Our Team

We're a team of experienced professionals specialising in leadership development, diversity, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias training, and flexibility. 

Passion, integrity, collaboration and focus drives us to not only deliver, but to excel - with clients, for clients. Together, our team brings substantial expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion policy and practice, so our client organisations achieve the behavioural 'soft wiring' and policy 'hard wiring' required for success.

 

Dr Katie Spearritt

Katie is the CEO and Founder of Diversity Partners and is passionate about making workplaces more inclusive and productive for everyone - not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because it's good for business.

Katie has 20+ years of experience working within Australian and globally listed companies. She now oversees hundreds of client engagements and programs undertaken by the Diversity Partners team each year.

Before founding Diversity Partners, Katie was Head of Diversity for Hewlett Packard for Asia Pacific and Japan, and held senior Diversity & Culture positions with Coles Myer and NAB. She was also a member of BP's global diversity and inclusion academy.

Katie holds a PhD in Business & Economics (Equity & Diversity) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (First-Class Honours) from the University of Queensland. She was a Board Member of the Mental Health Council of Australia from 2008 to 2011.

 

Duncan Smith

Duncan has been advising and consulting to organisations on diversity and inclusion for more than 25 years in the United States, Western Europe, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region. Duncan is known for his ability to link diversity and inclusion initiatives with core business and leadership issues and has worked with hundreds of firms in banking and finance, IT, legal, mining, oil and gas, and professional services industries.

A native of Boston (USA), Duncan is an expert panellist on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (latest edition 2016).

 
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Dr Sandy Caspi Sable

Sandy has more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, communication, mediation, negotiation and conflict management, as well as being an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator in unconscious bias and inclusive leadership practices.

Sandy has delivered flexible work and unconscious bias programs to industry leaders in many sectors, including mining and resources, professional services, and commercial property development.

Sandy was a member of the original working group for Melbourne Business School’s Gender Equity Project, and is a respected public speaker on the topics of gender equity and inclusive leadership.

 

Anna Carter

Anna has more than 20 years experience working in HR, with most of her career focussed in diversity related roles in large Australian companies such as Coles and National Australia Bank. Anna is passionate about helping organisations move towards inclusive cultures – where all individuals can reach their full potential.

Anna's expertise is in diversity and inclusion policy development, strategy development, governance, and metrics. She has managed large-scale diagnostics and strategic implementation for several leading organisations. Anna has worked across all areas of diversity, contributing to award-winning mature-aged programs, leading disability initiatives, and gender equity efforts.

 
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Dr Tom Verghese 

Tom facilitates cultural awareness programs and provides strategy guidance to improve cross-cultural relationships and business performance. He has delivered unconscious bias programs to some of Diversity Partners' largest clients. 

Tom has more than 20 years’ experience working with people from a range of cultures and has presented in many countries around the world. Tom is of Indian origin and was born and raised in multi-ethnic Malaysia.

 

Leith Mitchell

Leith has led diversity diagnostics and developed best-practice strategies for numerous firms in Australia. She also facilitates our inclusive leadership and flexibility programs. Prior to joining Diversity Partners, Leith managed global diversity initiatives focused on gender and people with disability for IBM, and major transformational change initiatives as a human capital management consultant during a 16 year career in Asia Pacific, UK, growth market and global roles with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Leith is a passionate champion of flexible work practices and a member of the Australia Anywhere Working Research Network. She has also held national and international roles as a speaker, writer and judge.

 
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Lisa Williams

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in individual and group coaching, people management, and gender equity initiatives. She helps leaders to identify and strengthen behaviours that support inclusive decision-making and diversity progress in the workplace.

Lisa is a highly-regarded business leader and has worked across Operations and Human Resources roles for Australian and international firms. She has worked with a number of businesses to help achieve gender equity and inclusion, focusing on improving the representation of women in recruitment and talent pools.

Lisa is a Mentor in the Women in Banking and Finance Program, and a volunteer Mentor working with women experiencing disadvantage to find and sustain employment.

 
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Grazia Pecoraro

Grazia has specialist skills in delivering diversity programs and communicating with impact. She spent more than five years embedding diversity strategy and initiatives in Westpac, with various recognised as leading practice through the Australian Human Rights Awards, AHRI Awards and Government Disability Awards. 

Her practical experience in delivering diversity programs and running outcomes-focused employee networks that create real business outcomes in large business, are combined with 15+ years in international public relations and communications consulting for some of the world’s most iconic technology brands.