Develop, support, promote disability leaders

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  1. DLI members in the news 4August2021

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    We love sharing news from DLI members.

    This week:

    Ainslee Hooper – Empathy Podcast


    Yenn Purkis – why identifying queer can be harder for those with autism


    Nikki Hind – Must listen podcasts for the late onset feminist

  2. Right Now at the DLI – 16 October 2020

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    Right now at the DLI

    Future Shapers 2020

    DLI leadership coaching program

    Premium Member Groups

    Entrepreneurs Co-discovery Sessions

    DLI Briefings – sharing the expertise of our members


    Development work

    Disability Leadership Index

    Foundations of Disability Leadership program

    DLI Directory


    Pro bono work

    Plus Alliance conference – Transforming Women’s Leadership Pathways

    Intersectional Pay Equity Group – UTS

    Disability Royal Commission Submission

    National Awards for Disability Leadership

    Global 15 percent campaign, including The Succession Project

  3. Telstra Business Awards

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    The Disability Leadership Institute is thrilled to be named finalists for the Telstra Business Awards, emerging and energised category!

    Thank you to all of our members, supporters and friends who have helped us to get this far over the last 2 years.

    The ACT Awards are on 12 July, so watch this space.

    Telstra Business Awards logo

    Telstra Business Awards logo


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  4. New publication: Westpac Social Change Fellowship Report

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    Following a year of interviews, meetings, conferences, speeches and study, our CEO/Founder Christina Ryan has released a report about her 2017 Westpac Social Change Fellowship. The report examines the status of disability leadership, identifies what it is, and proposes the identification of an entire new field of study and development.

    Its time to change the way leadership is understood.

    Read the report




  5. Check Your Online Presence

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    Have you checked your online presence recently? Today we are all very connected to various social media channels, personal websites, and even searchable portfolios of mentions and articles.

    Yet, somehow, many disability leaders are quite hard to find on the internet, including many Disability Leadership Institute members and National Register listers.

    If you are hoping to find the right board opportunity, regular consulting work, or if you are currently seeking formal employment then it’s vital that you can be found through a google or LinkedIn search.

    There is a strong presence of people with disabilities in social areas like Facebook, but very few have a strong profile or professional presence that can be used by prospective employers who want to know more about your work history, connections, or public profile. Why should you be employed as a conference MC, or a workshop facilitator? If no one can find you then they won’t employ you and you’ll keep waiting. Some people use Facebook for their personal website or landing page, so make sure it reflects your professional persona and not your social life if you are relying on it for this purpose.

    If you don’t have a personal website or formal business, then the only real option is to have an up to date LinkedIn profile. Then you can be found and your information shared easily.

    Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. It is the most common search vehicle for finding professionals. Target your profile to the type of work you are currently seeking, you don’t have to tell your life story, or have a biography that covers every detail, focus on the relevant elements to the work you are looking for now. Even when you are not currently looking for opportunities your profile is a good way to keep you at the front of people’s minds for when the right type of opportunity comes along. You never know what’s out there and what might come your way.

    Of course you also need to check in regularly, just like other social media, because if someone messages you they won’t wait forever for a reply. You are one of hundreds of qualified people and everyone else is actively promoting themselves. Unless you do the same you will be waiting a long time.

    Regardless of the platform you prefer for your online presence you must keep it updated and refreshed regularly. If it looks old and stale then it’s clear you aren’t “out there” actively. This rapidly becomes a statement about the kind of person you are and the level of engagement that can be expected from you.

    If we want to see more disability leaders appointed across all fields then we need to be present in the mainstream market places that are used to find the right people. Get your profile up to date today!


  6. Diversity through an intersectional approach

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    Approaching diversity through the prism of intersectionality assists us with bringing different population groups into our recruitment processes without tackling them one by one. It recognises that all diversity groups are present right across our population.


    new article from Christina Ryan on LinkedIn. Read the full article