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 since 2012 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 CDWomen. She is an expert in race and cultural inclusion, backed by behavioural economics, psychology, and qualitative data research methods. She co-designs with clients, systemic and sustainable change that advances their business. Prior to founding MindTribes in 2012, Div spent 14 years in People & Culture roles working across Australia, Asia and South Africa. Div is named as one of the 100 Women of Influence, 2018 (AFR & Qantas), is a Board Member at STREAT, the National Chair of D&I, American Chamber of Commerce. Div is listed in 2021, as one of the 25 Global Influencers by the AACSB International, the world’s largest global business education alliance.
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. Vick is an expert on quantitative data analytics, specifically the disaggregation of gender data and also heads up Research for MindTribes in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. He is on the Board of the Australian Philippine Business Council and is on the Finance and Risk Committee for Plan International.
These are the change makers we work with. They are bold, brave and uncompromising on realising systemic change with us on all client engagements.
Michelle Redfern is a co-founder of CDW, Culturally Diverse Women 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).
Director & Lead Consultant (GEC)
Celia is a management consultant specialising in organisational performance and development with a focus on inclusion and diversity. She has a wealth of experience in delivering leading edge programs for clients and has worked in the Human Resource Management and Development field for over 20 years. She has been a Senior Executive and consultant managing and advising on large scale change and organisational development across three Australian jurisdictions in the government and private sectors.
Director & Lead Consultant
Tara Nguyen has led a corporate HR career for over 25 years, most recently as Head of People and Culture at one of Australia’s leading energy retailers. She combines this corporate experience with agency experience at Hudson’s and Alexander Mann. She is a commercially focused HR executive who has provided strategic support to C-Suite leaders to drive people strategy. At MindTribes, Tara leads projects on audit and advisory that combines her areas of expertise of Recruitment, Employee Experience & Diversity and Inclusion.
Senior Researcher & Consultant
Prabha supports MindTribes research and report writing. She is experienced in the fields of Sociology and Migration studies, particularly focusing on settlement, inclusion and sense of belonging of highly skilled migrants from CALD backgrounds. She excels in both quantitative and qualitative methods and capable of analyzing data using spatial and statistical software. She is also experienced in project management.
Lilian is a highly experienced senior facilitator, coach and consultant with extensive experience working with private, public and not-for-profit sectors where she has managed complex portfolios that included medical specialists, insurers, government departments and global community networks. Lilian has supported the facilitation of CDWomen Masterclasses, coached culturally diverse women extensively to overcome their barriers and is an advocate for influencing organisations to realise the case for intersectional change in their D&I roadmaps.
Lavania Sakathevan Parker
Lavania, is a senior project manager and lead consultant with MindTribes. She has a background as a finance leader with a global career spanning Malaysia, UK and Australia, valued for providing strategic, operational, financial and commercial acumen to large organisations in complex industries. Born in Malaysia, of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, she is passionate about inclusivity and is a strong advocate for improving cultural diversity in corporate Australia. Lavania is a CDWomen Masterclass Alumni (2017 cohort). For the last 3 years, she has worked tirelessly to advocate for other culturally diverse women in her network to advance by mentoring women but also by leveraging her business case skills to influencing a case for change at executive and C-suite levels. Lavania is a voice for intersectional diversity and a change maker.
Engagement Lead (CDW) & Consultant
Amy is the Engagement Lead on our social enterprise platform hosting 500 CALD women. Amy also supports MindTribes on key client engagements as a focus group facilitator, researcher, report writer and administrator. Amy is biracial and trilingual and has learned to embrace her cultural difference and use it to her advantage professionally. She is Masters qualified in Management, Business and Commerce.
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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.