Improving the diversity of our organisations and exploring opportunities to implement behaviourally-informed interventions to overcome biases is a hot topic in both private and public sector organisations. Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, opened this session with a keynote address discussing the latest research conducted by his office exploring the key diversity-related challenges facing the leaders of tomorrow. Andrea Willis then facilitated a discussion with a panel of representatives from the international behavioural insights community on how behavioral insights can help.
Facilitator: Andrea Willis
Andrea Willis is currently a Senior Advisor with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA). Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and management and has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian Federal Government. Prior to joining BETA, Andrea worked for the Department of Communications & the Arts, Austrade, and various private sector organisations including Yahoo!.
Karen Gonsalkorale is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Karen holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and a PhD in social psychology, both from the University of New South Wales.
Kate Glazebrook is CEO and co-founder of Applied, the Behavioural Insights Team’s first tech venture. Applied is a web platform that uses the best behavioural research to help organisations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. Put simply, we aim to make hiring smart, fair, and easy. We also care about being able to prove impact, so we publish the results of our experiments and research that inform our product design.
Michael Luca is the Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a member of the academic advisory board for the Behavioural Insights Team. At Harvard, Professor Luca teaches a course on applying behavioural insights within organisations and a course on running experiments within organisations.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, patriotism and national identity has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.