Participants will reflect on how the workplace has been socially engineered in a way which has not previously upheld universal accessibility – and learn tips on how to champion this!  It will explore what authentic inclusion looks like beyond compliance and finally what inclusive leaders can do to recruit, retain and promote people living with disabilities.  

The workshop will enable you to understand the barriers faced by people living with disabilities and how to be an inclusive leadership to champion their inclusion and visibility. 

From this workshop you will gain strategies to help your staff become open about their impairment or health condition and their access needs. 

Key Takeaways

  • Adjust participant mindsets, reframe ‘disability means’ including understanding the medical vs social models of disability and how it relates to workplace practices and policies.  
  • Become inclusive leaders and agents for change in respect to disability inclusion.   
  • Learn insights into the lived experiences of people living and working with disabilities in Hong Kong.   
  • Engage others and understand how to champion disability inclusion in the workplace. 

Target Audience

  • Managers working in any function/level

Event Speakers

Janet Ledger

Chief Operating Officer at Community Business

The Chief Operating Officer as a member of the Executive Leadership team, contributes to the overall strategic direction and sustainability of Community Business as a not-for-profit organisation. Responsibilities include executive leadership of all operational functions including Change Management and HR, Finance, Legal and Compliance, Technology and Infrastructure.

Prior to joining Community Business Janet has built a successful career as a senior leader most recently with Telstra International in Hong Kong, covering a broad range of disciplines and functions including strategic business planning and performance, programme management and delivery, corporate governance, change management, organisational effectiveness and talent development. She also has experience in the Travel, Tourism, Training and Hospitality sectors. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Janet and her husband now call Hong Kong home.

Janet believes organisation is only as strong as its people. She has helped teams get where they want to be by working with people, opening channels of communication, developing and retaining the right talent and ensuring an inclusive environment where creativity and collaboration can thrive.

With over 35 years work experience Janet is continuing her learning by undergoing study towards a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences through Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a mentor with The Women’s Foundation Mentoring Program.

James Downes

Programme Manager, Employee Wellbeing & Disability at Community Business

Programme Manager, Employee Wellbeing & Disability, based in Hong Kong. James is responsible for managing our work on mental health, neurodiversity, disability & employee wellbeing. James has been an advocate for accessibility & universal design; he has published best practice toolkits and guidance on disability inclusion and managing intergenerational workforces. Prior to joining Community Business James was the Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisor for an International Law Firm in London managing Disability, Health & Wellbeing & LGBT agenda. Graduating from the University of London, Queen Mary James holds a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Economics & Social Change and is also accredited by the UK Institute of Leadership & Management in ‘Equality & Diversity Management’.