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.

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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.

Office Bearers
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Roman Ruzbacky

President

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.

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Diana Hewitson

Vice President

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 Summit. 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.

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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.

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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
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Jill Sears

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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Alice Alexander

Alice is a lawyer in the Workplace Relations & Safety Group at Lander & Rogers. She works with both public sector and private clients on a broad range of litigious and non-litigious workplace relations issues. These issues include advising on workplace discrimination, enterprise agreements, employment contracts and disputes in the Fair Work Commission. She has recently been involved in a dispute before the Fair Work Commission about the types of discrimination that are relevant to the enterprise agreement approval process.

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June Parker

June has over 20 years expertise as a credentialled career and executive coach. Until last year she owned a Recruitment & HR Consulting firm where she saw & heard first hand some of the issues from an agency perspective which challenged workplace D&I. In her own firm Career Pivots she continues to provide career coaching to candidates and works through issues of bias and discrimination they experience. On a more positive note, she also works with some organisations who are doing great work in the recruitment space’.

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Budi Sudarto
Budi Sudarto has been involved in the LGBTIQ communities since his arrival in Australia in 1998, and is an active advocate for greater inclusion of multicultural/multifaith LGBTIQ communities as well as LGBTIQ with disability. Budi started Ananda Training & Consultancy in 2017 to advocate for inclusion and belonging, with a specific focus on intersectionality and inclusive leadership. Budi is not afraid to have difficult conversations about power and privilege, and use the discussion to reflect and identify room for improvement to create a productive and inclusive workplace environment based on human rights and social justice principles.
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Suzanne Coates

Suzanne is a Yorta Yorta & Wemba Wemba from the Cooper, Jackson (Yorta Yorta) and Firebrace (Wemba Wemba) mobs. She was raised in Geelong as a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative. She started her career in the public sector as an Intern Conservator at the Museum of Victoria in the mid 1990’s and moved into the environment sector in the year 2000 and was a Parks Victoria Ranger for 10 years before moving to Patagonia (3yrs). She has received a Banksia Award in the Environmental category for threatened orchid work and more recently co-wrote an Aboriginal cultural burning project that was awarded Landcare and Fire Readiness Awards. In 2016, she completed post graduate study in Management (Public Sector) through La Trobe University and IPAA. She is currently the Manager, Aboriginal Employment and Cultural Safety at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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Teresa De Fazio

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.

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Rana Ebrahimi

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.

Officers
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Tom Brockhurst

Summit & Marketing Officer

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.

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Lisa Tribuzio

Summit & Community Engagement Officer

Lisa is a diversity consultant and currently an Assistant Director of inclusion strategies at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and former Diversity Adviser for the Department of Health and Department of Health and Human Services. 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 organisations promoting cross cultural exchange, education and understanding of human diversity.

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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.

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