Incremental change attempts to address barriers with small steps that promote gradual change over time. However, research consistently shows that the most successful and sustainable diversity interventions have one thing in common: a holistic, systems approach.

In this panel discussion, we brought together equity, diversity and inclusion innovators to discuss disruptive thinking and design, and explore how these concepts can be applied to break barriers, disrupt stereotypes and achieve systemic change.


  • Dan Bourchier (MC)
    TV and radio host at the ABC and Rabbit & Lion
  • Dr Kathomi Gatwiri
    Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University and President of the Australian Gender and Women Studies Association (AGWSA)
  • Troy Roderick
    Director of Strategic Initiatives & Insights and STEM Program Director at the Champions of Change Coalition
  • Christina Ryan
    CEO and founder of the Disability Leadership Institute
  • Professor Michelle Ryan
    Director, Global Institute of Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at The Australian National University (ANU)
  • Dr Raymond Trau
    Senior Lecturer, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University