AIM Great Debate

The Australian Institute of Management is once again hosting the AIM Great Debate in Canberra on Friday 29 July 2016. This event celebrates the importance of diversity in Australian society, specifically in the Australian workplace.

Two hand-picked teams of interesting and opinionated speakers will share witty arguments and powerful leadership insights as they debate the controversial topic ‘Positive Discrimination Works’. To keep things in check, we’ll have an MC is on hand to keep things clean, on-topic and, of course, to stop too much fur flying!

The AIM Great Debate has been part of Canberra’s professional and social scene for the past 17 years and is an event that cannot be missed. Enjoy lots of laughs and network with like-minded professionals. In short, it’s a whole load of debating fun over lunch whist networking and celebrating diversity in the workplace!

Don’t delay, book your tickets today and keep a look out for future communications as we announce the witty and well-credentialed speakers and teams!

The Speakers

Erin Molan

Erin Molan is a sports reporter and presenter for the Nine Network. Her focus in journalism has always been sport and she has covered this for over 10 years as a television, radio and print reporter. She is a co-host of the hugely popular and Logie-award winning NRL Footy Show - the first full-time female panellist and co-host in the show's 22 year history.

As a strong female icon within Australian sports culture, Erin’s is committed to mentoring and engaging with young women. Outside of work and sport, she maintains an interest in fashion, politics and the Indonesian language and affairs.

Erin is also a very proud ambassador for a number of charities - including Save Our Sons, Defence Cares and Bowel Cancer Australia.

Host- Erin Molan

Frances Crimmins

Frances Crimmins is the Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, a local not-for-profit feminist organisation that is part of the global YWCA movement, connecting 25 million women and girls across 125 countries.

Frances strives to achieve gender equality and social justice through her leadership of YWCA Canberra.  She drives programs to address these goals include She Leads, a women’s leadership pathway, and the YWCA Clubhouse, a learning space in South Canberra to promote digital inclusion among young people.

She serves as a national Pay Equity Ambassador and is proud to have seen YWCA Canberra awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for two consecutive years.

Affirmative-Frances Crimmins

Phillip Coorey

Phillip Coorey is the Chief Political Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review.

Phillip writes on news specialising in policy, politics and budget. He is a former chief political correspondent for The Advertiser and The Sydney Morning Herald, and a two-time winner of the Paul Lyneham award for press gallery excellence. He has been in the Canberra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.

Affirmative-Phillip Coorey

Nipuni Wijewickrema

Nipuni Wijewickrema is a social entrepreneur

A young woman trying to change the world “one flower at a time”, Nipuni Wijewickrema runs a floristry business designed to create employment opportunities for people with special needs. Nip, as she is affectionately known, first established GG’s Florist with her family to ensure her 16 year old younger sister Gayana would have fulfilling work after graduating from high school. Gayana, who has was born with Down syndrome, is now famous around Canberra for her floral deliveries that always come with a big hug.

From a backyard garden shed, Nip has shown other local organisations how to create safe working environments for people with disabilities. As well as working full-time and managing the family floristry business, Nip is a volunteer counsellor with Lifeline and contributes regularly to community initiatives, assisting many young people through her work with the ACT Youth Advisory Council. Passionate, dedicated, driven and incredibly sleep deprived, Nip has developed a socially sustainable business model which is changing the way Canberrans think about inclusion.

Affirmative-Nipuni Wijewickrema

Amanda Daff

Amanda is an expert in the field of workplace relations empowers individuals and organisations with the skills to navigate complex human environments. Amanda arms audiences with greater opportunity by harnessing the power of people, and implementing business structures that support the success of those people. She empowers business leaders with the tools to make strategic decisions leading to employee engagement, higher productivity and, as a result, more profit.

Affirmative-AMANDA DAFF

Ben Pettingill

Imagine waking up blind. At the tender age of 16, this became a reality for Ben Pettingill when overnight he lost 98% of his eyesight to a rare genetic syndrome, Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Like many people living with a disability, Ben is faced with challenges every day. Ben believes that a blind man can see, and this miracle is achieved through the activation of ‘true vision'.

‘True vision’ is only enabled through the power of purpose, perception and empowered decision-making.

Affirmative-Ben Pettingill

Catherine Carter

An experienced property advocate, Catherine Carter is intensely interested in how individuals and communities can work together to build inspiring, innovative cities. Principal with Indigo Consulting Australia, Catherine has broad public policy, political, business and management experience, and is a regular media commentator on issues surrounding the development of Canberra. Deeply committed to diversity in the workplace, Catherine was the recipient of the Telstra Business Women’s ACT White Pages Community and Government Award in 2010.

Affirmative-Catherine Carter








29th July 2016

12:00pm - 2:30pm

National Convention Centre

31 Constitution Ave, Canberra

Member $155 / $1450 table of 10

Non Member $185 / $1750 table of 10

AIM Member
AIM Member Table of 10
Non-Member Table of 10

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Bronze Partner

Ray White Kingston

Media Partner


Venue Partner

National Convention Centre Canberra

Charity Partner

Kulture Break