Featured Speakers 2018

Ms Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO, Australian Network on Disability

Suzanne is the founding Chief Executive of the Australian Network on Disability (AND).

Her goal in starting the organisation was to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business by collaborating with Australia’s leading private and public sector organisations.

From small beginnings AND has grown to a team of 18 specialist staff who partner with members to build their understanding, capability and confidence to welcome people with disability as employees, customers and stakeholders. AND connects skilled and talented university students and jobseekers with disability to members who offer paid internships and mentoring support.

AND also connects members so they can share their successes, challenges and opportunities and learn from each other. AND is regarded as the ‘go to’ organisation for employers wanting to progress the inclusion of people with disability in their business.

Under Suzanne’s leadership, AND has initiated many innovative supports for employers including publications, policies, learning and development sessions, and the Access and Inclusion Index.

Suzanne commenced her work in the disability sector in 1990, assisting people with significant disability into well paid and sustainable jobs. She then became founding General Manager of a high performing Disability Employment Service and founding Chair of the national peak body representing employment services for people with disability.
Suzanne’s significant experience combined with her foresight to create systemic change, has resulted in her contributing to many Federal and State Governments advisory committees.

In 2010, Suzanne was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours list. In 2013, she has been inducted into Disability Employment Australia’s Hall of Fame and was included in the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2013. Suzanne is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Patron of Achilles Running Club in Australia.

Dr Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Bond University

Dr Libby Sander, PhD, Master HRM, Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), Bachelor of Business, Fellow AIM, is the founder and director of the Future of Work Project, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, founder of Rethink, and past Chair of Goldspaces an urban renewal and cultural development platform.

She works globally speaking and advising business. Libby designed the new workplace for ITMS at Charles Darwin University that won the Northern Territory AIA award for Interior Architecture in 2017.

Libby has appeared on ABC TV’s science program Catalyst, and spoken at TEDx .

She is regularly featured on radio and in national media, is a feature writer for The Conversation and a contributor at the World Economic Forum. Libby is also a freelance feature writer and published author, and her work has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and on SBS on issues on work, society and future trends in organisations.

Libby is the co-author of Work in the 21st Century: How do I Log On? which was published by Emerald in 2017.

Ms Natalie Goldman, CEO, FlexCareers

Natalie Goldman has over 20 years experience in human resources, learning & development and organisational design across all major industries across corporate, government and not-for-profit here in Australia and across APAC. Industries include professional services, financial services, FMCG, construction and engineering, retail and more. Her background includes psychology, communication and technology. For a large part of her career Natalie has been public speaking as a trainer and facilitator as well as developing instructional design. Furthermore, she has been coaching for the most of this time as well. The other aspect of her career is that she has been heavily been involved in organisation change and transformation projects across various sized organisations. In the last 10 years many of her roles were in leadership roles which added another layer of experience and perspective on the work that she was participating in. Apart from the various projects and organisations that Natalie has worked on, she has also run her own business for a number of years giving her another perspective into the world of work.

Most recently she is the CEO of FlexCareers, a disruptive online talent matching platform connecting talented people with progressive employers offering flexible work. Natalie is Portfolio CEO of Heads over and also sits on a number of boards including the Women’s Indigenous Network and is an Advisor on the Blue Chilli #SheStarts Program. Natalie can often be found speaking as a keynote speaker at conferences and events on topics including the future of work, diversity & inclusion and flexible work. She is a believer of challenging the norm, being curious and innovating, finding better and different ways of doing things, of connecting and collaborating.

Ms Kristy Masella, CEO, Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO and Executive Director of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company, AES, who empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development. Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW and led a major review of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influencial Woman by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac. She also went on to be awarded one of the Top 10 Category winners as Diversity Winner.

Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as Co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights.

Kristy is the Chairperson of Tranby Aboriginal College. She has been an active member of the Tranby Board of Directors since in 2009. Kristy is also the Deputy Chairperson of Wunanbiri Incorporated, one of the most successful independent Aboriginal community preschools in NSW which she has been committed to supporting for 15 years. Kristy is a member of NSW Justice Reinvest which works to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the criminal justice and prison system in NSW through the implementation of justice reinvestment by the NSW Government. She was invited on to the inaugural Committee of Sydney University’s National Centre of Cultural Competency’s to establish the Community Council; is a former Co-chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council, and; was nominated for the NSW Justice Award in 2014.

Kristy is a mother of two daughters.

Other Confirmed

  • Ms Marcela Slepica, Director Clinical Services, Access EAP
  • Mr Toby Whittington, CEO, Green World Revolution