• Noorjahan Nizam, Shatabdi Chakraudrty and Tenzin Rigchok

    Noorjahan Nizam, Shatabdi Chakraudrty and Tenzin Rigchok

  • Nicole Lawder and Michelle Blum

    Nicole Lawder and Michelle Blum

  • Lynne Thomson, Zusan Davidson, Emily Davidson and Sara Davidson

    Lynne Thomson, Zusan Davidson, Emily Davidson and Sara Davidson

  • Lynne Pezzullo, Megan  Dalla-Camina and Avril Henry

    Lynne Pezzullo, Megan Dalla-Camina and Avril Henry

  • Kylie Declifford and Christina Valdamis

    Kylie Declifford and Christina Valdamis

  • Katy Gallagher , Jacqueline Zwambila and Rona Mellor

    Katy Gallagher , Jacqueline Zwambila and Rona Mellor

  • Jacinta Crabtree, Drew Baker and Zoe Piper

    Jacinta Crabtree, Drew Baker and Zoe Piper

  • Helen Winslade, Susie Smith, Sue Sinclair and Julie Prater

    Helen Winslade, Susie Smith, Sue Sinclair and Julie Prater

  • Emma Williams, Lisa Evans and Amber Gale

    Emma Williams, Lisa Evans and Amber Gale

  • Avril Henry, Megan Dalla-Camina, Jacqueline Zwambila, Lynne Pezzullo and Rona Mellor

    Avril Henry, Megan Dalla-Camina, Jacqueline Zwambila, Lynne Pezzullo and Rona Mellor

  • Paul McDermott and a bevy of bff's.

    Paul McDermott and a bevy of bff's.

  • Selfies with Paul McDermott....

    Selfies with Paul McDermott....

  • Tamara Cutcliffe and Drew Baker

    Tamara Cutcliffe and Drew Baker

  • Meredith Edwards, Carmel McGregor and Ann Steward

    Meredith Edwards, Carmel McGregor and Ann Steward

  • Paul McDermott

    Paul McDermott

  • Katie Gallagher, Jacqueline Zwambila and Rona Mellor

    Katie Gallagher, Jacqueline Zwambila and Rona Mellor

  • AIM's Great Debate @ The National Convention Centre

    AIM's Great Debate @ The National Convention Centre

  • Sladana Rilko, Xhristine Laurie, Christine Simpson, Cheryl-Lea Field, Kelly Mitchison and Mary Anne Coffey with in front Nimmy Joseph, Sandra Matthews, Khin Kha and Victoria Kane

    Sladana Rilko, Xhristine Laurie, Christine Simpson, Cheryl-Lea Field, Kelly Mitchison and Mary Anne Coffey with in front Nimmy Joseph, Sandra Matthews, Khin Kha and Victoria Kane

  • Julie Caldera, Michael Taylor, EliseNattam, Barb Martin and Gayle Buttrose with in front, Vanessa Batt, Michael Geerdink, Dubravka Tomas and Alisha Arif

    Julie Caldera, Michael Taylor, EliseNattam, Barb Martin and Gayle Buttrose with in front, Vanessa Batt, Michael Geerdink, Dubravka Tomas and Alisha Arif

  • Rachelle Hare and Scott Watson

    Rachelle Hare and Scott Watson

  • A winning table from TAMS

    A winning table from TAMS

  • AIM's Great Debate @ The National Convention Centre

    AIM's Great Debate @ The National Convention Centre

  • Bree Locke, Anna Alikhan and Monika Gudelj

    Bree Locke, Anna Alikhan and Monika Gudelj

  • Paul McDermott

    Paul McDermott

  • Prue Torrance, Marie Grealy, Jacqueline Howden and Liz De Luca

    Prue Torrance, Marie Grealy, Jacqueline Howden and Liz De Luca

  • Sonya Figueriedo, Heather Kjoller, Louise Christensen and Rosalind Shiels

    Sonya Figueriedo, Heather Kjoller, Louise Christensen and Rosalind Shiels

  • Chantal Jackson, Fiona Marsh, Shannon Yates, Justine McNamara, Geeta D'Cruz and Claire Roennfeldt

    Chantal Jackson, Fiona Marsh, Shannon Yates, Justine McNamara, Geeta D'Cruz and Claire Roennfeldt

  • Karen Loc, Amanda Robinson and Helen Robertson

    Karen Loc, Amanda Robinson and Helen Robertson

  • Kelly Connell, Mellisa Cranshaw, Jacqui Komorowski, Karen Hornung, Bernadette Boland and Amy Corrigan

    Kelly Connell, Mellisa Cranshaw, Jacqui Komorowski, Karen Hornung, Bernadette Boland and Amy Corrigan

  • Nicky Brown, Robin Dearlong and Victoria Dolphin

    Nicky Brown, Robin Dearlong and Victoria Dolphin

  • Darren Parker, Jaci Grant, Holly Noble and Gary King

    Darren Parker, Jaci Grant, Holly Noble and Gary King

  • Erin Posselt and Kellie Shandley

    Erin Posselt and Kellie Shandley

  • Melissa Sleegrass and Jo Stevenson-Perks.

    Melissa Sleegrass and Jo Stevenson-Perks.

  • Di Fielding and Virginia Shaw

    Di Fielding and Virginia Shaw

AIM Women in Management Great Debate

8 August 2014

Many a memorable Great Debate came to mind as the hundreds gathered at the National  Convention Centre to lunch and laugh along with friends and colleagues. And as the ‘long lunch’ moves into folklore, we work longer and harder, wonder if work life balance is as mythical as nirvana and why are women still not treated as equals then the question of quotas is valid. “Quotas are a Girl’s Best Friend” emblazoned on the giant screens was the topic. And the Australian Institute of Management’s Women in Management Great Debate was ready to tackle it. Well, after a bit of socialising, networking and delicious food. 

   Topics for the Australian Institute of Management annual Great Debate are selected to get the juices flowing. Stir the debaters and the audience and bring forth valid arguments and a few head shaking ones as well.
 Salivating at the opportunity to put their case the invited debating teams gather – separately of course – to plan their arguments and this year with the master of the comical and the topical Paul McDermott at the podium to maintain decorum and eschew any obviously catty cat calls from the teams the ladies argued for and against that “Quotas are a Girl’s Best Friend”, and not quokkas as McDermott posited.

If quotas get you where you want to be, of course you’ll be with the affirmative, with Katy Gallagher, Jacqueline Zwambila and Rona Mellor arguing that case. Katie wearing her best black T-shirt emblazoned with “this is what a quota looks like” to stir up the crowd. If merit is your benchmark you’re for the negative with Megan Dalla-Camina, Lynne Pezzullo and Avril Henry on your team, and showing their true beliefs this audience at The National Convention Centre asserted to Mr. McDermott loudly for the negative.

The arguments for both sides were of course clever and witty, as were the successful and impressive women delivering them, but I wonder if when this audience of ‘women in management’ and a smattering of blokes gathered around the water cooler to recover from a couple of sparkling wines at this fun lunch and thought about where they are and where they’re going if maybe a quota would work for the ‘workplace’ system that is slow to change.