The benefits of supporting parents at work

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McGrath Nicol

Level 12

20 Martin Place

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Join us for an evening of drinks and nibbles as a panel of industry experts explore the challenges and benefits of supporting parents at work and shine the spotlight on all things dad-related, including:

  • Supporting parents at work – what about dads?

  • The evolving role of being a dad

  • Equity of parental leave, balancing family and career

  • Mental health and parenting

  • Building your organisation’s reputation and retaining your best people


Panel Speakers

Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis

Commando Steve” is one of Australia’s most recognised and well-respected fitness experts. He joined the army when he left school and over the next decade served in the Australian Special Forces.

In 2004, he left the army to launch a new career as a fitness professional. At the same time, Steve was becoming a familiar face on TV screens as the trainer in Australia’s Biggest Loser and, more recently, on Australian Survivor.

Steve is also a father of four kids and is passionate about encouraging a way of being based in happiness and wellbeing. He knows how this can be difficult to embrace when faced with uncertainty and the challenges of parenting. He is an advocate for encouraging a foundation of support and understanding through sharing experiences and conversation that promotes self-awareness.


Lucinda Brogden, Chair, National Mental Health Commission

Lucinda brings to the Commission extensive experience in psychology and has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities. Lucinda’s primary areas of focus are issues facing Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace and the community.

Lucinda has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucinda has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEOs, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government.


Luke Benedictus, Founder of The Fatherhood

Luke Benedictus has spent 20 years working for magazines, newspapers and websites. He was previously the editor of Men’s Health.

Earlier this year he launched the-father-hood.com, a new website dedicated to offering support, advice and inspiration to Australian dads. This month, Murdoch Books published the brand’s first book: The Father Hood: Inspiration for The New Dad Generation that shines a spotlight on the evolution of the modern dad.

Luke is forever indebted to Karitane for teaching his two-year-old son that sleeping isn’t actually such a bad idea.


Sharlene Vlahos, Director, Education & Business Development, Karitane

Sharlene Vlahos is the Director Education and Business Development at Karitane, a not-for-profit charity providing evidence-based services to support new parents with sleep and settling, establishing routines, feeding and nutrition, toddler behaviour and pre and postnatal anxiety and depression.

Sharlene is a Child and Family Health Nurse with over 20 years’ experience supporting parents and families. She develops education programs for professionals, is an Adjunct Lecturer at Western Sydney University, a popular keynote speaker on all things parenting and has developed innovative business solutions to provide practical parenting support in the workplace.


Kate Cato, Head of Talent Development, Minter Ellison

Kate Cato is MinterEllison's Head of Organisational Development. She is responsible for the firm's Diversity & Inclusion strategy and as well as Culture & Performance and broader Workplace Health & Wellbeing.

The firm's partnership with Karitane has been positioned as a core component of the firm's inclusion program. Both organisations have worked together to co-design a program that supports MinterEllison parents and carers at all stages of caring including navigating adolescence and young adulthood.

Kate began her career as a lawyer and has held Director level roles in law and government prior to joining MinterEllison in 2017.


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Emma Walsh, Founder of Parents At Work

Emma Walsh is the CEO of Parents At Work, a social enterprise supporting both parents and organisations to better manage the challenges that employees face when juggling work and family life.

Emma is an author, international speaker and passionate campaigner for improving parental leave and flexible work rights for working parents. She also makes significant contributions to the development of aspiring and emerging (particularly female) leaders.

Emma has been shortlisted for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year and has been recognised for her business achievements via the Australian Human Rights Business Awards, Top 200 Business of Tomorrow by Westpac in 2017 and Winner of the Visa Business Awards in 2013.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information contact Chloe Thomas, Moir Group

Phone: 02 9262 4836
E: chloethomas@moirgroup.com.au


Or contact Emily Kawalilak, Karitane

Phone: 02 9794 2384

E: emily.kawalilak@health.nsw.gov.au


Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Please advise us at the time of booking, or at least 72-hours in advance, if you have any special dietary requirements.

E: chloethomas@moirgroup.com.au


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20 Martin Place

Sydney, NSW 2000

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