The diversity and inclusion imperative

The diversity and inclusion imperative

Mar 27
The CEDA NSW Women in Leadership: diversity and inclusion series returns in 2018 to examine building a diverse workforce and strategies to increase inclusivity.


Laura Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Supply Nation
Ming Long, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, AMP Capital Funds Management
Janine Middleton, Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality

Event overview

The world and our workplace today have become highly diverse.

Building a diverse workforce often means rethinking recruitment and workplace practices, and introducing deliberate strategies to increase inclusivity.

While more and more employers are taking steps towards employing and supporting a more diverse workforce – statistics reveal that many Australian organisations are struggling to manage diversity effectively. In 2016, just 10 per cent of Chief Executives of ASX companies were from a non-European background and similar statistics are reflected in leadership across government and academia sectors.
The CEDA NSW Women in Leadership: diversity and inclusion series returns to examine:

  • Composition of leadership and Australia’s current workforce demographics – do they reflect our diverse society with regard to race, gender, sexuality, and disability?
  • The benefits of greater workplace diversity such as increased adaptability, effective communication, broader service range and a variety of viewpoints; and
  • Best-practice assessment, development, and implementation of strategies to drive diversity and inclusion in your organisation; and
  • Boosting corporate and government engagement with diverse business groups to mentor and empower

Meet the panel

Laura Berry
Chief Executive Officer, Supply Nation

Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in May 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies, Leighton Holdings and Qantas Airways. Laura has two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management with a career that has spanned the private and public sectors, including Federal and State Politics, Public Affairs and roles with top ASX Listed companies. Laura sits on the RAP Advisory Committees for Telstra, NRMA and McKinsey. Laura’s previous directorships include Engineering Aid Australia and Chair of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program.

Ming Long
Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, AMP Capital Funds Management

Ming Long is a non-executive director with experience in funds and investment management, real estate, education and professional associations. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles and is the only Asian woman who has led an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.

Ming led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change and convened the 2017 National Group, was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants and Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Janine Middleton
Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality

Janine has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Janine spent 13 years with J.P. Morgan in London, the last five as Managing Director in the Investment Bank.
On returning to Australia, Janine moved to Private Equity and was a founding partner of a mid market private equity firm, Tasman Capital Partners, she is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University. Since returning to Australia in 2012, Janine has become heavily involved in the not-for-profit sector. Janine joined Australian Marriage Equality in 2014 and was appointed Co-Chair in January 2015, a position she still holds. She was named as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence in 2016.

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