Leadership Outlook Series: Creating a Safe and Respectful Workplace – Illawarra



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29/03/2019 - 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

Stephanie Callanan
Manager | Workplace Program
White Ribbon Australia

Stephanie Callanan is experienced in organisational development and corporate partnerships and is passionate about achieving cultural change.

Stephanie has been the Manager | Workplace Program at White Ribbon Australia for over four years and is focused on workplace enrolment, program implementation and service delivery.  Stephanie has supported the growth of participating workplaces from 30 in 2012 to over 300 in 2019.

Stephanie presented alongside Rosie Batty for White Ribbon Day in 2018 and at the 2017 National Family & Domestic Violence Summit. Stephanie has facilitated workshops creating safer and more respectful workplaces that support equal participation of men and women.

Stephanie has worked in corporate partnership roles for fifteen years in Government, NFP and marketing agencies.  Stephanie is finalising a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research.



Bree Thomas
National Manager Human Resources for BlueScope Steel Products
Bree Thomas, National Manager Human Resources for BlueScope Flat Steel Products. Bree has over 13 years’ experience in human resources and employee relations in BlueScope Steel and Aurizon. Bree completed a Bachelor of Business (Honours) at the University of Newcastle and has since held various human resources and leadership roles in Manufacturing such as the Port Kembla Steelworks and customer facings businesses such as Lysaght, Orrcon Steel and most recently in BlueScope Flat Steel Products.

Bree has also gained international experience at North Star BlueScope Steel in Delta, Ohio in the USA. Bree is passionate about leading transformational change, attracting and retaining talent, developing people and leaders to be the best they can be and creating an inclusive environment and culture where everyone’s contribution is valued.




Chris Jones
General Manager, Peak Care Equipment

Chris Jones is the General Manager of Peak Care Equipment, Australia and New Zealand’s largest network of independently owned assistive technology suppliers. In 2017 Peak Care was recognised as one of the Westpac top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia & New Zealand, holds a postgraduate diploma in management and a bachelor’s degree in commerce.

Previously Chris has worked as a commercial banker with Westpac and ANZ Banks and operated his own business which implemented the highly successful Men’s Health Tune-up and Corporate Cholesterol Screen programs for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Chris is a current board member of ATSA (Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia) and the Illawarra Regional Advisory Committee of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.


Venue Phone: (02) 4222 3111

Venue Website:

151-161 Corrimal Street, Wollongong, New South Wales, 2500, Australia