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QTA holds first Diversity in Transport event

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day this Friday, the Queensland Trucking Association held its first Diversity in Transport event today.  

After 12 years of events more specifically aimed at the contribution that women make to the road freight, transport, logistics and supply chain industries, the QTA has decided to broaden the scope of their annual celebration.  

Instead of their usual International Women’s Day Women in Transport and Logistics Breakfast, they held a Diversity in Transport Breakfast to reflect the “diverse range of businesses, occupations, and demographic” of people in the sector.  

The event, which took place at Hillstone St Lucia Golf Links in Brisbane, featured a panel discussion centred on the theme of “Inspire Inclusion”.  

Facilitated by Kirsten MacGregor, the panel covered topics including the meaning of diversity, why we employ people “like us”, improving the working environment for women, prejudice and bias. 

Trucking Woman of the Year Bronwen Howell (VE Group director), Drew Hipwood (IOR’s corporate affairs manager), Lisa Burquest (chief people officer, Virgin Australia) also took part in the panel.  

QTA Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mahon said, “We are proud to be recognised as a forward-thinking Association leading with new ideas that will encourage business to be more innovative and attract a wider talent pool to the industry

“The event continues to be well supported with tremendous support from sponsors and again with the event being oversubscribed, it’s a great indication that the event hits the mark with industry.” 

A Diversity in Transport breakfast will also be held in Townsville on August 21, 2024. 

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