Discover. Connect. Inspire
with guest speaker Katherine Johnstone - QLD General Manager, ALM
On Thursday, November 16, an inspiring Embrace Difference Queensland event took place at The Prince Consort in Brisbane. The event aimed to promote diversity and inclusion within the liquor industry and was attended by 50 representatives from various sectors of the industry.
The highlight of the evening was a keynote speech by Katherine Johnstone, Queensland General Manager for ALM (Australian Liquor Marketers). With her extensive career and personal experiences, Katherine shared valuable insights on how the liquor industry can play a pivotal role in driving diversity and inclusion.
Katherine's speech emphasized the importance of embracing and celebrating differences, not only in terms of gender, race, and ethnicity but also in terms of ideas, perspectives, and experiences. She stressed that fostering an inclusive environment within the liquor industry can lead to greater innovation, improved customer experiences, and increased business success.
Throughout her address, Katherine shared anecdotes from her own journey and highlighted the positive impact that diversity and inclusion initiatives have had within ALM QLD. She provided practical strategies and suggestions for industry representatives to implement in their own organisations, encouraging them to create diverse teams, foster a culture of respect and acceptance, and provide equal opportunities for all employees.
The event created an open and engaging atmosphere, with attendees actively participating in discussions and networking opportunities. The audience left with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to making the liquor industry a more inclusive and diverse space.
The event was a resounding success, thanks to the support of the suppliers and customers within the Queensland Drinks community. It served as a catalyst for positive change within the liquor industry, inspiring industry representatives to take concrete steps towards embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity in their workplaces.