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The Disability Leadership Oration 2023

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About the event:

The Disability Leadership Oration will be held each year to lead the discussion on disability leadership and play a role in setting the national agenda. A thought provoking 45 minute talk that sparks conversation and puts disability leadership into the centre of things.

Centred on IDPwD in December (International Day of People with Disabilitiy), the Oration will become a destination annual event for the calendars of the broader disability community, business and government leaders, and anyone interested in thought leadership and equality.

Each year a prominent disability leader will share their perspective on disability leadership, where it is going and what it looks like. Taking a broad view, they will outline the way forward and consider what needs to be done and who should be part of making progress happen. The inaugural Disability Leadership Orator is Natalie Wade.

The Disability Leadership Institute gratefully acknowledges our sponsors, The Achieve Foundation, without whom this major event would not happen.

The Disability Leadership Institute is hosting the Oration in partnership with our broadcast partners the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

The ABC is supported by The Australian Government for its IDay programming.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 21 November

Time: 2.45pm arrival for a 3pm start. 

(NOTE: please arrive early, nobody will be admitted once the Oration starts.)

The oration will run until 4pm, guests are invited to the foyer afterwards for a networking event.

Dress code: Semi-Formal / Cocktail

Masks are encouraged, as this event will be attended by a large number of disabled people

This is a free event, however we require registration that will be checked at the door. Please keep your ticket on your phone or print it out to present to the team on the day. You must have a ticket to gain entry, please arrive by 2.45pm, doors close 3pm. 

2023 Speaker

Natalie Wade is a respected disability rights lawyer and advocate. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Natalie is the Founder and Principal Lawyer Director of Equality Lawyers, a disability-led, disability rights law firm providing premium legal services to the disability community.

Natalie is an authentic leader who believes in designing law reform, public policy and community campaigns through lived experience and expertise.

In 2021, Natalie authored Disability Rights in Real Life, a practical handbook for disabled people, their families and allies on everyday disability rights law.

Natalie holds several senior advisory roles including on the Australian Disability Strategy Advisory Council and the Premier’s Council for Women.

Natalie Wade
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This event is intended to be fully accessible, please fill in any accessibility requirements when registering. If you need additional help, email engage@disabilityleaders.com.au

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