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Our Brilliant Catch-Up

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

by Dr Renée Ralph, Co-Founder, The Brilliant Foundation

Photo (From Left to Right) : Elizabeth Lang, Madeleine Antoine, Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito and Dr Renée Ralph, Co-Founder, The Brilliant Foundation

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) – We see the world in brilliant colours, a kaleidoscope of light radiating from individuals that we interact with daily. The Brilliant Foundation Sundowner Catch Up was attended by industry professionals, academic leaders and students from Curtin University, University of Western Australia (UWA), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Murdoch University at Hamptons City Beach, Thursday, 18 November 2021, 5pm-7pm.

VIP Guest Speakers include Elizabeth Lang, CEO, Diversity Focus, Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito, Director and Principal of Women’s Breast Imaging (WBI), Cottesloe and Alexander Circosta, TV Presenter, Actor and Master of Ceremonies, a former law graduate from Murdoch University.

Photo (From Left to Right) : Elizabeth Lang, Madeleine Antoine, Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito

From Sudan, Egypt to Perth

Elizabeth Lang shared that at a young age of 4, her family had to flee from Sudan to Egypt due to political unrest, and again seeking asylum and refuge in Perth. Through her father’s teachings, she was taught not to give up her values and her moral conviction to stand up for what is right in the world. Poverty stricken, their family had to start at ground zero.

Through sheer hard work, she established Diversity Focus, a consulting company that has been in operation for the past 4 years. She and her team have successfully trained and workshopped with companies in concepts of diversity and inclusiveness, unconscious bias and being aware of different cultures. Her clients include Legal Aid, Refugee Council of Australia, Government of Western Australia, Department of Communities, Lifeline, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence, The UN Refuge Agency, local councils and universities in WA and Melbourne. Her work is her calling and as a mother of two young children, she is also currently pursuing her doctorate at Curtin University. She strives for a better, equitable and kinder world.

Photo (From Left to Right) : Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito, Dr Renée Ralph, Elizabeth Lang and Alexander Circosta