Diversity Council Australia and IAG Diversity Debate

In an increasingly polarised world, where it seems there is more to divide us than unite us, what does it take to move the dial on diversity and inclusion?

Are our divisions impeding progress towards genuine equality? Or do they ignite a sense of urgency and a drive for change?

That’s what we tackle at this year’s Diversity Debate as we hash out the question: Is polarisation holding diversity and inclusion back?

Join us for DCA’s Diversity Debate to find out!

DCA’s Diversity Debate sells out quickly so book now to avoid disappointment!

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When:

Tuesday 22 October 2024

Time:

6.00pm to 10.00pm (AEDT)

Where:

Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Level 3, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Dress: Corporate attire

What: Includes pre-dinner canapés and drinks followed by a two course sit down meal and debate

Cost for DCA member organisations:

  • $320 incl. GST per person or
  • $3,100 incl. GST for a table of 10 guests

Cost for non-member organisations:

  • $370 incl. GST per person or
  • $3,600 incl. GST for a table of 10 guests

All proceeds will go to DCA to help fund diversity and inclusion services to employers.

Our panellists include:

For the affirmative – Yes, polarisation is holding back diversity and inclusion

Dee Madigan (she/her)
Executive Creative Director (ECD), Campaign Edge              

Woman wearing a navy blue blazer and brown glasses

ECD and a founding partner of Campaign Edge, Dee is one of Australia’s leading campaign strategists and an award-winning creative director. She has worked on some of Australia’s largest brands and is a panellist on Gruen, The Project, and Sunrise. 

Michael Hing (he/him)
Comedian, broadcaster, actor, improvisor, and podcaster

Michael Hing is a comedian, broadcaster, actor and podcaster. He is known for his role on Network Ten’s The Project and as one half of the iconic Triple J Drive Show duo, Hobba & Hing.

Thomas Mayo (he/him)
Assistant National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia 

Thomas is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin. He is the Assistant National Secretary of the MUA, an award winning author, essayist, orator and a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

For the negative – No, polarisation is not holding back diversity and inclusion

Graeme Innes AM (he/him)
Lawyer, author and company director 

Graeme is the Chancellor of Central Queensland University, a member of the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency, and the State Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than forty years. He was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Niki Kesoglou (she/her)
Executive Manager Culture, Inclusion & Community, IAG

Niki is a seasoned organisational development, HR and DEI leader with a strong record of influencing stakeholders to set up sustainable culture change via strong policy development and impact assessment that supports organisational transformation, high employee/customer engagement and experience with results in lifting brand reputation.

Lou Wall (they/them)
Multi-award-winning comedian, composer and content creator

Lou Wall wearing a red jacket with white stripes along the arms

Lou is a multi-award-winning comedian, composer and content creator recognised for their genre-bending, politically savvy comedy and garnering critical acclaim. Their work includes shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, a comedy album, and writing/ acting for various ABC TV programs.

Michael Hing (he/him)
Comedian, broadcaster, actor, improvisor, and podcaster

Michael Hing is a comedian, broadcaster, actor and podcaster. He is known for his role on Network Ten’s The Project and as one half of the iconic Triple J Drive Show duo, Hobba & Hing.

Dee Madigan (she/her)
Executive Creative Director (ECD), Campaign Edge              

Woman wearing a navy blue blazer and brown glasses

ECD and a founding partner of Campaign Edge, Dee is one of Australia’s leading campaign strategists and an award-winning creative director. She has worked on some of Australia’s largest brands and is a panellist on Gruen, The Project, and Sunrise. 

Thomas Mayo (he/him)
Assistant National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia 

Thomas is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin. He is the Assistant National Secretary of the MUA, an award winning author, essayist, orator and a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Graeme Innes AM (he/him)
Lawyer, author and company director 

Graeme is the Chancellor of Central Queensland University, a member of the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency, and the State Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than forty years. He was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Lou Wall (they/them)
Multi-award-winning comedian, composer and content creator

Lou Wall wearing a red jacket with white stripes along the arms

Lou is a multi-award-winning comedian, composer and content creator recognised for their genre-bending, politically savvy comedy and garnering critical acclaim. Their work includes shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, a comedy album, and writing/ acting for various ABC TV programs.

Niki Kesoglou (she/her)
Executive Manager Culture, Inclusion & Community, IAG

Niki is a seasoned organisational development, HR and DEI leader with a strong record of influencing stakeholders to set up sustainable culture change via strong policy development and impact assessment that supports organisational transformation, high employee/customer engagement and experience with results in lifting brand reputation.

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