If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to challenge business ‘as usual’. The unexpected infiltration of COVID-19 flipped everything we know about disruption to a ‘fight or flight’ situation for organisations and leaders. The pandemic raised the questions: what does effective leadership really look like during times of crisis? And what is the role of leaders in helping organisations to pivot as we navigate ongoing uncertainty?

Virtually join Professor Matthew Hornsey from UQ Business School and Kathy Hilyard, Partner at KPMG, who will provide insights on how to lead during complex crises to help shape recovery and resilience.

They’ll also share practical takeaways from cutting-edge research and real-life scenarios for how both leaders and organisations can adapt and create new capabilities no matter what the ‘new normal’ looks like in a time of guaranteed disruption.

About Thought Leadership Series

Join us for our dynamic Business School Thought Leadership Series, which presents alumni and industry friends with the latest business topics and issues impacting their careers.


In partnership with KPMG, The Thought Leadership Series showcases cutting-edge academic research paired with practical industry advice. The events also provide UQ alumni and industry guests with the opportunity to network over drinks and canapés. The Thought Leadership Series was developed in 2016 and has been delivered tri-annually in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne ever since, featuring topics including cybersecurity, marketing through virtual reality and resolving conflict in the workplace.

In response to industry and education challenges, UQ Business School, KPMG and our respected industry partners have collaborated to develop a Thought Leadership paper. The report explores how to build business resilience through customer and community, cyber security, ESG, infrastructure and supply chains.

View full report here 

"The Thought Leadership Series topics bring awareness for how economy and ecology are linked, and my views and knowledge about our society's ecological limit are both challenged and informed by these sessions."

Reg Gulley, Executive Director, Zero Positive for Schools.

“The thing I love about the Thought Leadership Series is you get really digestible, applicable information. It’s not a lecture, it’s short, sweet and relevant.”

Chris Hurn, Director & Co-Founder, Effigy Consulting (UQ MBA Graduate, 2017)