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We are committed to providing a platform for, and the increased visibility of, diverse voices.

With varied formats (in-person or virtual; conversation leader or members engaging with each other; learning from experts or exploring viewpoints) there are multiple ways to participate.

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March 2024

Indigenous Business Leadership

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 6 tickets left

Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership, is a centre of engagement, research and teaching focused on Indigenous economic empowerment. Dr Michelle Evans is the inaugural Director. She holds a joint appointment of Associate Professorship of Leadership and Associate Dean, Indigenous, at the University of…

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Is The Energy Future Renewables?

March 7 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$45.00 – $50.00 22 tickets left

Widely considered one of the Australian renewable energy industry’s strongest advocates, Miles George, will lead a conversation helping us to explore the state of play and the many future opportunities. Miles has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a…

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Garma Festival

March 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 23rd annual Garma Festival will take place from Friday, 2 August to Monday, 5 August 2024. The Garma Festival is Australia’s largest Indigenous gathering, a 4-day celebration of Yolngu life and culture held in remote northeast Arnhem Land. Hosted by the Yothu Yindi Foundation,…

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Village Wine Bar, 117 Dundas Pl,
Albert Park, VIC 3206
Free 4 spots left

Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our…

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Indonesian Presidential Election: key issues and implications

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95 18 tickets left

2024 will see a range of significant elections around the world. These elections will involve more than 40% of the world's population. In Indonesia, about 205 million people are eligible to vote, making it one of the world’s biggest election days. What are the implications…

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Boardroom Passions and Challenges

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$135.00 – $155.00 10 tickets left

At the cutting edge of change and competition, David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than forty years of experience creating brand and shareholder value. He is interested in customer centred transformation of businesses. “The best organisations put…

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The Parkville Precinct Open Door Series

March 20 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Melbourne University Parkville, VIC 3052 Australia
Free 7 spots left

Melbourne’s Parkville Precinct is a powerhouse of public and private institutions and businesses of national and global significance. This year we will open the door to some of these places. The first visit will be to the University of Melbourne’s centre for the research and…

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April 2024

Question 7

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 10 spots left

Beginning at a love hotel by Japan's Inland Sea and ending by a river in Tasmania, Question 7 is about the choices we make about love and the chain reaction that follows. By way of H. G. Wells and Rebecca West's affair through 1930s nuclear physics to…

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Depth and Impact of the Advisory Board Sector

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$45.00 – $50 24 tickets left

Louise Broekman, Founder of the Advisory Board Centre, is an award-winning entrepreneur, researcher and business advisor with industry and government recognition at a local and national level for her contribution to the Australian business sector. Louise has the unique advantage of having been on both…

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Democratic Resilience

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80 – $95 18 tickets left

According to the Australian Parliamentary Education Office, a democratic country has a system of government in which the people have the power to participate in decision-making. Such a country also has four key components: Active and engaged citizens An inclusive and equitable society Free and…

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Dangerous Dinner

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vic’s Bar, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000

In a relaxed, intimate dinner party format, we draw on the diverse expertise of our members sharing their ideas and experiences on complex or controversial topics; to learn from others, challenge assumptions, spark new ideas or point the way for potential actions. Dangerous because the…

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May 2024

Contemporary Non-Profits: Challenges and Opportunities

May 1 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule

If you are on a Board, an Executive, or interested in leadership in the NFP sector this ZOOM event will provide an opportunity to discuss issues with a panel of four members with extensive and diverse experience in Governance and Leadership in NFPs. NFPs positively…

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