Diversity: How Your Business Benefits
With Rowan Arndt, Boeing Australia; Fiona MacLeod, Visy Board; Kylie Owen, Cisco; Sofie Sullivan-Becaus, J.P. Morgan; and Eric Tran, American Express. Moderated by Alicia Albury, Maddocks
In 2019, Amcham is delivering Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Masterclasses that will lead into our annual D&I Conference later in the year. Join us at the first Masterclass on “Diversity Understood”, where we will focus on gender, age, culture, disability and LGBTQIA+, through five case-studies, presented by expert panellists from Boeing Australia, Visy Board NSW, Cisco, J.P. Morgan and American Express.
Participants will work in discussion groups to address their current problem statement in all or any of the five areas of diversity, with input from peers and the panel on possible actions. We are aiming to track progress in our next Masterclass: “Inclusion Matters”, which will take on the same approach: learning + action planning.
About the Panellists
Rowan Arndt, Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader ANZSP, Boeing Australia
Rowan Arndt is the Global Workforce Inclusion Leader for Boeing Australia: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and part of Boeing’s Global Diversity and Inclusion team. Rowan’s expertise lies in both the design and delivery of strategy and implementation plans across the multiple dimensions of diversity. Prior to joining Boeing, Rowan was an Inclusion consultant and the founder of 2include. He has held roles as the Group Head for Diversity and Inclusion for the National Australia Bank. Prior to his time in HR he held General Manager roles in Banking and Finance where his journey in Inclusive leadership began.
Rowan is the President of NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioners' Association (NEEOPA) and an adviser and member to the NSW Council of Pacific Communities.
Fiona MacLeod, General Manager, Visy Board
Fiona is currently the State General Manager of Visy Board NSW - a role that incorporates managing two manufacturing facilities in Western Sydney, and a small depot in Orange. She first joined Visy in 2011 as a Strategic Business Manager, working with multi-national customers across the suite of the Visy business.
Previous to joining Visy, Fiona held Sales and Safety & Risk Management positions in companies such as Goodman Fielder, Integral Energy and Amcor St Regis Bates. Being one of the few female Visy Operational Managers, Fiona is committed to mentoring more women in the Visy business to help them develop their careers and provide them with opportunities for growth.
Outside of work, Fiona sits on the Board of Directors of Equestrian NSW and is an international Judge and event organiser. In her spare time, Fiona loves to be creative and generally has 2-3 quilting projects going at any one time.
Kylie Owen, Senior Leader, Global People and Culture, Cisco
Kylie is a Senior Leader in the Global People and Culture team and Leader of the Moments that Matter program at Cisco. In this role Kylie is a thought leader in the company’s focus on culture which has been globally delivered via a program called Our People Deal, a two way “deal” that sets out what Cisco offers its employees and what is expected in return. She is now leading the Global Disability Hiring program focussed on building a Cisco where the employee experience inherently includes people with diverse abilities.
Kylie is a passionate believer in driving an intentional culture in order to build a successful, sustainable business. At Cisco she orchestrated the Moments that Matter program. Developed through an employee and business partnership this fresh approach focuses on improving experiences across a range of major employee milestones from company First Impressions through My Innovation to My Personal Experiences.
Previously, Kylie has worked extensively in corporate IT having lead people initiatives from the Office of the CIO. She has worked in global roles and spent 10 years living in San Jose, California before returning her hometown of Sydney.
Sofie Sullivan-Becaus, Executive Director, Asset Manager & Insurance, J.P. Morgan
Sofie Sullivan-Becaus is Head of the Asset Manager & Insurance Segment for J.P. Morgan’s Securities Services business in Australia and New Zealand. She is responsible for managing the sales and relationship management team representing J.P. Morgan’s Asset Manager & Insurance clients. Sofie joined J.P. Morgan in London in 2000 in the telecom, media & technology M&A team. From 2004, she worked in the Australian debt capital markets team focusing on debt issuance for corporate and FIG clients. She was head of J.P. Morgan’s strategic solutions group in Australia between 2015 and 2017 focusing on providing clients with strategic derivative solutions across equities, FX, rates and commodities as well as bespoke equity and fixed income finance solutions. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Sofie worked for Arthur Andersen in the audit & M&A practice in Chicago and London. Sofie holds a masters in engineering and finance from the Solvay Business School in Brussels, Belgium. Sofie also co-chairs, J.P. Morgan’s WIN network which is a forum for women at J.P. Morgan to collaborate and grow as professionals.
Eric Tran, Director of HR & ER, American Express Australia Limited
Eric Tran is the Director of HR & ER with the overall responsibilities in leading the Human Resource and Employee Relations function for all business units in American Express Australia and New Zealand. With over 20 years experience in both the Legal and Corporate industry, he is also a legally qualified Lawyer with a Corporate, Commercial and Employment law background.
As a Leader at American Express, he is proud to promote and be a member and ally of their three Colleague Networks – Women’s Interest Network (WIN), Families and Pride. At American Express, we aim to inspire culture where differences are embraced and employees are enabled to reach their full potential.
Through the Colleague Networks, employees are able to connect with other colleagues with shared experiences and perspectives that represent the full spectrum of diversity within the organisation.
Invitation transferable: feel free to forward this invitation to anyone within your organisation or networks who you think might be interested in this event.