World Tour Equality Program

"Inequality, in all its forms – Gender, LGBTQ, Racial or otherwise – is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the Equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets."

– Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce


Our Commitment to the
Age of Equality

At Salesforce, we are working together with our whole Ohana – our employees, customers, partners, community organizations and the tech industry – to build a path forward to Equality for all. We are taking action across four key pillars: equal pay, equal opportunity, equal advancement and equal rights.

Achieving our vision of Equality for all is going to be a long journey, and ultimately, success will be reached through many steps along the way. The trail starts with transparency, education, inclusive dialogue, quick action, community building and an unbreakable commitment to making the world a better place.

As civil rights pioneer Congressman John Lewis says: "We must be headlights, not taillights," to address social injustices. Together, as one Salesforce Ohana, we will be headlights, and do our part to blaze the trail toward Equality for all.

We are committed to living and breathing this value in everything we do - including our events - and as such we have put a clear focus on Equality throughout Sydney World Tour 2017. We encourage you to join our equality sessions and learn how your business can embrace the Age of Equality.




Tony Prophet

Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce
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Deng Adut

Lawyer, Refugee Advocate and 2017 NSW Australian of the Year
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Professor Gillian Triggs

President, Australian Human Rights Commission
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Jack Manning Bancroft

CEO & Founder AIME
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Bridget Loudon

CEO, Expert360
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Marisa Warren

CEO, Chair & Founding Director, ELEVACAO Foundation
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Mel Russell

National Transitions Director, Soldier On
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John Gow

General Manager People & Culture, Vision Australia
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Justine Cullen

Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine Australia
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Sharon Carroll

Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at Australia Post
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Andrew Hoppe

CMO, Pinnacle Foundation
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Maree Burgess

Author, Coach and Mentor
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Diversity makes your business stronger: rethinking the candidate pool to build a truly diverse team

Time: 11.40 am - 12:20 pm

Speakers: Zoe Brissett, Marketing Specialist and Advisory Board Diversity Council NSW, John Gow, GM of People and Culture Vision Australia, Maree Burgess, Author The XX Project, Melissa Russell, Transitions Director Soldier On, moderated by Ana Recio, Senior Vice President Recruiting, Salesforce

A recent report by CEW & Male Champions of Change tears apart the old falsehood that businesses always hire ‘the best person for the job’. This session explores how you can expand your candidate pool by thinking differently about who is the best person for the jobs in your team/organisation and how you can go about creating a more diverse, productive and innovative business.

#girlboss: female leaders blazing a trail for the future of Australian business

Time: 2.15 pm - 2:55 pm

Speakers: Marisa Warren, CEO/Founder Elevacao, Bridget Loudon, CEO/Founder Expert360, Karen Stokes, Former MD Twitter Australia, Dr Catherine Ball, Innovator and Founder, moderated by Justine Cullen, Editor-in-Chief Elle Australia

The tide on female leadership in this country is shifting. We are seeing more women leading from the front, founding their own companies and inspiring a whole new generation of female talent. Join some of Australia's female leaders and founders as they share their unique experiences and what's top of mind in Australian business. This all-female panel discussion will cover a range of topics including customer experience in new world, businesses to watch, industry disruption, and key leadership qualities in our leaders of tomorrow.

Are we there yet? Are Australian organisations as inclusive as we think

Time: 3.25 pm - 4:05 pm

Speakers: Dr Jessica Kean, Scholarly Teaching Fellow, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies University of Sydney, Sharon Carroll, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at Australia Post and Andrew Hoppe, CMO, Pinnacle Foundation

Australia is falling behind the rest of the western world when it comes to LGBTQI rights. Now is the time for Australian organisations to lead the way when it comes to creating cultures of inclusivity and openess, where people don’t need to fit specific boxes. This session will explore what companies are doing this well and the actions you can take as a business looking to support its LGBTQI community and bring Australia into the ‘modern century’.

Australia and the Age of Equality

Time: 4:20 pm – 5:00 pm

Speakers: Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce

Inequality, in all its forms – Gender, LGBTQ, Racial or otherwise – is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets. Join Salesforce Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet and special guests to discuss how Australian organisations can become a powerful force in creating change and a more equal world for all of us.


Deng Adut, Lawyer, Refugee Advocate and 2017 NSW Australian of the Year

In 1987, six-year old Deng was taken away from his family's banana farm in South Sudan and conscripted into the Army. Between the ages of 10 to 13 he was seriously wounded three times before being smuggled out of the country with the help of his brother. The boys spent time in a United Nations Compound in Kenya where they befriended an Australian couple who sponsored them and brought them to Australia.

Deng and his brother arrived in 1998 and settled in Blacktown NSW. Deng worked at a local service station to learn English, enrolled at TAFE and completed his Advanced Diploma in Accounting before deciding to study law. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University and became the first person in his family to graduate with a law degree. He went on to complete a Masters of Law (Criminal Prosecutions) at the University of Wollongong in 2011 and is currently studying a Masters of Criminal Law at the University of New South Wales.


Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a former Governor of the College of Law.

Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.


Accessibility Requirements

Salesforce is committed to equality for all and as part of that commitment we want to make sure all members of our community can access the fantastic content and activities available at World Tour. If you head to the FAQ section of the website you will see all the accessibility features available at World Tour Sydney 2017. Should you have specific accessibility requirements please add them to the online registration form or email

Set the stage to inspire and engage.

Sydney | 21 March 2017.