AALS Panel 3: Navigating the double whammy - gender and cultural diversity
COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a strain of nationalism on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception. Since the emergence of the pandemic, some Asian-Australians have been made to feel like outsiders, with some questioning their Australianness, identity and sense of belonging.
At this critical time, strong leadership is required, and a renewed emphasis on the importance of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our cohesive society and economic prosperity.
The second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) is convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Australian National University. This year’s Summit, facilitated via an online platform, will host a diverse program of interactive sessions, with the aim of establishing new strategies, new partnerships, and identifying champions of change. The 2020 event will also reveal the results of specially commissioned research.
Unfortunately for Asian-Australian women, the ‘glass cultural ceiling’ means they face significant barriers to obtaining and accessing leadership positions in their workplaces and industries – a reality that is reflected by the limited numbers of Asian-Australian women in senior leadership positions.
While efforts have increased to support greater gender diversity and equality over recent years, pathways for women from culturally diverse backgrounds remain limited. Panellists will explore how organisations can do better to recognise the skills, attributes and contribution of Asian-Australian women and identify strategies on greater inclusion of cultural diversity representation in the gender diversity debate.
Moderated by Tamerlaine Beasley, Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural.
Geraldine Chin Moody, Co-Founder and Director, 5H Values Capital
Katrina Rathie, Partner in Charge, King Wood Mallesons.