From good intentions to great hires:

Why diverse talent pools make business sense

Businesses with a diverse workforce are 35% more likely to financially outperform their competitors.* Yet, many companies focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive culture without addressing the crucial first step – getting them in the door!

Tune in as the panel explore how you can access and attract a wider talent pool, while ultimately building a more inclusive hiring process that is good for ALL candidates.

Key topics include:

  • Why a diverse workforce is good for the bottom line
  • How to reduce bias in your hiring process
  • How to access marginalised talent pools, including veterans, refugees and neurodivergent candidates
  • How to get your business, leadership team and clients on board

A diverse talent pool isn’t only the right thing to do, but it’s good for business too.

*Source: McKinsey & Company

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Sean Haran

Director, Beyond the Badge

Sean has over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, corporate security, risk  management, learning & development, international air express and logistics. 

Since 2018 Sean has been involved in providing Career Transition services for first responders, specifically NSW Police through the Charity Beyond the Badge which he set up with his mate and business partner Simon Bradstock. He is passionate about ensuring first responders are looked after once they leave their agencies after their service.

Yvonne Kelly

CEO, Glow Up Careers

Yvonne is the CEO & Co-Founder of Glow Up Careers, an award winning Social Enterprise and recently a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards. Glow Up’s mission is to “empower everyone to have the career of their dreams no matter who they are or where they are from”.

A successful 25-year international career in the recruitment industry, helped Yvonne build a passion for inclusion and giving everyone the opportunity to find meaningful work.

Yvonne is committed to spreading awareness and promoting the inclusion of refugees and people from other marginalised communities. She has spoken at a variety of events, including Microsoft, KPMG, Virgin Unite and The Social Good Summit Australia.

Yvonne’s vision is driven through advocating for more open, transparent, and inclusive workplaces, breaking down hiring barriers, and helping organisations harness the power of diversity.

Tony Pownall

Co-Founder, Cultivate

As the co-founder of Cultivate, Tony’s focus is on ensuring Cultivate is a ‘great place to work’ and a ‘great company to work with’.  He personally delivers best practice recruitment training and executive search services to clients and workshops to job seekers. Tony spent over a decade leading high performing recruitment teams as GM and Country Manager in NZ and Asia before setting up Cultivate in 2021. Now 20 people strong the Cultivate team are passionate about challenging traditional recruitment industry norms, in particular bringing greater transparency, compassion and inclusion to the candidate experience.

Helping businesses to build a sustainable future based on ‘performance through people’ is what drives him in business hours. Outside of work he’s hopelessly addicted to cycling and getting outdoors. A pursuit made easier by having to keep up with two very active children.

Martin Herbst

CEO, JobAdder

Martin is the CEO of JobAdder, with over 20 years experience launching and scaling tech businesses across the globe. Adept in fostering customer-centric cultures, Martin’s vision for JobAdder is to provide a recruitment platform centred on design-led usability, enhanced by e-learning and support and augmented by the transformative power of AI, thus fulfilling the company’s purpose to make recruitment more efficient and joyful for everyone.

Facilitated by Chanelle Lennard

People Operations Lead, JobAdder

Chanelle leads People Operations at JobAdder. With over 10 years of experience in recruitment, Chanelle has a deep passion for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace.

Chanelle has played a critical role in hiring top technical and product roles at JobAdder for the past 2 years, helping to drive the company’s growth and success and improving representation across these skills during this time. Her commitment to DE&I has been an important factor in creating an environment where all employees can thrive.