Annual DCA Debate 2018

Date: Tuesday 20 Nov 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm 

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

Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, our Annual Diversity Debate once again promises to be the diversity event of the year as two teams argue the pros and cons of bringing your whole self to work.

Annual Diversity Devate: Is it really a good idea to bring your whole self to work?  Major Sponor: NAB; Supporting sponsors: Optus & accenture; Associate sponsors: Bloomberg & Hall Wilcox Smarter Law

Diversity Council Australia and NAB are delighted to invite you to the 2018 Annual Diversity Debate, moderated by Tony Jones, one of the ABC's most respected journalists and host of ABC TV's Q&A.

Work is where we spend a great deal of our time. Research shows that if people are able to be their authentic selves, they will feel more comfortable and will be more productive and engaged. There is also evidence that masking who you really are at work expends valuable time and energy and negatively affects productivity.

But … what if your whole self really is best left at home? Some people’s personal views and traits are best not brought into the workplace, e.g. if they are racist, sexist, homophobic etc. And the reality is that some workplaces are still not inclusive, and if you were to be yourself, you may find yourself discriminated against or harassed.

So which is it? To be or not to be your whole self at work, that is the question at this year’s Debate.

Team for the Affirmative:

Head & shoulders of Lorraine Murphy, Lawrence Leung & Karen Mundine

Lorraine Murphy, Chief People Officer, National Australia Bank

Lorraine has global experience in Human Resources and brings deep expertise across all HR dimensions. As a NAB Group Executive, she is responsible for the end-to-end HR solutions for the 35,000 global workforce. Read Lorraine’s extended biography

Lawrence Leung, Comedian, screenwriter and speaker

Lawrence was the first Asian-Australian comedian to create and present his own TV shows (Choose Your Own Adventure and Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable). He also starred in Maximum Choppage, wrote an episode of The Family Law and played the popular character Dr Elvis Kwan in Offspring. Read Lawrence’s extended biography

Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia

Karen is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern NSW. As the CEO at Reconciliation Australia, she brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns.  Read Karen’s extended biography

Team for the Negative:

Dr Richard DennissChief Economist, The Australia Institute

Richard is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and has spent the last twenty years moving between policy-focused roles in academia, federal politics and think-tanks.  Read Richard’s extended biography

Mary Coustas performing as Effie, Writer, performer and comedian

Mary has embraced us with her humour and style for many years. Famously known as ‘Effie’, she is a Logie Award-winning actor, comedian and writer. Mary is the star of Wogs Out of Work, Acropolis Now, Wogarama, Hercules Returns and Greeks on the Roof, to name but a few.  Read Mary’s extended biography

Alan Kirkland, CEO, CHOICE

Alan is CEO of CHOICE, a national not-for-profit organisation working for fair, just and safe markets that meet the needs of Australian consumers. He was previously CEO of Legal Aid New South Wales and Executive Director of the Australian Law Reform Commission.  Read Alan’s extended biography

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