International Women's Day Great Debate

Inclusion Matters

Date: Thursday 8 March

Venue: Level 17, City Club

Time: Noon-2.30pm

Cost: $160* pp includes two-course meal and beverages

Join us at the City Club for the annual Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML) International Women’s Day (IWD) Great Debate. Six hand-picked, interesting and opinionated Australian leaders will debate the topic: ‘The Future is Female’. To keep the debate on-track, on-time and on-topic the engaging author, journalist and social commentator Jane Caro will be hosting. In short, this event will see a whole load of debating fun over lunch while networking and celebrating women in the workplace. IML has supported the global IWD initiative since 1998 and after a sold out event in 2017 they are delighted to announce that the 2018 IWD Debate will be bigger and better then ever! 

Please note that a waitlist applies to this event. Contact City Club to get added to the list.

*Early bird tickets ($160 pp) are available until 31 Jan 2018. RACV members are entitled to IML Member pricing.


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.


Georgie Harman FIML

Georgie Harman is the CEO of beyondblue. 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 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.

Rose Callaghan

Rose Callaghan is a Melbourne-based stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. She has been featured on Triple J, Double J, ABC 774, Nova and RRR and in 2016 won the Best Comedy award at Sydney Fringe Festival for her debut solo show.

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.

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.

Sadhana Smiles FIML

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. 

In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman and in 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

Daryl Browning

Daryl Browning is Chief Executive Officer of ISPT and has more than 30 years’ experience in property investment and funds management.

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.