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Social Commentary – the good, the bad & the ugly

You might be surprised to find that the movie “Avatar”, the novel Animal Farm, and the song “Born in the USA” all have something in common. Each of these works is an example of art used to make social commentary.

But what is social commentary?  As the term suggests, it is comment on society, and not just a comment, but often a criticism.  Current social commentary topics relate to marriage equality, gender equality, globalisation, education, technology, health, immigration, role modelling….. and the list goes on.

Join us for a Panel discussion that poses the following questions: what is corporate social responsibility, why should companies care, positions companies take around social commentary – do they have a right?

Panel Members

LWIB panel member for June - Mindy LeowMindy Leow is the Community Builder at B Lab Australia & New Zealand, the not-for-profit organisation behind B Corp certification. At B Lab, Mindy is building a community of purpose-driven companies to redefine success in business and use business as a force for good. B Lab’s vision is a world where companies compete to be not just best in the world, but best ‘for’ the world. 
In a past life, Mindy was a corporate refugee working in the media and advertising industries in the US.  Her search for purpose led her to the social enterprise sector in Australia, where she found the meeting of ‘profit and purpose’.  Mindy holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and Bachelor in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Athena Iliades speaking at LWIB June eventAthena Iliades is the Manager – People & Performance at DFP Recruitment, an organisation with a presence in Gippsland and nationally that provides temporary and permanent recruitment services. Athena has been instrumental in the development, implementation and continued enhancement of DFP’s social responsibility program that encompasses initiatives such as DFP Impact, DFP Health & Wellbeing Program and DFP becoming the first Australian labour hire agency to be certified as a Disability Confident Recruiter. In 2013, DFP was awarded the RCSA Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Athena provides leadership and advice in all matters pertaining to human resources including workplace safety. She is also responsible for implementing strategic people and organisation development projects and continuous improvement of DFP’s quality accreditation.

Athena has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry including senior management and operations roles. She has lived and worked overseas and holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree from La Trobe University.

Sara Rhodes-WardSara Rhodes-Ward, General Manager Community Services at Latrobe City Council.

Sara is responsible for Community Resilience, Community Development, Communications and Customer Relations, Aged and Disability and Family Services within the Latrobe City.



Our MC

LWIB panel member for June - Gerard CallinanGerard Callinan – A Gippslander for the last 18 years Gerard was previously manager of ABC Radio in Sale before working in communications with Gippsland Water. He now works independently as a communications consultant as well as a practicing Oral Historian. Never afraid to ask the awkward question, Gerard is looking forward to a robust and fun discussion at this event.



Event details

Date and time
Thursday 7 June 2018
11.30am to 2.00pm

Premiere Function Centre
Grey Street, Traralgon

Event cost
$50 per person, includes lunch

Thursday 1 June 2018


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