The Inaugural Diversity Lunch with Diane Smith-Gander, President, CEW, Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas, and Lani Blanco-Francis, CEO, LBF Consulting in conversation with Narelle Hooper, Co-author, “New Women, New Men, New Economy” addressed a Business Lunch for over 220 senior business executives in an interactive discussion around “Diversity: Driving your Competitive Advantage”. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Macquarie Capital and EY.
The research is in and it is strong - more diversity in leadership offers organisations a huge performance advantage. The forum discussed some of the key findings that connect gender and racial diversity with higher financial performance, and explained how leading organisations are using diversity to drive innovation and growth. This lunch also featured the launch of the new Women's Indigenous Network Australia.
Diane Smith-Gander is Chairman of Transfield Services, non-executive director of Wesfarmers, and the first elected President of Chief Executive Women, Australia’s pre-eminent advocacy group for women’s economic equality. The soon to be renamed Transfield has received Elevate RAP status from Reconciliation Australia for the last two years with 4.5% indigenous representation in it's Australian workforce.
Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas since November 2008. This period has seen Qantas and Jetstar continue to lead the Australian domestic market; a new strategic direction for Qantas International, including stronger airline partnerships and an increased focus on Asia; the sustained, profitable growth of the Qantas Loyalty business; and the launch of Qantas’ biggest transformation program since privatisation in 1995.
Lani Blanco-Francis is the founder and CEO of LBF Consulting, with 25 years experience in the field of Human Resources (HR). Lani is regarded as one of the country's leading Indigenous employment experts and advises corporate and government clients nationally.
Narelle Hooper is a corporate adviser and director of The Ethics Centre, the Tasmanian Development Board and the Documentary Australia Foundation. She was founding co-chair of Fairfax Media’s Australian Financial Review- Westpac Group Women of Influence Awards and former editor of the Financial Review’s award winning BOSS Magazine. Narelle is co-author of New Women, New Men, New Economy: How Creativity, Openness, Diversity and Equity are Driving Prosperity Now! released in September 2015 (Federation Press).
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