Work With Purpose

Monday July 3, 2023

Cultural responsiveness and why it matters with Lisa Conway

Each year during NAIDOC week, everyone in Australia is invited to join in celebrating the rich history, culture, and achievements of First Nations peoples. While more and more Australians recognise the crucial role that First Nations peoples play in caring for the country and making it a place we can all enjoy and love living in, First Nations peoples still face significant adversity in their everyday lives. This adversity can make it more challenging for them to attain higher education or secure senior executive positions.

On this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by Lisa Conway, who is national manager, People Division at Services Australia, and a Sir Roland Wilson Pat Turner scholar. A Yorta Yorta woman who overcame great adversity in her life, Lisa shares her personal journey and her commitment to making a difference for people. Lisa emphasises the importance of cultural responsiveness, self-reflection, and learning from First Nations communities to create a diverse and inclusive society where everyone feels represented and supported.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Using cultural responsiveness to understand your own culture to better serve people from other cultures
  • The importance of diversity in workforces and representation in society
  • Overcoming adversity and pursuing leadership roles.



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