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MBA Alumni Mixer Series

Keeping in regular touch with our MBA Alumni is important to us.  That’s why we hold our MBA Alumni Mixer events as the cornerstone of this valuable connection.  

These networking events provide you, our valued alumni, with the opportunity to develop and strengthen connections with each other while engaging in debate and discussion on contemporary business issues.  Current MBA and IMBA students are encouraged to enjoy these contemporary and thought provoking events.

How to develop yourself as a next generation leader is our focus in 2019. These Mixer Series will be an opportunity to reflect on your leadership and our range of quality speakers will encourage self-reflection, foster contemporary ethics and develop a leadership mindset that will benefit you, your employees and customers.  

Specific topics covered include the power of networking, innovation for purpose, dealing with personal and corporate failure and renewal, and wellness.  I encourage you to visit the website regularly to learn about the presenters and  register your attendance.

Upcoming MBA Alumni Mixer dates:

  • Thursday 16 May 2019, Innovation for purpose: balancing social impact with enterprise
  • Thursday 15 August 2019, Personal and corporate failure and renewal
  • Thursday 17 October, 2019, Wellness Leadership

We are always open to feedback and ways we can better connect with you.  If you have ideas for future presentation topics or engaging speakers contact us at

For those of you not based in Adelaide we hold regular Alumni events across the country and overseas.  Our next Alumni Cocktail Reception will be in Sydney in March.  For details about this event and others near you please visit our alumni events page.

I also highly recommend attending the View From the Top series – an exclusive seminar series presented by the UniSA Business School that connects executives and though leaders.  These seminars are also available to view online.

I hope you can join us through the year and we have the opportunity to meet.

Peter Stevens, Executive Director: MBA and Executive Education

2019 Events

Leadership and failure: a powerful alliance

Thursday, 15 August 2019: 5.30 – 7.30pm: Yungondi Building

The University of South Australia Business School in conjunction with the MBA Alumni Mixer Committee, are delighted to welcome Professor Mike Shaner to present at our August MBA Mixer on Leadership and failure: a powerful alliance.

Professor Shaner is a Professor of Management at Chaifetz School of Business, St Louis University and has been exploring the link between leadership and failure for many years. 

An experienced teacher, coach and consultant, Professor Shaner is a regular visitor to the Business School and teaches our highly popular MBA course offering, Failing Forward: Leadership in Challenging Times

At this MBA Mixer Professor Shaner will explore the strong alliance that leadership and failure must have as pressures exerted on our lives continue to mount, requiring us all to re-adjust and re-evaluate our strategies.  Professor Shaner will discuss how management is simply not enough to counteract these pressures and will leave us with some thought provoking questions to consider.

Please join us for this exciting event and, for those of you who have had the pleasure of taking Professor Shaner’s course, this will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect.


Professor Michael C. Shaner

Professor Michael C. Shaner PhD

Professor of Management, Saint Louis University

Mike Shaner is a Professor of Management in the Saint Louis University School of Business and Administration.  In addition to his extensive teaching experience, Dr. Shaner has developed and delivers programs in the areas of strategic management, understanding yourself and others, situational leadership, teambuilding, and a program called “Adventures in Attitudes”. 

He has provided management development and consulting services to both large and small organizations, national and international, in both the public and private sectors. Mike also provides coaching services to executives seeking to maximize their business potential, run organizations effectively, and manage people wisely. 

A sample of his clients include: Monsanto Company, Anheuser-Busch, British Shipbuilders, Citicorp, Institute of Management Studies, MasterCard International, South Australian Police, UPM-Kymmene, Imperial Chemical Industries, United States Air Force, and the Nokia Company.  All of Mike’s services are tailored to meet clients’ specific needs


Past Events

Innovation for purpose: balancing social impact with enterprise

Thursday, 16 May 2019: 5.30 – 7.30pm: Pridham Hall

The dynamics of an increasingly activist customer and stakeholder community are shifting business thinking. Successful companies must manage more than ‘employer of choice’ goals and reputational impacts. The next wave of the workforce is more focussed on spending productive time meaningfully and many successful business leaders are trading the diminishing security of corporate employment to create enterprises driven by purpose. 

Networking Evening

6th February 2019: 5.30-7.30pm : Yungondi Building

Please join us for an evening of canapes, wine and networking as we 'kick off' this year's program of MBA Mixer events to be held on Wednesday, 6 February from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in the Yungondi Building, City West Campus, 70 North Terrace Adelaide.

Develop and strengthen connections with your Alumni network - an incredibly valuable resource no matter where you are in your career and hear from Mr Peter Stevens, Executive Director: MBA and Executive Education about new initiatives for the MBA in 2019.

Great Governance: Boards and Directorship

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Are roles on boards losing their appeal? With royal commissions, diversity issues and issues around organisational integrity in the news, board roles may be losing their attractiveness amid the personal liability directors assume, however solid governance practice is exactly what companies need to navigate these risks.

Serving on boards is a natural progression for graduates of the UniSA MBA to extend their strategic experience and industry contribution. In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the University of South Australia’s MBA offers its students a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to support them in attaining board positions and navigating the challenges of the modern business environment.

Join us for the next MBA Alumni Mixer event, as we invite our panel of experienced directors to explore the current and ever-present issues that face new and experienced board members alike. With a range of experiences, stories and tips to share, the panel will assist you in making the next step in your journey or addressing the issues your business will be facing in the coming months and years.


  • Alexandrea Cannon, Chair, Leaders Institute SA, SATAC, Director: Hood Sweeney, Credit Union SA, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Bizbuild
  • Stuart Symons, Head of Public Affairs, Communications and Planning People’s Choice Credit Union
  • Troy Mohler, IT Business Partner, SA Power Networks

Design Thinking - make creativity work for your business

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The South Australian economy is currently characterised by enterprises that are mastering agility and innovation to compete in National and Global markets. This approach cannot be enabled or sustained utilising consolidation strategies like cost-cutting, rationalisation of product lines or service reduction. Businesses that are succeeding in driving our State's future are employing innovative processes such as Design Thinking to imagine and materialise new products and services for evolving market needs.


  • Dr Jane Andrew, Senior Lecturer and Founding Director, Match Studio, University of South Australia
  • Scott Carslake, Voicedesign
  • Chris Sampson

 My career and my business in an environment of turbulence and disruption

Thursday, 17 May  2018

In a business or career, turbulence can be interpreted as unpredictable and swift changes in its external and internal environments affect its competitiveness. Sustainability and being able to adapt and take advantage of the technological, economic and political change is the key, but how?

To ride the ups and downs of the changing market conditions, both businesses and employees not only need to develop professional resilience and longevity, and foster strong, capable and adaptable teams who can perform effectively in an era of uncertainty, but to find solutions to respond to external challenges and threats. 

Our special guests included:

Michelle Bentley Andrew Downs
Michelle Bentley
General Manager
Hender Careers
Andrew Downs
Managing Director

Networking Evening

15th February 2018

Please join us for an evening of canapes, wine and networking as we 'kick off' this year's program of MBA Mixer events to be held on Thursday, 15 February from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in the Yungondi Building, City West Campus, 70 North Terrace Adelaide.

Develop and strengthen connections with your Alumni network, an incredibly valuable resource no matter where you are in your career.