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Flexible work: shifting sentiments to create cultural change

  • Cardno North Tower, Level 11, 515 Saint Pauls Terrace Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006 Australia (map)

Flexible working is increasingly becoming common place in many Australian organisations. However, structural enablers like policies and processes fail to shift the mindsets of some more traditional leaders in supporting flexible work.

At this event we’ll hear from a panel of experienced practitioners on what’s worked in organisations to create a cultural shift in supportive of flexible work.

Our speakers 

Lauren Milsted
Acting Director Change Management, Department of Environment and Science 

With local and international experience in both Human Resources and Corporate Services, Lauren is an accomplished leader, coach and trusted executive partner. She is passionate about building innovative and high performance workplaces using inclusion and diversity as levers. 

At present Lauren is leading an organisational change program, Designing DES, at the Department of Environment and Science. Using Human Centred Design approaches, the program seeks to transform four agencies into one with a focus on aligning people and resources to priorities and a growth mindset culture. 

Key achievements include the introduction of Queensland Public Sector's flexible work framework, Flexible by Design and piloting a new online talent mobility platform, Talent Now. Lauren has developed talent acquisition and leadership initiatives for the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care and delivered the people change elements of the transformational WorkSmart program at Westminster City Council in London. 

As a private consultant Lauren provides coaching and advice on human resource strategy and development as well as progressing a social conversation about mental load, gender equity, diversity and inclusion.


Michelle Elvy
Head of Integrated Operations, BHP 

Michelle possesses 20 years of professional and management experience, predominantly in the mining, resources and construction. Michelle has worked at all levels of organisations - designing, constructing, commissioning, operating, and across multiple business models from Alliances, Public Private Partnerships, EPCM and Joint Ventures.

Michelle’s holistic and inclusive approach is a hallmark of her leadership. Her strength lies in deep technical competence, a broad knowledge and people skills. She has both the eye and passion for detail, while still maintaining the long term goal front of mind.

Michelle enjoys working in operations innovation, continuous improvement, corporate governance and risk management. Michelle can add value at the Board and executive level on: strategy development; audit & risk (committees); finance & cost modelling (AASB) and governance systems. Her unique blend of management and technical skills helps to drive strategy and business planning cycles in order to improve competitive positioning and improve efficiencies. She is an experienced strategic thinker, who can "paint" the pathway to value creation for an organisation.

Third panellist TBC 
Our third panellist will speak to their first experiences around navigating changing culture of flexible work and be announced shortly.

Places are limited - RSVP is essential by registering here.

Diversity Practitioners Association masterclass events are free and open to all change makers, with DPA members given the opportunity to register first. To learn about the other benefits of becoming DPA member or to sign up online, click here.

The DPA supports the continued development and connection of members on parental leave and working part time while caring for small children - this event will be child friendly.

DPA is proud to be hosted by our Gold Sponsor, Cardno, for this masterclass event.