The RSL Clubs & Services forum is being held at Dee Why RSL on October 10.

The inaugural RSL & Services Club Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum, with guest speakers Dr Kerry Chant and NSW MP and Minister Bronnie Taylor, is right around the corner. 

Dr Kerry Chant is one of the key speakers.

To be held on Monday, 10 October at Dee Why RSL, Dr Chant will address the audience on Covid, the long game and the lessons learnt before a panel session embarks on the subject of how diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) can offer the competitive edge as your super power. This will be followed by Transactional vs Transformational DE&I presented by Carly Brown, Senior Director People & Culture APAC, Aristocrat.

Later in the morning, Taylor, the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Health and Women will offer the official opening address before a panel discussion on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Done Well with a panel of experts including Jacqui Davis from AustralianSuper; Michaela Chan and Amanda Stephens from WestHQ; and Arj Puveendran from Thomson Geer.

RSL & Services Clubs Association CEO Margot Smith encourages clubs to put DE&I high on the agenda.

“In a disrupted industry, DE&I can help you see things from different perspectives – uncover missed revenue opportunities, increase your member and staff engagement, and grow your club profile with a variety of patrons and stakeholders,” Smith said.  

Minister Bronnie Taylor is also on the guest speaker list.

After lunch, there will be sessions on staffing solutions with MAX’s Fiona Santolin, Learning Links CEO Birgitte Maibom and Julian Black from Lion.

This will be followed by The Building Diversity & Inclusion Through Your Food and Events which will discuss strategies to increase your patronage and community engagement using DE&I and will include panellists Michael Lewis, Hoppers Crossing Club CEO; Michael Foulkes, GM of Cabra Vale Diggers (Winner of 2022 ClubsNSW Perfect Plate Awards); and Steve Sidd from Catering HQ.

The final sessions include celebrating your DE&I initiatives, with a case study from  Andy Abey at Castle Hill RSL Group. The final session is Managing Multiple Generations in Your Club and what age diversity means for your member and community offering, with Wayne Deeth from Shoalhaven Ex-Services Group and Russell Cooper, CEO of Gosford RSL Club.

Smith will close the session which will then be followed by networking drinks.

To register go to the RSL Services Clubs website. 

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