International Women’s Day

The Institute of Managers and Leaders has supported the global International Women’s Day (IWD) initiative since 1998 and in 2018 are delighted to announce our IWD Great Debate bigger and better than before!

Designed to celebrate the importance of gender diversity in the workplace and throughout society, this year our esteemed debaters will debate the topic

‘The Future is Female.’ Equality . Diversity . Progress

Each event is a long-lunch style debate starting at midday and finishing at 2:30pm. The debates themselves see six hand-picked, interesting and opinionated Australian leaders debating each other with our equally interesting and witty MC’s including Gretel Killeen (Sydney), Corinne Grant (Brisbane) and Jane Caro (Melbourne) on hand to keep things clean, fun and on-topic on the day.

We will also be hosting IWD events in Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast, although these will not be in a debate setting, it is a great chance for people in these regions from all sectors to come together for a social, enlightening and inspirational lunch.


2017 International Women’s Day Brisbane
Photography by Joseph Byford Photography

Book your tickets today by selecting your location below.
 Date Location Book now
 8th March 2018 Brisbanebook now
 8th March 2018 Melbourne
(sold out)
join waitlist
 8th March 2018 Sydney
(sold out)
join waitlist


Quotes from past attendees:

“The food was outstanding, loved the healthiness of it all.  Speakers were entertaining, and the debate was great. Also loved the welcome to the land address at the start – best one I’ve ever seen. It was real.”

“Sincere thanks to you and your team for bringing us together to start real conversations on gender diversity.”

“What a wonderful day yesterday to celebrate the achievements of women.”

“Your team embodies how Diversity and Inclusion Matters”

Official Partner


Silver Partner


Venue Partners




Charity Partner


If you are interested in sponsoring this event we welcome you to review our 2018 IWD Sponsorship Prospectus.