Small Business Festival 2016

Diversity the innovation X-Factor

Diversity is now the X-factor in business success!
The fact is diversity in thinking is critical for a person's as well as a company's ability to innovate and adapt in such a fast-changing, global and connected environment.

Diversity of perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders, and age leads to new insights, new ways of working, new solutions and new products. Diversity helps breeds innovation. And innovation breeds business success.


In Session 1, our Afternoon Workshop session, the focus is on resolving your business issues. This session will run from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. At this interactive session you will experience a taste of how working with an expert will help you deal successfully with your key business challenges and why diversity in thinking is so important.

You might want to focus on your marketing strategy, need help to kick off a project, or you are grappling with finance. Let us know in advance what your key issue is and we’ll arrange for a great expert to be at this event to collaborate with you. Places are by application only.

Register early as places will be limited. You will also need to fill out an application form. This is so we can ensure the right experts are there to help you.


In Session 2, the Evening Panel, we will explore how to put what we know to be good ideas about diversity into practice. How do we find diverse people to collaborate with? How do we build truly diverse teams? And most importantly, how do we manage them and work in them?

In this series of lightening round talks, diversity industry leaders will speak to these questions. You'll even have the opportunity to pick their brains with your questions and issues in our Q & A portion of the evening and subsequent networking drinks. This session will run from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

This event is part our City of Yarra event series 2016 with the support of Inspire9 and the Small Business Festival. It is proudly sponsored by the City of Yarra.


Trang Du - Founder // Two Square Pegs Trang is a social entrepreneur and designer who believes in creating useful and engaging products, and is passionate about harnessing technology to help solve social issues through community based projects. Projects, which foster collaboration, encourage people to connect and build great working relationships. Trang believes that diversity and prosperity go hand in hand in business. To truly drive growth and innovation, we need to embrace business solutions that create more inclusive and flexible opportunities for people to contribute.

Baqir Khan - Manager Member Led Projects & Volunteering Program // Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
Baqir Khan manages the Member Led Projects & Volunteering Program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Innovation Hub. He is also an adjunct lecturer at RMIT, where he teaches Language Management in International Organisations. Baqir has conducted research in learning development, culture & information systems, sustainable sourcing, mentoring, leadership and innovation. He also has extensive experience working with local and international NGOs in the community and development sector. He speaks regularly on the issues of empowerment and program innovation.

Matthew Lambelle - CEO // Wise Employment
Matthew Lambelle is passionate about solutions that improves the lives of people, enhances the community, makes commercial sense and adds value. He is an accomplished services sector executive with a flair for leading people, business strategy, change, operations, business development, marketing and communications. With a proven ability to adapt, quickly analyse key business drivers, manage P&L’s, grow multimillion dollar revenues, develop and execute strategies that create value

Jill Sears - EEON
Jill is a human resources professional with expertise in strategy development, program design, management and implementation, diversity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity, change management and general human resource consultancy gained within a range of sectors including resources, telecommunications, education, health and emergency services.

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Event Details

Part of our City of Yarra event series 2016. Supported by Inspire9 and the Small Business Festival. Proudly sponsored by City of Yarra.

Thu 4th August 2016
Inspire 9 - 1, 41 Stewart Street, Richmond VIC 3121

This is a two part event - come to either or both sessions.

Workshop - Session1
Pool Room
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: free

Limited places for the workshop. Register your interest by completing this application form.

Register here

Panel - Session 2
Presentation Space
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: free

Book here

This event is part of the Small Business Festival 2016