The Kaleidoscope Initiative team delivered a successful series of varied events for Harmony Week, which ran from 15 to 21 March 2018.
The program of events catered to a wide variety of audiences from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; professional immigrant networks and newcomers; business leaders and those who are interested in harnessing the benefits of a diverse workforce.
The Kaleidoscope team were pleased to host their international partners, Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, and Anna Kostecka, Senior Manager, Learning Initiatives, from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Margaret and Anna were in Perth to share their experiences, insights, success tips and challenges with the attendees at events celebrating diversity during Harmony Week.
The week started with half-day workshops focusing on how organisations can “Unlock their potential: by building a diverse and inclusive workplace”, run by Anna Kostecka. Participants explored practical steps for building and developing and inclusive workplace.
The Business Breakfast was a highlight for the business community. Guest presenter Margaret Eaton, Executive Director TRIEC, explained why a diverse workforce is the way forward, how to embrace diversity, and benefits of a diverse workforce to employers and the economy.
One of the key drivers of the TRIEC program’s success is their Mentoring Partnership program. TRIEC have developed a mentor system whereby they match a both a mentor and mentee from the same professional field. This system provides benefits for both parties: mentors are provided with the opportunity to increase their management and leadership skills plus develop essential cultural competence; while mentees expand their networks, gain invaluable insights on how to transition into jobs in their field, and ultimately gain jobs faster, thereby contributing both socially and economically. This section of the presentation was met by a buzz of interest in the room, and a number of organisations signed up to be Employer Partners for the Kaleidoscope Initiative*.
Concluding the breakfast was a presentation by
Huss Mustafa OMA, General Manager, Multicultural Community Banking, with the Commonwealth Bank. Huss shared his migrant journey from Cyprus and settling in Australia, and how his passion and commitment to connect with multicultural communities has helped him pioneer a path for diversity in the workplace.
The week ended with the ‘Harmony Week Sundowner – Networking for employment success’ featuring international and national speakers. Aimed at professional immigrant associations, the event attracted a large culturally diverse audience. Attendees learned about the importance of community groups and professional bodies working together with like-minded professional associations.
*Kaleidoscope is seeking expressions of interest from organisations, companies and employers, across all sectors, who are interested in becoming an Employer Partner. A pilot mentoring program will be conducted later this year. To register your interest, visit the Become an Employer Partner – Express your Interest page on our website.
Visit the Kaleidoscope gallery to see photos from the Business Breakfast and the Harmony Week Sundowner.