Building a More Inclusive Organisation | with Telstra’s Alex Badenoch

Building organisational diversity

Australia-UK Chamber Women’s Event:
Building a More Inclusive Organisation

in conversation with Alex Badenoch, Group Executive Human Resources, Telstra

The studies are in – there’s an increasing recognition that company diversity matters, not just as a ‘nice to have’ but to drive a stronger bottom line*. But diversity and inclusion don’t just happen, they need to be built.

Join us to hear from Alex Badenoch, Group Executive Human Resources for Telstra, who leads the workforce design, planning and culture for more than 36,000 employees at Australia’s largest telecommunications company. Alex will share Telstra’s transformation journey and speak about their six-point plan for building gender diversity through:

  • Driving a 50/50 recruitment initiative
  • Creating a flexible workplace environment
  • Closing the gender pay gap and ensuring equal reward
  • Supporting women to build strong cross-organisational networks
  • Ensuring senior sponsorship for the diversity agenda including male champions
  • Setting targets and measuring success

Alex will then be joined by Melissa Brown, Head of Marketing for Telstra, for an interactive conversation on building inclusion and diversity.

Networking to follow formalities.

*’Diversity Matters’, a research report by McKinsey, February 2015



Alex Badenoch, Group Executive Human Resources, Telstra

In August 2016, Alexandra Badenoch re-joined Telstra to take up the role of Group Executive Human Resources. She oversees the HR function which provides strategic advice and support to the business in the areas of Organisational Development and Performance, Talent, Recruitment, Remuneration and Rewards, HR Systems, and Workplace Relations.

Alex brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce. Known for her change management skills and ability to deliver strong commercial outcomes, Alex has designed and implemented key initiatives to drive successful change across multiple organisations, including Novell Inc. and Coles Myer.

Melissa Brown, Head of Marketing, Telstra

Melissa Brown is Head of Marketing for Telstra’s international operation within the Global Enterprise & Services division based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for overseeing the marketing strategy development and implementation across Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. Since joining Telstra in 2008, Melissa has also fulfilled the role of Head of Marketing in Europe. Prior to joining Telstra, Melissa held the position of Director at Australian Business, an organisation formed as a result of a merger between the UK operations of the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCC) and Australian Business in Europe (ABIE). She remained on the Board until December of 2011.

Melissa has also worked in a number of management roles at companies including Australian Associated Press, Continental Airlines and Thomas Cook.


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