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If this year has taught us anything, it's that we need to acknowledge our privilege, call out biases when we see them, and recognise that systems that are flawed - that aren't serving all of us, or aren't serving us in ways that are meaningful - need to be dismantled.

This conversation will focus on how we as humans - from all walks of life - can work to create pathways that are open and accessible to all. It's critical that we unpack what diversity, equality and equity mean, including recognising the differences that stand between these terms.

Join us for a discussion that we are humbled to host.


10:50AM - 11AM: Official Welcome
11AM - 11:40AM: Panel Conversation
11:40AM - 12PM: Q and A


Mina Radhakrishnan - Co-Founder of :Different

Starting her career as a business analyst for Goldman Sachs, Mina later joined Google as a member of the Associate Product Management program, before moving to ModCloth as one of their first product managers. Mina’s impressive product management record doesn’t end there. As the first ever product manager at Uber, she was employee #20 when the UI was still a big green button. As one of the five inventors of Uber’s surge pricing she is a joint holder of it’s 2013 patent. Mina’s also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at startup investment firm Redpoint Ventures, and as a Product Management Special Adviser to Cowboy Ventures. She advises, mentors and works with portfolio companies on product questions, both big and small. When not working, you’ll probably find her exploring Sydney, practicing yoga or tweeting.

Joan Westenberg - Founder at Studio Self and Director of Content at Linktree

Joan Westenberg is an award winning Australian PR director, contemporary writer, and creative. Her approach to messaging, communication and semiotics has built her reputation as a writer, and she has been named as one of the leading startup voices in Australia by SmartCompany. Her writing has appeared in The SF Chronicle, Wired, The AFR, The Observer, ABC, Junkee, SBS, Crikey and over 40+ publications. Her regular work can be found on Pizza Party, a blog about creativity, culture and technology. Joan is the creator of, an open-source workplace inclusion hack, and the author of the book #DIY, a manifesto for indie creativity.

Aubrey Blanche - Director of Equitable Design and Impact at CultureAmp

Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Global Head of Equitable Design and Impact at Culture Amp, and a startup investor and advisor. Through all her work, she seeks to question, reimagine, and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. She is also an advisor to a variety of groups seeking to build a more just world, including Aleria Research and Joonko. Her work has been featured in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Australian Financial Review, USA Today, Re/Code, First Round Review, and more.

Alan Jones - Entrepreneur in Residence at Remarkable

Alan works hands-on with the founders of early-stage startups and new product development teams - drawing on hands-on experience founding and co-founding web and mobile startups since 1995. Alan is also a seed-stage investor - having advised and invested directly in new Australian startups independently and through BlueChilli, Blackbird Ventures, Startmate, and Pollenizer Ventures. He is interested in developing entrepreneurship skills in refugees, migrants, youth and mid-career professionals, improving diversity and inclusion in tech, renewable energy, transport, smart cities, wearable technology, drones, AI and machine learning.

Claudia Barriga-Larriviere - Creator at Startup Flamingo

Claudia specialises in taking companies through change, setting up people-centred frameworks, and making sure they come out stronger on the other end. As the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the ABC, she has introduced and managed the Experimental Learning Program - which included participants from the Technology divisions and university students. Claudia was also BlueChilli’s Head of People, fondly referred to as the Flamingo-in-Residence. Claudia was an innovation columnist for the Startup Daily and is a featured speaker.

She has also recently wrote for the Collective Hub focusing on the human side of innovation, career development and entrepreneurship.


Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 175 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

In a year that has taught us more about the importance of understanding, respecting & celebrating our humanity more than ever before - we invite you to join us for this important conversation with leading national and international voices. 

As we progress through the technological era, it is critical that we unlock discussions around diversity, equality, equity & more - including recognising the differences that stand between these terms, which extend beyond a simple definition. We must call out our bias, acknowledge our privilege, recognise the flaws in our systems - and work together, as humans - from all walks of life - to create pathways that are open and accessible to all. 

Join us for a discussion that we are humbled to host. 

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