Inclusion: Harnessing diversity to drive performance

Increase team performance with a culturally diverse workforce

Events - 12 Aug 2016

This session featured a panel of International and National speakers

The increasing cultural diversity of the Western Australian public sector workforce presents opportunities and challenges for managers and leaders.

Are you ready for, or presently getting the most out of, your culturally diverse team?

Research by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Deloitte highlights that the “potential to lift business performance is locked up in the individual and group potential of diverse employees, and can only be unleashed by creating an inclusive working environment”

Beyond targets, what are the benefits to be gained from inclusive culturally diverse workforces? What are the challenges? And, what strategies can leaders and mangers employ to not only maintain but improve business performance with a workforce hailing from many different nations?

For this session a panel of insightful presenters to identified the critical issues and helped enhance the leadership and management style of participants. 


  • Business performance
  • Cultural diversity
  • Leadership
  • People management
  • Organisational culture


Bruce Stewart: Inclusive Diversity Insights From America
Lisa Annese: Harnessing Diversity to drive performance
Rebecca Ball: Harnessing diversity – Our cultural advantage

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Dr Yvonne Haigh MIPAA
IPAA WA Vice-President; Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University




Q&A Facilitator

Jenn Morris
Partner - WA Public Sector Leader, Deloitte


Bruce Stewart
CEO Vitruvian Worldwide | President Obama’s former diversity adviser    

J. Bruce Stewart currently serves as CEO Vitruvian Worldwide a management consulting firm specialising in inclusive diversity. Bruce was formerly the Deputy Director Training, Compliance, and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and was responsible for the coordinated implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion.

Bruce has been involved in numerous Leadership and Diversity initiatives, he is a dynamic, energetic, and creative retired military officer with substantial experience (25 years) in all aspects of diversity management, inclusion strategies, and strategic planning. Bruce has completed a book on diversity leadership titled, “Cultural Leadership: The New Chemistry of Leading Differently.” And has a second book scheduled to publish titled, “Diversitopia: Creating the World of Tomorrow by Thinking Differently Today.”

Bruce Stewart works with Deloitte globally to advance best practices in Diversity and Inclusion.  

Lisa Annese
Chief Executive Officer
Diversity Council of Australia

Lisa Annese was appointed CEO of DCA in June 2014 where she heads a team to lead public debate, conduct proactive research and develop innovative resources for organisations in the area of diversity.

She first joined DCA in 2009 and left for a short stint in 2011 as the first dedicated Diversity Manager at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, who later won the Lawyers Weekly Firm Diversity Award. Prior to joining DCA, she worked at the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency where she developed the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’, ‘Business Achievement Awards’, and ‘Employer of Choice for Women’ citation. Lisa was awarded a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service and co-authored “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace” which was named a “must-read business book” by AFR/BOSS magazine in 2005.

Rebecca Ball
Executive Director
Office of Multicultural Interests

Qualifications: Master of Business (Victoria University), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(Political Science)(UWA), MAICD

Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), Government of Western Australia. For over 15 years she has undertaken senior advisory and management roles in government in international trade and community engagement in a wide range of cross-cultural settings which has included appointments in Indonesia, India and Vietnam. Leading and managing culturally and linguistically diverse teams often in complex environments and operating across both commercial and social services sectors, she has specific portfolio experience in a range of industries including education, agribusiness, creative industries, professional services, ICT and tourism. 

Rebecca focuses on mentoring and empowering colleagues that supports professional development which in turn strengthens organisational outcomes. Rebecca strives to strengthen and leverage networks to realise greater potential from the breadth and depth of cultural and linguistic diversity in Western Australia and works to optimise both social and commercial outcomes through developing strategies that take a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach.