Few would expect a tough-as-nails Chief of Army to be recognised internationally for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. But when former Lieutenant-General David Morrison ordered misbehaving troops to ‘get out’ if they couldn’t accept women as equals, his video went viral and he started a cultural shift that has changed Australia’s armed forces forever. Since then, the number of women joining the army has grown by two per cent and the culture is more accepting of racial, ethnic and sexual diversity. In 2014, David was invited to speak at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, sharing the stage with US Secretary of State John Kerry and actor and activist Angelina Jolie, and arguing that militaries that exclude women ‘do nothing to distinguish the soldier from the brute’. David retired in 2015 after 36 years in the Australian Army, and four years as its Chief, but he continues his commitment as a champion of human rights in his new role as the Chair of the Diversity Council Australia. In January 2016 David was awarded the honour of Australian of the year.
IABC NSW is proud to host ‘an evening with David Morrison’ at the beautiful army barracks in Paddington. This will be the IABC’s marquee event for 2016 and will include drinks and canapés, followed by a key note speech and Q&A with David.
This is an exclusive experience to hear an influential Australian speak about leading in a crisis, how communicators can support their leaders to be great, what it means for communicators to have a seat at the executive table and how do communicators support the increased focus on gender equity and diversity.
Book your ticket today for what will be a fantastic and insightful evening.
Tuesday October 25
6pm – 8pm
6pm – 7pm: Drinks and canapés in the courtyard
7pm – 8pm: Key note from David Morrison including Q&A
Members Ticket: $30