Meet The Team
Dawn Hough is the Director of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion and the developers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Pride in Diversity is a social inclusion initiative of ACON, Australia’s largest LGBTI health organisation.
Dawn sets the strategic direction for the program while managing a dedicated team of experienced diversity/HR professionals equally passionate and committed to the provision of leading edge LGBTI inclusion initiatives. Key achievements in this role include:
- The launch, development and establishment of Pride in Diversity as Australia’s peak national body for LGBTI workplace inclusion, recognised both nationally and internationally for its contribution to this area of D&I practice
- The development of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) – Australia’s definitive national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion, now recognised as one of the leading benchmarking instruments for LGBTI inclusion worldwide.
- The establishment of the prestigious Top 20 Employer (and associated) awards for LGBTI workplace inclusion now amongst the most coveted Diversity & Inclusion Awards within Australia
- The establishment of Pride in Practice – Australia’s National LGBTI Workplace Conference – held annually
- The establishment of the Australian National LGBTI Recruitment Guide (ANRG) – published annually, distributed across Australian Universities, TAFE Colleges, Recruitment Agencies and leading employment services
- The AWEI Benchmarking Publication showcasing Australian best practice and the results of the country’s largest LGBTI workplace inclusion survey – published annually.
- Sapphire: a research initiative for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women.
- Author of 4 publications on LGBTI workplace inclusion practice and in 2014 co-authoring a world first publication in conjunction with OII: An Employers Guide on Intersex Inclusion.
- Consulting on and contribution to LGBTI Workplace Inclusion initiatives across Asia Pac, UK and US.
Dawn speaks and consults both nationally and internationally on all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion and has worked on projects in the London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila. Dawn has spoken at conferences in the United States, UK and across Asia Pacific.
Prior to Pride in Diversity, Dawn introduced and managed the Diversity function for ING Australia, responsible for the alignment of Australian practice to global strategy as well as the implementation of executive targets, gender initiatives, flexibility and INGA’s LGBTI employee network. During this period she was also responsible for Talent, Organisational Development and the L&D Function.
Prior to INGA, Dawn ran her own boutique consultancy for 14 years consulting in organisational development, talent management, leadership development, employee engagement and learning and development. Dawn travelled extensively as a professional speaker and corporate educator.
Senior Program Manager
Ross Wetherbee is Senior Program Manager of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion and the developers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Pride in Diversity is a social inclusion initiative of ACON, Australia’s largest LGBTI health organisation.
Ross manages the operations of the Pride in Diversity program while leading a talented and committed team of Workplace Education & Relationship Managers with experience in Human Resources, Organisational Development & Learning and Diversity & Inclusion across all major industries and sectors.
Ross is also responsible for the development, launch and operations of Pride in Sport, a tailored initiative of Pride in Diversity and ACON which supports the inclusion of LGBTI staff, players, volunteers, coaches and spectators in Australian sport, and the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – Australia’s definitive national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI inclusion in Australian sport, which, at the National and State Sporting Organisation level, are both world firsts. Click here for more information about Pride in Sport, and the Pride in Sport Index (PSI).
Prior to Ross’ current role, as a Workplace Education & Relationship Manager he oversaw the LGBTI inclusion activities of member organisations within the Public Service (federal, state & local), Higher Education, Healthcare, Mining Resources and Energy, National Sporting Organisations and Not-for-profit & Community portfolios.
Before joining Pride In Diversity in 2014, Ross spent five years as a Global Talent Consultant at Macquarie Group Limited, and also lead Macquarie’s LGBTI Employee Network, overseeing strategy, inclusion training, AWEI submission and external engagement. Ross has in-house experience in HR, Organisational Development & Learning and Diversity & Inclusion across Banking, Insurance & Financial Services and Telecommunications. Ross has a passion for developing engaged, high-performing and inclusive organisational cultures that see individuals, teams and organisations grow and develop.
Ross speaks and consults nationally and internationally on all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion. Ross is available to speak at internal, and external events or conferences.
Program Manager, Melbourne
Ishwar Singh started his professional career as a lawyer at an international law firm, Allens. He has acted for some of the world’s leading companies and has a unique insight into the business operations of some of Australia’s leading employers across a variety of industries and sectors. He has also helped to defend and advance the rights of a number of disadvantaged groups, including homeless and indigenous communities.
Before joining Pride in Diversity, Ishwar played a lead role in Allens’ LGBTI network (ALLin). He created a strategic plan for the network, was heavily involved in client engagement and the firm’s very public support for marriage equality as well as compiling the firm’s first ever submission to receive a ranking on the Australian Workplace Equality Index (the AWEI). These efforts culminated in Allens being recognised as the highest ranking law firm for LGBTI inclusion on the AWEI in 2015.
Ishwar is very passionate about working toward true diversity in all aspects of society and is particularly interested in the experience people have in the workplace, recognising it as one of the most important institutions to which most people belong. As a Workplace Education & Relationship Manager at Pride in Diversity, Ishwar works with member organisations to start or progress their journey toward a working environment that is truly LGBTI inclusive and embedding best practice in this area into the fabric of those organisations. He delivers training in LGBTI awareness to a variety of audiences including senior leaders, assists HR teams with policy review and provides ongoing strategic support to assist with the roll-out of organisation-wide LGBTI inclusion initiatives.
Lin Surch has over 15 years experience in Banking and Financial Services, with experience in Employee Engagement, Workplace Education and Training, Communications, Contact Centres, Dispute Resolution and Employee Networks and is an experienced facilitator and trainer in LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Prior to joining the Pride in Diversity Team, Lin was responsible for developing and delivering the roll-out of the highly successful LGBTI inclusive training across The Westpac Group as part of her role in the education and training sector of the GLOBAL Executive Committee. This involved facilitating focus groups, implementing feedback, tailoring and presenting training sessions to the Group’s CEO, Executive Team, HR Leadership Teams and People Leaders. Lin was also a key driver in the strategic development and sustainability of the employee network group.
Articulate, passionate about change, and dedicated to diversity; a pivotal part of her role includes managing stakeholder expectations and cultivating engagement at all levels. In the classroom, she has a warm and approachable presence with the innate ability to impart complex concepts in an easy to understand format to the level of her audience.
Lins’ role as Workplace Education & Relationship Manager oversees a portfolio of member organisations in the private sector and the following industry groups: Banking and Financial Services, Telecommunications and Technology & Online.
Lin meets with potential, new and current members to plan their strategy, implement charters, and presents to senior executives. She facilitates roundtables, training and awareness sessions, and works with member organisations in an ongoing capacity to provide best practice advice and assist in all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Lin is also the Convener of Sapphire, a Pride in Diversity initiative for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in the workplace.
JON LE BRETON
Jon Le Breton comes with over 15 years’ worth of extensive experience in Learning and Development, Coaching and Consulting. Jon has also worked with a diverse range of companies within the public and private sector at organisations including ANZ, CBA, Westpac, NSW Health, Transport for NSW, and Sydney International Airport.
Jon’s expert consultative approach assists organisations, leaders and individuals to reach their full potential through the development and roll out of training and change initiatives.
What sets Jon apart from other professionals in this field is his caring and consultative approach. When working with Jon you can be assured he will understand your unique requirements and design a solution that will benefit all stakeholders.
In addition, Jon also brings with him an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset gained from running a successful consulting business for 5 years.
He is also an experienced and passionate facilitator of LGBTI topics. In 2013 Jon founded a LGBTI support group in order to reduce isolation in regional areas. The group included a range of programs, forums and events and gained the support of government representatives, community groups and leading LGBTI public sporting figures. Jon’s involvement in this space also includes speaking at events and being interviewed by the media on issues that impact the LGBTI community in Australia, U.K and U.S.A.
As Workplace Education & Relationship Manager, Jon oversees a portfolio of Local, State and Federal Government departments and agencies.
Jon brings his wealth of experience in the facilitation of roundtables, strategy planning, training, best practice advice and support in all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Shai Feniger comes with over 15 years of experience working and volunteering with marginalised groups, with a focus on LGBTI, Indigenous peoples and mental health. He is experienced with Team Management, Program Development, Training and Facilitation, Community Development and Service Provision, and with experience in LGBTI inclusion in the workplace.
Prior to working for Pride in Diversity, Shai worked for Aftercare, the oldest serving mental health NGO in Australia as a Service Manager of the Central Sydney and the South East Sydney areas, which included six programs and five one-day operations supporting individuals with a lived experience of ill mental health, including severe and persistent illnesses. This involved Team Management, Line Management, Strategy Development, Stakeholder Management and Quality Improvement.
Passionate about inclusion and diversity, Shai was a pivotal part of constructing Aftercare’s LGBTI D&I strategic plan, including developing an LGBTI training for all staff as part of the organisation’s intention to get accredited by QIP and get the Rainbow Tick.
Shai’s role as a Relationship Manager oversees a portfolio of member organisations in the higher education sector as well as resource companies. As most of us spend around 30% of the time at the workplace, Shai looks at professional environments as platforms for social and cultural change. Shai helps businesses to go through an in-depth review of their policies, practices and services, in order to analyse the experience of LGBTI individuals in the workplace. By working towards inclusion, the environment and culture change into enabling platforms which encourage empowerment, improve employees’ wellbeing and celebrate individuals’ authentic selves in the workplace.
Sarah McCarthy joins the Pride in Diversity team with extensive Training, Facilitation and Consulting experience with a background in both community services and the corporate sector. Sarah is a certified Executive Coach with qualifications in psychology, leadership, and person-centred facilitation. Bringing her strong people skills, curiosity and love of learning to the role, Sarah is highly driven by her desire to affect systemic change, starting at the organisational and community level.
Prior to joining the Pride in Diversity team, Sarah managed the client relations for a diverse portfolio at a business management consultancy specialising in coaching and leadership development, including Banking and Financial services, Professional Services, and State and Federal Government departments.
In addition, Sarah brings considerable Program Management, Community Development and Leadership experience from her time coordinating a federally-funded mental health service at a social enterprise, where she led a team of mental health workers to deliver support services. During this time, she played an instrumental role in the setup and implementation of their LGBTI network, inclusion strategy and submission of the organisation’s first ever Australian Workplace Equality Index.
Sarah’s passion for leadership and community development is further demonstrated through her role as a coach for new and emerging leaders in a structured leadership program focusing on self-awareness and skills development. She has also held executive level and community engagement roles in a community based sporting organisation.
As Workplace Education & Relationship Manager at Pride in Diversity, Sarah oversees a portfolio of National and State Sporting Organisations, Law Firms, and Health & Community Services Organisations. Sarah adopts a coaching approach when partnering with member organisations to formulate effective diversity and inclusion strategies for impactful and sustainable change.