Leadership Outlook Series: Creating a Safe and Respectful Workplace – Sunshine Coast


Birtinya, Sunshine Coast

date & time

28/03/2019 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand has partnered with White Ribbon to present Leadership Outlook 2019: Creating a safe and respectful workplace, a national series of practical and thought-provoking workshops that tackle gendered violence as a workplace issue.

Our Leadership Outlook events will define and identify violence and contributing factors, provide strategies to support staff experiencing violence, and help attendees to learn to mitigate risk. The workshops will also cover bullying, harassment and intimidation and how managers and leaders can support teams affected. During each of our sessions, a panel of local leaders will also share their real-world experiences in creating safe and respectful workplaces.

Each Leadership Outlook session will:

·        Provide a forum for employers to learn about best practice approaches to create a safe and supportive workplace for employees who are experiencing domestic violence, bullying or harassment in or out of the workplace

·        Increase your knowledge and skills in applying a strategic, evidence-based methodology to create a safe and respectful workplace drawn from White Ribbon’s work with organisations on the Workplace Accreditation Program

·        Outline strategies that can be implemented to support staff which minimises risk and promotes a supportive culture within the workplace

·        Provide overview of resources and tools available to assist in creating a safe and respectful workplace

·        Offer a practical case study to work through key learnings from the sessions

We all deserve to feel safe. Join us for an event that will help transform workplaces, leadership and society.

Registrations commence at 11.30am with a light lunch and networking. The session will start at 12.00pm. 


In partnership with White Ribbon

Ronan Smyth
Executive Manager, Workplaces
White Ribbon Australia

 Ronan Smyth is responsible for the strategic management and operational delivery of White Ribbon’s Workplace Accreditation Program. The Workplace Accreditation Program is a world leading violence-prevention initiative focused on providing organisations with the tools and strategies to actively prevent and effectively respond to violence against women.

Before working at White Ribbon, Ronan worked in the UK, managing complex programs that delivered services to disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Within all his roles, Ronan has focused on achieving social change through interventions with individuals and engagement with stakeholders. At White Ribbon, Ronan has led the redesign and development of the Workplace Accreditation Program.


Janine Lee
Domestic Violence Specialist | CEO
Domestic Violence Business Solutions

With over 24 years’ experience as a detective and manager in crime prevention and harm reduction for the New Zealand Police, Janine Lee is a highly regarded leading prevention specialist of domestic and family violence. She is the founder and CEO of Domestic Violence Business Solutions in Australia.



Chris Turner
Founder and CEO SunnyKids

Chris Turner is the Founder and CEO of SunnyKids, the 2017 IML QLD Not for Profit Leader of the year, 2015 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year, and is celebrating his tenth year as a White Ribbon Ambassador. In 2003 Chris became the first man in Australia to run a Domestic Violence refuge and in 2009 officially founded SunnyKids, initially to break intergenerational cycles of Domestic Violence. Since that time SunnyKids has become a regional children’s charity working to ensure every child, individual and family on the Sunshine Coast that needs help can get it. In 2018 SunnyKids provided over 16,000 hours of support to vulnerable kids and families with 60% of cases involving domestic violence which remains the number one issue faced by SunnyKids service users.



9 Florey Boulevard, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 4575, Australia