• Katrina Cristofani, Hayley Kodes and James Cameron

    Katrina Cristofani, Hayley Kodes and James Cameron

  • Sarah McGregor, Jane Marburg, Samantha Johnston, Jacinta Crabtree and Kate Neser

    Sarah McGregor, Jane Marburg, Samantha Johnston, Jacinta Crabtree and Kate Neser

  • Lynette Pinder, Robyn Hendry, Carrie Leeson and Annette Nobbs

    Lynette Pinder, Robyn Hendry, Carrie Leeson and Annette Nobbs

  • AIM ACT Board Members

    AIM ACT Board Members

  • MC Genevieve Jacobs

    MC Genevieve Jacobs

  • David Pich Chief Executive AIM Group

    David Pich Chief Executive AIM Group

  • Kylie De Clifford and Tamara Wright

    Kylie De Clifford and Tamara Wright

  • Affirmative debating team; Julie Mackay, Joe Roth and Gai Brodtmann

    Affirmative debating team; Julie Mackay, Joe Roth and Gai Brodtmann

  • Negative debating team; Amanda Whitley, Annette Owttrim and Kate Carnell

    Negative debating team; Amanda Whitley, Annette Owttrim and Kate Carnell

  • Jo Latham, Leanne Vale-Francis, Deb Galloway, Ayne Brine and Sharyn Hewston

    Jo Latham, Leanne Vale-Francis, Deb Galloway, Ayne Brine and Sharyn Hewston

  • Louise Perez, Drew Baker and Julie Schneller

    Louise Perez, Drew Baker and Julie Schneller

  • Warrant Officer 1 Liz Matthews Lieutenant Colonel Ali Berlioz-Nott

    Warrant Officer 1 Liz Matthews Lieutenant Colonel Ali Berlioz-Nott

  • Christina Valdmanis and Monika Gudelo

    Christina Valdmanis and Monika Gudelo

  • Mick Ingold, Shelley Thomson and IainDuncan

    Mick Ingold, Shelley Thomson and IainDuncan

  • Oliver Forrester and Diana Forrester

    Oliver Forrester and Diana Forrester

  • Jacqui Plunkett, Skye Reeve and Elice Stanley

    Jacqui Plunkett, Skye Reeve and Elice Stanley

  • Caitlin Evered, Margi Ilheo and Christine Oxbottow

    Caitlin Evered, Margi Ilheo and Christine Oxbottow

  • Prizewinners from the  Defence Security Agency

    Prizewinners from the Defence Security Agency

  • And the best tweet.........

    And the best tweet.........

  • 'Barrel girl' Genevieve Jacobs draws the raffle prizes

    'Barrel girl' Genevieve Jacobs draws the raffle prizes

  • Meet the negative....

    Meet the negative....

  • Meet the affirmative debater who decided her jamas were the fashion statement of the day

    Meet the affirmative debater who decided her jamas were the fashion statement of the day

  • Joe Roth

    Joe Roth

  • Mike Zissler.....

    Mike Zissler.....

  • Simon Cosier and Omania Terry

    Simon Cosier and Omania Terry

  • Jaci Firth, Ana Avila, Joanne Simpson and Juan-Carlos Mejias

    Jaci Firth, Ana Avila, Joanne Simpson and Juan-Carlos Mejias

  • Susan Naumann, Nichole Franks, Sarah Amey and Kathryn Wingett

    Susan Naumann, Nichole Franks, Sarah Amey and Kathryn Wingett

  • the team behind the scenes

    the team behind the scenes

  • The tyeam behind the scenes

    The tyeam behind the scenes

  • Jennifer Schroeder and Carissa McGrath

    Jennifer Schroeder and Carissa McGrath

  • Hannah Noller and baby Joey Noller and Karen Radford and baby Clement Paillas

    Hannah Noller and baby Joey Noller and Karen Radford and baby Clement Paillas

  • Kate Carnell strides the stage...

    Kate Carnell strides the stage...

  • And the winners....the affirmative.

    And the winners....the affirmative.

AIM Great Debate 2015: "Today's Women Are Expected To Do It All"

19 June 2015

The AIM (Australian Institute of Management) Great Debate is not just an excuse for a beaut lunch with your co-workers, 600 other women and a smattering of men, but the topics can stir up even the most mild mannered working woman. Debating “Today’s Women are expected to do it all” in 2015 is a bit of a yawn for those of us who know that expectations by others for you will always be irrelevant because we demand so much of ourselves! And that’s the key I reckon to the debate that’s changed from having it all to doing it all. Neither is possible.

So who were the chosen six, brought before an audience of women to debate and entertain, find humour and command respect, for a topic that gets up the nose of any sensible woman. The affirmative team of Gai Brodtmann, Joe Roff and Julie McKay - in her PJ’s ( she decided there wasn’t enough time to slip into something else for the event and she’d had to clean the toilet and sort, wrap and deliver gifts before work) were the winners with a bunch of the obvious thrown into the arena were on a winner with this topic.
The negative with Annette Owttrim, wearing her undies on the outside for her Super Person persona, Kate Carnell striding around the stage in her best polly persona and Amanda Whitley mentioning her husband’s bum making it essential to check it out as he was a supportive lunch guest, couldn’t get a look in with their proposition.

Genevieve Jacobs was the witty and wise MC, giving us a preliminary explanation of her efforts to do it all that came undone and ended in tears. We’ve all been there. And Joe Roth as the lone man knew his place from the get-go and didn’t falter with a sports analogy of one woman’s efforts so heartwarming; but there’s a whole country full of stories of women doing amazing things. We just don’t tell them often enough

Nevertheless we still try to do it all, we’ve learnt we can’t have it all while still not really knowing what ‘all’ is and it’s likely to be debated forever but if its expectations at the core, women have to change them and ditch the guilt onto you know who.