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DAWN is a professional and social network that promotes an inclusive Australia through culturally diverse leadership across the public and private sectors.

Our mission is to unlock the talent from within organisations to help Australian businesses and government prosper. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world – businesses now more than ever need cultural capability, increased innovation and market insight that talented staff from diverse backgrounds can offer. It’s time to utilise our untapped human and cultural capital. The time for change is now.

Our tomorrow

There is a wealth of human talent that remains untapped and undervalued in Australia. Senior leadership roles in major organisations and institutions do not genuinely reflect Australia’s multicultural society.

Our Vision



Create meaningful connections and collaborations for an inclusive society



Operate in a culture of diversity, integrity and humanity



To take action to encourage gender and cultural diverse leadership across mainstream society to improve individual capability, corporate performance and society as a whole

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DAWN aspire to have an inclusive Australian society with culturally diverse leadership teams in all sectors – public and private. We aim to create a professional network that advocate for and promote inclusive leadership from within Australia’s culturally diverse workforce.
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What has been happening?

Capitalising the bamboo from the bamboo ceiling: Incorporating Asian experiences and talents into Australian leadership

The bamboo ceiling is an uneasy term used to describe the career progression barriers for people of Asian [...]

Being Quiet, Being Heard: How can one remain quiet and lead?

It is easy for someone else to say to you “Just speak up” or “Speak louder, don’t be shy”, but what they don’t realise is that there are internal hurdles to overcome before speaking up.


There’s a saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. How much does our parents [...]

We need more than women in leadership, we need cultural diversity

We asked a number of leading women who are speaking at the upcoming She Leads conference what they’d like younger women to know about navigating the career in front of them. Below, DAWN CEO and founder Dai Le shares her advice.  […]

Why I’m fighting for culturally diverse leadership

Dai Le recalls her journey from Vietnam and the ongoing challenges faced by Vietnamese Australians, in her [...]

“No, I’m not a feminist”

Why are we afraid of the label "feminist"? We briefly unpack "feminist", arguing that there is a need to define feminism as it is today in the name of diversity.

Organisations we have worked with

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