Designed for men who want to become better managers and leaders.


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For too long, men have been left out of the diversity, equity and inclusion conversation and without their genuine engagement, progress will remain slow.

Many men want to be involved in this conversation – but they might not know where to start. Change Makers gives men the skills they need to become more effective leaders in the workplace.

The pay gaps of thousands of Australian businesses are now public

FW's own Lauren Beckman joined Communications Director Sally Spicer on the day the change went live to explain what it all means, how it works and what businesses who want to retain their best and brightest need to know.

Who's it for?

The course is designed for men who want to become better managers and leaders. Change Makers assists in their understanding of how a diverse and inclusive workplace can benefit them, the organisation in which they work and the teams they work in.

What is Change Makers?

  • Intensive, one or two-day live program delivered online, presented by expert facilitators and subject matter experts, including our presenting partners Marque Lawyers and Diversity Partners
  • Curated modules covering formal training on workplace laws around sexual harassment, practical topics like performance review bias, and tips for increasing your ability to be an inclusive and effective leader
  • Interactive exercises and active participation designed to guide participants to develop their own practical strategies for building more inclusive and productive workplaces
  • Regular break-out rooms and large group Q&A sessions for engaging (and sometimes difficult) conversations in a psychologically safe space

Need a different solution for your organisation?

The Change Makers course is available for private intakes from your organisation, with a minimum of 15 participants.

Private intakes can:

  • Be delivered as a one or two-day program or as a fast track half-day program
  • Include executive-level, middle-management or graduate employees
  • Include people of all genders
  • Be delivered in-person, virtually or through hybrid delivery options
  • Embed your organisation’s values and diversity, equity and  inclusion strategies throughout

Please get in touch at [email protected].

“The topics covered were extremely relevant, and were well-researched. The facilitators created a safe space for men to ask questions they would not normally feel comfortable asking in front of colleagues or friends, and the facilitators were very honest with their answers.”



Why does your organisation need to be involved?

Investing in diversity and inclusion in your workplace is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.

A focus on increasing equality in the workplace:

  • Increases staff engagement and retention: Turnover can cost up to 200% of an employee’s salary. Annually, the Australian economy loses $385 million in avoidable recruitment costs.
  • Increases productivity: Psychologically safe organisations outperform their peers across performance and productivity metrics.
  • Increases profitability and reduces risks:
    • Greater gender diversity of top-tier managers add 6.6% in market value to ASX companies.*
    • Companies with gender diverse executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform their counterparts on profitability.**
    • The presence of just one more woman on a corporate board reduces financial, legal and human resourcing risks.***

* Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
**McKinsey & Company
***International Monetary Fund


Who is the team behind Change Makers?

The FW team has worked in consultation with business leaders, government heads of department, human resources professionals, and the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins to create a course that will result in real change. The course has been developed by:


Ruby Leahy Gatfield is FW's Head of Research and Insights. She is a highly respected researcher, evaluator, and facilitator, with a passion for driving gender equality through research and evidence.

Previously, Ruby was a senior adviser at the federal Workplace Gender Equality Agency, building on a career in public policy consulting.


Wes Rogers is the Head of Workplace Relations and Discrimination at Marque Lawyers. Wes is an expert in employment contracts, terminations, litigation and workplace investigations, and delivers the ‘Gendered harassment in the workplace’ module.


Dr Katie Spearritt is CEO and Founder of Diversity Partners, a highly respected professional services firm providing consulting advice to organisations on diversity, flexibility, and inclusive leadership in Australia and Asia.


Jamila Rizvi is FW's Deputy Managing Director. She is also a best-selling author, opinion columnist, podcast host and gender equality advocate.

Previously, Jamila advised the Rudd and Gillard Governments on gender equality, early childhood education, media and employment participation.

"I think it was a great idea to do a male only program, to gain perspectives and reflections across broad group of men from different industries. We all want gender equality."



  • The cost is $995 per participant, excluding GST, and places are limited.
  • If you would like to register a group for your organisation, please email [email protected]
  • If you would like to register an individual, please join the program here.

Active Learning Methodology

Want to learn more about FW's approach to online learning? Read about our Active Learning Methodology.


Placements purchased in the Change Makers program are non-refundable, but can either be transferred to a future course date or transferred to another participant from the same organisation with a notice period of 48 hours before the program commences.


I wanted to say thank you for an inspiring few days. [They] were fantastic facilitators, creating a very safe and welcoming environment from the outset which enabled the group to maximise the opportunity we were afforded.”



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