Women from diverse backgrounds share inspiring stories of securing and succeeding in leadership roles

Last month, MMIC PhD scholar Prabha Bogoda Arachchige moderated a panel and networking event aimed to raise awareness of the barriers faced by culturally and linguistically diverse women in securing leadership roles in Australia.

MMIC PhD scholar Prabha Bogoda Arachchige (far left) moderates a panel of culturally and linguistically diverse female business and community leaders for the ‘Women of Impact’ networking event, 6 November 2019

Image: MMIC PhD scholar Prabha Bogoda Arachchige (far left) moderates a panel of culturally and linguistically diverse female business and community leaders for the ‘Women of Impact’ networking event, 6 November 2019.

On 6 November 2019, ‘Women of Impact’, a special panel discussion and networking event organised by Bank of Melbourne and AMES Australia attracted more than 70 attendees. The event aimed to raise awareness of the barriers faced by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women in Australia. Bringing together inspiring female business leaders from CALD backgrounds for a panel discussion offered a valuable forum to share stories of how these women have overcome barriers to exclusion to succeed in Australian businesses and the broader community.

Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre PhD scholar Prabha Bogoda Arachchige moderated the panel discussion, which brought together three highly experienced and senior business women (pictured above, L-R) Lavania Parker (Innovation Manager, Australia Post), Dr Melika Yassin Sheikh-Eldin (Manager International & Community Development, AMES Australia) and Irene Yu (Director, Migrant & Multicultural Banking, Bank of Melbourne). The discussion centered around key issues, including the barriers and challenges that CALD women face in seeking and achieving employment, aspects of workplace culture that impact on CALD women and the most effective ways for women to overcome barriers. The panel also explored what businesses and employers can do better to help CALD women on a pathway to employment and manage a smooth transition to Australian workplace.

By highlighting the often invisible issues CALD women face in securing and succeeding in employment opportunities in Australia, the panel discussion was a great success and the event proved a valuable opportunity for attendees to meet and network with women from diverse backgrounds and share their stories of success.