Making a better world of work for everyone (an online event)

May 25, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 AM

Diversity and inclusion work is often seen as something owned by a particular person, or part of an organisation. As Leaders we have the opportunity to challenge this belief and embed diversity and inclusion into the everyday work of our organisations and communities. Two local diversity & inclusion specialists share what they are doing to embed diversity and inclusion into their organisations.

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About this event

The Culture First Community is a group of leaders, practitioners, and change agents committed to amplifying what people are capable of being and achieving at work.

Culture First Chapters are local groups where professionals share insights and ideas for a better world of work. Each chapter unites a local community via virtual or in-person meetings with the larger global community. Our conversations centre on creating safe spaces for people to connect, look at challenging issues, learn together and ultimately support each other in taking action to improve the world of work.

Join hosts Pip Jankowski and Greg Collier as they discuss the Diversity & Inclusion work with guests Cassie Lindsey (Geelong Cats) and Fiona Bennett (Leisure Networks).

Cassie Lindsey: Inclusion and Diversity Manager, Geelong Cats.

Fiona Bennett: Diversity & Inclusion Project Lead, Leisure Networks.

Pip Jankowski: Head of People & Culture, Leisure Networks.

Greg Collier: Culture Specialist, Innovation Progression & The Coherence Group

Guest Bio's:

Cassie Lindsey

Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Geelong Football Club

Cassie describes herself as an authentic and genuine leader striving for equality and inclusion for all. Cassie’s energy, drive and enthusiasm has enabled partnerships with all levels of government, corporate and community organisations to deliver creative solutions focused on diversity and inclusion.

In Cassie’s current role as Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the Geelong Football Club, Cassie provides specialist and strategic culture, diversity and organisation advice. This includes the design and delivery of programs, training and support for the wider football community, placing people first.

Fiona Bennett

Diversity & Inclusion Project Lead, Leisure Networks

Fiona’s career began in the sports industry through a role at Netball Victoria. Over the past 30 years Fiona has broadened her skills and interests through taking up roles as both employee and volunteer in organisations including the Australian Drug Foundation where she managed a sports sponsorship program/campaign. Fiona enjoyed a role as a Lecturer in the Exercise Science and Sports Science School at University of Ballarat (Federation University), and has worked in health promotion, community development, governance and communications at Leisure Networks in Geelong.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
2:00 AM – 4:00 AM UTC


2:00 AMWelcome & D&I in context
2:20 AMCassie Lindsey
2:40 AMFiona Bennett
3:00 AMOpen Forum with Q&A
3:20 AMBreakout discussions
3:50 AMWrap & close
Virtual event


  • Cassie Lindsey

    Geelong Football Club

    Diversity and Inclusion Manager

  • Fiona Bennett

    Leisure Networks

    Diversity & Inclusion Project Lead


  • Pip Jankowski

    Leisure Networks

    Head of People and Culture

  • Greg Collier

    Innovation Progression

    Culture Specialist & Consultant


  • Greg Collier

    Innovation Progression

    Chapter Lead

  • Pip Jankowskii

    PIP Consulting

    Chapter Lead

Local Partners

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Leisure Networks

Geelong Football Club logo

Geelong Football Club

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Innovation Progression

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