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Putting Cultural Diversity on the Agenda

The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) is aimed at putting cultural diversity firmly on the agenda. The two day national summit will look at why Australia has relatively few Asian-Australians in senior leadership positions, and what needs to happen to break through the so-called “bamboo ceiling.” The AALS aims to explore the important role our Asian-Australian diaspora can play in Australia’s future, including our engagement with Asia.

Hosted at the State Library of Victoria, the AALS will bring together senior industry leaders, early and mid-career professionals, and key partners to create momentum for change, with the ultimate goal of greater representation of Asian-Australian across the country.

The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit has three parts: the main summit (Friday 13 September), a NextGen event for young Asian-Australians (Thursday 12 September), and a gala dinner to launch the Summit and announce the “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians” Awards (Thursday 12 September).

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SURVEY

recognising lived experience

Coming soon - a first of its kind survey of Asian-Australian experiences
in the workplace and leadership.

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NextGen

The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit NextGen is a program for Asian-Australians aged 18-40 that aims to develop the insights, skills and networks to become leaders in their fields.

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40 Under 40 Awards

The “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards” recognises the achievements of young Asian-Australian leaders in their fields. The Awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of Asian-Australians, making them more visible in the wider community and to provide a stepping stone to further leadership opportunities.

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VOICES

What is the value of diversity?

Australia is diverse, but our senior leadership doesn’t necessarily reflect this. What will change when our leaders are more representative of our people?

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Advice for young Asian-Australians

Conform? Strive to be yourself? What practical steps can Asian-Australians take to develop as leaders?

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How do we create change?

Quotas? Sponsors? Addressing racism in society? How do we advance more Asian-Australians into leadership positions?

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“We have so many Asian-Australians here who fight for this country”

Ming Long is a non-executive director and an activist for change. She recognises the powerful role that Asian-Australians are playing to drive the country forward.

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Schedule

The Schedule

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10:30 – 10:45

Welcome

10:45 – 11:45

Panel One: ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ - panel of senior Asian-Australian leaders drawn from Summit attendees

11:45 – 12:00

Morning tea

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Two: ‘Leaning in: deciding to be a leader’ – panel of 40 under 40 award nominees

13:00 – 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 – 16:00

Leadership Workshop: skills to champion cultural diversity in the workplaceFacilitator: Wesa Chau

16:00 – 16:15

Closing – description of what’s happening at the Summit the next day

16:15

Event concludes

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The Features

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NEXTGEN

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A program for Asian-Australians aged 18-40.
Please note this program is currently at capacity.

SURVEY

recognising
lived experience

Asian-Australian leadership survey coming soon.

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