The 2019 Organisational Gender Diversity and Policy conversation

The 2019 Organisational Gender Diversity and Policy conversation was held on Thursday March 7 and took place on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Date: Thursday 27 March 2019
Venue: Garden Building, RMIT University, Bowen St, Melbourne

Hosted by the RMIT School of Accounting, the panel of industry leaders included:

  • School of Accounting Senior Lecturer Dr Tehmina Khan

  • Lecturer Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane

  • Transgender Advocate Melissa Griffiths

  • Diversity and Inclusion Manager Amy Love

The conversation featured a presentation and panel discussion, exploring the topic: How organisations can address gender diversity and implement effective change.

Participants unpacked policy reporting and accountability in relation to organisational gender diversity and ways in which organisations can implement effective change.

The conversation also considered benefits of Gender Diversity Policy, how to successfully implement the Policy in organisations and how individuals can create and influence positive change.

Guest speaker Melissa Griffiths undertook an insightful presentation highlighting the importance of having a gender diversity policy for any organisation.

“By talking to people and employers about the importance of having the right guidelines in place in organisations to support transgender in the workplace helps to raise awareness and acceptance of transgender people,” Griffiths noted.

Griffiths uncovered the impacts of gender diversity and policy from a personal and professional perspective and addressed why members of society often find gender diversity confusing and confronting.

The panel explored a range of questions, ending on the positive future they see in this space if organisations continue to develop, implement and foster continuous improvement around their diversity and equality policies.


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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer