No discussion needed over merit of debate

New York, 28 February 2014

A spirited argument over the merits of resource extraction in developing countries broke out in Macquarie’s New York office one night in February.

However, it wasn’t Macquarie employees going head to head - but a group of high school debaters from four New York City schools. That’s when members of Macquarie’s Compliance division invited the New York chapter of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAULD) to debate each other and have their efforts recognised through awards - handed out by Macquarie’s Americas compliance head John Polanin - as well as tour the office and get to know staff over pizza.

“Engaging in robust discussion is often used to great effect in business, but using logic, reason and emotion to present a point of view needs practice,” say Edwina Burn and Chris Harrison who coordinated the event.

Macquarie supports NAUDL’s aim of providing urban students with access to the same academically rigorous debate programs available to their better-resourced peers. Debating also provides an opportunity for students to increase their contact with professionals and helps underline the value of education.


Image caption: Rob Hennessey, John Polanin and Gus Wong from Macquarie’s New York Compliance team with staff and students from the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues.