Closing the Gap:Ending Workforce Discrimination is worth $60B to the Austra...

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KPMG, Level 36, Tower Two

Collins Square

727 Collins St

Docklands, VIC 3008


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Melbourne Lean In is excited to host Alison Kitchen (National Chairman of KPMG Australia) and Ross Honeywill (Executive Director of Centre for Social Economics) to discuss ‘How to boost economy by having more women in workforce?’

Whether you are a diversity manager trying to make a case for gender equality, an individual advocating for discrimination against women in workforce or an individual simply looking for the best approach to navigating your own career, this event is an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions to and engage with our distinguished speakers:

Alison Kitchen (national Chairman of KPMG Australia)

Alison Kitchen is the first female national chairman among big four accounting firms in Australia and also serves as a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards and Chair of KPMG’s Global Audit Quality Committee. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles.

During her 35 years at KPMG, 24 of those years as an Audit partner, Alison has acted as lead audit partner on five ASX Top 50 companies with global operations and has had significant public transaction experience with those clients.

Alison will offer some learnings and insights she has gained from successes and failures throughout her career and provide an open platform for audience participate and discussion.

Ross Honeywill (Executive Director at Centre for Social Economics)

Ross Honeywill is a social scientist, bestselling author and Executive Director of the Centre
for Social Economics.His books have been published on 3 continents with his most recent book, The Man
Problem: Destructive Masculinity in Western Culture, was published by Palgrave Macmillan
(New York).

Dr Honeywill is a board member of Melbourne University's Social Equity Institute and is a
former board member of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Chairman of Judges for
the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Awards, and former chairman of Tasmania's Festival of Voices.

Ross will discuss data and views from his publications "It's Not a Glass Ceiling; It's a Masculine Fault Line" and "The Man Problem: Destructive Masculinity in Western Culture".


6-6.30 pm: Networking (Snacks and Drinks will be provided)

6.30-6.40 pm: Welcome and introduction

6.40-7.05pm: Alison's presentation based on the article "Want to Boost the economy by 60B, get more women in to workforce" followed by 10 minutes of Q & A by the audience.

Economic modelling in KPMG’s report Ending workforce discrimination against women shows that halving the gap between male and female workforce participation rates would increase our annual GDP by $60 billion over the next 20 years. This could also result in a $140 billion lift in our cumulative measured living standards by 2038.

7.05-7.45pm: Discussion on the topics below followed by Q & A from the audience

- Alison’s journey to the top.

- The benefits (to the economy, society and organisation) of higher female workforce participation

- Policy measures for greater gender equality in workplaces

- How organisations can support gender equality and also benefit from it?

- How can men support gender equality?

- How to end workforce discrimination against women?

7.45 - 8.30pm: Speed Networking and drinks

8.30- 9pm: Wrap-up

We would like to thank KPMG for sponsoring this event.

Please Note: An audio visual recording of this event may be produced and uploaded on social media.By attending this event you consent to being photographed/filmed.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Access is via 727 Collins Street • Building entrance is under the bright yellow structure • Walk to back of the building foyer towards the large John Olsen ‘King Sun’ painting towards Tower 2 • Select Level 36 on lift control panel prior to entering a lift • Proceed to Level 36 via your allocated lift where you will be greeted by our KPMG concierge

Taxi ranks :

727 Collins Street in front of the CBA branch

Adjacent to Southern Cross station on Collins Street

Additional taxi ranks are planned in future

Public transport :


Collins Square is located directly opposite tram stop D15-Batmans Hill Drive / Collins Street: Tram 48 or 11 from Collins Street towards Victoria Harbour Docklands.

Spencer Street and Collins Street intersection:

- Tram 109 between Port Melbourne and Box Hill

- Tram 96 between St Kilda Beach and East Brunswick

- Tram 12 between St Kilda and West Preston.

Tram stop available at the Flinders Street / Wurundjeri Way side of Collins Street:

- Tram 70 towards Waterfront City

- Tram 75 towards Waterfront City

- City Circle tram


Southern Cross Station 200m walk


Cnr Collins & Spencer Street and outside The Age building Bus 237 & 235 – Queen Victoria Market/Fisherman’s Bend

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