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ACS Victoria presents Pride and Diversity

A forum about "Normalising Diversity"

Event Start: Thu 23 Feb 06:00 PM AEDT
Event Finish: Thu 23 Feb 08:00 PM AEDT


Registration End Date: Thu 23 Feb 12:00 PM

<p><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;"><span><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1670463467000"></img><br><br>ACS Victoria proudly presents “Pride and Diversity”, a forum where we talk about “Normalising Diversity”. <br><br>Diversity has become a major focus in the business, politics, and society in many areas of the world over the last 5 – 10 years however we continue to have very slow progress in most areas. Whilst some progress has been made, we continue to have very low representation of women in senior leadership positions of business and on boards. <br><br>At a time when we are facing significant skills shortages in Australia, we need to rethink how we approach the problem of expanding our workforce and encouraging more people into our industry.<br><br>Normalising Diversity is about taking an approach where we focus on diversity itself rather than individual diverse groups. It is about how we can start discussions around what it takes to make the system accepting of people from any group instead of tackling one at a time.<br><br>Normalising Diversity is also about discovering how we make people feel that they are being included because of the valuable contribution that their difference makes, rather than simply because they are a member of a priority group. When we include someone on the board simply because they are woman, we are downplaying the importance that their skills, experiences, and different approach, plays in our leadership. Instead, when we select someone specifically because of those same different skills, experiences, and approach we are empowering them and making a clear statement that they have an important role to play.<br><br>ACS supports diversity and inclusions of all types, and it is important to us as we represent a large variety of members from diverse backgrounds, and we want to lead by example.<br><br>In this forum we will have diverse panellists discuss about chronicle outcomes and factors representing diverse communities and workplaces. Please join us to know and network with like minded people who take pride in diversity.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Jeanene Williams

Jeanene Williams

Jeanene is a strong advocate for diversity

Jeanene is an IT Management professional with 30 years of IT experience consisting of 25 years management and senior management roles. She has a broad range of IT experience including the management of software development teams, infrastructure, and R&D projects. Holding senior level management positions in both public and private companies she has been involved in strategic planning for the entire company and not just IT areas. During her career she has held Manager, General Manager and CTO Positions in a public company. 

Jeanene is a strong advocate for diversity and a supporter of all those in her team, organisation, and professional community. She believes strongly in contributing to the betterment of our industry as a whole and as such is very active at all levels of the community from local to global and encourages her team and organisation to do likewise.

In addition to being chair of the WA branch of the ACS, Jeanene is also Vice Chair of the ACS’s National Diversity & Inclusion council, and a member of the ACS Congress.
Jeanene would love to hear from you to see how the ACS can help members and those in the industry with building a strong and diverse industry, where everyone is accepted and able to contribute to their fullest.

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Andrew Georgiou

Andrew Georgiou

State Lead VIC & Senior Relationship Manager LGBTQ+ Trainer Program Manager

Andrew is the VIC State Lead, Senior Relationship Manager and LGBTQ+ Trainer Program Manager for Pride in Diversity (PID). PID is Australia’s first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTQ workplace inclusion.

Previously from Telstra, Andrew not only excelled as a leading change specialist in business unit diversity and inclusion programs and change initiatives but was also instrumental in driving Telstra’s LGBTIQ+ diversity and inclusion work, as one of the leaders of their employee network.

Andrew also has a Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law and Marketing) and is an out proud gay man who has a passion for creating meaningful connections, celebrating successes and promoting inclusion.

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Level 14, 839 Collins Street,Docklands,VIC,Australia

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  • ACS Melbourne Innovation Hub
    Level 14, 839 Collins Street
    Docklands VIC 3008
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  • Event Start:
    Thu 23 Feb 06:00 PM AEDT

    Event Finish:
    Thu 23 Feb 08:00 PM AEDT
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