Diversity Council Australia and Xplore for Success are delighted to invite you to The Annual Diversity Debate, moderated by Tony Jones, one of the ABC's most respected journalists and host of ABC TV's QandA.


DCA’s Annual Diversity Debate is now firmly entrenched as Australia’s premier diversity event.

2015 has special significance for DCA as it is 30 years since we were established. This year’s debate then is an opportune time to ask:

Is there too much talk and not enough action on diversity?

For many years, organisations like DCA have advocated the benefits of diversity and have worked hard to get it on the agenda for business. More leaders than ever before are talking about diversity and many employers are listening.

But has all this talk actually led to any real change in our workplaces? While progress has been made in some areas, why do problems like discrimination, under-representation of certain groups and the gender pay gap remain intractable? Are people sick of hearing about diversity or have they given up hope that change will occur?

At this year’s Debate, you will see high profile panellists debating both sides of this important topic.

For the affirmative -
There is too much talk and not enough action:

Kerryn Phelps

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM
Adjunct Professor, Sydney University and Conjoint Professor, University of New South Wales

Professor Kerryn Phelps has been a familiar face to many Australians over the last twenty years during which time she has appeared regularly on TV, radio and the print media informing the Australian public on health issues. She is a regular commentator on general practice, public health, medical politics and human rights issues and has two medical clinics in Sydney.

Read Kerryn’s full biography

Diana Ryall

Diana Ryall AM
Founder and Managing Director Xplore for Success

Diana Ryall is a leading voice and advocate for gender equality in Australia, founding Xplore for Success, a consultancy specialising in this area since 2002. Prior to this, she was MD of Apple Australia and an inaugural member and Vice President of Chief Executive Women. In 2010 Diana became a Member of the Order of Australia. She is an active philanthropist, and Ambassador for Good Return and Dress for Success.

Read Diana’s full biography

Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commissioner

Dr Tim Soutphommasane commenced his five-year appointment as Race Discrimination Commissioner in 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Read Tim’s full biography

For the negative -
There is not too much talk and there is action taking place:

Dr Anne Summers

Dr Anne Summers AO
Editor and publisher of the digital magazine Anne Summers Reports

Dr Anne Summers AO has had a long career in politics, media, business and the NGO sector in Australia, Europe and the US. She is author of eight books, including Damned Whores and God’s Police. She writes regularly for the SMH and is editor and publisher of the digital magazine Anne Summers Reports.

Read Anne’s full biography

John Brogden AM

John Brogden AM
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Former NSW Liberal leader, John Brogden joined the AICD in January 2015. He is also the Chairman of Australia’s leading suicide prevention organisation Lifeline, Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW, Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village and Chairman of the Broken Bay Institute. In 2014 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community.

Read John’s full biography


Chris Lamb
Head of Human Resources, Australia and Global Head of Diversity at Lend Lease

Since 2009, Chris has led HR for Lend Lease in Australia and, since 2012, he has also held the role of Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. He is a strategic HR Leader with diverse industry experience across Australia, Asia and Europe in both mature and emerging markets. Chris is on the board of DCA and on the Advisory Board of Pride in Diversity.

Read Chris' full biography

Tuesday 17 November 2015

6.00pm to 10.00pm (AEDT)

Ivy Ballroom, 320 George Street, Sydney

Cost for DCA member organisations:

  • $275 incl. GST per person or
  • $2,100 incl. GST for a table of 8 guests

Cost for non-member organisations:

  • $325 incl. GST per person or
  • $2,500 incl. GST for a table of 8 guests

All proceeds will go to DCA to help fund diversity services to business.

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