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Expert in Driving Institutional Change

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Purpose gives our lives meaning and consequence.

Chyloe Kurdas stands as a visionary and purpose-driven leader, renowned for her pivotal role in spearheading the groundbreaking AFLW competition. Drawing on her journey from secondary school psychology teacher to becoming a catalyst for cultural change in one of Australia's most prominent sporting organisations offers , Chyloe's expertise is sought after across various domains as a keynote speaker, consultant, executive coach, facilitator, educator, mentor, and trusted confidante.

Her rich and diverse personal and professional journey serves as a wellspring of invaluable perspectives on leadership, inclusion, institutional change, and driving transformative cultural shifts. Chyloe openly shares insights on:
- the challenges of purpose-driven leadership,
- the importance of intentional self-leadership and self-care,
- aligning values for successful outcomes,
- nurturing resilience in leading change, and
- the profound impact of fostering belonging to create a lasting leadership legacy.

As an inclusion consultant, she guides leaders and organisations in facilitating cultures that yield high-performance outcomes grounded in a sense of belonging. She currently collaborates with AusCycling and the Australian Sports Commission advising on key strategies to enhance inclusion within the sports industry.

As an Associate at the prestigious Melbourne Business School, she has contributed her expertise to over 100 leadership programs for the Department of Defence and numerous corporate entities, leveraging her insights to drive meaningful and impactful change.

Presently serving as the Inclusion & Diversity Senior Manager at the Australian Red Cross, Chyloe plays a pivotal role in co-developing and implementing their comprehensive Inclusion & Diversity Strategy, leading their inclusion and diversity learning framework, and coaches leaders on fostering a sense of belonging within their respective spheres.

Chyloe is a TEDx Sydney presenter and a respected television and radio sports commentator. Her multifaceted expertise and unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive environments underscore her reputation as an influential thought leader and catalyst for positive change.

Talking Points

The Bottom Line of Diversity

Chyloe’s presentation will explore why diversity of experience is a high performance non-negotiable and how we can build diversity empowered leadership teams and organisations. Chyloe will unpack how organisations can reframe diversity of experience as a strategic advantage as well as what opportunities are lost if we fail to meaningfully engage diverse people within our decision-making spaces.

Chyloe will leverage experiences from her leadership journey in driving gender equality in Australian sport - particularly in Australian football and golf and share her frameworks from achieving progressive change in these institutions.

Empowering Organisational Change

- How to be a champion for organization/industry change for women and actions we can take
- How to build organisations that are supportive and empowering for women and other underrepresented people
- Leadership frameworks for leading cultural change
- The responsibility of leadership in leading cultural change for everyone

Inclusion and Advocacy

- How men can be gender equality allies and advocates
- Exploration of practical things that build a space where women feel empowered and confident
- How to be an inclusive leader

Navigating Challenges and Sustainability

- How to navigate resistance, marginalization, and challenging career paths
- How to sustain effort in challenging journeys
- Practical things we can do to empower ourselves and others
- The power of purposeful leadership and maintaining a healthy relationship with purpose
- How to leverage purpose for good

Leadership and Communication

- How to manage up to facilitate cultural change
- How to engage and retain people in inclusive culture conversations
- The importance of empathy and meeting people where they are
Chyloe spent so much time and effort to ensure that her key note address complimented our evening and was relevant to the audience’s needs. Chyloe was incredibly easy to work with and discuss ideas and direction. She was well prepared and it was obvious that she has tailored her presentation for our event. Her key note address was not only professional but more importantly it was passionate, intelligent, articulate and inspiring. Chyloe’s involvement on the panel provided great insight and knowledge and she worked brilliantly alongside her follow panellists. She was very generous with her time and engaged with the audience after her appearance and provided an integral role in the success of our event. Darebin City

Incredibly professional, timely and easy to work with. Chyloe’s message was powerful, tailored for the audience and resonated with all delegates in attendance. I too took great value out of what she had to say regarding engagement and building a community of supporters.

Rainmaker Financial Standard

Chyloe responded to our brief and her delivery was fabulous. The audience loved her!

Victoria University

Chyloe brings a passion and powerful message based on her remarkable experience. It is an inspiring story that resonates with people of all ages.

National Apprentice Employment Network

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