For article #100 of Echo Chamber Escape, experts and community leaders were asked: What can we as a society be doing to eradicate racism in our communities?
Alissa Musto has experienced first-hand the impacts of changes across both the entertainment and cruise liner industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, Alissa shares how she started her career in entertainment, and how she is managing the changes due to the current pandemic.
Ableism – or discrimination against people with disabilities – has had detrimental impacts on immigration policies and immigrants, suicide rates among people with disabilities, and social acceptance and stigmatisation by society. Unfortunately, many have seen ableism have an accelerated impact during the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, Encalada shares his views on how research can make a difference, how research has failed to help in the past, and the importance of involving people with disabilities in research programs as researchers.
Following a teenage crush on Mulder in the X-Files, Jo started acting at 15 years old. While building this career and acting alongside the likes of Heath Ledger, Jo undertook a degree in education and became a primary school teacher. As well as juggling these two career streams, Jo has become a social media influencer, mummy blogger, and of course also manages her most important job of all – being a mum. In this interview, Jo shares how she multitasks and manages her various skills, and her view on what you really can have it all.
Hayden McEvoy was diagnosed with ADHD in Year 1 and has since thrived at school and gone on to start his own successful tutoring company. He believes in the importance of a student’s environment, rather than their ADHD diagnosis, when determining their potential. In this interview, Hayden shares his own journey through the education system, and why he developed a bespoke teaching model to bring out the best in every student.
Nikki Hamilton started her own marketing consultancy, Seedling Digital, under a year ago with no formal qualifications yet is succeeding beyond all her expectations. With a baby just over one, a commitment to constant learning, and a dedication to building beautiful brands with meaning, Nikki is a driven leader and passionate about helping businesses grow and thrive.
Natasha Ritz has owned three businesses, as well as held various senior marketing and brand roles, including Brand Lead for LUSH ANZ. She currently runs two businesses – an online retail business called ARNAonline, and a consulting service. In this interview, Natasha shares the story behind the scenes, where she enrolled and quickly dropped out of university, managed a team of five from the age of 18, ignited a passion for women empowerment and has used her 15 years of work experience as a 29-year old in the world of business.
Shain Neumeier is an attorney and activist, a proud member of the disability and LGBTQ+ communities, and a passionate advocate for disability justice. In this interview, they share why disability justice is worth fighting for, the challenges society needs to overcome to achieve disability justice, and the importance of not mistaking disability justice for disability rights and ensuring it leads to fundamental changes across society.
It’s easy to assume that corporate success can only be achieved by people with university qualifications and strong academic performances. But Kelly Van Nelson, Managing Director of Adecco Australia, is proof that this isn’t true, and that resilience can play a much bigger and more effective role in generating career success.
While many startups and entrepreneurs are tackling changed market conditions due to COVID-19, startup leadership is being tested. In this interview, serial entrepreneur, Stacey Fisher, shares how she is managing the market downturn while pivoting her business and forging ahead with international expansion plans.
Lydia X. Z. Brown is a renowned disability justice advocate, organiser, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer. They believe in the need for communities, governments, and individuals to re-assess the way “power over” or “power against” certain groups of people, including people with disabilities, is gained and sustained. Their work and experiences with disability justice urge people to consider ableism – discrimination against people with disabilities – as more than a disability rights issue.
Lisa Mitrov has been a makeup artist for a decade and is frustrated with seeing the same challenges over and over again – limited options for people of colour, stereotyped products based on gender, and stigmas influencing who should and shouldn’t use makeup. In 2020, Lisa believes makeup should be gender neutral, and it’s time the industry caught up with where society wants it to be.
Rupanty Akid is an actress performing on screen in both Australia and Bangladesh, and has experienced first-hand how the industry prioritises people of certain ‘looks’. In this interview, she shares how those experiences have shaped her perspective and approach to working in the industry, as well as how she’s seen the power of audience demand in being able to spark change on issues like representation and diversity.
Yasmin Poole is passionate about being and empowering the voice of Gen Z to be heard in parliament. In this interview, she shares why age diversity at the leadership level matters, and how governments and societies can benefit from involving young people in policy development.
Valentin Zhmodikov moved to Australia from Russia in 2014, with a passion for photography that has evolved since childhood. In this interview, he shares where that passion came from, and how it drives what photography he does and doesn’t do today.