On 20 September 2016, members of the Asian Australian Lawyers Assocation committee met with a delegation of high profile lawyers from Jiangsu province, China. This event was jointly hosted by the AALA and Piper Alderman, and sponsored by Piper Alderman.
The Jiangsu lawyers came from 8 different prefectures in Jiangsu province, and were here for a 2 month exchange program at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. AALA President, Tuanh Nguyen, warmly welcomed the delegates and presented the AALA lapel pin as a gift to the leader of the delegation, Jiang Weidong and conferred on each of the delegates Honorary Membership to the AALA. Executive Committee Member, William Lye, made the closing speech and gave the vote of thanks.
This meeting aligns with the AALA's objectives of developing links with Asian legal associations and promoting a mutual understanding of Australian and Asian legal systems.
The AALA thanks Ian Nathaniel, Partner and Chair of Diversity at Piper Alderman for his firm's generous support for this event.
In 2016 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the all industry sectors.
From September 21st 2016 the initiative will provide women with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open for women at three levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details. The deadline for expressing your interest for this funding in your sector ends on December 15th.
1. Senior management and executive level women leaders can apply for $8,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program
2. Mid-level female managers and leaders can apply for $4,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Executive Ready Program
3. Aspiring talent and emerging women managers can apply for $3,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.
Expressions of Interest
To find out more, please complete the Expression of Interest form here.
Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Women and Leadership Australia on 03 9270 9016 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
$4,000 scholarships are now being awarded to female leaders across the country to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready - Women & Leadership Australia's (WLA) new flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.
About the Executive Ready program
Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. Developed by the country's foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.
The program's content is purpose designed to extend leadership ability in preparation for future advancement. Due to its applied nature and performance orientated outcomes the program is also appropriate for leaders looking to consolidate their current position and independent business owners looking for practical advice and strategy to transform the performance of their staff.
Details about the program can be found on WLA's website at: http://www.wla.edu.au/programs-executiveready.html
Please note: Scholarships cover approximately 40% of the total enrolment fee.
For more information, please contact Nick Williams from WLA at email@example.com
On Tuesday 16 August 2016, AALA Executive Committee Members Jing Zhu and Molina Asthana attended “Leading for change- A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership” hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth. The lunch commenced with an address by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane on the recently launched Blueprint for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Leadership. The Commissioner explained the reasons behind the Blueprint, including the need to gather facts and statistical data on people of Asian background in the government and senior levels leadership level. He presented a number of stark pie charts from research conducted for the Blueprint indicating that at
there was at most 5% representation from those of non-European backgrounds. These statistics align with the AALA’s own Cultural Diversity Snapshot, released last year looking into the number of lawyers of Asian background at senior levels in law firms, at the Bar and within the Judiciary. This research also showed low levels of representation by those of an Asian background in the senior ranks of the legal profession.
Mr Soutphommasane encouraged setting realistic and meaningful targets, and greater advocacy for cultural diversity, including from senior leaders in the community. He also discussed the concept of a “meritocracy” and that such a concept could only make sense if everyone starts on a level playing ground.
Annette Hughes, Partner and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Council at Corrs then chaired a panel discussion with Mr Soutphommasane, John Denton, CEO of Corrs and Tasneem Chopra, Cross Cultural Consultant, Author and Curator. Ms Chopra spoke of her own experiences with subtle and casual yet persistent discrimination. She also advocated on the need to have a more culturally inclusive workplace not just because it made good business sense but also as “the right thing to do” because we all live and function in a diverse society.
Mr Denton discussed the importance of not having tunnel vision when it came to diversity. It was important to open up to not just gender diversity but also racial, religious and LGBTI diversity. His view was that in order to create a healthy organisation, we need to respect individuals both in the qualities that make them the same to others but also what makes them unique and different, and celebrate those differences. We should also include those individuals in the goals and ideals of an organisation to drive improvement within the organisation.
Copies of the Blueprint were distributed at the seminar. They can also be accessed at the ARHC website https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/race-discrimination/publications/leading-change-blueprint-cultural-diversity-and-inclusive
One in 10 Australians are from an Asian background, yet they are dramatically underrepresented in senior leadership roles in the business sector, making up only one in every 50 executive managers.
The five-part conversation series hopes to tackle this disparity by encouraging Asian Australians to reach for leadership positions and to start the conversation in Australia’s business community about the importance of promoting talented people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
The third Asian Australian Leadership Conversation will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 25th August and the topic for discussion is, ‘International perspectives on cultural diversity’. Join the AALA, DAWN, Westpac and our guest panelists as we explore the issue of cultural diversity in a global context.
Thursday, 25 August6.30 - 8.30pm
VenueWestpacLevel 12, 150 Collins StreetMelbourne
The Victorian Government has recently announced the establishment of a new Multicultural and Social Cohesion Division, which brings together the Community Resilience Unit, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, and the Office of Victorian Multicultural Commission.
The AALA welcomes efforts from the Victorian Government to promote multicultural and social cohesion in the community.
For more information, please click here to be directed to the media release on the Victorian Government's website.
The Asian Australian Foundation has recently made a grant to Western Chances.
The impact of the Asian Australian Foundation's generous grant to Western Chances will be significant in transforming the lives of around five talented and motivated young people facing financial barriers to completing their education.
Financial hardship is a significant barrier to education. Low income families struggle to afford the costs to enable their children to participate fully in secondary education or tertiary studies.
It can cost more than $5,000 to put a child through their first year of a government high school in Melbourne.
These young people supported by the Asian Australian Foundation will be awarded merit based, tailor made scholarships to purchase essential items not provided by schools, including text books, MYKI, laptops, internet and specialist lessons.
Recipients will have the life changing opportunity to remain in education, go on to further education, training and employment and fulfil their potential.
Receiving a Western Chances scholarship provides recipients with belief from an external organisation, and belief from Western Chances's committed donors like the Asian Australian Foundation, that they have potential and are recognised and acknowledged for their talent and motivation.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/westernchances/
On 20 July 2016, The Honourable Associate Justice Ierodiaconou spoke at the Deakin Law School Alumni Professional Development Event on Health and Wellbeing in the Legal profession. Her Honour's speech mentioned the AALA's works and how she enjoyed the discussions about diversity at AALA events.
To read the full speech, please click here.
On 4 October 2016, the FALS is holding an seminar with a focus on Australian and European Refugee Laws. The event is co-organized and sponsored by Deakin Law School.
This event is not organised by the AALA, but AALA members are warmly invited to attend.
The two presenters are Julian Burnside AO QC a Barrister and Dr Maria O Sullivan, Lecturer at Monash University.
This event will be held on 4 October 2016 at 5.30 pm (for a 6pm start) at Deakin's Melbourne City Centre, 555 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
For more information and registration details, please click here.
Please see below event invitation from the French Australian Lawyers Society.
Commemorative Evensong to remember the Victims of Nice, Ankara and Istanbul
I would be very pleased if you, or a representative, were able to join us for a Commemorative Evensong on Thursday, 21 July, at 5.10pm at St Paul's Cathedral, to remember those who perished this weekend in Nice, Ankara and Istanbul,and to pray for peace in our world.
During our service, members of the Consular Corps will be lighting candles as a sign of hope. We will be praying for those who mourn loved ones, for the injured and distressed, and for all those committed to the work of peace.
Please would you let our Cathedral Secretary, Hannah Hornsby (firstname.lastname@example.org) know should you be able to join us.
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