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Keynote Speakers

Richard Deutsch | Deloitte Australia | CEO

Richard Deutsch became Deloitte Australia’s CEO and a member of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Executive in 2018. He was previously the Managing Partner of Deloitte Australia’s Audit & Assurance practice, delivering double-digit growth for three successive years, as well as a member of Deloitte Australia’s National Executive.

One of Australia’s most respected and talented professional services leaders, Richard has spent over 25 years in Australia’s largest Boardrooms providing rich perspectives to solve complex problems, drive business results and effect positive change.

Richard has a deep passion for culture, values and nurturing an inclusive environment in which all people can thrive while upholding the standards of the professional services profession. He truly believes that a strong, unique and inclusive culture will help people be their best selves and solve our clients’ varied and most complex problems. Richard chairs the Deloitte Australia Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing Council, has been a member of the Male Champions of Change since 2018 and is a member of the Deloitte ALL IN Gender Equality Steering Committee.

Richard has a profound understanding of social licence and the role of corporations in society. He is passionate about supporting organisations that have an impact on those in need. He is currently a Board Director of OzHarvest and Adara Development. He is a past President and Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA), and was an ICAA Board Member for six years.

A graduate of Sydney University, Richard joined Deloitte in 2015. He loves all forms of sport, particularly running and skiing and has completed 21 marathons.

Leanne Faraday-Brash | Brash Consulting | Principal

Leanne Faraday-Brash FAIM, FAHRI, FCOP is Principal of Brash Consulting, a boutique Organisational Psychology practice specialising in organisational capability and culture, “workplace justice”, conflict resolution, leadership development and change. 

In a sliding doors moment, just after the introduction of federal unfair dismissals law, Leanne returned from maternity leave in 1993 to find her employer, a major bank, defending the biggest case of gender discrimination in Australia until Kristy Fraser-Kirk and David Jones. This changed the course of her practice. Leanne works with the dysfunctional and toxic to the high performing and elite and everything in between. 

Leanne coordinates the Media Panel for the College of Organisational Psychologists and has appeared on radio, television and in numerous broadsheet and digital news publications. She has worked on five continents and with companies including Thomson Reuters, Amcor, Holden, Nike and extensively in higher education and government. 

Leanne is a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest internationally-recognised speaker accreditation. Her book entitled “Vulture Cultures: How to stop them ravaging your performance, people, profit and public image” was published in 2012 by Australian Academic Press. She was also a contributing author to a three-volume series published in the U.S. entitled “Feminism and Women’s Rights Worldwide” (Michele Paludi Ed.)

Outside work Leanne is a volunteer Field Psychologist with the Red Cross through the Disaster Response Network of the APS. She loves sport and sits on an advisory board to St Kilda Football Club and is State Integrity Officer for a large grass roots sporting organisation, overseeing their Member Protection Program.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja | School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center | Professor

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted speaker and expert on teens and social media use, Dr. Hinduja also trains students, educators, parents, mental health professionals, and other youth workers how to promote the positive use of technology. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times. He has received Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University's Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, testified in front of the Attorney General and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, and served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University. Dr. Hinduja is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer.

Julie Nielsen | Executive Director | WorkSafe Victoria

Julie Nielsen has had a life-long commitment to health and safety. This has led her take on a range of health and safety roles, including her current position as the Executive Director, Health and Safety at WorkSafe Victoria which she commenced in 2018.

Dr Skye Saunders | School of Law at the University of New England | Associate Professor

Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England and is a recognised expert in the field of sex discrimination law. Skye has been researching, presenting and consulting on issues of workplace sexual harassment for more than a decade. Her work 'Whispers from the Bush- The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women' (2015) is the first Australian research on the complex issue of sexual harassment in rural and remote workplaces. In 2017 the Victorian Women's Trust produced a short documentary film called 'Grace Under Fire' which is based on Skye's research on sexual harassment in rural workplaces. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Skye was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York with the YWCA Australia. Skye was also recently awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (University of Canberra). Skye also practises law as Special Counsel on Sex Discrimination matters, is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and is the Vice President of the YWCA Canberra. She is currently researching for her new book project, 'Defying Gravity- Rising Above Sex Discrimination in the Workplace'.

Harriet Shing  | Parliamentary Secretary MP

Until she was elected to the Upper House in November 2014, Harriet was a Lawyer and has previously worked as a senior policy adviser, lawyer and industrial relations specialist in the Victorian private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

An experienced negotiator and advocate, Harriet has worked extensively in industrial relations, employment and discrimination law and dispute resolution at State and Federal levels and served as a trustee director on the board of industry superannuation fund Vision Super.

As a Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Region Harriet is particularly committed to identifying and enhancing opportunities that will enable communities throughout the entire region to thrive. Harriet has lived in Morwell with a very lazy ex-racing greyhound and whippet, during the previous term of Government, however has now moved to the other end of the electorate, where she grew up. This gives Harriet a unique insight into the vast differences of the many communities that make up the Eastern Victoria Region.

Parliament History | Parliamentary Service
• Elected MLC for Eastern Victoria November 2014
• Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services July 2016 – December 2018
• Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health (current)
• Parliamentary Secretary for Equality (current)
• Parliamentary Secretary for Creative Industries (current)

Professor Michelle Tuckey | Centre for Workplace Excellence | University of South Australia

Michelle’s research focuses on designing mentally healthy workplaces that are resistant to workplace bullying and occupational stress. Her research advances the risk management of bullying as a work health and safety hazard, including evidence-based practical tools and interventions to diagnose and minimise the organisational risks for bullying. Michelle’s other research interests relate to creating an organisational climate that supports mental health, promoting high-quality leadership to support well-being at work, and harnessing mindfulness at work. Michelle serves on the editorial board, as guest editor, or reviewer for several international scholarly journals in the field of occupational health psychology. In addition to her academic publications, Michelle’s research has been applied in a range of organisations and by work health and safety regulatory bodies nationally and internationally, and was cited in the recent South Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into bullying and fatigue in healthcare.

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