“So in summary, we all have a role to play in addressing unconscious biases and promote all women into senior roles," he said.
ANZ's global chief of human resources Susie Babani used her time to run though common barriers to promotion for women as well as some classic misconceptions about women in the workplace, urging leaders not to try to change the women, but “change the environment."
In response, BusinessDay deputy editor Nassim Khadem ran through a long list of programs aimed at levelling the field in the workplace, before concluding “if our structures and laws are changing, if our CEOs are on board… then the main factor stopping women progressing, sadly, is women themselves."
The debate caused a small storm on social media, where many weighed in with their opinion.
When it came to the final vote, however, support was so split that moderator and BlueNotes managing director Andrew Cornell was reluctant to call a result, giving the BlueNotes' debate series its first tie.
The responsibility for increased visibility in women in the workplace is, as far as the crowd was concerned, something for all of us equally.