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 10 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

Wellbeing Leadership: modelling care in the workplace

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Pridham Hall

Leaders hear a lot about fostering wellbeing within their organisations but many neglect to take the time to steward it within themselves. In National Health and Safety month, we bring together some of Adelaide's eminent practitioners to discuss the importance of wellbeing for leaders. They will share ideas to help build resilience, support achievement at all levels within organisations and manage stress as well as strategies to support a positive workplace culture.

Please join us for our final MBA Alumni Mixer for 2019. We look forward to seeing you at this event to discuss this important topic as well as celebrating another remarkable year for the MBA program at UniSA.

Resilience Resources from Karen Stevens, ProMind Psychology


Michelle Tuckey

Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey
Associate Dean: Research Education and Co-Deputy Director, Centre for Workplace Excellence
University of South Australia

Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey is the Associate Dean: Research Education for the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and Co-Deputy Director of UniSA’s Centre for Workplace Excellence. Michelle is interested in understanding the psychological and social influences on well-being at work with a focus on workplace bullying, occupational stress, and mindfulness, and connections to leadership and supervision across these areas.

She currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and International Journal of Stress Management. Much of her research and translation work is conducted in collaboration with government and industry partners, on projects such as constructing and trialling a risk audit tool for workplace bullying, implementing systematic risk management of bullying as work health and safety hazard, and integrating psychosocial and physical aspects of health and safety.

 Daniel Dymond

Daniel Dymond
Consultant Performance Psychologist

Performance psychologist Daniel Dymond assists athletes fulfil their potential through cultivating mindsets that stand up in high-stakes environments.

Daniel combines neuroscience and psychology, delivering them in a digestible manner. He helps people bring their attention, energy, and actions to what matters.

Some of Daniel's clients have succeeded in: Olympic qualifications, World Championships, and WTA tour titles. Daniel works as the psychologist for Adelaide Crows and Golf Australia. He is the Director of The Performance and Sport Psychology Clinic, consulting in sports from tennis to swimming - boxing to Ironman. He also conducts workshops on leadership, mindfulness, and coach-athlete relationships.

 Karen Stevens

Karen Stevens
Principal Psychologist
ProMind Psychology

Karen Stevens is a psychologist with a difference. From working with Australian Olympic Dressage Competitors, conducting research at DSTO, recruitment in the Department of Education, teaching English to children in the Amazon jungle and helping individuals find their way in therapy, she has a wealth of experience and the ability to tailor different methods to help in different situations. 

Karen has qualifications in Education, Health Science (Honours in Psychology) and a Masters in Organisational Psychology and Human Factors. She is the Principal Psychologist for ProMind Psychology where her science-backed approach is refreshing, offering a range of services including therapy, workshops and coaching packages to help people reignite their mojo.


Past Events


Leadership and failure: a powerful alliance

Thursday, 15 August 2019: 5.30 – 7.30pm: Bradley Forum

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



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.