MBA Business Symposium

26 May 2015
mba symposium

On Sunday, 3 May influential business minds from across the country gathered at The University of Queensland to exchange and share thought leadership in business.

The inaugural MBA Business Symposium: Leadership Ahead of the Curve was facilitated by a committee of UQ Business School MBA students and alumni, with the objective of building ties among current and aspiring business leaders.

The Symposium was attended by over 200 current and past MBA students, Business School experts, industry partners and distinguished speakers.

Through keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive Q&A sessions, attendees explored the themes of leadership, innovation, experiences and expectations, and finance.

A total of 28 acclaimed and inspirational speakers were present on the day, including John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia; Juliette Wright, Founder and CEO of GIVIT; Todd Battley, Regional Managing Director of AECOM; and Louise Mercer, Strategic Options Lead at Suncorp.

Symposium attendees spoke of the calibre of speakers, and the high relevance of the day’s discussions:

“Both innovation panel discussions where insightful with a wide range of experience on the panel and interesting discussions.”

“I am currently employed as a mining engineer and have an interest in changing career into a finance and economics direction. I valued highly the opportunity to speak to current leaders in the finance and economics field.”

“The day was well organised around the four topics and well structured. The speakers had good experience from industry and shared real life experiences.”

All revenue generated from the MBA Symposium has been allocated directly to the MBA Foundation.

The MBA Foundation is an exciting new initiative which will have a direct impact upon diversity promotion and accessibility to our MBA program - a program that is renowned for producing business and community leaders. The foundation also has a social justice purpose, by supporting our pro bono not-for-profit project costs associated with the School’s Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP), which may include travel to remote third world and Australian communities.

MBA Program Director Dr Sarah Kelly said:  “We are thrilled with the response to this year’s Symposium, and will definitely be building on its success with a second Symposium planned for 2016.

“This is a legacy established and driven by our students and alumni which has huge potential to benefit our future students and community through the foundation.

“It equally provides a unique forum for our School to engage with industry and learn from community leaders,” she said.

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