The Status Quota - Is there Merit in Merit?

The creative industry and diversity are still struggling to get along. As an industry that thrives with unique ideas, opinions and differing life experiences — the dangers of unconscious bias in interview rooms, meeting rooms and creative reviews are just as present as they were in the 50s. Sure, there might not be as many midday whiskeys, but the gender gap is as relentless as ever.
Constantly on the lookout for a solution, one of the most interesting discussions is the contentious dichotomy between quotas and merit. Do we have to set rules and adapt company standards? Or does this greatly devalue the credentials of an entire gender?
Why a debate?
To challenge the conventions and limitations that underpin and often undermine the creative industry.
The intention of this debate is to disrupt our mindset and push us beyond the traditional, top line discussions around the issues of gender diversity.
All audience members should be left with more questions than answers. We want you to scrutinise your role, your company and the long-term repercussions of a blasé attitude.
Each attendee, will not only witness a fiery debate, but they should be left with at least one unanswered question that challenges the way they view their role, the industry, the future of commercial creativity.
Our Speakers
A mix of industry leaders and creative thinkers. In a discussion that fuels more questions, may the best minds win. Adam Ferrier, Rose Herceg, Carolyn Miller, Linda McGregor, Mike Beckerleg and Jane Burhop. Three for quotas and three for merit...but which three for which? You’ll have to join us to find out!
Early bird: $135 + GST
Regular: $149 + GST
Sit down breakfast is included in the ticket price to help fuel the debate. 
This event is sponsored by Common Ventures, B&T - Women In Media and hosted by Legends & Leaders.

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