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Mona
Shindy

Retired Naval Officer, Expert on Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion

A diversity of perspectives generates better outcomes for all.
Profile

Captain Mona Shindy, CSC is a retired Naval officer with over 30 years of military and business experience.

Drawing upon strong academic credentials and the lessons and skills gained throughout a truly inspiring career, Captain Shindy now imparts knowledge to others as an international keynote speaker and strategic leadership and management consultant.

With degree qualifications in Engineering, Commerce (Advanced Major in Organisation and Management Studies) and Arts (Masters in Politics and Policy), Mona has been a trailblazer in male-dominated environments, consistently delivering outstanding organisational outcomes.

Current Work:

Her story is one of taking paths less trodden, courage, integrity, resilience and grit. Through measured risk-taking, systems thinking and reliance on strong emotional intelligence, Mona has been a highly successful, project director, change agent and organisational leader.
She has championed significant cultural and organisational reforms relating to the adoption of innovative best practices supporting a healthy work-life balance and many initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In 2015 she was recognised as the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the Australia Day honours list for outstanding service as a strategic intercultural advisor.

Captain Shindy is now a highly sought-after author, speaker and strategic business, leadership and management consultant.

Expertise
Talking Points

From Migrant Child to Navy Captain and Beyond

Captain Mona Shindy came from humble migrant beginnings.

She took many paths not well-trodden to become a highly successful strategic leader, engineer, project director, change agent and author. Throughout her journey, she encountered many barriers and setbacks. Her story is one of courage, being true to self and carving out a path to success against the odds. Modelling strong integrity, resilience and leadership qualities, Captain Shindy has championed many innovative change initiatives to capitalise on inclusion and diversity in the workplace. In the process, she created a legacy that is both inspiring to minorities as well as educative for organisations serious about addressing blind spots to get the best out of all employees and target markets.

Shattering Identity Bias

Diversity and differences in perspective generate new and superior outcomes for all. Biases (unconscious, affinity, confirmatory) are real and must be guarded against through the dismantling of any structural and systemic barriers. Open and respectful two-way communications and decision-making based on evidence, facts and data are the key ingredients needed to maximise individual and organisational potential.

Pluralism

Understanding the art and skills necessary to live all aspects of one's full identity as a minority in different settings. The speech is a practical guide to breakdown barriers, increasing understanding and paving an easier path for those aspiring to follow. It is aimed at inspiring confident and capable people to fully contribute (without compromising one's sense of self) to achieve great personal and organisational success.
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