IWD 2017

International Women's Day Great Debate

The Australian Institute of Management is once again hosting the AIM International Women’s Day Great Debate in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Two hand-picked teams of well-credentialed speakers will share some witty arguments, powerful leadership insights and offer a refreshingly raw look at the provocative topic of ‘Australia in 2017 is still a man’s world’.

Our equally interesting and opinionated MC’s, Gretel Killeen (Sydney), Erin Molan (Brisbane) and Jane Caro (Melbourne) will be on hand to keep things clean, on-topic and, of course, to stop too much fur flying.

This event celebrates the importance of gender diversity in Australian society, specifically in the Australian workplace, highlighting that Diversity Matters.

The annual AIM International Women's Day Debate is an institution and cannot be missed.

Enjoy a long lunch, lots of laughs, networking with like-minded professionals and the chance to give to the deserving charity Project Futures.

Don’t miss this engaging and insightful event, book your tickets today!


Wednesday, March 8th 2017
Brisbane Convention Centre
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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For any questions please email events@aim.com.au

MC - 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 - and host of Summer Saturday on 2GB/4BC/2CC.

As a strong female icon within Australian sports culture, Erin 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 Care and Bowel Cancer Australia.

Erin Molan

Trevor Ashley, actor, writer, director and international queen of cabaret

Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers. He has built a career as an actor, writer, director and international queen of cabaret. Trevor recently starred as Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award. Previously, Trevor played the leading role of Edna Turnblad in David Atkins’ Hairspray (Sydney Theatre Award nomination), and was also an original cast member of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical, creating the role of Miss Understanding.

But it is in the works of his own creation that he truly shines, including, FAT SWAN (Helpmann nominee), Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor (Helpmann nominee), I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award - Best Cabaret), and Liza (on an E), a show which has taken him around Australia and the world, culminating with a season in London’s West End.

In July 2015, Trevor made his directorial debut to sold out audiences and critical acclaim with the Australian Premiere of Heathers: The Musical (Sydney Theatre Award nominee – Best Direction of a Musical).

Trevor most recently debuted his brand new show Liza’s Back! (is broken) and premiered TWINS, for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with the fabulous Rhonda Burchmore.

Trevor Ashley

Terri Butler, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Child Safety and Prevention of Family Violence and Federal member for Griffith

Terri Butler is the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland. Born and raised in Cairns, Terri commenced study at James Cook University (JCU) and graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism). Prior to being elected as the member for Griffith in 2014, Terri was a lawyer and a principal of the national law firm Maurice Blackburn, where she established and led the Queensland Employment and Industrial Law Section. While working as a lawyer, Terri was listed as one of Queensland’s top workplace relations lawyers in the Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession. Terri has long been involved with organisations supporting those in the community. She has served on leadership groups of Children By Choice and the YWCA. Terri has also been involved in Labor’s policy development, having served two previous terms on Labor’s National Policy Committee, and a term on the new National Policy Forum.

After the 2016 election, Terri was appointed the Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence, Universities and Equality. Terri is also a member of the House Standing Committees on Employment, Education and Training; Procedure; Tax and Revenue; and Corporations and Financial Services.

Terri Butler

Cherie Curtis FAIM, CEO, Revelian

As CEO of Revelian, Cherie is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business, and delivers solutions that utilise advancements in both technology and psychology to provide best practice outcomes to a variety of customers globally. Cherie joined Revelian (then Onetest) in 2003 as an intern, progressing to Head of Psychology in 2005 and then CEO in 2015.

Cherie has been recognised as the nation’s top leader in the 2016 AIM Leadership Excellence Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Qld Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Cherie is a registered Organisational Psychologist and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cherie Curtis

Sinead Hourigan FAIM - QLD Director, Robert Walters

Sinead Hourigan is the QLD Director for Robert Walters, a global recruitment firm.  With over 15 years’ senior leadership experience in the local market, Sinead has worked with most public and private sector organisations in QLD to assist them in securing exceptional talent.  Sinead also sits on the Board of the RCSA, the peak body for the recruitment industry across ANZ, is a CEDA trustee in QLD, and sits on the QUT Business School Industry Advisory Group. Sinead has seen and experienced some of the best and worst practices around gender diversity from an employment perspective and is passionate about ensuring that all candidates are offered opportunities to develop and enhance their careers in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Sinead Hourigan

Julie McKay - Partner, PwC and Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force

A recently announced Partner at PwC, leading their Diversity and Inclusion Practice, Julie McKay serves as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force. She spent 9 years as the Executive Director of UN Women NC Australia, working on a national and international level to advance gender equality through women’s access to leadership, economic security and protecting their right to live free from violence. Julie has completed an Executive MBA, Masters in Public Policy, is a Fellow in Ethical Leadership at Melbourne Business School and a Churchill Fellow.

Julie McKay

Lauren Shuttleworth - Founder and Director, Words With Heart

Lauren Shuttleworth is a social entrepreneur, gender equality activist and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum. She is passionate about education for women and girls and the change-making power of social enterprise. Since launching Words With Heart in late 2014, Lauren has been awarded grants with Macquarie and ING, and was a finalist in the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards. Recently she won the Australian final for The Venture, a $1 million pitching competition for the world's leading social enterprises.

Lauren Shuttleworth



Wednesday, March 8th 2017
RACV City Club
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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For any questions please email events@aim.com.au

MC - Jane Caro

Jane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator, and together with her husband they are beef producers and timber growers.

She has published eight books, including two novels and her memoir “Plain Speaking Jane” was released in September 2015. She is currently working on ‘Just Flesh & Blood’ the third and final book in the Elizabeth Tudor trilogy which will be published in 2017.

A regular on Agony, Q&A, The Drum and Sunrise, she appears in the media often. In 2013 she co-created, co-produced and presented a six-part radio series for ABC Life Matters - For Better, For Worse. The series was so successful it is now a five-part TV series for ABC Compass. She writes regular columns for Sunday Life and AIM’s magazine, ‘Leadership Matters’. @JaneCaro

Jane Caro

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea - PhD Executive Director, Industry Mentoring Network in STEM

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea is the inaugural Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM and chair of the Australian Science and Innovation Forum with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

With over 15 years’ experience leading translational medical research programs in the US and Australia, her work has been internationally recognised with numerous awards. Strongly committed to empowering early career researchers, Marguerite regularly mentors students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

Marguerite currently serves on the Science in Australia Gender Equity Expert Advisory Group and is co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia. @MVEG001

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea

Adam Fennessy - Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Adam Fennessy leads DELWP in creating liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria while maintaining our world class liveability and protecting our heritage for future generations.

Adam’s vision is for DELWP to reflect the communities it serves, through a diverse, inclusive and gender equitable workforce, where people are empowered to work flexibly and encouraged to think innovatively.

In his role as a Victorian Male Champion of Change, Adam believes that gender equity is everyone’s business and is driving gender equity across DELWP and other areas of state government. @adamfennessy

Adam Fennessy

Joanna Hayter - CEO, International Women’s Development Agency, Corporate Member of AIM

Joanna Hayter has been the CEO of International Women’s Development Agency since 2010. She has worked in the international development, human rights and social justice sector for over 30 years, with experience ranging across four continents and 25 countries including long term residencies in Myanmar, Vietnam and Japan, and nearly a decade across African nations. She is presently a member of the Australian Council for International Development Board and a founding member of the Australian NGO Coalition for Women, Peace and Security. @IWDAExec

Joanna Hayter

Caitlin Iles - Founder and CEO, Xchange

Caitlin Iles is a former Managing Director at Artesian Venture Partners where she helped to raise ~$100m and establish Australia’s largest portfolio of early stage start-ups. Today Cait is an angel investor, consultant to start-ups and corporates, keynote speaker, Founder and CEO of Xchange.

Xchange is an edutainment marketplace and platform, offering a blend of education and entertainment, for all women in business regardless of their professional background. Essentially, Xchange is here to educate and empower women in business to produce life and career-changing results, not to just inspire them. @ms_iles

Caitlin Iles

Div Pillay - Co-Founder and CEO of MindTribes

Div Pillay is the Co-Founder and CEO of MindTribes, a cross-cultural performance company (Telstra Business Award Finalist, 2016). MindTribes works with corporate clients in the offshore contact centre, shared services and global mobility space, to ensure that cultural differences do not become a barrier to high performance. As Co-Founder, Div has cleverly used both her cultural and gender diversity to gain a unique market position. MindTribes is listed on Femeconomy, recognised for being 50% female owned and utilising female suppliers. In addition, the company is a Plan International Business Partner, contributing 10% of revenue to the ‘Because I am a Girl’ Campaign and sponsors two girls in India and the Philippines.

Div also started and chaired the Women in Business Chapter in Victoria for the Australia India Business Council seeing the lack of female representation in the council. In 2016, Div was showcased in the AFR for her contribution to the ACOLA report which highlighted the under-representation of Asian diaspora in business. @DivPillay1

Div Pillay

Assoc Prof Tony Walker FAIM - CEO, Ambulance Victoria

Tony Walker is CEO of Ambulance Victoria and has over 30 years’ experience working in a range of senior clinical governance, education and operational roles. He holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University. Tony is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Board member of the Emergency Services Foundation and the Council of Ambulance Authorities. He is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his outstanding contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level. @agwalker01

Assoc Prof Tony Walker





Wednesday, March 8th 2017
Doltone House - Hyde Park
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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For any questions please email events@aim.com.au

MC - Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen’s career started as an accidental stand-up comic when she was attempting to present a profound poem. Since then she has written and performed comedy on radio, TV and live on stage across Australia. Gretel has hosted Logie-Award-winning TV, won a Mo Award for her writing and spent 17 years as one of Australia’s top voice artists.

She has written best-selling novels, written and directed a documentary on AIDS orphans in Zambia and entertained troops across the globe. She is a journalist, a humanitarian and a former school champ debater so she’s a great fit to once again MC this year’s AIM International Women’s Day Great Debate.

Gretel Killeen

Avril Henry - FAIM, AHAA

Avril Henry is a senior advisor on cultural transformation, gender and diversity to the Chief of Army, Australia, and the ACT Commissioner of Emergency Services and is the longest serving member of the Navy People & Capability Committee. For the past four years Avril has been coaching 2-star Generals and 1-star brigadiers in the Australian Army, including the Deputy Chief of Army and Head of Special Forces.

In September 2015 Avril was named as one of the AFR Westpac 100 Women of Influence in Australia, and one of the 10 most influential women in the diversity space. She has been recognised by the Human Rights Commission and has received several business awards in Australia and the USA, for her diversity programs. @avrilhenry

Avril Henry

Jane Jose - Chief Executive, Sydney Community Foundation

Jane Jose brings decades of experience in working with the design professions, government leaders and corporate Australia to her philanthropy work at the Sydney Community Foundation.

An independent not-for-profit, Sydney Community Foundation directs philanthropic giving to those most in need. The Sydney Women’s Fund is its major sub fund and donates to grass roots programs that protect, support and enable women and girls in greater Sydney to thrive and fill their life’s aspirations.

A former Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Jane has served as chair and director of boards in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide for the past 25 years. Jane’s first book Places Women Make, published in 2015, deals with women, cities and community life and has been awarded the 2016 AIA Bates Smart National award for architecture in the media. @janejosescf

Jane Jose

Clare Payne - Consulting Fellow, Ethics in Banking and Finance, The Ethics Centre and Board Member, The Banking and Finance Oath

Clare Payne is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader recognised for her pioneering work in the field of ethics in banking and finance. From the male-dominated industries of law and banking, Clare has managed to influence leaders to support the initiatives she champions. As a marathon swimmer, having swum 46km solo around New York City, Clare believes sport has played an important role in in her professional career. With a strong interest in education and informed decision-making, Clare is passionate about ensuring every individual has the opportunity to reach their potential. @ClareEPayne

Clare Payne

David Pich FAIM - Chief Executive, Australian Institute of Management

As the first national Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), one of Australia’s oldest, largest and most pre-eminent Membership based organisations, David Pich advocates for sound management and leadership practice in the workplace and beyond. He began his career in a senior HR role at Hewlett-Packard, and followed this with executive roles in Marketing, PR and Consulting at PWC and Computer Associates. His first CEO appointment was at a medical research start-up at a major Teaching Hospital in Sydney.

David is a graduate of Cambridge University and Western Sydney University and he sits on the Board of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australian & New Zealand. @aimcomau

David Pich

Chris Lamb - Non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia and Global Head of Organisational Development Lendlease, Australia

Chris Lamb has led Diversity & Inclusion at Lendlease for the past 5 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI) and a member of the AHRI National President's Forum as well as AHRI’s Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel. Chris is a non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia and sits on the Advisory Board of Pride in Diversity. Chris is a graduate of Cornell University's Centre for Advanced Human Resources Studies (CAHRS) and INSEAD, and has completed postgraduate studies in Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). @LendLeaseGroup

Chris Lamb

Jess Scully - Councillor

Jess Scully is a creative industries expert, event director and public art curator, with over fifteen years experience in publishing, events, policy and cultural strategy. She is the founding curator of Vivid Ideas, the creative industries stream of this festival of music, light and ideas, and is now entering her ninth year working on Vivid Sydney. As a cultural strategist for UNSW Art and Design since 2015, she has a key role working to form the GLAM+ Alliance of the Sydney cultural sector.

Jess has curated events including Junket (an event bringing together young leaders from across Australia) and TEDxSydney (Australia’s biggest TEDx event). First elected to Council in 2016, Jess is currently deputy chair of the Cultural and Creative Sub-Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Eora Journey Public Art Working Group and the Green Square Advisory Committee.

Jess Scully


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