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Graduates from Macquarie University are part of an incredible alumni community.
The University’s greatest priority is the health and safety of our wonderful and diverse community. To minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure, and in line with Government advice, we are postponing our physical events until further notice. The University will continue to follow Government advice, monitor the situation as it evolves, and provide event rescheduling updates.
NEW ONLINE EVENTS
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Upcoming alumni events
Planning to Survive: Focused Financial Modelling - Tuesday May 5
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by James Hay and the Macquarie Business School Corporate & Professional Education Short Course.
James Hay has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate treasury executive, financial analyst and executive trainer. James has worked in risk management, corporate finance and evaluation in the Australian resources sector, and presented over 200 seminars and courses on financial skills, economic modelling and value-based management. He has also established a corporate advisory and training business which provides investment appraisal and financial education to a range of corporate and institutional clients. Since 2006, he has been an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre, teaching Financial Statement Analysis and Modelling, and Natural Resources Investment Analysis.
When: Tuesday May 5, 10am-10.30am (AEST)
Why you need to get finance now more than ever - Thursday May 7
Join Macquarie Applied Finance Centre Director, Lindesay Brine and our alumni as they talk about "Why you need to get finance now more than ever" and discuss study options during this special time. This webinar will also feature a live Q&A session, so make sure you register to attend and join the conversation.
When: Thursday May 7, 1pm (AEST)
Macquarie Alumni Online: North America - Wednesday May 13
Join us to hear from senior alumni across Canada and the US on How businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. They will share the impacts to their businesses, the strategies used and where to from here.
You will also hear a brief update about your University from Professor S Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor & President. Our guest speakers for the evening are:
- Roger Woodend MBA (2009) - Vice President Sales, BT
- Bill Cordingley MBA (2003) - Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Banking Chicago Office, Rabobank
- Brenda McGuire MA (2001) - President & CEO, WorldWide Connect
When: Wednesday May 13, 7pm - 8pm Eastern Time (UTC -4) (Note: 9am May 14 AEST)
Macquarie MD Webinar - Wednesday May 13
When: Wednesday May 13, 5pm-6pm (AEST)
Change Capability - Thursday May 14
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Helen Campbell and the Macquarie Business School Corporate & Professional Education Short Course.
There’s nothing like a mandatory global change with ridiculously short timelines to bring out the best in our teams and organisations! So there’s no time like the present to capture these strengths and make sure we leverage them – now and in the future. The ability of an organisation to continually and reliably deliver value-laden change is a huge competitive advantage. So is your organisation winning gold medals right now? How is your team and organisation rising to the challenge of change? Do you know where to look to find out? …and what to look for?
In this 45 minute webinar
- You’ll cover all the angles with a change capability framework
- We’ll save you time by revealing the four groups to focus on and the eight capabilities to look for.
- You’ll gain insights into your strong (and weak) areas by applying the framework to your organisation or team
- We’ll give you some ideas for how to apply the framework in different ways to deliver clear and focused recommendations
When: Thursday May 14, 10am-10.30am (AEST)
Backpack to Briefcase: Beer with the Boss - Monday May 25
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a CEO? How they have the confidence, grit, interpersonal skills and vision to make the tough decisions? Or, are you thinking about getting your first job or what your next step is?
Join us for Backpack to Briefcase – Virtual Beer with the Boss – a professional development event for young #mqalumni where you will be able to connect with each of our ‘bosses’ – senior alumni with impressive job titles and even more impressive career journeys – and listen to their career story, hear their tips and tricks of the trade and ask them any questions you might have.
The concept for Beer with the Boss is simple: relax, grab a drink and speed network with a ‘boss’ in a group. Each session will be timed to 15 minutes, and after, move onto the next ‘boss’.
Following the formalities, you will have the opportunity to virtually network with your fellow alumni attendees.
When: Monday May 25 7pm - 8.30pm (AEST)
Navigating Uncertainty: Sailing Uncharted Waters - Tuesday May 26
Join leadership expert Dr Elizabeth King and one of Australia’s leading navigators Carl Crafoord for a 30-minute engaging webinar that will share the journey.
Dr Elizabeth King has over 30 years experience in designing and implementing high impact, enduring, client-tailored approaches to leadership development that are evidence and mindfulness based. Dr King held senior marketing and executive positions in five of Australia’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Her academic background includes a Science degree in Biotechnology and a MBA from Macquarie, a Masters of Coaching and Human Resource Management at Sydney, postgraduate training in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and a PhD from MGSM, titled "Developing leaders to perform in uncertainty: The mindfulness solution".
The Sydney Hobart Yacht race is one of the great, demanding ocean races of the world. It is a dangerous, high pressure, literally life and death environment. Having achieved line honours on four separate occasions, the most experienced navigator in the history of the race wanted to apply his expertise skippering his own boat. Looking for an edge, he approached Dr Elizabeth King from Macquarie Business School for guidance. The program showed its capacity to create rapid positive change in team dynamics, resulting in enhanced resilience, performance and innovation and ultimately, success in winning their category.
You will learn:
How Sail exchange developed their crew to perform in the 2019 race
A framework to develop your own team to perform in uncertainty
Great strategies for reducing anxiety inherent in performance and cultivating mastery
How to rotate from surviving to thriving
When: Tuesday May 26, 10am-10.30am (AEST)
Leaders, Innovators & Disruptors Event with Dr Cathy Foley - Tuesday May 26
Join CSIRO Chief Scientist and Macquarie alumna Dr Cathy Foley (BSc(Hons)/DipEd 1981), for a discussion about the critical role of science and technology, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit in a time of pandemic in this free webinar brought to you by the Macquarie University Incubator.
As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, experts from a range of fields are working more closely and innovatively together than ever before. Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, are on the front line: scaling-up and testing vaccine candidates; providing new insights from big data analysis; supporting businesses to reskill and retool; and inventing new industries that will drive Australia’s economic recovery.
When: Tuesday May 26, 1pm - 2pm (AEST)
Weathering the Storm: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving in Turbulent and Uncertain Times
Webinar Moderator: Professor Norma Harrison, Macquarie University
Speaker 1: Greg Bodkin, SVP Supply Chain & Operational Excellence, Cochlear Limited
Speaker 2: Meighan Heard, General Manager, Governance and Legal, BaptistCare NSW & ACT
Speaker 3: James Scotland, Queensland Chapter President, Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI)
When: Wenesday May 27, 9am - 10am (AEST)
Postgraduate Virtual Study Fair - 1 to 5 June
We’re partnering with other universities in Australia to bring you a Postgraduate Virtual Study Fair for future postgraduate students. Q&A sessions, keynote speakers, discussions, degree info, study tips, personalised study plans – it’s all happening for YOU over five days.
When: June 1 - 5 (over five days), 4pm – 8pm, every day (AEST)
A COVID-19 Post-Mortem – Lessons Learned and Moving Forward - Wednesday June 3
Webinar Moderator: Professor Norma Harrison, Macquarie University
Speaker 1: Craig Carmody, CEO, Port of Newcastle
Speaker 2: Olaf Schatteman, Partner, Bain & Co.
Speaker 3: Steve Melnyk, Michigan State University/Norma Harrison, Macquarie University
When: Wednesday June 3, 9am - 10am (AEST)
Reaching through the screen: impactful virtual communication - Tuesday June 9
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Duncan Young and the Macquarie Business School Corporate & Professional Education.
Duncan’s credentials combine a diversity of education, training and practical experience. He completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English drama in 1991 and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at NIDA. He has worked as a professional actor since 1995 appearing in numerous films, TV and theatre productions.
Duncan has been working as an organisational development consultant and executive coach since 1998. He is accredited in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the L-Map leadership coaching tool and the DISC diagnostic system. He is also an accredited executive coach with the International Coaching Federation.
He has delivered courses in leadership, change management, diversity, pitching and presentation skills, sales and business development, influencing, negotiation and media skills to a broad range of clients from both the private and public sectors. One of his great strengths is being able to work effortlessly at any level of an organisation from CEO to front line staff.
When: Tuesday June 9, 10am-10.45am (AEST)
Data in Decision Making - Investments and Funds Management Series - June 10, 17 & 24
Join us for this FREE live webinar series, presented by our expert panellists and hosted by MAFC.
Session 1 - What happens to finance in a big data, machine learning world? with guest panellist Laurence Irlich
Session 2 - Data in systematic sustainability investing, with guest panellist Slava Platkov
Session 3 - The cost of increasing complexity in data, with guest panellist Anthony Corr
When: June 10, June 17 and June 24, 12.30pm - 1.30pm (AEST)
The virus in the economy: future business impacts - Thursday June 18
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Dr Ben Wang & Prof David Orsmond and the Macquarie Business School Corporate & Professional Education.
Dr Ben Wang is a senior lecturer of Economics at the Macquarie Business School. He is an applied macro-economist who has written on a wide range of macroeconomic topics, including measuring and analysing the nexus between uncertainty and business cycles, the role of media news in driving consumer expectation and sentiment, exchange rate determination, and housing bubble and risk. He has published 14 papers in leading economic journals including Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Economic Modelling and Economic Record. He has been a visiting scholar to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Humboldt University and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and currently serves as a council member for the Economic Society of Australia NSW Branch and the Chinese Economics Society of Australia.
Professor David Orsmond is Professor of Economics at the Macquarie Business School. He previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, holding senior positions in the Financial Stability and Economic Analysis Departments. Dr Orsmond also spent an extended period at the International Monetary Fund working on economic stabilisation and technical assistance issues across numerous countries. He has written on a range of topics, including regulatory policies in the financial sector, China’s economy, global imbalances and the mining sector. He holds a PhD from Duke University, a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney and completed studies in economic policy at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
When: Thursday June 18, 10am-10.45am (AEST)
Japan Alumni Network zoom seminar - Sunday June 21
Japan Alumni Network leader Dr Josh Kidd will be joined by fellow alumnus Dr Prashan Karunaratne, Lecturer in Economics (BEcon 2003, Becon(Hons) 2004, PhD 2019) for the first in an online seminar series for our alumni in Japan.
Topic: The pandemic and its impact have career and life lessons for graduates like you - Lessons from economics and lessons from education.
When: Sunday June 21, 5pm-6pm (Japan time)
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Neuroscience of leadership - Wednesday June 24
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Kristen Hansen and the Macquarie Business School Corporate & Professional Education.
Kristen Hansen is the founder of EnHansen Performance, which provides managers with neuroscience strategies to build leadership, resilience, adaptability, creativity, coaching, self-management and engagement skills.
Kristen is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience of leadership and has 20 years’ management experience in the field. She has completed postgraduate studies in neuroscience of leadership and is an accredited executive coach with the International Coach Federation, a master trainer in emotional intelligence and accredited in DiSC and PRISM brain mapping.
When: Wednesday June 24, 10am-10.30am (AEST)
School of Education Webinar for Teachers and Schools - Wednesday June 24
Healthy lifestyles for healthy hearts webinar - Thursday June 25
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for one in four of all deaths in Australia. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the risk factors that contribute to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. Learn what you can do to
minimise them and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. This online event will feature presentations by MQ Health clinicians and academics, and an opportunity to ask questions.
When: Thursday June 25, 12noon - 1pm (AEST)
The Circular Economy - Thursday June 25
Join Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Dr Kate Ringvall and Annie Thompson for a panel discussion on the circular economy. This free webinar is part of the popular Leaders, Innovators and Disruptors series brought to you by the Macquarie University Incubator.
Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory and in 2019 she launched her plastics microfactory, a recycling technology breakthrough.
Dr Kate Ringvall has more than 20 years’ experience working, studying and exploring the many facets that make up Sustainability as we know it today. Her first job as graduate was in a recycling processing plant in Fremantle and Kate remains an avid recycler!
Annie Thompson is the founder of Sustainable Brands Group. Sustainable Schoolwear is a unique Australian business making eco school uniforms and thinking about the whole lifecycle of a uniform.
When: Thursday June 25, 1pm - 2pm (AEST)
Strategy 2020: Resetting for growth - Tuesday July 7
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Dr Lara Moroko and Associate Professor Steve Jaynes.
Strategy practitioners use a number of well-known tools, including Five Forces, Value Chain, PESTLE. Three Horizons, SWOT, Blue Ocean, and Business Model Canvas. How useful are these tools for helping us address key strategic issues in the current environment?
Should we be changing the way we think about strategy? In this panel discussion, Associate Professor Steve Jaynes and Dr Lara Moroko will address this question, and provide insights as to how best to think about strategy in the current disruptive environment.
Associate Professor Steve Jaynes has over 20 years’ experience in research, teaching, executive development and consulting in the fields of business strategy, leadership, culture and change. He was previously the MBA Director and Deputy Director at Deakin University, and an Associate at the Melbourne Business School. Steve has published his research in the areas of organisational discourse, strategic change, leadership, and organisational culture.
Dr Lara Moroko has a commercial background in strategy, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has twenty-five years of experience working with some of Australia’s top listed companies and global leaders in financial services, IT, telecommunications, health and government.
The uniting purpose of her work is to enable transformation in people and businesses through deep collaboration and the creation of lasting value.
When: Tuesday July 7, 10am - 10.45am (AEST)
Building a Cyber Resilient Organisation - Wednesday July 22
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Assoc Prof Yvette Blount.
* Build awareness in the technology and cyber-crime trends that impact your business
* Demystify the technical jargon and different types of cyber threats
* Learn how to leverage best practice to proactively lead and manage the security culture and practice within your business
Before her academic career, Assoc Prof Yvette Blount worked in senior management and consulting roles relating to information systems in the banking and IT sectors. Her areas of expertise include anywhere working (telework, telecommuting), cyber security governance and ethics, e-governance, the sharing economy, artificial intelligence, effective utilisation of information and communication technology (ICT) including social media and utilisation of ICT in learning and teaching.
Yvette Blount’s research program utilises multidisciplinary approaches to investigate how information systems are utilised to achieve organisational strategies and objectives including anywhere working. Assoc Prof Blount is a champion of the pillar: Work, Skills, Knowledge and Education in the Centre for Workforce Futures Research Centre in the Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University. The pillar members research the changing workforce knowledge and skill needs in response to digital disruption (due to emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning, blockchain, cybersecurity, automation, Internet of Things) and their implications for the location of work, education, training and inter-generational resilience. Yvette Blount is also a member of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub. She teaches on the Master of Cybergovernance and Management course that includes the units Cyber Security, Governance Frameworks and Ethics and Blockchain for Competitive Advantage.
When: Wednesday July 22, 10am - 10.30am (AEST)
Macquarie Alumni Online: Asia - Wednesday July 22
Macquarie Alumni Online aims to bring the Macquarie University alumni community together from all around the world virtually. This series focuses on sharing local or industry knowledge from alumni to alumni, and giving an opportunity to connect.
Join us to hear from senior alumni across Asia on "how businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis". They will share the impact to their businesses, the strategies used and where to from here.
You will also hear a brief update about your university from Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Engagement.
Our guest speakers for the forum are:
- Ms Mei Leng Fong MAF (1996) – Wealth Manager, Phillip Capital
- Dr Angela Wai Yung Ng MBA (2003) MMgt (2002) - A J Green & Wellness Consultancy Limited
- Mr JC Liu MBA (2003) MMgt (2002), Founder & CEO, Richfields Capital Ltd
Following the discussion, we will break out into meeting rooms to provide networking opportunities with your fellow alumni across Asia.
When: Wednesday July 22, 1pm - 2pm Hong Kong Time (UTC +8); 3pm - 4pm AEST
Unintended Consequences: How we invented the ocean plastic crisis - Wednesday July 29
Join us for the latest Leaders, Innovators and Disruptors event in partnership with Aly Khalifa, Chief Innovation Officer of Designbox, for a discussion about how we invented the ocean plastic crisis.
Aly will discuss how we innovated our way into this problem as we neglected to understand the full context of our actions. To solve it we need an integrated approach.
Aly is a circular innovation entrepreneur focused on positive impact and sustainability. His training as a product designer and mechanical engineer is coupled with 27 years of inventive global manufacturing experience. This has enabled him and his team at Designbox to launch impactful products for some of the most recognized consumer brands.
His collaborations with distinguished talent have garnered dozens of patents and design distinctions. He is an Eisenhower Fellow with extensive experience in Asia. Having exited his own startups, Aly has been a leader in entrepreneurship including a recent appointment as Expert in Residence at iAccelerate, a leading business incubator at the University of Wollongong.
Currently Aly is serving as the Project Director of Plastic Collective and their current federal CRC grant to expand micro-enterprise recycling for remote and vulnerable communities and reverse the tide of ocean plastic.
When: Wednesday July 29, 12-1pm AEST
Would you follow a robot leader? Leadership in the age of AI - Wednesday August 5
Join us for this FREE live webinar, presented by Randal Tame.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already better at certain jobs than humans, so why not leadership? If, as many people believe, leadership is reducible to a set of traits, then why can’t these traits be replicated through AI? And, if AI does lead will it be an authoritarian or a democrat?
These are not simply questions about the AI future of work but also about our understanding of leadership and whether our outdated leadership models can still be effective in today’s workplace.
In this webinar, Randal Tame will lead a discussion on these questions and examine why a new psychology of leadership is necessary to confront and embrace the emerging challenges.
Randal Tame is the Founder and Director of Influence Consulting. Randal’s work combines his 30 years of consulting experience with an expert knowledge in the application of the new psychology of leadership, group dynamics and team performance. Influence Consulting has advised the strategies of some of Australasia’s top companies, advised and coached executives on the development and implementation of strategic plans and designed, led and facilitated large- and small-scale leadership development and change programs. Randal’s qualifications include a MBA and a BA Psych and is Senior Lecturer in Management at MGSM, Macquarie Business School. Randal is also Lecturer in Leadership at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU.
When: Wednesday August 5, 10am - 10.45am (AEST)
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Content owner: Alumni Last updated: 07 Jul 2020 1:24pm