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Early bird closes on Friday 10th Feb for International Women’s Day Great Debate

Thursday, February 2, 2017

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8th each year around the world celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women. AIM is delighted to once again host an International Women’s Day Debate in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with the support of Business News Australia. 

This year's International Women’s Day Great Debate will address the topic ‘Australia in 2017 is still a man’s world’.  This event celebrates the importance of gender diversity in Australian society, specifically in the Australian workplace, highlighting that Diversity Matters.

We are excited to welcome our three fantastic MC’s to keep things clean, on-topic and, of course, to stop too much fur flying.

Brisbane: Erin Molan is a sports reporter and presenter for the Nine Network. Erin is also a very proud ambassador for a number of charities - including Save Our Sons, Defence Care and Bowel Cancer Australia.

Melbourne: Jane Caro is an author, journalist, broadcaster, and social commentator. Jane has published eight books, including two novels and her memoir “Plain Speaking Jane” was released in September 2015.

Sydney: Gretel Killeen is a writer, journalist, comedian and humanitarian. 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.

We are also thrilled to announce our debaters who 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’.

Brisbane Team

Sinead Hourigan | QLD Director for Robert Walters

Julie McKay | Partner at PwC and Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force

Lauren Shuttleworth | Founder and Director of Words With Heart

Trevor Ashley | Actor, Writer, Director and International Queen of Cabaret

Terri Butler MP |Federal Member for Griffith and Member of the Australian Labor Party

Cherie Curtis FAIM | CEO for Revelian

Melbourne Team

Joanna Hayter | CEO of International Women’s Development Agency and Corporate Member of AIM

Adam Fennessy | Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Corporate Member of AIM

Caitlin Iles | Founder and CEO of Xchange

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

Assoc Prof Tony Walker FAIM | CEO of Ambulance Victoria

Sydney Team

Avril Henry | 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

Jane Jose | Chief Executive of Sydney Community Foundation

Clare Payne | Consulting Fellow, Ethics in Banking and Finance, the Ethics Centre and Board Member of the Banking and Finance Oath

David Pich FAIM | Chief Executive of Australian Institute of Management

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

The annual AIM International Women's Great Day Debate is a great opportunity to network and give to the deserving charity Project Futures. Early bird closes on Friday 10 February so book your tickets now and save!

Queenslanders please note: We are also holding two separate events to celebrate International Women’s Day in Toowoomba on ‘Is it still a man’s world?’ and Sunshine Coast on ‘Successful women in business’.

For sponsorship opportunities and/or prize donations for the What Women Want charity raffle please email us at