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Episode 194: Nareen Young explains what Australian boards get wrong about diversity and Indigenous governance

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Today on the Take on Board podcast I’m speaking with Nareen Young about whether Australia’s boards reflect its makeup (spoiler alert – no!) and how can you meld Indigenous governance with mainstream governance?

Professor Nareen Young is on the boards of BlakDance, Per Capita, Evolve Housing and has previously been on the boards of Souths Cares, and Diversity Arts Australia, Indigenous Business Australia. She is also on the Indigenous Advisory group of National Australia Bank and the Aboriginal Advisory group of Insurance Australia Group

She is one of Australia’s leading and most respected workplace diversity practitioners and thinkers. Influenced by her Indigenous and culturally diverse heritages, Nareen has made a major contribution to awareness and understanding of diversity in Australian business and workplaces and in the wider community.

Prior to her work in diversity employment, Nareen was a Trade Union official and has led two influential and successful diversity peak bodies, the Diversity Council Australia and the NSW Working Women’s Centre.

Nareen has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her work, including the inaugural AFR 100 Women of Influence honour for Diversity, receiving the top honour in that category in 2012. In the same year, she was named by prominent news and lifestyle website Daily Life as one of the 20 most influential female voices in Australia. Nareen has presented her research nationally and internationally, and is a published researcher. She is also a regular contributor to the public debate about diversity, writing for and speaking to the media.

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