How Diversity Can Drive Innovation (Sydney)

Join Harrier Talent Solutions and Oceans Group for our upcoming Diversity & Inclusion breakfast at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where we’ll be exploring how diversity can drive innovation.

We are delighted to welcome keynote speaker Lisa Annese, CEO of the Diversity Council of Australia, and a panel of HR and business leaders, to share the latest data, insights and trends on how businesses are increasing innovation and creative capacity by building an inclusive culture.

Our Melbourne event reached capacity quickly, so please register early to secure your place.


Feb 26 2020


7:45 am - 9:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 25 2020
  • Time: 15:45 - 17:30


  • Emma Jones
    Emma Jones
    Founder - Project F

    Emma Jones founded social impact business Project F to improve gender balance in technology. Her career in people & talent spans over 25 years across global markets. Originally from London, Emma’s career has seen her live and work in the UK, US and for the last nine years, Australia. Emma’s career has centred on the IT&T sector and since arriving in Sydney in 2011, digital technology.

    Emma is driven by purpose and she is an unapologetic, albeit accidental, feminist. She’s on a mission to change the world of tech with Project F’s gender balance accreditation program, Program 50/50.

    Emma is also the founder of not-for-profit tech community “Men Championing Change”.

  • Lisa Annese
    Lisa Annese
    Chief Executive Officer - Diversity Council of Australia

    Lisa Annese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia since 2 June 2014. In this role she leads debate on diversity and inclusion in the public arena, and as a result appears regularly on ABC’s The Drum and in wider Australian media.

    In 2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 she was elected to the Board of Amnesty International Australia. Lisa is also Executive Producer of DCA’s podcast, The Art of Inclusion.

    Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector. And some of her career highlights include: advocating for policy action in areas including government funded paid parental leave and closing the gender pay gap; presenting DCA’s leading research internationally; developing the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’ while at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.

  • Nic Wittison
    Nic Wittison
    Engineering Director - Canva

    Nic is Director of Engineering in the Design Platform group at Canva. He looks after the teams that power the platform level technology in the design editor.

    Having been at Canva for nearly 6 years Nic has worn many hats but primarily enjoys bridging the gap between product, people and engineering across the company.

  • Troy Roderick
    Troy Roderick
    Diversity & Inclusion Expert

    Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for around 25 years. Currently Director, Strategic Initiatives & Insights, Male Champions of Change, Troy previously served 10 years leading Telstra’s global Diversity & Inclusion function, with reach into customer, community and HR practice, which included his groundbreaking creation of “All Roles Flex”, and initiatives around inclusive leadership, gender equality, Indigenous employment, and workplace responses to domestic and family violence.

    Troy’s work has achieved record levels of women’s representation in executive management, CEO leadership team and graduate cohorts; consistent increases in women’s recruitment, retention and representation, including in male-dominated businesses; D&I Index results scoring higher than any other element of employee engagement; a 300% increase in male leaders taking long parental leave; employee engagement of flexible workers at global high-performing norm levels; and increased employment across all diversity segments – Indigenous, disability, LGBT+ and other cultural and linguistic diversity.

    Troy is an active White Ribbon Ambassador as part of Australia’s campaign to end men’s violence against women, and an Ambassador for “Honour a Woman”, the movement to achieve gender balance in Australian honours. He has been twice recognised in the “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry” in the Global Diversity List, supported by “The Economist” and his impactful work in Diversity and Inclusion has been awarded multiple times across Australia and Asia Pacific.


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