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Member Only Events: How do we count culture and what is the impact of unconscious bias?
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Date Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Time 06 Oct 17:00 - 06 Oct 18:00
Venue Zoom Virtual Online
Pricing Free Event
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 06 October 2021

WOBChat is an interactive fortnightly online session designed to fill the current void. We’ll provide a facilitated, friendly environment for members to meet, network, share and learn - online.

How do we count culture and what is the impact of unconscious bias?   

WOB's Culture Diversity Advisory Group will share the results of our recent Counting Culture Survey.   Find out how we fared and what action we plan to take.

To help us better understand how privilege and unconscious bias works, Claire Braund will interview Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Mariam Veiszadeh, to discuss solutions on how to level the playing field.

Please watch Mariam's Tedtalk before the session and come ready for a discussion.

Guest Speaker: 

Mariam Veiszadeh, Member Relations & Advisory Director, Diversity Council Australia

Mariam Veiszadeh is an Inclusion & Diversity practitioner, lawyer, social commentator and an award-winning rights champion.

Mariam has held multiple board positions, has delivered a TEDxSydney speech and featured as an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission. With many accolades to her name including Fairfax Daily Life 2016 Woman of the year, she’s renowned for influencing positive change both in the workplace and in society more broadly and her influence is felt in the many initiatives she promotes across her social media platforms in which she collectively has over 50,000 followers.

In 2017, Mariam addressed an audience of approximately 4000+ in her TEDx Sydney talk to shed light on the issue of societal privilege and how it creates an unequal playing field for diverse minority groups. She successfully mounted the case for why cultural diversity targets are required to help create more of a meritocracy and stamp out racism and discrimination in the corporate sector. She has been described as a woman who uses her “considerable wit and smarts to punch holes in the stupidity of racism, sexism and xenophobia in general” and someone who has “courage, tenacity and perseverance without the protection and resources afforded by public office.”

As a fearless advocate, Mariam is accustomed to being both an advocate against and a victim of xenophobia. In 2015, she made global headlines as she endured months of cyber-bullying for simply speaking out against bigotry. Australians responded by rallying behind Mariam using the hashtag #IstandwithMariam.

This event is provided FREE OF CHARGE to Full, Corporate and Premium Members and Champions.

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