Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre

Kate Jenkins

Photo of Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human rights Commissioner

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human rights Commissioner

Kate brings 20 yaers’ experience as a lawyer and prior to this role was the lead partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian discrimination, equal opportunity and training practice. Kate has worked in many areas of law, with a focus on workplace relations and assisting employers to create fair and diverse workplaces. Kate held leadership roles in the firm’s diversity program, pro bono legal services and recruitment team.

Kate is the Vice President of the Board of Berry Street Victoria – the state’s largest independent child and family welfare organisation. She is also a member of the Board of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kate holds honours degrees in Law and Arts.


Captains of change: Q&A with Commissioners, Public Advocate and Senior Practitioner

Monday 4th August, 2014: 3:30am - 5:00am

This conversation, moderated by Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, challenges thinking on ways to influence change. Panellists are asked about the way they advocate for change and how they use their positions of authority to safeguard the rights of people with a disability. How does this help advocates in their work? And what do they see as the hot topics?