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Women in Management: The Great Debate

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Are today’s women expected to do it all? While modern life certainly has a multitude of challenges for female professionals, some brave souls may argue that they’ve never had it easier. 

No matter which side of this argument you fall on, the only certainty is it’s a topic that will provide plenty of fireworks at the Australian Institute of Management’s annual Great Debate, taking place today in Canberra.

AIM’s Women in Management: The Great Debate has been bringing equal measures of laughs and inspirational insights to the capital for the past 16 years.

Every year, the Great Debate invites six talented and accomplished leaders from every sphere of government, business and the media to sink their teeth into the ongoing gender argument.

This year’s affirmative team features Canberra University Union CEO and former Wallaby, Joe Roff, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Gai Brodtmann and Executive Director of the National Committee for UN Women, Julie McKay.

The negative team is made up of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Kate Carnell AO, CEO of HerCanberra Amanda Whitley and Aspen Medical General Manager, Annette Owttrim.

Master of ceremonies for the debate is none other than ABC Radio Host, Genevieve Jacobs who offered her own unique perspective on this year’s debate topic. “Well, let’s see: take four children, three dogs, several chooks and a full time radio career, mix and combine with thousands of listeners on lively local radio and you get a woman doing her best to imitate a graceful swan while making like a duck,” Ms Jacobs said.

“I’m paddling as fast as I can, but the water views are great!”

This year’s Great Debate takes place at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.