2018 IPAA WA Espresso Series - Session 2

Stories from close to home

Events - 18 Sep 2018
Delegates heard from global diversity and inclusion specialist, Fadzi Whande, and Partner at EY, Rohan Connors. Fadzi has gained international recognition for her work in the areas of Unconscious Bias, Cultural Competency and Racial Socialisation and Identity, her work primarily focuses on addressing systemic and institutionalised barriers held towards historically undermined groups.


Fadzi Whande
Inclusion and Diversity Adviser
University of Western Australia

Fadzi Whande is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, award winning Social Justice Advocate and Keynote Speaker. Her background ranges from launching telecommunication networks to addressing gender equality, racism, discrimination, health disparities, financial literacy, unemployment and social disadvantage across various sectors in Africa, United Kingdom, USA and Australia. Fadzi is currently the Inclusion and Diversity Adviser for the University of Western Australia. (source: http://www.fadziwhande.com/about-me/)

Rohan Connors
Partner, Human Capital

Rohan has over 20 years’ experience in HR and reward strategy, with a focus on compensation and diversity. Rohan has extensive experience working with Property companies and has a deep understanding of the key issues facing the Property sector.

Rohan is part of EY’s Australian steering group for gender diversity, and also part of EY’s global steering group for gender pay parity.

Rohan led the development of the gender pay equity methodology adopted by Australia’s Male Champions of Change and endorsed by more than 120 leading Chairs and Chief Executives. In his capacity as strategic advisor, Rohan also led the development of the PMCC best practice guidelines for gender equity reviews.

Series Facilitator

Ashleigh Brand
Project Leader - Kaleidoscope Initiative
City of Stirling

Ashleigh is a highly experienced project manager, facilitator, diversity and leadership trainer and coach.  She is committed to assisting workplaces to become more diverse.  She is also a social change-maker with a passion to help newcomers realise their full potential in Western Australia.

Ashleigh has more than 20 years' experience working in communications, change management, organisational development, policy and technology.  She also has more than eight years' experience running her own business, consulting and project managing.  She is an accredited coach and has skills and experience in leadership development, human resources, project management, business process improvement and policy development.

Series Host

EY is extremely proud to be the venue host of this series and see diversity and inclusiveness as integral to how they serve their clients, develop their people and play a leadership role in our communities. EY have won multiple awards for their dedication to this area and their policies and practices in D&I have been a role model to many organisations.