International Women’s Day Great Debate 2018 – Melbourne



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08/03/2018 - 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Institute of Managers and Leaders is delighted to announce the International Women’s Day Great Debate is back in 2018!

After this year’s unforgettable event, join us on Thursday 8 March 2018, to celebrate the achievements of women nationally and internationally.

This old school, long-lunch style debate sees six hand-picked, interesting and opinionated Australian leaders debating ‘The future is female’. Equality. Diversity. Progress, in two teams (the negative and the affirmative), our equally interesting and witty MC, Jane Caro, who will be on hand to keep things clean, on-topic and, of course, to stop too much fur flying.

In short, it’s a whole load of debating fun over a longish lunch to celebrate an internationally significant, diversity-focused day.

View photos of the International Women’s Day Great Debate 2017 here.

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Jane Caro (MC)

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 Tudor trilogy.

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 IML’s magazine, ‘Leadership Matters’@JaneCaro


Georgie Harman FIML

Georgie Harman is the CEO of beyondblue. She has significant and broad-ranging policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. From 2006-2012, Georgie worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had national responsibility for Australian mental health, suicide prevention and substance misuse policy and programs, including those targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She was one of the architects of the 2011 cross-portfolio National Mental Health Reform Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the early strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first. Georgie has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia’s first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity.


Tracey McPherson

Tracey has been the Head of HR and Organisational Development for BASF Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) since 2011. She has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic and international HR, corporate communications and administration, and is an integral member of the ANZ Executive Leadership Team. Throughout BASF’s many mergers and acquisition, Tracey has been crucial in successfully managing change. She has transformed the HR function and established best-practice talent management and development programs.

Prior to BASF, Tracey worked in a telecommunications role in foreign exchange for NAB. She is a member of the Australian HR Directors Forum, Australian Human Resources Institute, and has recently been asked to coach hi-potentials in Asia Pacific. Tracey is a graduate of the University of Swinburne in strategic HR management and a recent graduate of the Melbourne Mt Eliza Business School and internationally accredited coach from the International Coaching Federation.

David Pich MA (Cantab) FIML

As the first national Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management), one of Australia’s oldest, largest and most pre-eminent Membership-based organisations, David advocates for sound management and leadership practise in the workplace and beyond.

He began his career in a senior HR role at Hewlett-Packard, and followed this in 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. He sits on the Board of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australian & New Zealand and lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters. He has a passion for long-distance running, although the sub-3-hour marathon continues to elude him.

Sadhana Smiles FIML

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of

People Power: did you have them @ hello? In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman. In 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia. In 2012 she bought Walk a Mile to her organisation which is now a national event raising funds for White Ribbon and making a statement that violence against women is not OK. She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji, taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced.

Sadhana sees herself as a corporate activist, a change maker who makes things happen. Her goal is to have an impact on ensuring that the colour and gender of leadership and of our workplaces reflects the communities we live in.


Daryl Browning

Daryl Browning is Chief Executive Officer of ISPT and has more than 30 years’ experience in property investment and funds management. Under Daryl’s leadership, ISPT has grown from $3 billion in funds under management to $12.1 billion. Daryl is a role model for an inclusive culture, striving to build a top team with a critical mass of women and plays a strong role in recruitment and promotion decisions. He has implemented a series of initiatives at ISPT to increase gender equality.

Daryl has been a member of the Property Male Champions of Change since it was established in 2015 to drive greater gender equality in the property industry and increase the number of women in leadership roles. The program is a public commitment by the Champions to use their individual and collective leadership to increase gender equality with a focus on leadership, talent development, public advocacy and accountability.



 Emma Hendry

CEO, Hendry Group

Emma is driven by breaking new ground. Her goal is to create safer and more sustainable communities. Emma is passionate about promoting diversity, with an emphasis on women in leadership. As a female CEO in the male-dominated property industry, she compelled to use her platform to promote this cause. Emma looks forward to inspiring more women to pursue leadership positions into the future.



Event flyer available here.

*Rose Callaghan is no longer able to attend IWD Melbourne due to work commitments.


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