Appointment expands opportunities to drive diversity progress

Diversity Partners is delighted to welcome Kathy Finckh to our consulting team.

Kathy is a highly-regarded diversity and inclusion expert with significant experience in developing and implementing innovative strategies that engage senior leaders and employees.

Based in Sydney, Kathy provides strategic support and facilitates leadership capability workshops to accelerate diversity progress for our clients.

Before her appointment as a Senior Associate with Diversity Partners, Kathy led the diversity strategy for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in her role as Executive Manager, Diversity & Inclusion.

Kathy’s work for the advancement of women won the CBA global recognition through the prestigious Catalyst Award and, in Australia, the Employer of Choice for Women citation awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Under her strategic guidance, the representation of women in senior leadership in the CBA increased by nearly ten per cent, and more than 4,000 senior leaders were involved in strategies to sponsor and champion the bank’s diversity and inclusion goals.

Kathy also developed the bank’s diversity and inclusion communication plan, underpinned by the banner ‘You can be You’, that adopted multiple approaches to engage 50,000 employees.

Kathy has a strong knowledge of contemporary diversity and inclusion issues that include the advancement of women, LGBTI, age/generation, cultural inclusion, ability/disability and flexibility/workforce of the future.

A regular keynote speaker, Kathy has presented at forums for the Australian Human Resource Institute and Committee for the Economic Development, among many others. She held a variety of consulting and facilitation roles before joining the Commonwealth Bank.

Kathy’s appointment further expands Diversity Partners’ national delivery capability, enabling us to support more organisations with diversity initiatives. Since the beginning of this year, we have been engaged by more than 35 clients around Australia and overseas on a range of assignments, including:

  • Developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Facilitating Inclusive Leadership programs
  • Refreshing talent management processes to reduce unconscious bias
  • Providing D & I leadership coaching and mentoring.

Combining a passion for more inclusive, gender-balanced, and culturally diverse workforces with robust frameworks and commercial nous, Diversity Partners is one of Australia’s leading diversity specialist consultancies and we are delighted to increase our capacity with Kathy’s appointment.