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Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling in Australia: Challenges and Solutions
The Leadership Futures Hub at Deakin Business School invites you to join our soft launch event, a panel discussion on Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling in Australia.

Bamboo ceiling refers to barriers that impede persons of Asian background from progressing into leadership positions. The "bamboo ceiling" in Australia is real: According to a report by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018, although people with non-European (predominantly Asian) ancestry make up 21 per cent of the total population, they hold only less than 5 per cent of senior leadership positions in Australian organisations across business, politics, government and higher education.

How do we address this challenge concerning the diversity of leadership in Australia? The Leadership Futures Hub at Deakin Business School invites five leaders who have been named “40 under 40” Most Influential Asian Australians in 2021 for a panel discussion. These speakers will share their personal experiences in their leadership journeys and discuss the challenges and possible solutions around breaking the bamboo ceiling in Australia.

Dr Lee Martin, Senior Lecturer in Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University

• Dr Seiji Armstrong, Head of Machine Learning, Trust & Safety Engineering, Google
Seiji was the Corporate Category Winner for the "40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards".
• Charishma Kaliyanda, Councillor, Liverpool City Council & Community Engagement Officer, headspace
Charishma was named a “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian” in the Public Sector/Government category.
• Stanley Wang, Principal, Abbotsford Primary School
Stanley was the Education Category Winner for the “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards”.
• Gloria Yuen, Head of Regulatory Response, NAB & Chair of Cultural Inclusion ERG, NAB
Gloria was named a “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian” in the Corporate category.

Oct 19, 2021 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Dr Lee Martin
Senior Lecturer in Management @Deakin Business School, Deakin University
Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Deakin Business School. Her expertise is on cultural diversity in the workplace, particularly how multicultural employees, leaders and teams can contribute to organisations. Her research is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals and she has provided advice to government (Victorian and Commonwealth) and international bodies (United Nations) in this area. She is the lead developer and lead educator in the highly successful massive open online course (MOOC), Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace (with close to 20,000 enrolled learners across 120 countries to date) and she is a unit chair in Deakin’s Master of Leadership program. Lee was named a “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian Australian” in 2021 for her contributions to education. Prior to academia, Lee held positions in the public service, based in Australia and China, including as an adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Dr Seiji Armstrong
Head of Machine Learning, Trust & Safety Engineering @Google
Seiji is a technology leader fascinated by the intersection of technology and society and Governance. He currently leads a 20 person team at Google with the singular mission of keeping the internet safe from abuse by relying on machine learning. Prior to Google, Seiji spent 3 years leading a data team at an early stage Silicon Valley startup that protected a handful of Fortune 100 banks and retailers from sophisticated cyber attacks. During a PhD in quantum physics, Seiji was awarded the Australia-Asia Prime Minister's Award for outstanding research, leading to 2 years at the University of Tokyo, where he led a team to develop the (then) world's largest quantum computing cluster state. Born in Canberra to a Japanese Mother and Australian Father, spending the formative years of childhood in Tokyo, and attending Universities in Australia, California, & Japan, Seiji is optimistic that Australian-Asian leaders have perspectives that will increasingly shape the world in the decades to come.
Charishma Kaliyanda
Councillor, Liverpool City Council & Community Engagement Officer @headspace
Charishma Kaliyanda is an elected councillor for Liverpool City Council and a registered Occupational Therapist. She is currently the Community Engagement Officer for headspace Campbelltown, working to build awareness of and reduce stigma around mental health and well-being so that young people can access the help they need. She has put mental health and youth infrastructure on the agenda for Australia’s fast growing outer urban areas as a Strategic Advisory Committee member of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA). Charishma was raised in Liverpool after migrating to the area with her family as a young girl. Charishma is a champion for diversity in sport, as a Multicultural Ambassador for Hockey NSW (and a keen footballer!). She is proud to be one of only 11 women elected to Council in Liverpool's 144-year history, and one of the youngest. She was named one of Australia’s rising political stars by Marie Claire, and twice nominated as a candidate for NSW Parliament before 30.
Stanley Wang
Principal @Abbotsford Primary School
Stanley is a Taiwanese-Australian educator with a particular passion for language education, teacher education and educational equity. He is currently the Principal of Abbotsford Primary School, where a Chinese-English bilingual program has been established since 1984. Prior to the current chapter, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Taiwan, Head of Languages at Haileybury, and a proud alumnus of Teach For Australia. Stanley is a dedicated ambassador for language learning and intercultural capability. He speaks English, Chinese and Japanese to a high proficiency, and is always engaging in a handful of other personal language learning projects for fun. Outside of work, Stanley has served and continues to serve on numerous education advisory boards around the world and runs a free online conversation club for intermediate and advanced learners of Mandarin.
Gloria Yuen
Head of Regulatory Response, NAB & Chair of Cultural Inclusion ERG @NAB
With over 15 years of international experience, Gloria is a risk management evangelist who infuses Inclusion and Diversity principles in effective risk management, strategy and innovation and corporate governance. Gloria leads a team of superstars enabling and delivering regulatory commitments for Personal Banking at NAB. She also serves as Chair of NAB’s Cultural Inclusion Employee Resource Group steering strategic initiatives to accelerate cultural diversity in leadership and to harness the power of cultural inclusion for customers colleagues and communities. Gloria also volunteers with Professional Migrant Women, Women of Color Australia and Women in Banking and Finance with a mission to grow the talent pipeline of professional women and develops initiatives to amplify the voice of women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.