Back to the Future: reversing the gendered effects of COVID-19

While we made great strides towards gender parity before COVID-19, we have seen many gendered effects of the pandemic. How can we work back towards the future we want?

Brought to you by the ANU Women's Alumni Network, our panel will examine gender roles, societal and internalised pressure and the value/definition of 'work', as well as the policy changes needed to ensure we regain the momentum before the pandemic that stopped the world. The panel will also discuss the opportunities that have arisen from this strange time in our history, and what steps and choices we as individuals can make to support each other and create real progress in gender equity.

This event is part of ANU Alumni Impact Makers, a series of webinars featuring our high-impact alumni in discussions on improving the state of our communities and the world. 

Speakers

Donisha Duff (MBA '13) - Chief Operations Officer, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Donisha Duff is the Chief Operating Officer at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. She is a Member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council and holds a number of Ministerial Board appointments. Donisha is a founding member and Chair of the Stars Foundation Ltd, a not-for-profit providing school-based engagement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women.

Donisha is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. She has familial links with Moa and Badu Islands (Torres Strait) and is a Yadhaigana/Wuthathi Aboriginal traditional owner (Cape York). Donisha possesses a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Griffith University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian National University.

Christina Hobbs (BComm '06, BSc '05) - Co-Founder/CEO, Verve Super

Christina Hobbs is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Verve Super, Australia's first ethical superannuation fund tailored for women. Christina received her Bachelor of Commerce in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in 2005 from the ANU. She is an experienced Board Director in the superannuation industry and a former Deloitte Management Consultant. Prior to founding Verve, Christina worked for over a decade as a humanitarian and financial inclusion expert for the United Nations. She is a former Board Director of the Global Women's Project and a published author on gender equality.

Dr Liana Leach (PhD '09) - Senior Research Fellow, ANU

Dr Leach is a research fellow in the Society, Culture and Health research stream at The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. Her research interests include examining the impact of family and work circumstances on mental health. Her work involves the translation of mental health research for public policy and practice.

Panel Moderator: Jean Sum (BComm '04, BActS '04) - Growth and Partnerships Manager, No to Violence and Founder, Sum of Jean

A proud Asian-Australian woman, Jean Sum is a creative, dancer, writer, speaker, partnerships broker and mentor to young Asian-Australian women. With 17 years of experience across different industries such as education, NFPs, banking, and IT, Jean provides creative strategy advice, solution design and develops high-level partnerships at an executive and organisational level.

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