- Wayne Herbert is on a mission to change the conversation around disability from “what can’t you do?” to “what are you amazing at?”
- Wayne is an outspoken public speaker, comedian, and advocate for the rights of and opportunities for people with disability and the LGBTIQ community.
- His book Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay challenges the way people think about disability and sexuality.
- 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s inclusion award for Making Inclusion Happen, a nomination for the 2017 ACT Australian of the Year award, and positions on the LGBTIQ ministerial advisory council, the ACT government disability reference group and the board of the ACT AIDS Action Council.
- In 2018 completed a speaking tour with engagements with the Canadian Public Service Commission, keynote presentations at the Canadian Association for Supported Employment’s annual conference to outstanding reviews.
- Wayne has a unique and humours insight into issues facing people with disability and the LGBTIQ community. Wayne is fearless and unapologetic in his commitment to working with people and organisations to raise the profile of people with disability and people of the LGBTIQ community.
- Entertaining speaker and MC – Wayne describes himself as the possible love child of Steady Eddie and Ru Paul.
- Anecdotes of a disabled gay man - TEDxCanberra 2017
- GLBTIQ Issues
- Workplace Diversity
- Disability Employment Services
- Disability Policy
- Human Resources
- Workplace culture – the importance of inclusion
Wayne's absolute irreverence toward his disability - talking to him is like your own personal episode of the ABC's You Can't Ask That - is arresting.
He’s sick of being labelled "special or talented" for simply turning to his job .. every day.
Wayne ReadyTech’s Diversity and Inclusion hero. Thank you so much for being our guest speaker … feedback from the team has been awesome.
Hi Wayne, I am an employee of Readytech and recently attended your session … . As a 54 year old gay married man, my husband and I have been married just over 2 years now and been together for over 30 years, I found your talk inspirational. If there was someone like you when I was growing up my life would have been so much easier. In the early 80's there was no one we could look up to and take inspiration from. I was very honoured to have attended the session and found your honesty and approach to life amazing.
Letter from audience member
Wayne has this amazing talent to connect with the subject matter, and bring a sense of lightness, humour and fabulous dress sense to what can be a heavy day full of discussions around traumatic topics and frustration. He has an ability to lift the room, lift the mood and delegates walked out smiling, and feeling hope. He was a huge part in the success of our conference, and I would not hesitate to work with him again. Thanks Wayne, you are the best!
Disability Advocacy Resource Unit
The Public Service Commission of Canada was very pleased to welcome Wayne to our organization for the second year in a row. Our employees appreciated his valuable and thought-provoking insights on diversity and inclusion and the LGBTQ2+ community in the workplace. Wayne engaged our employees in a dialogue around the issues and barriers facing employees with disabilities, and presented ways to raise awareness and dismantle these obstacles. His talk was both inspiring and entertaining, and highlighted the importance of diversity in building a stronger workforce. Thank you, Wayne, for coming to Canada and sharing your own personal experiences with our employees.
Public Service Commission of Canada
Wayne was very engaging, shared great insights and was a great panellist.
Department of Jobs and Small Business; Indigenous and Diversity Group
Wayne was well-prepared and aware of the corporate context in which he was speaking.
Thank you once again for presenting at The PSC Exchange, where we had the opportunity to reach out to HR officials and hiring managers from nearly 60 Canadian Federal Public Service organizations. Your presentation on diversity and inclusion was inspiring and very well received by participants. It was the perfect addition to our program and a timely spark to encourage the ever important discussion on how we can further remove barriers and inspire more inclusive recruitment strategies, as we continue on our journey to modernize staffing towards a more diverse and inclusive Public Service.
Public Service Commission, Canada
Wayne was a very entertaining speaker – funny and sincere. I was grateful and impressed that he took the time to mingle with guests after his speech. I received lots of positive feedback from attendees too. I would happily recommend him as a guest speaker.
Department of Attorney General
I highly recommend Wayne as a speaker and motivator. He provided a funny, warm, confronting keynote address for the launch of our social enterprise accelerator. He challenged my audience (and me!) to think about the barriers that we unwittingly create that excludes others. I think Wayne would be perfect for any organisation that wants to move beyond the mundane discussions of accessibility and accommodation to genuine cultural change.
Social Impact Strategist
University of Canberra
The Disability Employee Network marked International Day of People with Disability with a great event. Guest speakers Wayne Herbert and Jessica May were brave and generous in sharing their stories, offering humorous and thought-provoking insight into issues faced by people with disability.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Social Futures wish to express our sincere gratitude for the insightful and entertaining speech you gave at our annual Social Futures Staff Dinner Event on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 in Lismore, NSW. Your insights into living with a disability resonated with our staff and we had a lot of positive feedback about not just your witty and engaging speech, but also what pleasure staff found in talking informally with you afterwards, in addition to very positive feedback about your book Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay.
Staff comments from the evening include:
• 'I adored the way Wayne added so much humour to his speech, which made for a really enjoyable evening'
• 'He has inspired me to be open about who I am'
• 'I wish he had talked for longer, I loved what Wayne was saying and the way he views life so positively'
• 'Wayne is a wonderful powerful role model for all people'
Prior to the event you consulted with our leadership team, fine-tuning your speech to sit effectively with our organisation's activities and values. We appreciated your professionalism and would recommend you to any other organisation wanting an inspiring guest speaker with a great depth of knowledge and wisdom.
Executive Manager, People and Quality