Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast

What's my age again? Join diversity leaders from across the industry for a morning panel discussion on how we can create a future without age bias.

14 March 2024
BelleVue Ballroom 2
7am - 9.30am
$110 + GST

What’s my age again? Cultivating a future without bias.

Today’s workplace is multi-faceted, multi-generational and everchanging. The attraction, retention and development strategies for the different generations are challenges facing organisations. Each generation has differing needs, aspirations, outlooks, and different life experiences. How do we leverage these differences and create a climate of inclusion and mutual respect? Leveraging generational differences can be a competitive advantage but can only be achieved by understanding and accommodating for them.

This panel will discuss the concept of generational diversity, intergenerational collaboration, lifelong learning, career transitions, mentorship and ageism. It will outline some strategies that can be applied to integrate rather than segregate the different generations.


We are pleased to welcome Susan Kreemer Pickford from Engineers Australia as our MC, Robyn Collard and Tryse Rioli to conduct our welcome to country, and Grace Molloy from our community partner Menopause Friendly Australia to do an address.

The Agenda

7:00am | Arrival and pre-breakfast networking

7:30am | Formalities commence with a Welcome to Country

Address by Community Partner, Grace Molloy from Menopause Friendly Australia

Keynote Address, Dr Tom Verghese

Panel discussion, Lauren Kay, Charlie Gunningham, Alison Van Lent and Marika Markopoulos

9:30am | Event concludes, guests are invited to walk the exhibition floor

A headshot of Dr Tom Verghese

Meet our keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Verghese.

Dr. Tom Verghese is a trusted advisor and international consultant specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion. Passionate about organisational development, he designs global learning programs and collaborates with major organizations like BP, Shell, Rio Tinto, Oracle and Mitsubishi. Tom’s multicultural background enriches his insights and his unique approach reflects a rich blend of personal and professional experiences.

Meet our MC, Susan Kreemer Pickford

Susan Kreemer Pickford FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
A Fellow of Engineers Australia and Engineering Executive, Susan joined Engineers Australia as General Manager WA in 2015. Previously, she worked in consulting engineering culminating in senior roles in client management and industry engagement. Susan sits on a number of government and industry advisory committees. She is currently Chair of Curtin University’s Science and Engineering Faculty Advisory Council, a member of the Circular Economy WA steering committee and Board member of the Gravity Discovery Centre. From 2017 to 2018, Susan chaired the National Science Week WA Coordinating Committee and in 2018 received a Women In Technology WA award for her commitment to advancing the engineering profession.

Our Diversity Panel

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