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AIM’s Women in Management: The Great Debate has been celebrating women and tackling the big issues for 16 years and we’re excited to be bringing this spectacular event back to Canberra again this year.
Two teams of well-known leaders from every sphere of government and industry will present their powerful arguments and amusing insights as they take a refreshingly raw look at the provocative topic, “Today’s women are expected to do it all.”
AIM’s Women in Management: The Great Debate is an annual institution and cannot be missed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and network with like-minded professionals as you share in the wit and wisdom of our talented debaters.
Don’t miss this engaging and wildly entertaining event, book your tickets today!
1300 658 337
Friday 19th June : 12.00pm - 2.30pm
National Convention Centre, Canberra
Check out the highlights from the 2014 AIM Women in Management: The Great Debate
Genevieve Jacobs (MC)
ABC Morning Radio Host
Genevieve Jacobs always wanted to be a journalist, but she took the scenic route to her present position as an ABC presenter. She learned her trade on the Cootamundra Herald covering everything from sheep sales to darts tournaments and won the Country Press Association’s EC Sommerlad Award for best coverage of a local news story for her work on a devastating bushfire.
She has lectured widely on Australian artists and their gardens, speaking at venues including the National Gallery and Sydney Botanic Gardens.
Since 2006, Genevieve has worked for 666 ABC Canberra, moving from weekend programming to her present role as the Mornings presenter. Genevieve’s trademark is a strong connection with local issues, and a warm, well informed and humorous presentation style.
She has been widely involved in community events in Canberra as a guest speaker, facilitator and MC. Genevieve is patron or board member of a number of ACT non-profits including Gift of Life, the Asthma Foundation, the Friends of the Old Parliament House Rose Gardens and Open Gardens Australia NSW/ACT.
CEO of HerCanberra
Amanda Whitley graduated from the University of Canberra in 1994 and has over 20 years of experience in the communication industry. Over the course of her career, she has worked in all facets of public relations and media, in both the private and public sectors.
In 2011 Amanda launched www.hercanberra.com.au, a website for local women which today reaches an audience of over 70 000 readers each month. The website provides a resource which tells the city's stories, highlights things to do, facilitates friendships through a series of ‘offline’ events, and encourages people to engage with their Capital as a great place to live.
Amanda was named on the UN Women’s “100 Years, 100 Great Women” list in 2013 for making a significant difference to Canberra in its Centenary Year and has won numerous service awards in her career as a public servant.
Prior to her transition to HerCanberra as a full time role in September 2013, Amanda worked as Communication Director at the Department of Health and Ageing, and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and in her own private public relations consultancy.
Annette Owttrim CSM, MBA, BSc
General Manager of Aspen Medical
Annette has worked with Aspen Medical since its inception in 2003. Her expertise lies in developing innovative health solutions for projects in remote and austere environments. Annette draws upon 25 years of experience as a nurse in the Australian Army and a Masters of Business Administration. By combining a clinical background with business principles, Annette has developed a range of models of care that promote access to health care and are affordable to Government agencies and private sector companies.
During her time in the Australian Army she served in Rwanda as part of the UNAMIR peace keeping force. This opportunity provided invaluable experience in understanding the challenges faced in delivery healthcare in austere environments. She was a warded a Conspicuous Service Medal in 2004 for her work in the area of intensive care and resuscitative medicine.
She is currently a Board member of the Remote Area Health Corp and also Smartward – a health software company.
Kate Carnell AO
CEO Australian Chamber of Commerce &
Kate Carnell commenced as CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in May 2014. ACCI, Australia's largest and most representative business organisation is the leading voice of business in Australia advocating for over 300,000 businesses across all industries.
Kate is well known and respected in the not-forprofit and business communities having served two years as CEO of beyondblue and previously four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
Kate began her professional life as a Pharmacist. She owned and managed pharmacies for some 20 years, was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Pharmacy Guild and went on to become National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Ms Carnell served as Chief Minister of the ACT from 1995 to 2000.
Ms Carnell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to
community through contributions to economic development and support for the
business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology
Chief Executive Officer of the University of
Canberra Union (UCU)
Joe Roff is the CEO of the University of Canberra Union and is an accomplished corporate speaker on the rugby circuit. He was a world cup winning rugby player, having been capped 86 times for the Australian Wallabies. He played professionally in both Japan and France.
On retirement from rugby Joe completed a Masters of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University before returning to Canberra. He began consulting on organisational change, and then moved into the not for profit sector, working as the Director of Workforce Development with Lifeline Australia.
He then took up his current role with the University of Canberra. Joe is responsible for student life on the campus, as well as other programs including the University of Canberra Capitals women's basketball team, Canberra's most successful elite sporting team.
Executive Director of the National Committee for UN Women
Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Force
Julie McKay has held the role of Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women for the last 7.5 years. In that time, the National Committee has raised more than $2 million for programs that support the empowerment of women and girls in the developing world.
An advisor to the Australian Government on gender issues, she was selected as one of two civil society representatives on the Australian Government Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014. In April 2014, she accepted an appointment as the inaugural Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
Julie has worked with a range of organisations to strengthen their gender and diversity outcomes. Recently, she has been leading an innovative conversation in the business community about how to drive gender equality through supply chain reform and was invited to do a Tedx talk on this topic in 2012.
Julie was the 2013 Young Australian of the Year and 2012 Telstra Young Business Woman of the year in the ACT.
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors and in October 2013 was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.
Gai ran her own small business for ten years and understands the challenges faced by small business owners. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.
As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Gai helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.
Gai is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Small Business group. Her public policy interests include education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy and public administration.