Lorna Deng | Breaking barriers

Connecting workplaces with culturally diverse talent

Lorna Deng is an HR professional and the co-founder of DivTal, a new social enterprise that aims to break down employment barriers for people from minority backgrounds.

Lorna is of South Sudanese heritage but has lived in Australia since she was a child, arriving in Adelaide with her family at the age of 10, before later moving to Melbourne. Having faced and overcome barriers to employment herself, Lorna is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

With the launch of DivTal, she not only wants to support diverse job seekers to find meaningful work within their fields, but create a movement for change in the recruitment space to ensure the future of work is more inclusive.⁣ 

In this episode, Lorna talks about her childhood as a refugee and her experiences after arriving in Australia, the employment challenges she faced after completing her psychology degree and the highs and lows of her start-up journey with co-founder Bedi Othow.


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