Gender vs Multiculturalism – the unconscious bias debate

27 September, 15:00 - 20:00

River Room & Club 23, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia

SURA, Wotton + Kearney and Liberty International Underwriters invite the Melbourne insurance industry to tackle unconscious bias. Join us at The Crown Casino for a fire side chat with an all-star panel to debate biases relating to gender and multiculturalism.

Hear from three inspirational guest speakers on their unique perspectives of unconscious bias:

• Former Australian Basketballer Lauren Jackson will share insights on gender from her experience as a leading Australian sportsperson. Lauren is considered to be our greatest female basketballer with a 15 year career at an elite level. She is an Olympic bronze medallist and American WNBA All-Star. Lauren retired from the sport in 2016 and has gone on to study gender and diversity.

• Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner and thought leader on patriotism, diversity and national identity. As a political philosopher and newspaper columnist with The Age and Weekend Australian, Tim has been influential in the debate on multiculturalism. He has authored three books – The Virtuous Citizen, Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From and Reclaiming Patriotism.

• Dr Jennifer Wheelan returns from last year to help us understand the science behind unconscious bias. Following an extensive career in human resource management, Jennifer completed her PhD in social psychology at the University of Melbourne and has gone on to conduct research into organisational diversity, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes and unconscious bias. Jennifer will translate insights from scientific research into transformative strategies that help us realise the benefits of organisational diversity and inclusion.

The host for the afternoon is Prue Willsford, CEO of ANZIIF, who will steer the conversation and identify how these topics relate to our industry.

The event includes afternoon tea on arrival, social drinks and canapes on conclusion and the opportunity to meet our guest speakers.

Tim Soutphommasane

Political Philosopher and Columnist with The Age newspaper

Lauren Jackson

Athlete