The NFF 2018 National Congress, on 17-18 October, will tackle the big issues facing Australian agriculture. One such issue is how does the industry better foster diversity?
In the “Leading for Inclusion” panel session a line-up of inspirational, action-focussed speakers will share their insights on how to achieve improved inclusion with a focus on ability, race and gender.
Meet the speakers
Ms Richards is the program leader for SunPork Fresh Foods’ Autism & Agriculture program and has overseen a world first pilot program to develop animal care career paths for people on the autism spectrum in Queensland and South Australia
According to Ms Richards SunPork recognises the need for a change in the recruitment paradigm to be more inclusive.
SunPork have realised the benefits and diverse skills people with Autism can bring to the workplace, such as a high attention to detail and often an affinity to animals.
Ms Richards will share an insight on how SunPork are creating roles for people, not employing people for roles and how this program reflects the values of their communities and how inclusive recruitment strategies can enhance a business.
Dr Skye Saunders
Skye is an Associate Professor in Law at the Australian National University and is the Vice President of the YWCA Canberra.
Dr Saunders is a passionate and committed advocate for the advancement of gender equality, including gender dynamics in the rural context and pioneered the first research in Australia on sexual harassment in rural workplaces.
The audience can expect Dr Saunders to share her inherent empathy and perception in both men and women in disrupting sex discrimination in the workplace and creating an inclusive working environment for all Australians.
Mr Setter is the Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC), an Australian managed, majority foreign owned agrifood business which owns and operates a portfolio of 16 cattle stations.
CPC have achieved a near equal representation of men and women in their business had have had great success with their indigenous employment programs as well leaders in their field for ethnic diversity.
As proud partners of the NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership program, Mr Setter will talk of how a diverse team and solid leadership programs can ensure an express ticket for a business’ success.
To register and for more information on the National Congress 2018 speakers click here.