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On the Table: Women and Diversity at Work [Selling Fast]


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Over a long lunch at the Sofitel, join a panel including Tasneem Chopra, Tishya Desai, Kamila Shamsie and host Jamila Rizvi for an informative and much-needed conversation shining a light on the stories, challenges and successes of women of colour in professional life.


Modern Australian women face complex challenges at work irrespective of their chosen field. For women of colour, these challenges are amplified by intersecting issues of inequality and discrimination.

Coming together for Spring Fling, a panel of women of colour share their professional experiences and personal perspectives for an informative and necessary exploration of taking and holding space in the workplace.

Tasneem Chopra is an experienced cross-cultural consultant who addresses leadership, cultural competence and intersectionality across private and public spheres. Tishya Desai is a program and learning designer, currently managing Future Women’s webinar series supporting Australian women to upskill and build their confidence in the workplace. British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has won awards and global acclaim for novels that centre ambitious, complex women of colour, including Home Fire and her more recent work, Best of Friends.

In an intimate lunchtime setting at Melbourne’s iconic Sofitel on Collins, this panel hosted by journalist and Deputy Managing Director of Future Women Jamila Rizvi offers the opportunity to listen to and learn from a breadth of stories, challenges and successes of women of colour in professional life.

Please note Nyadol Nyuon will no longer be appearing at this event.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre.

Supported by Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and Future Women



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Accessible toilets available

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About Spring Fling

Celebrating our return to the stage and the rejuvenation of the arts and culture communities, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of events with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.

Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

Spring Fling 2022


Tasneem Chopra

A cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts and community sectors. For her efforts she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Au... Read more

Tishya Desai

Tishya Desai is a program and learning designer with a passion for using education as a tool for good. Tishya has previously worked with social enterprises and newly arrived migrants and refugees in Australia and she currently manages Future Women’s webinar series supporting Australian women t... Read more

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of eight novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages, including Burnt Shadows and A God in Every Stone. Her previous novel Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Australian Book Indust... Read more

Jamila Rizvi

Jamila Rizvi is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert, best-selling author, and sought-after public speaker. She is Deputy Managing Director of Future Women, an organisation that helps women who face barriers to employment return to work and advises employers on gender equality. Jamila is an aut... Read more


Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, West Tower Suite

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (West Tower Suite), 25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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