Our Story, Our People
MindTribes Makes Inclusion Matter and exists to create an anti-racist culture that is inclusive of race and cultural diversity. The Founders of MindTribes, Div & Vick Pillay are both South African born, raised and educated under apartheid; beginning their professional lives in post-apartheid workplaces in the mid-late 1990’s. Fast forward to the early 2000’s, through to 2011, they migrated to Australia, restarted careers, climbed leadership ladders, often as the first people of colour in teams.
In 2012, they started MindTribes out of the lived experience (their own and others) of exclusion in workplaces for their age, race, culture and gender.
Combining their expertise in both people and business, they offer a unique proposition – behaviourally solving for exclusion, creating an impact on the individual (voice & value) and organization (brand & business metrics).
Under their leadership, MindTribes has grown in 7 years, to an award-winning business: TechDiversity Award Finalist, 2019; Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Winner, 2018; Telstra Business Award Finalist, 2016.
MindTribes also has a social footprint with the creation of Culturally Diverse Women & Workforces that works at inclusion at the intersection of gender, culture and age (career-life stages). Div & Vick give 10% of MindTribes new deals to Plan International, to empower girls globally and are named, Plan International Ambassadors.
Go to 42:33 to see Div discussing the genesis and purpose of MindTribes and her work with CDW and why it is so important.
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Div & Vick are Co-Founders of MindTribes. Being South African-Indian-Australian they know personally how cultural diversity can be leveraged or be a barrier. Both performance focussed, with an eye on business improvement, their solution is tailored to bring results.
Div Pillay is the CEO of MindTribes and co-founder of CDWorkforces. She is an expert in behavioural economics and psychology that is leveraged in the diagnostics, design and delivery of all diversity and inclusion solutions, which ensures change and performance improvement. Prior to founding MindTribes, Div spent 14 years mostly in senior People and Culture roles in the BPO industry working across South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, India and The Philippines. Div is named as one of the 100 Women of Influence, 2018 (AFR & Qantas), is a Board Member at STREAT and is the National Chair of D&I, American Chamber of Commerce.
Vick Pillay is the Managing Director of MindTribes and had the original idea for CDWomen. His focus is on business operations, growth pathways and financial strategy. He brings this expertise and his global leadership experience across 20 years, having worked across Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia in senior leader roles, the last being Associate Director at Ernst and Young. He is on the Board of the Australian Philippine Business Council and advisor to the Breast Cancer Network, Australia.
Our Senior Team
Michelle Redfern and Renata Bernade form part of the senior team at CDWorkforces and MindTribes respectively, fulfilling strategy and operational execution of specific portfolios.
Michelle Redfern is a co-founder of CDWorkforces and founder of Advancing Women. She is an expert in organisational gender diversity and is trusted advisor to CEO’s, Executives and Leaders who are committed to improve their business performance by having more inclusive and diverse workplaces. Michelle is a Non-executive director for Williamstown Football Club and Good Shepherd Microfinance. She is also named as one of the 100 Women of Influence, 2018 (AFR and Qantas).
Renata is Head of Market Strategy at MindTribes, leading the market offering into the Education sector. She has extensive experience in managing higher education portfolios, international scholarship programs, and industry partnership projects linking government, businesses and the not for profit sectors. Her international work experience spans South America, North American, Europe and Australia.
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Acknowledgement to Country
At MindTribes, we pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. Representing the oldest living culture in the world, First Nations people have been the traditional custodians of this land for more than 65000 years. Australia, is the only commonwealth country that does not have a signed treaty (a formal agreement with the government and Indigenous people). We at MindTribes are committed to ensuring that every client we partner with has a meaningful and action-based Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)– whilst we don’t design or deliver a RAP, one of our first principles is not doing business with a client who does not have a RAP or an intention to execute a RAP in the time we are with them.