Organisational gender diversity and policy

How organisations can address gender diversity and implement effective change.

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

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.

Hosted by the School of Accounting, Senior Lecturer Dr Tehmina Khan and Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane together with Transgender Advocate Melissa Griffiths and a panel of industry leaders explored the importance of valuing and growing diversity in workforces.

The conversation included a presentation and panel discussion, exploring the topic: “How organisations can address gender diversity and implement effective change”?

Participants explored policy reporting and accountability in relation to organisational gender diversity and how organisations can implement effective change.

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

Guest speaker Melissa Griffiths undertook an insightful presentation highlighting the importance of having a gender diversity policy for an organisation. 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 following questions were explored by the panel:

  • Why is a gender diversity and equality policy important for an organisation in present times?

  • In your opinion what is an effective implementation of the gender diversity and equality policy at an organisation?

  • What organisational factors do you see as barriers against effective implementation of a gender diversity and equality policy?

  • What do you see as future directions in this space?

The panel provided excellent insights in relation to these questions. 

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