The issue…

More than half of Australia’s population was born overseas or has a parent who was. Of the 4 million people who speak a language other than English at home, close to 1.3 million speak an Asian language. However the leadership in our public and private sectors do not represent this diversity.


  • Unconscious bias & discrimination

    Unconscious bias and discrimination in the workplace inhibits opportunities for recognition and promotion

  • Differing cultural & social norms

    Differing cultural and social norms lead to misguided perceptions of leadership capability

  • Lack of domestic networks

    Lack of domestic networks coupled with language barriers impact confidence and chances to participate

  • Insufficient opportunities

    Insufficient opportunities for migrants and refugees to engage in skilled work and mainstream society are limited

DAWN Conversation Series

Through DAWN Conversation you will hear from influential leaders and trailblazers to help build your confidence and overcome these barriers.

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Recent Conversations

Our last culturally diverse leadership conversation with Westpac for 2017 was on leadership building and capability: what do culturally diverse talent need, to crack the cultural ceiling?

DAWN and Westpac continue our culturally diverse leadership conversation series.

We explored the topic “Navigating the system for emerging leaders”. What are the challenges emerging leaders face as they travel on their leadership journey? Is it important to have mentoring or sponsorship? Do you need grit?

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Our recent DAWN Conversation has explored cultural diversity within leadership.

What can we do to shift the dial and encourage culturally diverse leadership? How does a sense of belonging play into culturally diverse talent aspirations for leadership roles?

Rebecca Lim, Westpac’s Group Counsel and Thang Ngo, Managing Director of Identity Communications have shared their insights on Belonging & Identity.

What does unconscious bias look like in your area of work? Should you call it out? Does unconscious bias and stereotyping impede on your ability to progress in the workplace? Come along and share your insight.

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