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    WiTWA DEI Masterclass: LGBTQIA+ and R U OK?

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    Tickets are now available for a very special WiTWA DEI Masterclass, ‘LGBTQIA+ in the workplace’ with Pride in Diversity on R U OK? Day. 

    Pride in Diversity are specialists in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people by reducing exclusion, invisibility, homophobia and stigma in the workplace.

    Research has shown that a disproportionate number of LGBTQIA+ Australians experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. These health outcomes are directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse on the basis of being LGBTIQ+.

    Join us for an educational and thought-provoking discussion on how we can all improve our workplace culture, policies, and initiatives to support our LGBTQIA+ community. 

    This event is supported by our venue sponsor Visagio Australia. Visagio was the first Corporate Member of the WiTWA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Corporate Program.

    Get in quick as places are limited!

    Date: Thursday, 14 September

    Time: 12 pm – 2 pm (registrations from 11:50 am)

    Venue: Visagio, Level 9, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

    Lunch will be provided. Please email the Event Organiser for any dietary requirements (vegetarian and gluten-free provided) at

    ⭐ Guest Facilitator and Speakers: Alyce Schotte, Liesel Hughes, Rudson Al Barcoma, and Chloe Rattray ⭐ 

    Alyce Schotte - Pride in Diversity

    Alyce (she/her) is the Pride in Diversity WA/NT Senior Relationship Manager, creating connections and leading work with partner organisations to strengthen policy, process and cultural improvements. Living a gender diverse experience, history and visibility in the corporate and community spheres enables connections for people and organisations through storytelling and strategic education to build awareness and understanding of the challenges and value in doing inclusion better. 

    Alyce is experienced in discussing change, facilitating conversations, coaching and mentoring and always brings her authentic self to the work she does.

    Liesel Hughes - Microsoft

    Liesel (they/them) is a self-confessed data nerd, an educator, activist, a lover of tech that hasn't been invented yet and a fount of 80’s song lyrics. 

    Liesel works as a Cloud Solution Architect Data & AI at Microsoft, to develop architectures and solutions to empower our customers, whilst striving for a more inclusive world.

    Rudson Al Barcoma - Pride in Peel Inc

    Rudson (he/him) is a Nursing Clinician and Educator with a local and international post grad degree in Advance Diploma and Masters in Leadership and Management. He is a Board Member of several not-for-profit and charitable multicultural organisations, incoming President of Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club, and current President of Pride in Peel Inc. 

    Rudson is an advocate primarily towards inclusion/diversity and healthcare delivery. Currently, under Pride in Peel together with his team, they are aiming for the Mental Health of the Pride Community through the collaboration of other organizations. Internationally, he is spearheading projects such as Solar Cases to Regional areas of the globe and Dengue Fever eradication to developing countries.

    Chloe Rattray - Queer Disability Activist and Researcher

    Chloe (she/they) is a passionate inclusion activist and PhD student whose work is grounded in lived experience and academic research. Chloe works as an Inclusion & Diversity Specialist, leading improvement initiatives so people feel safe to bring their whole selves to work. In this role, Chloe drives change to ensure people with disability can thrive in an inclusive and accessible workplace. 

    Chloe is currently studying for her PhD and is researching the politics of queer and disabled representation in her favourite medium: children’s animation. Chloe also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities, receiving a High First Class Honours for her thesis on the representation of gender and disability in Australian documentary television. In 2022, Chloe received an Out for Australia 30 Under 30 award, given to young queer people demonstrating a tangible contribution to the community.


    11:50am – Registration 

    12:00pm – Event starts; welcome, introduction and facilitated workshop 

    1:00pm - Break for lunch

    1:20pm - Panel discussion; Q&A opportunity; summary and key takeaways

    2:00pm – Event closes 

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