AFL West Coast Eagles fan and ANZ Network Marketing Expert, Stuart Minotti started at with the bank 10 years ago as part of the Graduate Program. Since then, he has worked across various business areas and has become a seasoned Marketing professional, living in Melbourne’s suburbs with his wife and cat.
But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. When Stuart first applied for the role, despite telling the team he had an electric wheelchair, the interview was held in very small, inaccessible meeting room that he had a hard time entering.
Stuart recalls the look of horror on the faces of the interviewers who were not informed about his disability. And says what started off as an interview ended up as a conversation around the ins and outs of his disability.
“Fortunately I was invited back a week later to an accessible room, where I interviewed again and got the job. As you can see, the rest is history.”
Dylan Alcott, founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation, tennis professional and media personality believes everyone should be able to live life as they please. ”Everybody deserves the right to live a completely normal life,” he says.
“You deserve to make a choice where you bank, where you shop. Who you are and what relationships you have - who you love. Where you travel, or whatever it is that you do. And for a lot of people with disability, they don’t get the opportunities to live a normal life they deserve to live. The only way to normalise [disability] is to have exposure and keep talking about it,” says Dylan.
As for Stuart; he plans to travel the world, spend more time with family and continue to work in a role that challenges him and enables him to make a positive difference to people in our community.