2017 Seminar Series

A House of Bricks...or A House of Straw?

Professor Bruce McColl, Industry Professor - Ehrenberg-Bass Institute

6.00pm - 8.00pm, 26 October 2017

Hosted by the University of South Australia's Business School.

In this masterclass, Bruce will discuss the management of grit needed to break free of an all too common boom and bust cycle of growth. He will hold a mirror up to the seductive straw practices that provide only a fleeting illusion of growth. It is not a session for the easily offended. Most people involved in management will recognise some of their own value destructive practices. Throughout his corporate career Bruce had the opportunity to work with outstanding global leaders. He will weave what he gleaned from this talent base with what he continues to learn from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute. The combination will outline a decision making framework that will help create a business built from bricks and deliver a growth cycle that will sustain.

This masterclass is one not to be missed and registrations will be essential, so secure your free ticket today.

Held at the University South Australia's City West Campus. Drinks and a light dinner will be provided.

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Tim Boundy, CEO - Renew Adelaide

7.30am - 9.30am, 10 August 2017

Hosted by Associate Professor Stephen Boyle, Dean: Academic

Young people are leaving. A perceived lack of opportunities or culture apparently drives them beyond our state borders.  Debates about why can last for days, and the comparison between cities can too. Tim proposes that they're leaving not for jobs or fun, but because the cities they move to have an identity they relate to.

Graduates of our universities are more likely to leave than non-graduates. This places our state's universities in a unique position of opportunity. The people leaving are both the answer and the solution.

Join us for this exclusive networking seminar. A continental breakfast and refreshments will be served.

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Reflections on 40 plus years in business in Australia and overseas

Mr Leigh Clifford AO, Chairman - Qantas Airways Limited

6pm - 8pm, 22 June 2017

Hosted by Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor - Business & Law.

Mr Leigh Clifford, Chairman of Qantas Airways Limited, will be interviewed by Prof Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business & Law), UniSA Business School in this exclusive seminar. Mr Clifford will reflect on his career and share his experiences working at the most senior levels in business both in Australia and overseas. A comprehensive Q&A and networking session will provide the opportunity for the participants to engage with the themes raised by one of Australia’s most experienced Directors.

Currently Chairman of the Qantas Board—a position he has held since November 2007, and having been a Qantas Director since August 2007—Mr Clifford is also a Director of Bechtel Group Inc in the USA and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd; Senior Adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co; Director of Crestone Wealth Management; a member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and Chairman of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation; and a Director of Equestrian Australia. Mr Clifford was previously a Director of Barclays Bank plc and Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Prior to joining Qantas, Mr Clifford worked for Rio Tinto for 37 years, starting as a mining engineer and retiring as Chief Executive in April 2007.

Join us for this exclusive networking seminar. Refreshments and a light meal will be served.

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Trust and Talent: twin peaks of 'future work'.

Jane Booth, Executive Director: People, Talent & Culture - UniSA

8.30am - 10.30am, 29 May 2017

Hosted by Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor - Business & Law.

In this masterclass, Jane will discuss how the world of work is changing and the familiar organisational paradigm of corporate structures and developing high performing, engaged employees won't fit. Trust will be central to fully leveraging the talents of those we interoperate with to create value. We'll need new skills, new ways of viewing systems and a mindset that navigates the known and the unknown with confidence.

Join us for this exclusive masterclass. Refreshments and morning tea will be served.

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Making SDGs a Reality—what will it take?

Ms Rosie Wheen, Chief Executive - WaterAid

9am - 11am, 23 March 2017

Hosted by Professor Lin Crase, Head - School of Commerce.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a ground breaking opportunity to galvanize action to end extreme poverty. These goals are interdependent and interconnected, they address peace, people, prosperity, partnership and our planet. WaterAid is part of the movement to make Goal 6 a reality—everyone everywhere having access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

To do this, business as usual is not going to get us there, we need to think and work differently and we all have a part to play. Rosie will share her reflection on the crucial role of leadership, collaboration and addressing inequalities will play to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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