- 2013 Annual Dinner, 12 February, Broadcasting in a diverse Australia: complexities and challenges
Synopsis: SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid will outline the journey that SBS has been on and how its focus has changed over the years with changes in Australia's demography, discussing the challenges of covering news and world events through an Australian lens. He will also discuss how technology and audience and media habits are shaping the way SBS delivers its services to Australian audiences. SBS's purpose is to inspire all Australians to explore and appreciate our multicultural world and contribute to an inclusive society. That purpose is informed by a Charter that SBS's principal function is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, education and entertain all Australians and in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society.
Biography: Michael Ebeid has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS) since June 2011. Michael has more than 24 years' experience in senior management and executive roles across the technology, telecommunications and media industries. Prior to SBS, Michael was the Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at the ABC. In 2005, Michael joined Two Way Limited, an interactive TV, mobile and online entertainment media business as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer, where he took the company into Asia. For 10 years Michael was with Optus Communications, where he was Director of Commercial Operations for Consumer and Multimedia for the last five years. Michael has also been a Board member of subscription TV's industry body, ASTRA, from 2001-2005. Michael began the first nine years of his career with IBM in various roles across finance, sales and marketing, and worked in Tokyo and other Asian countries. Michael has completed a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University), International Executive Development Program (INSEAD Business College, France), and Media Strategies Program (Harvard Business School, Boston).
- Annual General Meeting, 28 November
- Panel Presentation and Seminar; 12 November, Community Engagement Through an Organisational Mentoring Program
The changing face of Redfern is exciting and topical, a program of urban renewal that sees the possibilities for a vibrant community. The transformation is the work of a range of groups and initiatives. The Business & Professional Ethics Group at the University of Sydney Business School is engaging in the pioneering work of the Redfern community, in partnership with big business. Our latest seminar takes place in Redfern and features and innovative organisational mentoring program.
Westpac Organisational Mentoring Program
The Westpac Group's Organisation Mentoring Program has been designed to help deliver sustainable benefits to the social sector, by transfer skills to support continuous improvement, innovation and collaboration.
Four participants in Westpac's program will share their experiences - the objectives, challenges and benefits of this form of community engagement
- Susan Yazbek - Lead Mentor, Organisational Mentoring Program, Westpac
- Charles Prouse - CEO, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy(NASCA)
- Shane Phillips - CEO, Tribal Warrior Association
- Julie Baker - Mentor, Project Director, Westpac
The work being undertaken for Refern's Aboriginal youth was recently highlighted in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article can be found here.
- Annual Dinner, 16 February, Ron McCallum AO, Teaching Labour Law to Lawyers for four decades: Some observations"
Professor McCallum was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney From January 1993 until his retirement on 30 September 2007. Professor McCallum was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney from January 1993 until his retirement on 30 September 2007. From 2002 to 2007 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Since December 2010, he has been a consultant with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Professor McCallum has written extensively on labour law matters.
Professor McCallum is the first totally blind person to be appointed to the Deanship of a Law School in Australia or New Zealand. He is Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Co-Operative Ltd, which operates radio 2RPH. Since 2006, he has been a Deputy-Chair of the Board of Vision Australia Pty Ltd. On 3 November 2008, Professor McCallum was elected as to the inaugural Committee of Experts of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Professor McCallum was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice. On 25 November 2010, Professor McCallum was awarded the honour of being declared NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2011
- Seminar, 2 March, Tom Hadden, "Cautionary Tales from the West"
Australia is a significant player in the global economic and financial system and cannot be immune from future shocks. It should learn from others' experiences and seek to protect itself from the stupidity and self interest of bankers, the negligence of auditors, the ineffectiveness of regulators and the false sense of security by ordinary consumers that were so damaging in other, not so different, economies.
- Annual Dinner, 17 February, Gael McDonald, "The Global Financial Crisis: The Extent to which Business Schools are to Blame"
Professor McDonald's address at BPEG's annual dinner emphasised the finger pointing that has occurred at business educators and their programs' role in the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Her talk posed the question of whether business schools did, and what were the roles played in the GFC? More poignantly, she asked how are business schools responding, particularly in regard to a perceived lack of moral training? To explain the role of ethical values and moral training, Professor McDonald used the fitting analogy of fire extinguishers ignored until there is a crisis and then everyone has forgotten how to use them. This leads to the question of whether and what the role of business schools is with respect to the moral decay evident in the GFC.
- Seminar, 15 December, Grant Michelson, "No Strings Attached - Welcoming the Existential Gift in Business"
- Workshop, 11 November, Henriikka Clarkeburn, "The Challenges of Achieving Work-Life Balance"
- Dinner workshop, 12 July, Dean Neu and Jeff Everett, "Accounting, Ethics and the Politics of Corruption"
- Dinner, 2 March, Stephen Long, "Scribes, Bribes and Videotape: The Ethics of Financial Journalism"