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Attitudes to Gender Equity and Getting Men Engaged in Workplace Initiatives





Presented by Virginia Haussegger AM and Dr Michael Flood

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12-2pm (lunch included)
Where: Lander & Rogers, Level 12, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
Tickets available here: EEON April Event

Equity between men and women, boys and girls, is assumed to be a fundamental concept at the heart of Australian values. Whilst these core, personal attitudes drive every aspect of how we live –  the choices we make, the aspirations we hold dear, the capabilities we believe we’re entrusted with – a deeper understanding of attitudes to gender equality is of vital importance to policy makers, leaders and those in key decision-making roles. This includes those responsible for driving gender equity initiatives in workplaces and the community.

This is because the roles and rights of women and girls are under extraordinary and renewed pressure, in particular, the areas of media, politics and workplaces. Issues such as economic empowerment and security, unchecked mainstream media and social media sexism, including online abuse and violence, still persist in society. Workplaces need to lead and anticipate resistance to change, but also the tools to do so.  

In this session you will hear from Virginia and Michael on some of their most recent work, including:

Some of the remarkable findings from Virginia’s co-researched report, From Girls to Men: Social Attitudes to Gender Equality in Australia, showing;

  • 88% of Australians agreeing that gender inequality is still a problem in Australia

  • 42% of Australian men believing that men and boys are increasingly excluded from measures to improve gender equity

  • 41% of men believe political correctness gives women an advantage in the workplace

  • 29% of women believing that people in Australia are hired on merit

  • A profound national knowledge gap in gender equity issues

Then we’ll take a deep dive into the current gender climate exploring some of the following concepts:

  • How resistance to gender equality plays out in workplaces, individually and collectively

  • The forms and characters of resistance, including passive and hostile behaviours and actions  

  • Men’s everyday relations with women and the roles that men can and do play in positive change

  • Making the case to men that they will benefit from progress towards gender equality

  • Engaging men and male leaders in robust and effective ways

This session is a must for anyone working in diversity and inclusion and wanting to address systemic and structural change towards a world of gender justice.

The presenters will create opportunities for participants to share their experiences and welcome you to share any initiatives that work to fully embrace your workplace or community.


About the Speakers

Virginia Haussegger AM

Virginia Haussegger AM is Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and BroadAgenda’s Chief Editor at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA). She is a passionate gender equality advocate and communication specialist and 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.

Virginia is also an award-winning television journalist, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years. For 15 years (2001-2016) she anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Virginia’s book Wonder Women: the Myth of ‘Having it All’ was launched by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a live ABC TV broadcast at the National Press Club.In 2014 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media.

Dr Michael Flood

Dr Michael Flood is an internationally recognised researcher on men, masculinities, gender equality, and violence prevention, with an extensive record of community engagement. He has made significant contributions to scholarly and public understanding of men’s involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding gender and violence. Dr Flood also is an educator and advocate. He is the author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2018) and the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007).

Cost: Free for members, $50 non-members –we invite you to join as a member on the day

Please advise in advance if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements.

Workshop date: Tuesday April 9, 2019 12-2pm

12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch and networking (optional)
12:30 - 1:30pm Presentation & Discussion
1:30 - 2:00pm Q & A

Location: Lander & Rogers, Level 12, 600 Bourke Street, CBD

Why are we Terrible at Communicating?

workplace-communicationDespite digital disruption, leadership success still comes from the effective conversations we have with the individuals in our team. Yet so many of us avoid meaningful conversations, handle them poorly or fail to get our point across authentically. Engaging in challenging conversations is even harder!

For many it’s not lack of willingness to engage, it’s often not knowing what to say and how to say it, that detracts from our leadership proficiency. These conversations need to be handled with emotional intelligence, respect and require a clear and simple structure.

If personal development is important for you or your leadership, this 2 hour workshop will be of massive benefit.  

What will I learn?

  • Understand the brain & how neuroscience can help when engaging in challenging conversations
  • How to use a five-step model during tough conversations to handle emotions and opposing views
  • Techniques to see, hear and understand the other person
  • How to use conversation mind maps to plan your conversations.

Presenter – Vivian Vrahos

Vivian has 20 years’ experience developing organisational performance and building leadership capabilities by using their emotional intelligence to develop leadership potential. Vivian works across Asia, NZ, USA and the UK. Her impressive portfolio of clients includes; DHL, Toll, The Age, Qantas, Woolworths, Racing Victoria, Vic Police and Tabcorp. Vivian is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker.

Places are strictly limited, so please confirm your acceptance by emailing indicating your preference to attend either the City or Mulgrave Sessions.

Workshop date: Wednesday 30th May 2018

Time: The City Session will run from 7:45 am to 10:00 am. The Mulgrave Session will run from 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm.

Location: Two Sessions; one in the Melbourne CBD and the other in Mulgrave.

Interview Masterclass – Sydney & Melbourne!

Your roles are arguably the most important in your organisation. Talent is key!

two-people-with-cups-of-coffeeThis breakfast workshop is designed for in-house recruiters or HR professionals responsible for recruitment who are interested to further develop their skills and recruitment expertise. The workshop will be relaxed, information rich and allow for positive interaction and networking with other likeminded recruitment professionals.

This 2 hour masterclass includes;
  • Employment snap shot of 2018
  • Update on innovations in recruitment, technology & systems
  • Understanding bias & discrimination in the recruitment process and how to interrupt this
  • Advanced behavioural interviewing skills designed to assist in employing the “best” person
  • Case studies and examples of good and poor recruitment practices
  • Q & A and group discussions

About the Presenter.


June is one of the founders of Selection Partners. She is a CDAA and ICF qualified trainer and coach. June has worked in HR Consulting for over 20 years working with many of Australia’s leading organisations in construction, manufacturing, engineering, legal & accounting, retail and energy. She has designed numerous recruitment processes, trained 100’s of recruiters, sat on numerous interview panels and hired 100’s of people herself. June is also the VP of EEON (Equal Employment Opportunity Network) and is passionate about encouraging organisations to be inclusive in their practices.

Numbers are strictly limited to allow for questions and comfortable group interaction. To discuss available spots please call Desiree on 03-9832-8100 or email to


Melbourne Workshop Date: Thursday, 15th March 2018

Melbourne Location: Level 4, 607 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney Workshop Date: Friday, 16th March 2018

Sydney Location: Level 8, 99 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Workshop date: Friday, 16th March 2018

Time: 8:15am Arrival to start at 8:30am and finish at 10:30am

Location: Level 8, 99 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Men Taking a Stand to Prevent Violence Against Women

Engaging men in preventing men’s violence against women is important in promoting gender equality and creating a more socially just world. This workshop will explore why non-violent men should challenge the sexism and violence of other men and the strategies for engaging them.

Speaker:Men taking a stand
Bob Pease is an Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. 

His main research interests are in the fields of men’s violence against women, cross-cultural and global perspectives on men and masculinities, the interrogation of privilege and critical social work practice.

Bob was a founding member of Men against Sexual Assault in Melbourne and has been involved in campaigns and community education against men’s violence for many years. He has published extensively on masculinity politics and critical social work practice, including four books as single author and twelve books as co-editor, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles.

For more information or to buy tickets please click on the link below.

Workshop date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm (AEST)

Location: Level 12, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Wellness wooden sign on a beautiful dayJoin us to hear from Melissa Williams from Beyond Blue about how we can all create mentally healthy work places.  Scary statistics such as 1:3 women and 1:5 men will suffer from anxiety and 1:6 women and 1- 8 men will experience depression during their working lives.  Learn how to help and support your teams and look after your own mental health.

Workshop date: June 20th 2017. 12 noon - 2pm

Location: Level 12, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000