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. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies, facilitation and dispute resolution. He has completed ten successful WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citations for three organisations. At the core of the work is the belief that people should be treated with dignity and respect and have the ability to participate in all aspects of work and public life. Roman is a seasoned and passionate practitioner who delivers results and takes people with him on the journey to raise diversity consciousness and competency.
Diana Hewitson has been an active advocate for Diversity & Inclusion throughout her career. Having led workplace diversity projects, within her Talent Services and HR career, and more recently in a dedicated D&I role, Diana has been pivotal in leading change throughout a broad range of industries across corporate Australia. Deeply passionate about workplace inclusion, Diana has been an active member of various D&I Executive Committees and Projects, including the EEON major event committee for the 2018 and 2020 Summits. Diana is delighted to continue her work as a change agent and strong advocate for D&I in her role as Vice President for EEON.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rana has developed an expertise in the areas of humanitarian ethics, diversity issues and gender-based violence. Rana holds a Master in International Law with a thesis focusing on Afghan Refugee’s predicament in Iran. As Head of Office for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), she was accountable for the protection and holistic wellbeing of 120,000 refugees and displaced persons. Since relocating to Australia, she has undertaken a series of project-based roles And Most recently with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC), she was hired to lead the Reducing Racism project.
Born in India to feminist parents and having lived and worked in many different countries, Navanita considers herself a global citizen. She has been working in the social justice domain for more than 22 years. Her work has taken her to live in several countries in Asia, Africa and Oceania, with many different organisations, including Unicef, UNDP, International Rescue Committee, World Vision and Oxfam. She currently is working with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman as the Lead – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion where she works to create a workplace culture that accepts and celebrates human diversities and practice inclusion every day. In every workplace she has been part of, Navanita’s strategies include questioning, listening to understand, reimagining, and redesigning policies, processes, and practices to make them enabling and inclusive for all people. Facilitating difficult conversations on ‘wicked’ issues by creating a safe, non-judgmental and uplifting environment is what she enjoys most. She is raising a feminist human, who at 8 years old continues to question and challenge stereotypes and biases in her school, playgrounds and at home.
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.
Amber is a Change Management Consultant who works with medium to large scale organisations to help them confidently welcome people with disability into all aspects of business. Currently Amber is working with over 30 large organisations in Federal, State and local government, energy, healthcare, technology, professional services, retail, legal and recreational industries to make real impact to the employment of people with disability. Amber is a professional facilitator and trains teams from grass roots to senior leaders, develops strategy and policy through extensive consultation, and develops programs to support people with disability. Amber’s personal mission is to help Australian businesses uphold the Human Rights of all people in society.
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.
I support the maximisation of personal well-being alongside organisational outcomes. I aim to empower organisations and individuals to create and live their value proposition. My company, The Edge Coaching and Training, offers a number of programs that focus on the future state of working through flexible working, working parent resilience and managing flexible work environments. The aim is to assist the increase in workplace retention, diversity, health & well-being for all employees whist uplifting productivity outcomes. All in all, working with people, facilitating insights, creating space for honest conversations and dynamic discussions is what I go to work for! Whether I am consulting through The Edge Coaching and Training or another organisation - I aim to offer energy, enthusiasm and an openness to all I encounter. I have worked across varied sectors and levels of organisations throughout my career ensuring that people walk away feeling heard, valued and having learnt something new.
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
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.
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