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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. 

2020 Summit
Age Diversity

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.

our mission

Our mission is to help all organisations prosper by employing and engaging a diverse workforce.

Office bearers

roman ruzbacky

president

Roman Ruzbacky is an experienced inclusion, diversity and equity practitioner, starting his career as an analytical chemist. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing strategies, facilitation and dispute resolution to raise consciousness and build competency. 

At the core of the work is the belief that people should be treated with dignity and respect, have equitable access to employment opportunities and outcomes and have the ability to participate in all aspects of work and public life.

Rana Ebrahimi

rana ebrahimi

vice president

Rana Ebrahimi is the National Manager of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN). She leads the MYAN to advocate for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds’ rights and best interests in policy and practiceRana is the first Iranian woman to be a National Head of Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iran. Rana is an expert in social inclusion and humanitarian ethics. Over 20 years, she has led strategic engagements to partner and build a shared vision with networks of stakeholders, funders and community groups to deliver transformative community and social operations.

She is a member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Regional Advisory Council and is on the Community Advisory Committee of Dental Health Victoria. She is also a Board member of Australian Iranian Society of Victoria and Vice President of Equal Employment Opportunity Network.
 

fiona rose

treasurer

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.

Tamara seif

secretary

Tamara is a highly experienced HR professional and Diversity and Inclusion trainer who has held senior strategic roles over her 19-year career. Commercially astute in change management and stakeholder engagement, Tamara has worked across many organisations in blue chip, government, health care, not-for-profits and SMEs across the UK and Australia. She is highly passionate about Gender Equality; Women on Board Leadership and also specialises in coaching organisations in Intersectionality, Cognitive Diversity and Unconscious Bias’. She is a member of a number of boards in the UK including Promediate UK and Equilibrium Consulting. She is an AHRI Australian HR Institute Mentor, a member of MAHRI , an active member of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as well as a Graduate member of the British Psychological society (BPS). She also supports a number of children’s charities.

committee members

june parker

June Parker is passionate about D&I and brings this into her coaching and leadership work. June has established and run her own consulting business, been employed as a Leadership coach and now works for Fisher Leadership heading up their coaching & transition practice. Fisher Leadership is a search firm with an enviable reputation of placing almost 50% gender balance of ‘C’ suite roles. June adds her commercial, practical and energetic approach to the committee. She has been a former President and Vice President for EEON.

Teresa DeFazio

Born in Australia (immigrant parents fleeing post war chaos) Teresa grew up experiencing the challenges –  and labels:  first in family, female, low SES, CALD, etc of growing up ‘different’ in a country that was defining itself as multicultural. This lived experience has been the basis for the insights and passion has always brought to her work in inclusion, diversity, and inclusion. Teresa is the Manager, Cultural Diversity at Victoria University where she leads the Cultural Diversity Office in implementing the Cultural Diversity Strategy she developed as a whole of organisation initiative. She is also a recent former Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. She is a Board Director for Multicultural Arts Victoria and Edmund Rice Community and Refugee Services. She is also a Community Ambassador for Melbourne Victory Football Club.

Debbie Marks

Debbie Marks

Debbie has a background in commerce with many years’ experience in IT and Business Project Management. Working for large multi-national organisations and governments in both Australia and the UK, she excels at delivering and embedding change. Now an accredited and qualified coach, facilitator and partnership broker, Debbie loves working with people to improve their outcomes in work and life. Throughout her journey Debbie has realised that there was a lack of support and understanding for working parents and how to maximise their participation in the work environment without support for leaders. Debbie has spent the last 12 years coaching working parents and their leaders in how to manage return to works, flexibility and team coordination. She has written and facilitated programs for large universities and within the government sector around leading remote and flexible teams as a means of enhancing diversity, inclusion and equity in our work environments.

TOM BROCKHURST

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.
 
Dawn Teo

Dawn Teo

Dawn Teo is a champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), with over eight years’ experience within both the public and private sector across Australia and New Zealand. 

Not afraid to challenge the status quo, Dawn works collaboratively with leaders to improve organisational performance and culture through the design and delivery of DEI strategies, initiatives, and training programs. She has a passion for facilitating courageous conversations that help inspire more inclusive leadership, attract and retain talented people and enable a workplace culture where everyone can flourish and thrive.

She is currently the Senior Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion for The Dream Collective, a business attracting, retaining and advancing female talent globally through leading diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Hala Abdelnour

A lover of languages, people and creativity, Hala has lived, travelled and worked in more than 50 countries. She is an expert at designing and delivering professional training and has participated in event management, sales, teaching, counselling and community development. 

Hala is the CEO and Founder of the Institute of non-violence and is a highly qualified and experienced consultant and professional trainer, with specialist skills in family violence, intersectionality, and equity and inclusion.

Hala has dedicated her career to supporting individuals and families who are experiencing various hardships, including family violence. Hala has focused on people from migrant & refugee backgrounds, violent offenders and those battling with addiction (substance use and gambling).  In this capacity, she has consulted with Victoria Police, various government bodies and welfare services regarding more inclusive practice and effective client engagement.  She has also developed and delivered numerous training programs to community members, including multicultural and multifaith communities, as well as various professionals in the emergency services, government, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

Elena Callipari

Elena Callipari

As a first-generation child of migrant parents growing up in regional Victoria Elena is deeply passionate about amplifying minority voices and achieving equitable outcomes. Elena joined the Victorian Public Service (VPS) in the 1980s while still a student completing an Arts/Law degree. Elena’s first employment experience in public housing shaped her career and interests in law, policy, people management and change projects.

Further studies in a Media and Communications pivoted Elena toward passions of communication, writing, editing, publishing, and workforce communications.  

Elena’s values, interests and passions align with inclusion and opportunities in a diverse workforce. Elena’s recent achievements include key lead in policies and actions for employment of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander peoples, Culturally diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ employee communities and people with disabilities.

Elena coordinates a VPS Diversity and Inclusion community of practice comprised of more than 140 practitioners across the public sector. She works collaboratively with colleagues to reduce barriers, promote human rights, create safe workplaces, and promote change for gender equity.

Elena is one of many who are committed to inclusion outcomes: employee experiences of belonging, freedom of identity and valued contributions and the safety to be and thrive towards one’s full potential.

 

Matt Parker

Matthew parker

Matthew Parker is the Senior Adviser of the VPS Enablers Network An advocate for genuine inclusion and positive attitudes for people of all abilities Matt manages a 550 plus VPS Enablers Network for people with disabilities in the Victorian Public Service. In 2016 and 2017 Matt completed the Oxfam Trailwalker with some great mates – ‘If I am given the assistance to walk 100 kilometres I can work my hardest in my preferred job – Give people with disabilities a chance they need in Getting to Work because I don’t think we will let you down” Through Getting to work: the Victorian public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025, the Victorian Public Service is committed to lifting representation of people with disability in our workplaces to 6% by 2020 and 12% by 2025. Departments and agencies need to take decisive action if these targets are to be met.

ASSOCIATES / ADMIN / LIFE MEMBERS

Duncan Smith

duncan smith

Associate

Duncan Smith is an Advisor, Facilitator, Educator, Coach, Mentor and Leader, helping people work together more effectively, make better decisions, and take thoughtful, positive, sustaining action for humanity and the planet. Knowledge and Experience includes:

* Organisational development and culture change
* Deep experience in local and global diversity and inclusion, especially gender, culture, and bias
* Learning Design and Facilitation
* Helps leaders and their teams work together better
* EQ and IQ – balancing feelings and ideas with action
* Leadership development and education over 30+ years
* Coaching and development for executive teams and boards
* Global experience and perspective
* Creating and holding the container for collaboration and problem solving
* Mindfulness and loving-kindness practice
* Action Learning

Adrian Price - With Sheena the cat

Adrian Price

EEON Administrator

Adrian brings over 25 years of administrative experience and has spent over 10 years of working in diversity and inclusion. 
 
From his initial degree in Nursing through to working with organisations such as Deakin Uni and Melbourne Water, Adrian has a passion for work that makes a difference. He has also developed workplace inclusion strategies and programs on accessibility and LGBTIQ, including conducting training and coordinating an ally network. 
 
As a member of the LGBT community and a person with mental health issues. I believe it is possible to succeed in the workplace when the culture is inclusive and appropriate accommodations are in place.

Jill Sears

EEON Life Member

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.