Alcoa’s diversity and inclusion leader speaks up at Australian Ally Network Conference

Pinjarra refinery manager Mark Hodgson, Curtin University student Stevie Brent and Alcoa managing director Michael Parker.
Pinjarra refinery manager Mark Hodgson, Curtin University student Stevie Brent and Alcoa managing director Michael Parker.

ALCOA employee and 2018 Australian (LGBTI) Inclusion Awards Network Leader of the Year Award winner Mark Hodgson was among 90 speakers highlighting importance in diversity and inclusion at the annual Australian Ally Network Conference.

The conference is the main event for the Australia-wide Ally that supports inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) members of the community.

The conference aimed to spark a national and international conversation on how to activate human rights in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics for all – setting new pathways to policy, innovation and enduring change.

Alcoa was the main rainbow sponsor for the conference.

The company had a display throughout the two days, and Mr Hodgson, manager of the Pinjarra Refinery, was a speaker.

He said diversity and inclusion were integral to Alcoa’s values and that was why it supported such events.

Alcoa was the first resources company to walk in the Pride Parade in 2014 and is a sponsor of the event this year.