MBA Alumni Network Events
Upcoming MBA alumni events
Adelaide MBA alumni monthly breakfast
For more than 20 years MBA staff, alumni and students have been meeting over breakfast each month. The longevity of the breakfast is a testament to its value, enabling like-minded people to meet in an informal but informative setting.
Past MBA alumni events
Business for Breakfast
Developing the space sector in Australia, and its impacts on business, featuring guest speaker Andrew Curran
Andrew discussed the development of the space industry and what that means for business in Australia. Plus, the importance of effective leadership in this environment. Get an insider look at the local space industry and connect with peers and colleagues.
Read more about Andrew Curran
After serving in the army and as an undercover police officer, Andrew Curran decided to pursue engineering as a mature age student — even while he was living in witness protection. He has helped develop South Australia’s first private launch space launch facility.
Andrew grew up on farms in Victoria and New South Wales, before serving in the Australian Army for three years and then joining the NSW Police. There, he served 10 years, almost four of them as an undercover police operative involved in the covert investigation of major crimes such as murder, armed robbery and drug supply.
After leaving the Police, he received honours in civil and structural engineering at the University of Southern Queensland. During his studies, Andrew and his young family were required to go into witness protection due to his past undercover work with NSW Police. After graduating, he worked for a number of firms in Australia and overseas before joining space company Southern Launch as General Manager - Infrastructure in February 2020.
Andrew’s role involved the approvals, design and construction management for Southern Launch’s rocket launch facilities south of Port Lincoln and north of Ceduna. There are multiple aspects of the projects which have never been presented to the Australian Government before and have required the development of new techniques for the analysis of project impacts.
Having recently finished at Southern Launch, Andrew shares over three years of industry experience.
He will discuss the development of the space industry, how it is changing and what that means for business in Australia.
MBA Alumni Webinar Series
The MBA alumni webinar series aims to provide topical and engaging content, allowing our alumni community to remain connected and learn from one another.
In-conversation with Dr Mat Donald
Dr Mat Donald, author of ‘Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence’ joined Damian Scanlon, Adelaide MBA Program Director in an ‘in-conversation’ about the age of global disruption and how future organisational change is unavoidable. Organisational effects will be immediate and transformational across companies, and due consideration and preparation ahead of these changes may be paramount for the survival of organisations and their leaders of tomorrow.
Common Pitfalls of Strategy
Executive Director Jeremy Glaros , Executive Education, and Undergraduate Marketing and Management Program Director and MBA Strategic Management Lecturer Dr Chris Smith presented on the Common Pitfalls of Strategy. Jeremy and Chris spoke about the common issues associated with crafting and executing corporate strategy, recognising the biases you bring to the table and touched on techniques for overcoming these issues. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
Adelaide MBA Alumni President and Executive Coach, Lorraine Caruso presented the first Business for Breakfast event for 2020 on neuroleadership. Lorraine provided an introductory session on what brain science is telling us about effective leadership in a business environment. The breakfast was well attended by alumni and industry stakeholders, photos from the event can be viewed here.
Building a Board Career
The Adelaide Business School MBA Alumni Network, in partnership with Executive Education, hosted their second ‘Business for Breakfast’ event on Tuesday 28 May, 2019. Guest speakers Lisa Cook, Founder and Managing Director of ‘Get on Board Australia’, and Sonali D’Silva, Founder and educator at Equality Consulting, presented and informative and interactive presentation on ‘Building a Board Career’. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
Securing our future and our talent
Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), Chancellor of the University of Adelaide was the key note speaker at a recent MBA alumni event. The Chancellors presentation consider new and emerging industries, including the Australian Space Agency, Naval Group Australia and Lot 14 and their likely impact on the future of South Australia's economy. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
Business for Breakfast
The Adelaide Business School MBA Alumni network, in partnership with Executive Education, hosted their inaugural 'Business for Breakfast' event on Tuesday 26 February. Guest speaker Yvonne Bowyer, Adelaide MBA alum, shared her insights on using LinkedIn (the world’s largest professional networking site) to launch her tech start up - RemiPeople.
55th Anniversary of Adelaide MBA Program
In 2018 the Adelaide Business Schools MBA program celebrated its 55th anniversary. To mark this milestone the Adelaide Business School in collaboration with the MBA Alumni network hosted a celebratory event at the Gallery on Waymouth. Guest speaker and fellow alumni, Jim Whalley - Executive Director at Nova Defence and Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, spoke about the importance of the MBA program and reflected on his time at the Business School. Photos from the event can be viewed via out Flickr album.
MBA Alumni podcast series launch
A big thank you to special guests, Bec Marshall - Director at Metric, Matt Parry - COO and Co-founder at The Good Crisp Company, Jason Harris and Craig Basford - Co-Owners of Big Shed Brewing Concern and David Pahl - Executive Director at WEBBER AUSTRALIA.
The Podcast series aims to provide an innovative forum in which to share business ideas, knowledge, and experiences. Listen to our podcast series