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Diversity & Inclusion - IWD

Dhiyana Varsani
12 Jan. 2022

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March offering an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Saxton Speakers has a range of speakers to help your organization embrace inclusion and diversity to drive innovation.

Find the best diversity and inclusion keynote speakers on resilience for your school, business event, or conference via the links below!

Expert in Driving Institutional Change

Chyloe Kurdas is a former elite Australian rules footballer, television, and radio sports commentator who spent a decade building the catalyst for the AFLW as AFL Victoria’s Female Football Development Manager.

Chyloe is passionate about cultivating cultural change and gender equity through sport and is now working with Golf Australia, as their National Female Participation Manager, to enact the same change in golf that opened so many doors for women in AFL.

She is also a sought-after expert and prominent advocate for gender equity and cultural change. She is an Associate of the Melbourne Business School and her expertise is currently being used to present leadership programs to the Department of Defence.

Thought leader in the intersection of Design Innovation, Disability, Technology & Social Impact

Named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review, Melanie Tran is a designer, an innovator, an activist, a social entrepreneur.

Melanie’s lived experience, developed skills, and knowledge allow for her work to span the disability, health, social impact, and technology sectors. With over eight years experience, and through her role as a UX Designer at Hireup, Melanie specializes in bringing together the worlds of business, design, and social impact.

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Disability Affairs Reporter for the ABC

Nas Campanella lost her sight when she was only 6 months old and also suffers from a sensitivity condition called Charcot-Marie-tooth which means that she is unable to read brail.

Nas has built a career working as a newsreader, reporter, journalist, and senior producer as well as undertaking projects with ABC international Development, running initiatives for people living with disability across the pacific.

Nas has supported young people with vision impairments to transition into mainstream schooling. She also works as a mentor to people with disabilities and mental illness.

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Diversity and Disability Specialist, Clinical Social Worker

Karni Liddell is one of Australia's most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers of our time, but Karni's journey to success began a lot differently than the typical elite athlete.

Karni was born with a neuromuscular wasting disease, and her parents were told that their first-born child wouldn’t walk, crawl or live past her teenage years.

Beating all the odds, Karni has medalled at every Paralympics she has competed in, and also captained the Number 1 team at the Sydney 2000 Games. she is also the Queensland ambassador for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Lawyer, Media Commentator & Human Rights Activist

Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer and an award-winning human rights advocate, who was born and raised in and out of refugee camps. She is a regular media commentator, a write, and was named in the top 11 most influential women in Australia by the Australian Financial Review in 2019.

As a refugee and an immigrant, Nyadol has had to be resilient and knows that resilience is a skill everyone needs in an ever-changing world. In her resilience speeches, Nyadol shares what she has learned from her personal journey and how one can practice resilience in their life.

Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist

Lilian Kikuvi is a Kenyan-born Australian with a rich cross-cultural experience in Australia spanning over two decades. She has discovered significant barriers and opportunities in Australia in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is passionate about flipping the narrative that diversity is not only an ethical or social decision but an economic one.

Lilian is the founder of a consultancy with a focus on bridging the gap between the role of organizational diversity today and the possibilities for what it could look like tomorrow. Lilian focuses on decoding the intersection between diversity and the role it plays in propelling an individual and organizations into a future that supercharges the power of inclusivity.

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Internationally Experienced Executive Leader & MC

Sunita Gloster has almost 30 years of experience in professional services across the Marketing, Media, Advertising, and Consulting sectors. She is widely known as a creator of change and an influential connector of people and opportunity. She is a regular public speaker, a panelist on an Australian ABC TV show about advertising - Gruen, and a columnist across the media and marketing sector.

Sunita advocates for the empowerment of women and girls and the acceleration of progress against gender inequalities.

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Trans & Gender Diversity Consultant & Advocate

Katherine Wolfgramme is a nationally recognised Trans Advocate, award-winning Gender Diversity Consultant and Trans Awareness Trainer. She is also a prominent, well respected transgender woman, and a loved member of Sydney’s Gay Community. Katherine has changed law in one country and changed language in another. As more trans people are able to more openly access education, government services, and general employment, much confusion has arisen around pronouns, etiquette and cultural safety. Katherine’s vision is to help create a language of greater understanding to help facilitate cultural safety for trans people at work, at school, and in care – To help reduce transphobia towards all transgender people

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Award-winning youth advocate

Yasmin Poole is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Yasmin’s work focuses on why diversity is necessary to ignite social change.

Yasmin developed a strong sense of justice at a young age. After growing up in a low-income family in country Victoria, she was instilled with the desire to stand up for the disadvantaged and create a fairer Australia.

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Founder of PepTalkHer, Tech Entrepreneur, Journalist, and Equal Pay Advocate

Meggie Palmer is a confidence creator and founder of the PepTalkHer app which helps track wins, improve mindset & supercharge career success using artificial intelligence with the goal of closing the Gender Pay Gap.

Meggie and the PepTalkHer teamwork with Fortune500 companies and funded start-ups all over the world to deliver training to help them retain diverse leadership talent, empower female leaders and engage millennials. Some of their clients include JP Morgan, PayScale & Revlon.

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Behavioural Scientist and CEO of the Inclusive Organisation Group

Elizabeth Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Inclusive Organisation Group of companies. After observing first-hand the discrimination and exclusion of her husband (who is profoundly Deaf), she was inspired to channel her emotional response into action through the creation of The Inclusive Foundation. Liz is an expert in organisational transformation and behaviour change, with a career focus on assisting businesses, teams and individuals to be the best they can be. She brings this expertise to The Inclusive Organisation and group of companies as she drives global social transformation. Her mission is to create a world where everyone is included regardless of their perceived differences.

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