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Diversity in Leadership - Where are the Outcomes for People with Disability?

Equal Employment Opportunity Network

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (AEDT)

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Diversity in Leadership - where are the outcomes for people with disability?

A discussion examining disability and leadership and ways forward.

Featuring Christina Ryan, interview by Mark Glascodine




Photo of Christina Ryan

Photo of Mark Glascodine


Many organisations across Australia now see Diversity and Inclusion as a business imperative, contributing a productive, inclusive and happy workplaces. 

With almost 5 million Australians having a disability (18.3%), one would expect that we would be experiencing an unprecedented growth in the presence and recognition of disability leaders across all sections of our community and full participation and utilisation.

However, after what appears to be a concentrated and collective effort spanning 30 years to make our workplaces genuinely inclusive for people with disability,

  • the labour force participation rate of people aged 15-64 with disability was 53.4%, compared with 83% of people without disability

  • the unemployment rate for people with disability was 10%, higher than that for people without disability (at 5.3%)

  • of the total labour force, 34% of people with disability are managers and professionals

  • people with disability still experience the highest levels of discrimination in employment


This is a soundtrack that has been playing for 30 years.

In this presentation, Christina and Mark are keen to ramp up the conversation and examine ways to progress actions that progress beyond the “employ more disabled people” rut that we have got stuck in over three decades. People with disability are more than ready for leadership. 

Christina will present on these themes and challenges and Mark will further interrogate these in interview format. This will be followed by a Q&A. 



    • Why leadership is important?

    • Who do you have shifting the culture?

    • What does inclusion look like?

    • The social model -  including defining disability and being open about identity

    • Assumption busting 


Stories from the front line  

    • Christina will share findings from her social change fellowship in 2017 and the Disability Leadership Institute’s first national survey of disability leaders and the findings about what reality looks like!



Big things and bold moves on the horizon

    • Accelerating disability into leadership

    • Moving away from good intentions and wishful thinking 

    • How do we move beyond merit so that we get some real diversity?

    • How can we be committed to the shift and what does it look like?

    • Learning from the best - who are they? small business?

    • What can we do to really get the outcomes instead of piling on more resources?


Be prepared for some insights that will aim to reshape and reinvigorate your thinking and practice and get away from the old ways.

This session will have plenty of practical actions and takeaways and opportunities for participants to share their experiences. A must for advancing your Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiatives. 


About Our Speaker:

Christina Ryan is the CEO and Founder of the Disability Leadership Institute.

She has been an active leader in the Australian disability community for over 20 years, working at an international, national and local level to change the diversity agenda, while mentoring and supporting numerous people with disabilities to their own leadership success. 

Christina pioneered the use of mainstream forums by women with disabilities at the United Nations, and now mentors and teaches effective use of the UN for rights activists globally, while working as a leadership coach for people with disabilities. 

After 20 years in community sector management, Christina realised that the levels of violence and marginalisation experienced by people with disabilities were the direct outcome of inequality, and that to address this we need a growth in disability leadership right across the public domain. 

She established the Disability Leadership Institute in 2016 as a professional hub for leaders with disabilities to build & support our disability leaders. It is the first organisation of its kind globally, and aims to grow the presence and recognition of disability leaders across all sections of our community. Christina is also a regular keynote speaker and commentator.

In 2013 Christina was acknowledged as one of 100 women of the Canberra Centenary. She was a finalist in the 2014 ACT Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Inclusion at the 2015 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards. Christina was a 2017 Westpac Social Change Fellow. 

The Disability Leadership Institute was a finalist in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards emerging and energised category. 


About Our Interviewer:  

After acquiring a disability, Mark Glascodine left his corporate career and retrained as a careers counsellor focusing on people with a disability. In 2011, Mark was the recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship researching best practice career advisory services for university students with a disability in the UK.

Since then Mark has been working in the disability employment area  with Bravo Consulting , working with secondary, tertiary and in the post education sector as well as involved with NDCO, NDIA and DEA with general training or advise for people working with PWD or direct  advise to PWD.


Event Time:

12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch and networking (optional)

12:30 - 1:30pm Presentation & Interview & Audience Discussions (with mini break)

1:30 - 1:45pm Q & A from audience

2.00pm Event Closes

Cost: Free for EEON 2019-2020 financial members, $50 non-members - we invite you to join as a member on the day, however you will need to purchase a ticket to this event prior to arrival.

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600 Bourke Street
12th Floor
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (AEDT)

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