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After sell-out crowds in 2015, 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 take a refreshingly raw look at the provocative topic of ‘Men and Women – Equal at Last’. An equally interesting and opinionated MC 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 support deserving charities.

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


Friday, March 4th 2016
Brisbane Convention Centre
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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

MC announced - Leisa Barry-Smith

Leisa Barry-Smith, one of Queensland’s best-loved cabaret and music theatre artists, has hosted AIM's prestigious International Women's Day Great Debate for over a decade.

As well as being a wife, mother, actor, singer, director, and producer, Leisa is also now a published author, and her first two novels, Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet have appeared on best seller lists all over the world.

This will be the 12th year Leisa has hosted AIM's IWD Great Debate and she's once again thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious event.

Leisa Barry-Smith

Speaker Announced - Peta Pitcher FAIM

Peta Pitcher is currently a Director of The Lady Musgrave Trust – a charitable organisation that provides housing and support for homeless or at risk young women and children.

Peta’s commitment to the advocacy of women, children and families is reflected in her past and present professional and philanthropic appointments as she has spent more than 25 years dedicated to community causes.

Peta has a strong commercial background in asset management and early childhood and is currently the Executive Manager - Family & Member Support, for Playgroup Queensland.

Peta Pitcher

Speaker Announced - Kristin Devitt

With a background in broadcast journalism including time spent as a journalist and presenter with the Ten Network, Kristin Devitt has well established credibility on the media map.

Currently the Managing Director of KDPR, Kristin has forged a successful career spanning more than 20 years as a highly effective communications strategist.

Kristin Devitt

Speaker Announced - Dr Kathleen Turner

Dr Kathleen Turner is Head of Strategy at the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), Griffith University where she leads the Institute's program of national and international engagement. She is also President of the Australia Indonesia Business Council in Queensland and national Vice-President of the United Nations Association of Australia.

Kathleen is an experienced business executive having worked for many years in the private sector, including with AECOM, URS Corporation and in Indonesia with The Asia Foundation.

Kathleen Turner

Speaker Announced - Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley is an engaging talent with exceptional strategy and global advisory experience who invests time and energy creating new value in the digital economy. Monica has developed an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles and provides board level strategy advice. Through her directorships, mentoring and advisory roles she provides innovation and digital economy expertise to corporates, government, not for profits and start-ups.

Monica Bradley

Speaker Announced - Tom Potter

After finishing his baker’s apprenticeship and seeing an emerging Pizza industry in the mid 80’s, Tom started Eagle Boys. Beginning with a single store in Albury, over the next 20 years, Eagle Boys grew to become the largest privately owned Pizza Company in Australia and New Zealand.

Eagle boys won multiple awards in retail and franchising, along with having high profile court battles with the big guys including Pizza Hut. Australian Financial Review’s Young Business Person of the year, Tom was awarded a scholarship to Harvard Business School where he became class valedictorian.

Tom Potter

Speaker Announced - James Baker

James Baker has been Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) communications director since December 2009. BDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has completed some of Australia's largest and most complex defence projects.

BBaker joined BDA from the Australian Army where he was both an infantry and public affairs officer. He has deployed on operations in Somalia, East Timor and the Iraq War, as well as a six month deployment in 2015 as head of Defence Public Affairs in the Middle East Region, covering operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arabian Gulf.

Prior to serving in the military full time, Baker was media adviser to several federal government ministers, including two deputy prime ministers and a foreign minister. He began his career in television and has worked in news production, reporting and presenting for both the ABC and Channel 10.

James Baker


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Tuesday, March 8th 2016
RACV City Club
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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

MC announced - Sarah Maree Cameron

Sarah Maree Cameron hosts afternoons on Nova 100.

Sarah Maree Cameron hosts afternoons on Nova 100 and her radio career has seen Sarah Maree host shows on Mountain FM Canada, breakfast on K-Rock Geelong, Drive on Hot 100 Darwin where she won an Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) in 2011.

An accomplished MC, as a Live Television Host Sarah Maree has presented camera reports to over 85,000 people for the A League, AFL and Twenty20 Cricket. Sarah Maree is also an Ambassador for the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and Endometriosis Australia.

Sarah Maree Cameron

Speaker announced - Sue Maslin

Sue Maslin is an award winning screen producer and Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. Feature credits include The Dressmaker winner of 2015 AACTA Award for Favourite Australian Film, Japanese Story, winner of 2003 AFI Award for Best Feature Film and Hunt Angels winner of the 2006 AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film.

Sue is Patron of Women In Film and Television Victoria and President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, a leadership program for women in the Australian screen industry.

Sue Maslin

Speaker Announced - Commander Stacey Porter, RAN FAIM

Commander Stacey Porter joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1990, completing her initial Officer training at HMAS CRESWELL. In 2007, Lieutenant Commander Porter was selected to be the Executive Officer HMAS HARMAN and during this tenure was selected for promotion to Commander. Commander Porter then completed the yearlong Australian Command and Staff Course in 2010 and consolidated this training by holding the position of Chief Staff Officer to Director General Support at the Joint Operational Headquarters in Bungendore for two years. Commander Porter assumed command of Naval Headquarters - Tasmania in 2013.

Stacey Porter

Speaker Announced - Bernard Salt FAIM

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as ‘the seachange shift’, ‘the man drought’, ‘pumcins’ and ‘the goats cheese curtain’.

Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances for 25 years. His body of work is encapsulated in six popular best-selling books beginning with The Big Shift published in 2001 through to his most recent work More Decent Obsessions published in 2014.

Bernard Salt

Speaker Announced - Colleen Pearce

Colleen has been committed to helping those experiencing social disadvantage for more than 40 years.

As the longest serving Public Advocate and first female in the role, she has been outspoken and fearless particularly in addressing abuse and violence of people with a disability or mental illness.

Throughout her career, Colleen has assisted some of the most vulnerable individuals and communities in Victoria, managing community and health services in government and non-government sectors across the state.

As a result of her commitment and expertise, in 2007 Colleen was appointed Victoria’s fourth Public Advocate and has raised the profile of that role in the community through her sustained public advocacy.

In addition to her professional roles, Colleen has committed her time to numerous boards. In 2012 she was appointed as a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for a five-year term. She is a member of the board of Connecting Home – a service established to assist the Stolen Generation and the Wintringham Board – a housing service for older homeless people.

Colleen is a member of the Yuin mob from southern New South Wales.

Colleen Pearce

Speaker Announced - Ken Parry FAIM

Ken Parry is a Professor of Leadership Studies and co-Director of the Deakin Leadership Centre at Deakin University. Prior to that he held Professorial positions at Bond and Griffith Universities, and was Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Leadership in Wellington, New Zealand. He has researched, studied and consulted in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Europe and South-East Asia.

He has written or edited 8 books, mainly on the topic of leadership. His most recent book is the second edition of A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Leadership, co-authored with Brad Jackson; published in four languages. Ken was Founding Editor of the Journal of Management & Organization, the research journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Ken has had nine years of experience in manufacturing industry as an inventory manager prior to entering academia. He has addressed the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service at the National Press Club and he is widely used as a speaker at professional conferences and industry events.

Ken Parry

Speaker Announced - Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine, which focuses on Asian Australian arts and culture, Eleanor has featured at festivals and on radio across Australia, toured internationally, and created the Melbourne Poetry Map. She combines dual passions for the arts and community development and is currently the Program Lead for the Oxfam-Monash Partnership, which brings together leading researchers and development practitioners to forge new solutions to development challenges.

Eleanor Jackson


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Tuesday, March 8th 2016
Doltone House - Jones Bay Wharf
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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

MC announced - 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 MC this year’s AIM International Women’s Day Great Debate.

Gretel Killeen

Speaker announced - Kerry Chikarovski

One of Australia’s most respected and admired former female politicians, Kerry 'Chika' Chikarovski, is a former New South Wales Liberal party leader and the first woman to lead a major political party in the state of New South Wales (1999-2002).

With her strong political background and vast experience in dealing with government and bureaucracy, Chika and her team advise across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues, as well as in relation to major projects and procurements. Today she is a highly sought after political and media commentator, keynote speaker, Master of Ceremonies, Board Director and Ambassador.

Kerry Chikarovski

Speaker announced - Amber Renae

Civil engineer, entrepreneur, fashion editor and presenter, Amber Renae is a celebrated style icon who draws on her vast life experience to motivate, enlighten and entertain her audiences. Amber has been recognised with her appointment to the board of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival and was selected to discuss ‘Innovation in Fashion’ with the Australian Government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Trade.

She also featured in the second series of Project Runway Australia, was Fashion Editor for Australian Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine, resident stylist for Southern Cross Austereo and resident fashion presenter on Foxtel’s Fashion TV.

Amber Renae

Speaker Announced - Lucy Brogden

Lucy has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology. With a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities, her primary areas of focus are issues facing women and girls as well as mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the workplace and the community.

Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government and in 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

Lucy Brogden

Speaker Announced - Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and a medical oncologist specialising in sarcomas who was recently appointed as Director of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Head of Cancer Division at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.

Dr Thomas has a particular focus on the impact of genomics on cancer medicine. Dr Thomas led an international clinical trial of denosumab in Giant Cell Tumor of bone, which has led to a new therapeutic option for patients with advanced disease. As Director of the statewide adolescent and young adult cancer service, onTrac@PeterMac, Dr Thomas played a significant national and international role in the development of adolescent and young adult oncology.

>Professor David Thomas

Speaker Announced - Rowan Arndt

Rowan is a passionate inclusionist in the Australian market and the Director and Founder of 2include Pty Limited. 2include is a Diversity and Inclusion consulting company focusing on creating and enhancing a sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Rowan’s Diversity experience originated from the Banking and Finance sector, where he ran the diversity group for one of Australia’s largest banks. He also spent three years consulting to Australian & International companies embedding change.

2include is on the executive board of NEEOPA, an advisor and member to the NSW Council of Pacific Communities and an Elite Partner for Ambition on Gender Diversity and the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for Sageco.

Rowan Arndt

Speaker Announced - Hilda Clune

Hilda Clune is Chief Information Officer at PwC Australia.

A senior business leader with strong transformational, technology and digital experience, Hilda has been engaged in a range of sectors for the last three decades. With core knowledge and experience primarily in the professional services sector, Hilda has focused on business transformation enabled by digital and technology.

With a broad background that spans the telecommunications, investment management, property, retail and fashion industries, Hilda has undertaken a number of senior leadership positions at AAPT, Deloitte Australia and SingTel Optus.

A Member of PwC's Global Technology Strategy Council – a body responsible for directing a 158-country global technology transformation program across PwC’s international network – Hilda is also Vice-Chair of the Australian Maronite Professionals Council and a Director of PwC Services Pty Ltd.

Hilda Clune


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