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April 2024

Depth and Impact of the Advisory Board Sector

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$45.00 – $50.00

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
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80 – $95 10 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: How Old Is Too Old to Hold Public Office?

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vic’s Bar, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
$45.00 2 tickets left

Do we trust our Public Officers, in government and business, to be competent at 60, 70, 80 or even 90?  The imminent election in the USA is likely to be between a 78 year old and an 81 year old? Does their age matter, or…

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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
Free

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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Observations of a Journalist

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$45.00 – $50.00 36 tickets left

One of Australia’s best-known journalists and authors, Michael Gawenda AM, has a career that spans four decades with roles that included a political reporter, a foreign correspondent based in London and in Washington, a columnist, a feature writer, and a senior editor at Time Magazine.…

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Corporate Governance: Australian and Overseas trends and issues

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$45.00 – $50.00 27 tickets left

What are the pressing governance issues and future trends facing Australian and International boards? We are privileged to have two Melbourne Forum members lead a conversation on corporate governance. Dr Nora Scheinkestel is an experienced company director having served as a non-executive chairman and director…

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Indonesia’s Unlikely New President: Implications for Australia and the West

May 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 15 tickets left

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

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Dangerous Dinner

May 28 @ 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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The Nixon Review: addressing migrant worker exploitation

May 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95.00 16 tickets left

The Nixon Review was established by the Department of Home Affairs to addresses migrant worker exploitation, and aimed to more effectively prevent, deter and sanction abuse of Australia's visa framework. In this highly informative Melbourne Forum lunch, Christine Nixon AO, APM will  help us understand…

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June 2024

Adriatic: A Geopolitical and Cultural Exploration

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 12 spots left

Robert D. Kaplan, a geopolitical expert turns his perceptive eye to a region that for centuries has been a meeting point of cultures, trade, and ideas. He undertakes a journey around the Adriatic Sea, through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Greece, to reveal that…

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Ovarian Cancer: Searching For A Cure

June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$45.00 – $50.00

Every year over 300,000 people hear the words “you have ovarian cancer”. It is the least survivable gynaecological cancer, but it often misses out on the big campaigns, donations, and research grants. As with any type of cancer, earlier diagnosis and treatment can make a…

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July 2024

Wifedom

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 14 spots left

Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own... when she uncovers his forgotten wife, it's a revelation. Eileen O'Shaughnessy's literary brilliance shaped Orwell's work and her practical nous…

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