Zione is a global citizen having attended schools in England, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Russia, Japan and Australia. She started her career in intellectual property law and after a brief stint in documentary filmmaking, she reconfigured her experience in law and storytelling to work as a social justice lawyer; working for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid and Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
A lawyer for about fifteen years, she has worked mainly in the areas of family law, child protection and family violence law.
Zione has extensive experience as a law reform and policy lawyer, having sat on the key state government family violence reference and advisory committees during periods of significant legal reforms in Victoria. She was the national co-convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia and the Victorian co-convenor of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWAC) Working Group.
Zione is a trained adult educator with extensive program design and delivery experience. With her social justice experience, Zione moved to work for the Police as the human rights portfolio manager developing their first human rights, equity and diversity policy and other policies and resources to enhance police and community interactions.
As part of a significant cultural change process, she used her education and facilitation background to develop the first ever train the trainer human rights package by police for police.
Zione recently left the public service to run her own program design and facilitation firm designing and delivering change programs based on empathy and inclusion for communities and organisations. Some professional highlights include:
• Developing the first specialist family violence lawyer/mentor training program; using a systems approach including the Magistrate Court, Police, Barristers and diverse client groups.
• Developing the first human rights train the trainer program by police for police.
• Presenter at Melbourne University, Victoria University, RMIT and La Trobe University on family violence, social justice and female leadership.
• Co-founder and President, Incubate Foundation, linking young African Australians to opportunities.
• Mentor, Mentor Co-ordinator and Facilitator, Leadership Victoria.
• Delivering the Healthy Relationships In a New Culture program (HRINC) creating family violence ambassadors for new and emerging communities focusing on the child protection, family violence and family law systems.