Droughts, Bushfires, Floods & Pandemics: the fundamental cultural change for inclusion and diversity in a new era.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

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2020 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum

Droughts, Bushfires, Floods & Pandemics: the fundamental cultural challenge for inclusion and diversity in a new era.

The Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum is back for 2020, and coming to you via livestream. 2020’s natural disasters, and the COVID-19 health crisis, have had a significant impact on community sport across Australia. However, these events have only reinforced the importance of community clubs and associations connecting with, and reflecting, their diverse and vibrant local communities. Inclusion and diversity has never been more important. Community sports survival may depend on it!

But there's a danger. In the rush to get back to playing, with fewer resources and greater restrictions, much of the great work done in recent times could be lost. It could be a matter of two steps forward and three steps back! 

  • We've seen the emergence of Black Lives Matter, yet more effort is needed to stamp out racial vilification in sport. 
  • Progress continues towards gender equality on and off the field, however there are fears of complacency. 
  • We’ve seen LGBTQ inclusion take centre stage in the biggest vilification court case in our history, with a heightened focus on transgender participation on its way, we must now combat the disproportionate impact on the LGBTQ community. 
  • The growth of Paralympic and disability sports have been positive, yet there is still a high risk of institutionalised discrimination.  

Lockdowns have seen a rise in job losses, domestic violence, poor mental health, and increased alcohol abuse. There will be greater economic divides in the community and fewer specialised positions in sport to drive issues of inclusion, diversity and child safety. Will this still be a priority in the months and years ahead? What cultural change is necessary to ensure that sport not only survives but thrives as a leader and champion of inclusion and diversity. 

Join our panel of experts who will discuss these issues in this special livestreamed event - the 2020 version of the annual Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum. 

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Beau Newell

Beau Newell is the National Program Manager of Pride in Sport Australia, an Australian first sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations at all levels with the inclusion of employees, athletes, volunteers, officials and spectators with diverse sexualities and genders. 

In a world first, the Pride in Sport Index™ (PSI) is the first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess the inclusion of people with diverse sexualities and genders within Australian sport and sporting organisations. Participating in the index allows Australian sporting organisations to not only assess their own practice, but determine that which constitutes good practice, along with the ability to benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting organisations. 

Beau’s experience in sport began at a young age as a player, referee, coach, selector and administrator of several sporting codes. He currently holds several positions in the sporting industry including Chairman/Director of a Regional Sporting Organisation, Life Membership of several associations and a consultant for volunteer management. In 2011, Beau founded a sport and event management firm which has since grown into a powerhouse for business operational support of community sporting clubs across NSW. Beau is a Justice of the Peace and a staunch advocate for human rights. 

Beau has given keynote presentations to many major events and conferences on his professional and personal experiences as an out person in sport. More notably was his TEDx session on Eliminating the Self Edit – a earnest insight into the way people hide their true selves from others, for fear of discrimination, harassment and bullying. Through the lens of sport, Beau’s story provides insight into the disproportionate effects that self-editing can have on LGBTQ people in sport, compared to other areas of society, and how systematic change is required to provide safer and more inclusive environments for people with diverse genders and sexualities. 

Beau’s knowledge and understanding of the sporting landscape is extensive. In the years leading into the Marriage Equality debate, Beau and his Partner pioneered LGBTQ rights advocacy in regional and rural NSW becoming the spokesperson for many outspoken LGBTQ individuals in regional Australia, which led to Beau being nationally recognised for his contribution for his LGBTQ advocacy at the Australian Honour Awards.

Moya Dodd

Moya Dodd is a partner at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, and a former vice-captain of Australia’s women’s football team, the Matildas. She served on Asian football's governing body for 12 years (2007 - 19). She was one of the first women on FIFA's Executive Committee (2013-2016) and on the board of Football Federation Australia (2007 – 2017). 

In FIFA, Moya took a lead role on gender reforms and became “the driving force in the recent push for women within FIFA” (New York Times). Moya is a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA’s Player Status Committee, and the IOC Athlete’s Entourage Commission. She is a trustee of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. Chair of Common Goal, and serves on the board of Barefoot to Boots. 

Moya is a regular speaker, having appeared at major events such as International Bar Association’s annual conference, FIFA’s IWD conference, the World Football Summit, Women Deliver, and McKinsey’s Alliance of global LGBTI leaders. 

Moya was listed in World Soccer magazine’s People of the Year (2013), won the Australian Financial Review Women of Influence Awards (2016), listed in Boss Magazine's Outstanding 50 LGBT+ Leaders (2016) and named the 7th most powerful woman in international sport by Forbes magazine (2018).

Dr Ben Gauntlett

Dr Ben Gauntlett was appointed as the Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2019, working to remove barriers for people with disability and ensuring respect for their human rights and participation in society. 

As Commissioner, he has presented at both the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and United Nations Conference of State Parties, and was a witness before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Dr Gauntlett is a quadriplegic following a schoolboy rugby union accident aged 16 in Perth, Western Australia. He has the experience of a person living with a disability and accessing care in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States of America. 

He has worked as a barrister, an associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC at the High Court of Australia, and Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. 

Dr Gauntlett has taught law in Australia and UK, and holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Commerce, a Master of Laws, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Law). He was awarded the 2003 Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia

Sam Turner

Sam Turner is the former Head of Inclusion & Diversity for the Westpac Group, and a much sought after speaker for her thought leadership on creating inclusive workplaces. During her time at Westpac, she launched an employment program for people with autism, achieved 50% women in leadership roles, established and governed nine employee action groups, and created a unique leadership program for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

Sam is currently working alongside the CEOs of major global tech and media companies as the Program Director for Male Champions of Change Global Tech Group. She provides coaching, advice and actionable strategies to increase gender equality and inclusion both within their organisations and across the tech industry more broadly. 

Sam also works as a consultant with Elizabeth Broderick & Co in their highly reputable and visible reviews of workplace culture – specifically gender equality, diversity, and cultural transformation/renewal. 

She is an energetic and engaging leader who is passionate about people and equality. 

Sam was the Overall Winner of the 2016 Women of Influence Awards, and was named one of Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTIQ leaders in the Deloitte/Google 2018 list. Sam has recently completed a prestigious Churchill Fellowship undertaking global research on enabling greater Cultural Diversity in Australian leadership.

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