Upcoming Alumni Events


Join the Discipline of Finance on the Sydney to the Gong Ride

2nd Nov 2014

The Discipline of Finance in the University of Sydney Business School invite their Finance Honours and PhD alumni to join them on the MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride.

The Discipline of Finance at the University of Sydney Business School is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.  In order to commemorate this milestone and strengthen our valued relationship with our alumni the Discipline will cover the registration cost for each alumni entrant who has completed their Honours or PhD in the Discipline of Finance at the University of Sydney Business School. All riders will also be provided with a sponsored jersey.

About the MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride

The MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride is Australia's most respected and spectacular one day community bike ride. Over its 32 year history it has become Sydney's cycling tradition famous for its atmosphere, wonderful volunteers and the generosity of its riders and supporters.

Since 1980 hundreds of thousands of cyclists have taken the challenge of riding to Wollongong and have raised over $30 million dollars to support people living with MS.

The 90km ride begins in St Peters in Sydney's Inner West and finishes in Wollongong. Participants will cycle through spectacular scenery such as the Royal National Park and along the ocean road.

For more information on the MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride please visit the event's official website.

Details

Sunday 2 November 2014
6.00am
Sydney Park
St Peters

Register

To take part in the ride or for any enquiries please contact the Discipline of Finance
E: financeadmin@econ.usyd.edu.au
T: 9351 3915

Registrations close Sunday 26 October 2014.


Business of Health breakfast on wellbeing @ work

11th Nov 2014

fruit What is the epidemic of "lifestyle" diseases costing businesses, society and the nation? What can be done about it?

Some companies believe that investing in workplace wellness programs benefit both their employees and their bottom line. These programs aim to prevent the onset of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

At this Wellness @ work breakfast, a panel of industry experts will address some important questions on this wellness issue.

  • What is the role of business in championing healthier lifestyles?
  • How can wellness programs encourage individuals to take responsibility for themselves?
  • How do businesses achieve a win win?
  • What are the benefits and barriers to measuring ROI?
  • What are the key facilitators of successful workplace wellness programmes?
  • Which tools are most effective when measuring the impact of wellness programs?
  • Are “payers” (ie insurance companies and government) more focused on cost containment than on outcomes-based approaches to containing costs? If so, how do we address this disconnect between payers, the pharmaceutical industry and preventative initiatives such as food, transport and the hospital system?

'Wellness @ work' will be a panel discussion vital to understanding and promoting the welfare of employees and how this can strengthen the bottom line outcomes for business.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

7.15 – 9.00 am
The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney CBD

Panellists

Jo Mitchell, Director, Centre for Population Health, NSW Health
Charlie Taylor, Director, McKinsey Australia
Stuart Babbage, Department of Health Lead Partner, PwC Australia

Dress

Business casual

RSVP

Please register online by Tuesday 4 November 2014

Catering

Please advise of any dietary requirements

Enquiries

Kathryn Cowe
T +61 2 9351 5065
E business.events@sydney.edu.au


Alumni Professional Development Program on Design Thinking

20th Nov 2014

The Business Alumni Network for the University of Sydney Business School is committed to supporting and driving meaningful engagement between the Business School and our alumni through a well developed and established program of events, communication channels and volunteering opportunities.

One of the key objectives for the Business Alumni Network is to offer a number of professional development opportunities within our annual program and we are pleased to announce that our inaugural half day professional development program will be held on Thursday, 20th November 2014 on Design Thinking at our CBD Campus.

Topic

Design thinking has been around for some time, but still seems to create a buzz. Is it just a fad, or is there more to it? It represents a different way to approach problem solving as well as product or service creation. It's about flipping your mindset to looking at problems from the user's perspective. It's often called human centred design or user centred design. The three key ingredients are empathy, reframing and test & learn.

The reframe part of the process suggests that sometimes we try to solve the wrong problem – that looking at a challenge from a different perspective can produce insights that help us solve a different problem, the one we really should be solving.

The empathy part of the process suggests that we really need to flip our mindset to look at challenges from the user's perspective. If we don't ask people who are affected, don't observe them in situ, we won't really know if our solutions will actually work in the field.

And lastly, the demands of efficiency and economy require us to be mindful of the resources we utilise in solving problems. Design thinking is based on the test & learn process – prototyping solutions, trialling them with real users and then adjusting the solutions to ensure they work. The process can be summarised as fail fast, fail early and fail cheaply in order to succeed.

Speakers

Brendan Burwood (EMBA '12)
Co-Founder and Managing Director, ipac Financial Care

Over the past 16 years, Brendan has been involved in creating, building and selling three medium sized companies ($45m to $77m) in a diverse range of industries from music and film to sport, finance and direct marketing. In 2010, he founded 'ipac Financial Care', a company specialising in financial services to the aged care sector. The two major shareholders are AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited (ASX) and his own private investment company.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Financial Services and a Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney Business School.

 

Peter Lewis (BA '88, LLB '93)
Director, Essential Media Communications

Peter Lewis is a director of Essential Media Communications, one of Australia's leading public affairs companies specializing in social and political campaigns.
EMC has been responsible for some of the most effective campaigns of recent times including the Rights at Work campaign for the ACTU, the Every Australian Counts campaign for a National Disability Insurance Campaign and the Fight for the Reef campaign.

Peter has been incorporating design thinking into his campaign-design process tailoring a program User Centred Design for a growing number of clients including the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the Catholic Commission on Employment Relations and the Pew Charitable Trust.
For more details about Peter's work go to www.essentialmedia.com.au

 

Associate Professor Robin Stonecash
Director, Executive Education; Program Director of the Global Executive MBA, University of Sydney Business School

Robin is the Director of Executive Education in Management Education at the University of Sydney Business School. She is also Program Director for Rabobank's Executive Development Program and Farm Managers Program.

Robin has spent the last 15 years working with individuals from a variety of organisations to improve their leadership capabilities. Her expertise is in diagnosing the challenges that organisations face and designing development programs that build the capabilities individuals need to meet those challenges. She has designed executive development programs for organisations across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, financial services, telecommunications, IT, manufacturing, policing and government. The programs she designs are often transformational and always fun.

Robin worked for President Carter's Council on Wage and Price Stability in Washington DC and at the US Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Trade Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. She has taught economics at a number of Universities in the United States, Australia and Asia. She worked for the Centre for International Economics, a Canberra-based economic consulting firm, working on government policy and regulatory issues. For the last 18 years, she has been an academic and consultant, working at the University of Sydney Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the School of Business at UTS.

Program

Thursday 20 November 2014

From 12.00pm

Welcome lunch

1.00pm

Introductory exercise to Design Thinking conducted by Associate Professor Robin Stonecash

2.00pm

Brendan Burwood - Co-Founder and Managing Director, ipac Financial Care – to demonstrate how Design Thinking can be used to set up a business. Will provide a real lifeexample related to the challenge of aged care and the founding of his business ipac Financial Care.

3.00pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30pm

Peter Lewis – Director, Essential Media Communications – will demonstrate how Design Thinking is being incorporated into his campaign-design process tailoring a program User Centred Design for a growing number of clients including the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the Catholic Commission on Employment Relations and the Pew Charitable Trust.

4.30pm

Associate Professor Robin Stonecash will lead a group exercise session on how to incorporate Design Thinking in to your broader professional development and will provide you with firsthand experience of the human centred design process.

5.15pm

Close of Alumni Professional Development Program

6.00 – 8.00pm

Participants are invited to join University of Sydney Business School Connect over Cocktails Alumni Networking Reception with guest speaker and alumna, Annabel Spring (BEc '92 LLB '94), Group Executive – Wealth, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Register for Connect over Cocktails.

Venue

University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney
NSW 2000

Price

$595.00  for University of Sydney alumni

Please note that places are limited. The prices above include GST, lunch and refreshments during the program as well as a Cocktail Reception immediately following the program.

Registrations

Register

RSVP by Friday 14 November 2014 as places are limited.

Please RSVP early as places are limited. A waitlist will commence once the maximum capacity is reached.

Enquiries

Please contact Natalie Brownstein
Alumni Relations Manager, University The University of Sydney Business School Alumni Relations
E natalie.brownstein@sydney.edu.au
T +61 2 9114 1128


Connect over Cocktails Alumni Reception (Sydney)

20th Nov 2014

Professor Gregory Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School warmly invites all Business School and Economics alumni to our  regular ‘Connect over Cocktails’ Alumni Networking Reception on Thursday, 20th November 2014.

Annabel Spring

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker will be alumna  Ms Annabel Spring (BEc '92 LLB '94):
Annabel Spring joined the Wealth Management Division of the Commonwealth Bank of  Australia (CBA), as Group Executive, in October 2011. She is responsible  for Colonial First State, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, Wealth Management Advice and CommInsure, and is a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Annabel joined the CBA Group in March 2009 as Group Head of Strategy where she was responsible for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, cross-business strategic initiatives, and government relations. In April 2011, she also added responsibility for communications.

Before joining the CBA Group, Annabel was Managing Director and Global Head of Firm Strategy and Execution at Morgan Stanley. Previous to that she held  various positions in Leveraged Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate  Finance. Annabel has worked in New York, Asia and Australia.

Annabel  is a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Australian Eastern Territories, a Director of the Financial Services Council (FSC) and a Co-Chair of the FSC's Superannuation Board Committee. She is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Annabel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics, both with honours, from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar.

We do hope that you are able to join us at our second ‘Connect over Cocktails’ event for 2014 and look forward to welcoming you and your  fellow alumni to the reception.

Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

Venue

The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000

RSVP

Register

RSVP by Friday 14 November 2014 as places are limited.

Please RSVP early as places are limited. A waitlist will commence once the maximum capacity is reached.

Dress

Business Attire

Enquiries

Natalie Brownstein, Alumni Relations Manager, University of Sydney Business School
T: +61 2 9114 1128
E: natalie.brownstein@sydney.edu.au

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