Tasneem’s Blog

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From North Korea to Wakanda and everything in between

Tonight I featured on ABC Melbourne's, News Therapy with Drive host, Raphael Epstein and The Saturday Paper's Editor, Erik Jenson.  Critiquing the week in review, we traversed issues from the humanitarian disaster of the Rohingan genocide, testing trepidation in North Korea, when Kenya is Wakanda (because: "Africa", thank you British Airways), PM word slights on flights, SSM and postal vote return rate predictions , 'Detour' biography of 'You Am I's' Tim Rogers and the sensational [...]

2017-09-08T09:48:44+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

A Knight for Storytelling Royalty

Enjoyed some scintillating banter tonight  with screenwriter legend, Andrew Knight, as we fielded audience questions post a screening of 'Ali's Wedding' at @palacewestgarth.   Andrew spoke to his experience working on the film, his motivations and hopes, while I addressed why diversity in film representation matters in ways that are unapologetic and human. The relatability of this film to many, was noted as was the scope for this genre of art to challenge misconceptions.   Andrew's insight [...]

2017-09-05T06:09:30+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

Write from the Start

Last Thursday I was thrilled to speak at the Kilvington Grammar Writers Festival Awards ceremony. Recipients from junior, middle and upper secondary were recognised for their written contributions to the theme of 'Courage'. I took the opportunity to speak to the importance of self belief in a cookie cutter world, and moreover to the value of minority voices being respected in a climate bent on parading them instead of hearing them.   Congratulations to all the [...]

2017-09-04T07:25:01+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

Thanking Career Heroes for Everyday Excellence

Happy 'Thank-A-Paramedic-Day' to these @ambulancevic Career Heroes who save lives every damn day. For your compassion, professionalism and dedication to your craft - all of us here in Victoria, offer you a heartfelt thanks. At Essendon airfield AV site we celebrated in style with three families- all of whom had experienced life saving service from Paramedics in the past year, and wanted to show their appreciation.  These thankful recipients included twins Wilbur & Colby who [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:18+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

A Film Festivus for the Rest of Us

Good times at opening night of the #ArabFilmFestival , screening the Lebanese film, 'Mahbas'- a hilarious rom-com parodying a cross cultural wedding of characteristic high drama and family quirks.   Congratulations Festival Director, Fadia Abboud, your team and the wonderful  sponsors including CAAR and Abu Dhabi Tourism &Culture for bringing this fabulous festival to town. Every year these films arrive to rapturous audiences who devour the humour, pathos and idiosyncrasies of these stories. Last night [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:18+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Why Leadership Culture requires Cultural Leaders 

Completed a presentation on Diversity in Leadership for the Maurice Blackburn Annual Leaders Meeting this morning. Robust and rigorous conversation ensued around issues of equality, minority representation and the business & moral imperative of recognising our diverse communities as an asset. There's clearly major breadth in this subject, which I'm pleased to see is gaining traction from MB - already leaders in various initiatives, now aiming for even more substantive measures.  Congrats to all involved in [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:18+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Diverse Leaders: Learning, Leaning & Leaping in Bounds

Presented a keynote this perfect Melbourne winter morning at the Young Sri Lankan Professionals Network- to the topic 'Diversity & Inclusion'. I shared both personal and professional perspectives on how and why progress in this sphere matters, as a POC in 2017.  The aptitude of this young and visionary cohort was so encouraging. Their interest, uptake and passion to support one another towards a more success future is to be commended. Kudos to YSLP President, [...]

2017-09-20T13:58:11+00:00 August 20th, 2017|

When Burqas & Whistles are all you got…

Following Sen Pauline Hanson's stunt to appear in Parliament in a burqa today: As an Australian, woman and Muslim I find Sen Hanson's desperate attempts to revisit her Islamophobic obsession bordering on psychotic.  I shared these views in numerous interviews.  How can an MP with diminished mental competence be allowed to hold public office? This level of hate and obsession is pathological. Her theatrics also suggest zero capacity to engage in ACTUAL policy issues.  Her [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:19+00:00 August 17th, 2017|

In My Words 

This is quite possibly one of the most robust and enjoyable interviews I've had.  Thank you to 'Her Words' for the opportunity to participate in this pivotal series on 'Online Trolling & Social Media'.   http://bit.ly/2vTW7oa NEW EPISODE LIVE! Tasneem Chopra is a cross-cultural consultant, author and activist. As a Muslim woman who grew up in Bendigo and now lives in Melbourne, she shares her story of challenging people’s assumptions, fighting against stereotypes and celebrating diversity [...]

2017-08-15T06:26:42+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

Campus Dining On Diversity

Tonight I spoke at the Monash Residential Services (MRS) Leadership dinner, to a group of 150 University students aged 18 - 22 years old who all live on campus and University staff. I addressed the need for culturally diverse perspectives in leadership, in order to arrive at outcomes representative of broader society.  The MRS service approximately 3,000 students across four of the University's five Victorian campuses. MRS prides itself on developing residential communities that are [...]

2017-09-13T12:32:56+00:00 August 13th, 2017|