December 2021 | Sydney

Changing the Ratio ...

Belonging: it starts with you

The business case for diversity has well and truly been made. For the media and marketing industry, we know ads that reflect the world we live in produce better business results. But the question is no longer why… it’s how. B&T believes it’s because realism cultivates a sense of belonging. And, belonging is not just a way to drive inclusivity in our industry, it’s how we propel society forward.

B&T Changing the Ratio brings the Australian industry together to overcome biases (gender, cultural, age, disability and more), and discuss how we can create a more effective and innovative communications industry by reminding and showing individuals they belong.

New event format 2021

This year, we’ll be hosting a series of breakfast events, as well as sharing exciting content on B&T.

At each event, we will be focusing on a different pillar of diversity and inclusion, exploring topics like gender, disability and ethnicity with some of the brightest stars of our industry.

The events are also free, giving everyone the chance to come and learn from the game-changers who are leading the way.

Our first breakfast will focus on Indigenous employment and retention, creating products that centre people with disabilities, and the importance of spotlighting cultural diversity in Adland.

It will take place on Tuesday 7th December at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney. For anyone who can’t make it in person, we will also be recording the sessions and sharing them on the B&T website after the event.

Tickets are very limited so register today to join our movement and ensure you don’t miss out on an incredible morning.

2021 Speakers .

Check out the fabulous line up of speakers bringing you practical tools, case studies and things to do right now to drive diversity.

Co Founder, Western Sydney Ad School

Co Founder, Western Sydney Ad School

Chief People Officer, OMD Australia

Executive Producer, FINCH

Group Account Director, Cummins&Partners

News Presenter, 10 News First and Studio 10

Senior Legal Counsel, 10 ViacomCBS

Researcher & News Producer, 10 News First

Co Founder, Tiddas 4 Tiddas

Executive Creative Director, M&C Saatchi Sydney

Group Creative Director, BMF

Director, Quip Brands

CEO & Founder, WeFlex

Creative Partner, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder

Session Recordings .

Missed the first breakfast? You can watch the sessions here.

Welcome Address + Marlee Silva: How Adland Can Ensure Indigenous Australians Thrive, sponsored by OMD.

Keeva Stratton, Tommy Trout and Jackson Trout: Overcoming the Invisibility of Disability, sponsored by Quip Brand

Ant Melder, Avish Gordhan and Pia Chaudhuri: Only One In The Room, sponsored by Adrenalin

Meet your fellow change makers.

Network .

Network with c-suite attendees from major brands and businesses who are supporting this movement.

Sponsors .

Thanking our amazing sponsors.

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Advisory Committee .

Thanks to our advisory committee members for your thought and leadership in championing diversity and inclusion in our industry.

Ant Melder – Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder
Anthony Xydis – Australian Radio Network
Ben Welsh – DDB Sydney
Bernie Johnson – Adrenalin
Cat Bowe – Facebook

Charmaine Moldrich – Outdoor Media Association
Claire West – Westpac
Jocelin Abbey – ABC

Martin Cowie – OMD
Rob Draper – IVE Group
Tom Stevenson – WPP AUNZ
Vanessa Nicol – CHE Proximity

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Be a part of the movement

Ticket Options .

Purchase your tickets today - limited capacity.

Early Bird

$ 499
  • Includes access to all sessions
  • Meals and drinks included
  • Network with attendees and speakers
  • Available until 10th April 2020

Full price

$ 599
  • Includes access to all sessions
  • Meals and drinks included
  • Network with attendees and speakers
  • Available from 11th April 2020

Sole trader?

$ Offer
  • Please contact us as we will offer you a discounted ticket price.

Bring the team

$ 50 off
  • Buy 5 or more tickets and receive $50 off each ticket
  • Reward future leaders within your business
  • Discount is automatically applied
Plan your day

Schedule .

With a range of keynotes, industry panel discussions and short stories, plus plenty of opportunities to network.
8.15 - 10.50am

Morning Sessions

8.15 - 9am


9 - 9.20am

Open and Welcome by MC

9.20 - 10am

Opening Keynote

10 - 10.20am

Keynote: Removing the stigma around mental health, one story at a time.

Mitch Wallis, Founder – Heart On My Sleeve

10.20 - 10.50am

Morning Tea – networking break

10.50am - 1.35pm

Mid-morning Sessions

10.50 - 11.30am

Panel discussion

11.30am - 12.15pm

Short stories – Redefining stereotypes

  • Jo Stone, Founder, Stone Fusion
  • Sarah Liu, Founder and Director, The Dream Collective
  • Marlee Silva, Co-founder, Tiddas 4 Tiddas

12.15 - 12.35pm

Keynote: Mental disability focus – self-advocacy and ablesplaining

Siobhán Foley, Accenture

12.35 - 1.35pm


1.35 - 3.50pm

Afternoon Sessions

1.35 - 2.15pm


2.15 - 2.35pm

Keynote: Wesley Enoch AM, Artistic Director, Sydney Festival

2.35 - 3.20pm

Short stories: Radical ways to work

  • Kath Blackham, Founder & CEO, VERSA: The 4 day working week
  • Dr Catherine Rickwood, Founder & CEO, Three Sisters Group: Never retiring

3.20 - 3.50pm

Afternoon Tea – networking break

3.50 - 6.30pm

Late Sessions

3.50 - 4.10pm

Keynote: Rebuilding lives and identities of refugees.

Betina Szkudlarek, University of Sydney, in conversation with Chantal Mousad, Commonwealth Bank

4.10 - 4.50pm

CMOs Panel – The Clients’ Perspective

  • Gemma Hunter – GM Marketing, Myer
  • Josh Grace – CMO, Samsung
  • Michael Laxton – GM, Brand, Digital & Design, Coles

4.50 - 5.30pm

Closing International Keynote

Sandipan Bhattacharyya, Chief Creative Officer, Grey India


Closing Remarks

5.35 - 6.30pm

Cocktail party

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John Broome - CEO, AANA