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Men@Work: A review of our research – Brisbane

April 20 @ 7:45 am - 9:45 am

The 100% Project is pleased to invite you to join us for a panel discussion on Men@Work. We hope you can join us on April 20 in Brisbane, where we will engage in a morning of networking, discussion and debate.

There is a lot of research on what women want, and a wide range of gender equity programs based on the findings. Employers facing skill shortages and talent wars recognise the need for flexible working arrangements and part time work to attract and keep women in the workforce. We know that encouraging men to join the quest for gender equality is imperative to progress, but are men happy with their lot at work? 

A research report from The 100% Project identified unconscious bias as a key influence in preventing men from achieving a work-life balance, where both men and women viewed flexible work arrangements as a more appropriate policy for females. Come along to discuss these interesting findings and learn how the empowerment of women in the workplace also benefits men.


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Panel members will include



Jane O’Leary, Research Director at Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)

Jane is research director at the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) and works in partnership with members to generate ground breaking diversity research that enables Australian organisations to fully leverage the benefits of a diverse talent pool. Her areas of specialisation include managerial diversity capability, diversity strategy development, implementation and evaluation, women in the workplace, and learning and development. Jane’s PhD investigated how Australian managers can most effectively manage workforce diversity. Prior to joining DCA, Jane worked in the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) assisting employers on issues relating to diversity and inclusion.



Kieran Plasto, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Aurizon 

Kieran Plasto has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and operational leadership roles in Human Resources and Safety.

Kieran currently manages Diversity and Inclusion at Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator and top 50 ASX company. In his role, Kieran is committed to driving the achievement of Aurizon’s Diversity Plan by helping to create a respectful and inclusive workplace that recognises the unique contributions and perspectives of its employees.

Kieran is a qualified organisational psychologist, and during his thirty year career, he spent 12 years as both a Criminal Investigator and Hostage Negotiator in the Queensland Police Service. Committed to lifelong education and self-improvement he has studied at Harvard, trekked in Nepal, presented courses in three languages in South America and is a published author. Kieran is passionate about social justice issues and in particular the potential of large organisations to create genuine conversations around inclusivity.




Kristy Macfarlane. Head of Diversity & Inclusion at NAB

Kristy Macfarlane is Head of Diversity & Inclusion at NAB; with a focus on building an inclusive culture amongst NAB’s people, with NAB’s customers and in the community. Having been with NAB for 7 years, Kristy is leveraging her talent, capability, culture and leadership experience to ensure inclusion is at the heart of NAB’s culture. Kristy is also a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 16 years’ experience, spanning finance and HR roles with Ernst & Young in Australia and the UK. With a double degree in Commerce and Organisational Behaviour, Kristy’s tenacity with numbers and passion for people is translating in NAB’s ability to build a high performance inclusive culture.




Tim Scholefield, Director of The 100% Project and Research Committee Chair

Tim has more than 30 years of corporate experience in Australia and internationally including senior executive and general manager roles in the energy industry. He has chaired culturally and linguistically diverse technical and management committees, developed and led behavioural and cultural change initiatives and worked on the diversity council of an ASX 20 listed company. Tim is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a MBA from Deakin University and a certificate in governance and risk management from the Governance Institute of Australia. Tim has witnessed the benefits that  diversity brings and as the father of four, with two girls and two boys, is passionate about ensuring people are treated equally and have the same opportunities regardless of their gender.


Tickets: $55 incl GST


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