CEO update | April 2021 | Focusing on diversity and inclusion, renewing your membership and more updates
How quickly has time has flown by? Would you believe that we are now nearly in May 2021? In 2020/2021 we have been working to provide more member value with online and real-world tools to keep you staying ahead. We launched Member Connect (and the mentoring programme), an online community where you can collaborate with other members to share your inputs, seek advice and grow your career and practice opportunities. On learning and development, we have expanded our online offerings and provided high quality and responsive professional development through webinars, workshops, conference, practice groups, role plays and masterclasses.
As we approach the 30th of June 2021, it will be membership renewal time. Whilst COVID-19 has changed the way the world interacts, does business and stays connected, we have learnt that being part of a community is now more important than ever before. With your renewal, we look forward to more exciting opportunities in the years ahead to support and enable your success, contribution, and recognition in the dispute resolution industry.
Last week I travelled to Perth for a member event, to meet members of the WA Committee and to meet various stakeholders in Perth. The event, generously hosted in person by Squire Patton Boggs (and by our fabulous Dixya online), was a great opportunity for me to meet WA-based members (which I wasn’t able to do before COVID-19) and to better understand the opportunities and challenges that our WA members face. I really enjoyed being able to talk and connect with members and it has given me a lot of information to bring back to the team so that we can continue to respond to member feedback and focus on the experiences of our members. I was thinking of our Perth members as I was arriving back in Sydney and I hope the short lockdown over the long weekend has not been too arduous.
Amber addressing the room at the Perth event
L-R: Deon Baddock, Amber Williams and John Fisher
Resolution Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
April was also when we held the inaugural meeting for the Resolution Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, where we discussed the different challenges our members and the dispute resolution community in general face, as well as our priorities for improving opportunities for diverse groups. Committee members come from diverse backgrounds themselves and are passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for dispute resolvers all across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. More information and highlights of our plan will be available soon, especially on our initial area of focus, as well as a virtual event to hear from various committee members. A zoom ‘photo’ of the inaugural meeting is below.
L-R, first row: Amber Williams, Donna Ross, Kym Roylance
L-R, second row: Cynthia Taurayi, Michelle Royal-Hebblewhite, Evatt Styles
L-R, third row: Sharin Ruba Khosa, Adwoa Abban, The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Conference – July 2021
As you know, our flagship conference will be held in Sydney between 15–16 July 2021. The programme continues to grow, showcasing expert speakers addressing all dispute resolution areas. I am excited about this event, as it is the first face-to-face conference in the region’s 2021 dispute resolution calendar, giving us the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in discussing how dispute resolvers will continue to play an important role for the community. In addition, the conference dinner on 15 July will be an opportunity to honour the Resolution Institute Award winners. The Board and I look forward to welcoming you to this must-attend event. To find out more and to register, please refer to the conference website.