Facing Equality Profiles and Stories

Commander Belinda Greenwood

DEPUTY DIRECTOR NAVY CULTURE, LEADERSHIP COACHING AND TEAM CULTURE DEVELOPMENT, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

I’ve seen many changes in Navy’s culture, inclusion and levels of acceptance over the last 25 years. To fit in early in my career I contributed to the problem - diminishing those who didn’t fit the mould, but I reclaimed my authentic self and became a champion of different contributions; embracing diversity of... read more

Michaela Gilewicz

AMBASSADOR, MATES4MATES & INVICTUS GAMES COMPETITOR

I have struggled with chronic pain, depression and anxiety since suffering a career ending injury while I was in the Australian Army in 2009. I was medically discharged because of my injury and felt that I had lost my identity. In 2017 I competed in the Invictus Games in Toronto and watched hundreds of injured and ill competitors fight to find themselves... read more

Squadron Leader Nathan White

PILOT, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

I am proud to be an aviator and an officer in the Australian Defence Force. I am equally proud to be openly gay in an organisation that respects its members regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Being passionate about inclusion and the power of visible role models, I was open about my sexuality early in my career. I hope that my... read more

Richard Gration

BARRISTER, NINTH FLOOR SELBOURNE CHAMBERS

Equality is not something that just happens – it requires courage, determination and resilience to take on accepted norms of discrimination that have been historically accepted and entrenched in human society. But educating our society, colleagues, neighbours and friends through advocacy, persuasion and not compromising or resiling from who we are is the best way to effect... read more

Dinda Timperon

PROPERTY INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

I’m a qualified Aerospace Engineer, and also a professional performing artist, of mixed Indonesian and European background, and also Muslim. I’m a UNSW@ADFA graduate, have served in the Royal Australian Air Force with roles ranging from being in charge of 80 troops through to attending National Test Pilot School in the USA, and now I’m in the... read more

Major General Kathryn Toohey

HEAD LAND CAPABILITY, AUSTRALIAN ARMY

In my almost 35 years as an Army officer and an electrical engineer, I have witnessed many examples of outstanding leadership. The one trait that I’ve consistently seen in the leaders I admire is that of attention to diversity and inclusivity. That is - attention to ensure that all members of a team are given the opportunity to contribute, make a difference and to succeed.... read more

Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm

HEAD MARITIME SYSTEMS, CAPABILITY ACQUISITION AND SUSTAINMENT GROUP

In my first few weeks at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1987, many of my colleagues resigned and left during the initial training period. I remember my drill sergeant telling us one evening that once you started quitting it could quickly become a habit and before you knew it you would become a quitter. He told us to not quit for one more... read more

Dr. Kirstin Ferguson

COMPANY DIRECTOR, AUTHOR AND CREATOR #CELEBRATINGWOMEN

The most effective leaders are those with the character strength and self-confidence to humbly serve those they lead while lifting others up. Practically this means being open to hearing and learning from viewpoints different to your own as well as seeking out ways to work with those who look, sound and see the world differently to you. Being open to diversity... read more

Ben Farinazzo

AMBASSADOR, AUSTRALIA DAY 2019, LIFELINE CANBERRA & SOLDIER ON AUSTRALIA

We each have a unique way of making sense of the world. Learning from others will lead you on a pathway through diversity towards a truly enriching experience. Embark on this path by allowing respect, humility and compassion to guide your way. Be curious and recognise other people’s perspectives. It will broaden your creativity, knowledge... read more