DEI Masterclass – LGBTQIA+ in the workplace

September 14, 2023 @

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2023
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (registrations from 11:50 am)
Venue: Visagio, Level 9, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

It’s event time! Tickets are now available for a very special WiTWA DEI Masterclass, ‘LGBTQIA+ in the workplace’ with Pride in Diversity on R U OK? Day

Pride in Diversity are specialists in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ people by reducing exclusion, invisibility, homophobia and stigma in the workplace.

Join us this R U OK? Day for an educational and thought-provoking discussion on how we can all improve our workplace culture, policies, and initiatives to support our LGBTQIA+ community. 

Research has shown that a disproportionate number of LGBTQIA+ Australians experience poorer mental health outcomes and have a higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. These health outcomes are directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse on the basis of being LGBTIQIA+

Hear from our amazing line up of speakers:

⭐ Guest Facilitator: Alyce Schotte ⭐ 
Alyce (she/her) is the Pride in Diversity WA/NT Senior Relationship Manager, creating connections and leading work with partner organisations to strengthen policy, process and cultural improvements. Living a gender-diverse experience, history and visibility in the corporate and community spheres enables connections for people and organisations through storytelling and strategic education to build awareness and understanding of the challenges and value of doing inclusion better. Alyce is experienced in discussing change, facilitating conversations, coaching and mentoring and always brings her authentic self to the work she does.

⭐ Guest Panelist: Liesel Hughes ⭐ 
Liesel (they/them) is a self-confessed data nerd, an educator, an activist, a lover of tech that hasn’t been invented yet and a fount of 80’s song lyrics. Liesel works as a Cloud Solution Architect in Data & AI at Microsoft to develop architectures and solutions that empower customers whilst striving for a more inclusive world. Liesel is also the wonderful human behind the WiTWA inclusion statement you hear at the beginning of each WiTWA event.

⭐ Guest Panelist: Rudson Al Barcoma ⭐ 
Rudson (he/him) is a Nursing Clinician and Educator with a local and international post-grad degree in Advance Diploma and Masters in Leadership and Management. He is a Board Member of several not-for-profit and charitable multicultural organisations, the incoming President of Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club, and the current President of Pride in Peel Inc. Rudson is an advocate primarily towards inclusion/diversity and healthcare delivery. Currently, under Pride in Peel, together with his team, they are aiming for the Mental Health of the Pride Community through the collaboration of other organizations. Internationally, he is spearheading projects such as Solar Cases in Regional areas of the globe and Dengue Fever eradication in developing countries.

⭐ Guest Panelist: Chloe Rattray ⭐ 
Chloe (she/they) is a passionate inclusion activist and PhD student whose work is grounded in lived experience and academic research. Chloe works as an Inclusion & Diversity Specialist, leading improvement initiatives so people feel safe to bring their whole selves to work. In this role, Chloe drives change to ensure people with disability can thrive in an inclusive and accessible workplace. Chloe is currently studying for her PhD and is researching the politics of queer and disabled representation in her favourite medium: children’s animation. Chloe also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities, receiving a High First Class Honours for her thesis on the representation of gender and disability in Australian documentary television. In 2022, Chloe received an Out for Australia 30 Under 30 award, given to young queer people demonstrating a tangible contribution to the community.


11:50am – Registration 
12:00pm – Event starts; welcome, introduction and facilitated workshop 
1:00pm – Break for lunch
1:20pm – Panel discussion; Q&A opportunity; summary and key takeaways
2:00pm – Event closes

Thank you to our venue sponsor Visagio Australia. Visagio was the first Corporate Member of the WiTWA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Program. 💜

Tickets are limited, so get in quick! We can’t wait to see you there!

Lunch will be provided. Please email the Event Organiser for any dietary requirements (vegetarian and gluten-free provided) via [email protected]

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