learn about access and inclusion in New Zealand

An interview with Phil Turner, Managing Director, Accessibility Tick, New Zealand.

10:10am – Senior Leadership commitment

Senior leaders from AGL, Infosys, KPMG and Tasmanian Government will share their commitments and inclusion plans for the future.

10:15am – What access and inclusion means

Event sponsors Microsoft and Siemens will discuss what access and inclusion means to them.

10:35am – Championing Inclusion

How are organisations harnessing their internal energy to drive systemic change? Our panel:

  • NSW Public Service Commission: Jane Spring, Chief Operating Officer
  • Attorney-General’s Department, Federal: Chris Moraitis, Department Secretary
  • Hanes Brands Australasia: Kate Hann, Group General Manager Retail and International
  • Rabobank: Edwin Van Raalte, Group Executive

11:15am – How do global organisations achieve inclusion of people with disability?

An interview with Ewen Stevenson, Group Chief Financial Officer, HSBC Global.

11:20am – What I learned

Previous Stepping Into supervisors and PACE mentors will share what they learned by leading or mentoring a person with disability.

11:30am – Leaders share their thoughts for International Day of People with Disability

Australian Network on Disability Board members; Ainslee Scott, Bronwyn Grantham, Rosie McArdle and Samantha Palmer, share their thoughts for International Day of People with Disability.

11:35am – 20 years on

An interview with Suzanne Colbert AM, founding CEO of Australian Network on Disability.

11:45am – Personal Leadership

Suzanne Colbert AM, will facilitate a thought-provoking conversation about applying personal leadership to achieve change. Our panelists will share their personal leadership experiences, insights and strategies to engage, equip and empower others on the journey to disability confidence. Our panel:

  • Leonie Jackson, Executive Manager, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships, The Deaf Society / Deaf Services Limited
  • Chris Rodrigo, Consultant, KPMG Law
  • Maryanne Diamond, General Manager, Participant Advocacy at the National Disability Insurance Agency

12:20pm – Summary and close

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