The Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) has launched a series of videos of executives revealing their personal “lightbulb moment” which led to them understanding the issue of gender diversity. One video shows Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev talking about the impact of having parents who were holocaust survivors and how that gave him an early awareness of negative discrimination. Another has Westpac Australian Financial Services CEO Brian Hartzer discussing how having an African American as a roommate at boarding school made him realise the challenges others faced. For Origin Energy CEO Gordon Cairns, the lightbulb moment was when he was at Lion Nathan and Mckinsey released a study about the war for talent and he realised the firm was only recruiting from 50% of the gene pool. Finsia board director Victoria Weekes said “the diversity debate has missed one key ingredient until now — the personal stories of Australian business leaders about why diversity matters to them. Some solid practical messages come through that connect all in the finance industry and beyond on a business, intellectual and emotional level”, Weekes said.
(Discrimination Alert 444, 17 April 2014)