An initiative of
elevating asian-australian leadership

from the backrooms to the boardrooms

COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a ‘macho strain of nationalism’ on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception. Since the emergence of the pandemic, some Asian-Australians were all of a sudden made to feel like outsiders with some questioning their Australianness, identity and sense of belonging. In this time of need, strong leadership is required, no less than in the form of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our cohesive society.

Convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership at the Australian National University, the second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) comes at a critical time. Australia has a significant and growing Asian-Australian community at around 12 per cent of the total population yet according to the Australian Human Rights Commission Cultural Diversity Leadership Blueprint, only 1.6 per cent of Chief Executives and equivalents are of Asian-Australian backgrounds. Not only do we need to address the rise of racism and discrimination, we also need to advance our thinking and focus on how best we better recognise and utilise Asian-Australian talent domestically and internationally to secure Australia’s post-COVID-19 recovery and future prosperity.

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40 Under 40 Awards
2020 winners announced

Darwin-based Barrister Lyma Nguyen has been named as the overall winner of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards for 2020, a list that includes LPGA golfer Minjee Lee, lawyer Tessa Sullivan and disability advocate Danny Hui.

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VOICES

Alice Pung: "Diversity is valued when people feel safe"

Alice Pung provides her views on racism in Australia and includes personal anecdotes from growing up in Melbourne's west.

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“There is a tendency for us to seek perfection before we speak”

It was only after completing her medical degree and beginning her specialisation that she realised the transition in communication that she had to make in order to progress in her career.

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Peter Varghese: “Australia is a highly assimilationist culture”

“While multiculturalism has become the leitmotif of how we describe the country, I think at its heart those who are successful in Australia are those that assimilate into Australia,’ says Peter Varghese AO.

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The 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards

At this extraordinary time, it is more important than ever to reaffirm the contribution of Asian-Australians. Is it time for you or someone you know to apply for the '40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards'?

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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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