Who We Are
The Equal Employment Opportunity Network was established in 1988 to support EEO practitioners and employers in Victoria.
EEON is a not-for-profit organisation whose members pay an annual fee that includes attendance to most events and webinars. For almost 30 years we have been delivering networking, information-sharing and training to people and organisations committed to promoting and building diversity and inclusion in workplaces and the wider community. We are passionate about making a change for the better, and aim to be a forum for anyone interested in issues of diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunity. Our fast-growing membership includes individual specialists in diversity and inclusion practices, small to medium enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, large corporations and students. We encourage all members to attend and actively contribute to our networking and information events and webinars and to share expertise, experiences and challenges in our diversity and inclusion community. We know that together we can help create a fairer and more equitable society. Our mission is to help all organisations prosper by employing and engaging a diverse workforce.
What We Do
The Equal Employment Opportunity Network creates opportunities for professionals to learn, network, share their expertise and experiences and showcase examples of best practice in diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including emerging diversity issues.
We encourage all members to provide feedback and suggestions for future events and webinars, and speakers. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to serve our membership by minimising fees and maximising benefits. EEON has an active Executive Committee of experienced practitioners that meets regularly. The committee members are drawn from the current membership base and provide a diversity of industry perspectives.
Roman Ruzbacky is an experienced diversity manager and practitioner and a former analytical chemist who worked for a large scientific research organisation and in the tertiary education sector. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution and facilitation, as well as in designing, implementing and mainstreaming diversity and inclusion strategies. He has completed nine successful WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citations, and has developed diversity surveys and strategies that focus on women in STEM and intersectionality. He believes that diversity and inclusion need to be a lived and breathed experience.
June Parker joined EEON early 2013 and was elected to the office of Vice President shortly afterward. From 2014 – 2017 she held the role of President helping to bring about significant positive changes and our first ever Conference. Now stepping back into the VP role, June is still as passionate about diversity & inclusion as ever. June is owner and Director of Selection Partners, a talent consulting firm, which works with organisations to recruit, develop and transition their talented people. June provides executive coaching, leadership training and outplacement. Selection Partners proactively encourages their clients to embrace diversity & inclusion in both their hiring and development practices.
As a business leader, Tom Brockhurst has been working with organisations and individuals for almost a decade providing consulting and services for companies navigating organisational change. His experience in executive coaching, leadership development, and career management has assisted businesses develop internal leadership capability, and individuals achieve their full career potential. Having worked with many organisations of all sizes and industries, Tom brings to the table first hand experience of the importance of networking as a critical leadership capability.
Adrian Price has a diverse background, having worked in education, healthcare, banking, consulting, marketing, IT and in community not-for-profit organisations. He has qualifications in nursing, project management, data management and analysis, and experience in managing operations of community organisations and groups. Most recently, Adrian has worked in the Equity and Diversity team at Deakin University, where he had a particular focus on LGBTIQ issues and improving the experience of the LGBTIQ staff and students. He has a particular passion for mental health and workplace training.
Michelle Green is a writer, speaker and teacher in the field of small business education. She comes to EEON after several years of small business ownership and high-level administration in higher education and hospitality.
Jill is a human resources professional with expertise in strategy development, program design, management and implementation, diversity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity, change management and general human resource consultancy gained within a range of sectors including resources, telecommunications, education, health and emergency services.
Georgina is a lawyer in the Workplace Relations & Safety Group at Lander & Rogers with litigious and non-litigious experience across a broad range of workplace relations issues. She has advised both private and public sector clients on workplace discrimination, enterprise agreements, employment contracts and has conducted workplace investigations. She recently acted in a high profile discrimination case involving one of Australia's leading universities.
Dr Dalal Smiley
Dr Dalal Smiley has over 35 years experience in working with local, state, federal and non-government organisations in areas of diversity and inclusion, service planning, evaluation and continuous improvement, research and policy development, advocacy and community development. Dalal served as Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission between 2001 and 2005, established the Victorian Arabic Social Services which she chaired between 1998 and 2005. Dalal is a recipient of several awards and a scholarship from the Emergency Services Foundation in 2010 to research the work on Diversity and Inclusion in the emergency services in the UK.
Fiona is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) with 25 years of experience in senior management, organisation development and human resources. She is a trusted Diversity & Inclusion sponsor, advisor and role model. She has been working successfully with senior executives to influence, develop and drive the D&I and gender equality agendas in the workplace - at Jacobs (global engineering and design consultants) and collaborating across the industry, and wider D&I networks, to share her experiences and knowledge to accelerate change.
Priya is a Solicitor in the Employment Pensions and Incentives team at Herbert Smith Freehills. Priya has experience in a wide range of employment matters, both litigious and non-litigious including providing advice on employment rights and conditions, advising on termination of employment issues, occupational health and safety matters and discrimination and equal opportunity matters. Priya holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction).
Lisa is a Social Worker who has had 17 years experience in the field of equal opportunity, Working alongside minority communities to address marginalisation, social disadvantage, racism and discrimination, and policies which promote oppression of Australian communities. She has worked in the corporate sector as well as in the fields of multiculturalism, disability and youth and family services and brings with her experience and knowledge working in community, welfare, local government and the education sectors. She has also travelled through Asia and the Middle East working with human rights organizations promoting cross cultural exchange, education and understanding of human diversity.
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