The Melbourne UNSW Business School Alumni Committee kicked off 2015 with the sell-out event, 'Accelerate your career by 10 years in two hours'. The event, kindly hosted by boutique Executive Search Firm, Egon Zehnder, provided the ideal setting in which to hear from a panel of experienced business leaders, including AGSM Director Professor Julie Cogin. Speakers shared key turning points in their careers and strategies for getting where you want to be.

Professor Julie Cogin spoke about the importance of anchoring yourself around your key values at every stage in your career. She stressed the importance of staying employable through continued lifelong learning. She also spoke of the strength of industry networks and the importance of staying connected.

Mark Johnson, Independent Director and Former CEO of PwC spoke of his passion for giving back and the impact that social responsibility has made on his career. He focused on the importance of being authentic, having the right attitude and the need to be strong in the art of influencing others.

Retail and Brand Private Equity Investor, David Lawn (Former CEO of Lulu Lemon) had overcome personal adversity to reach his great success but said hard work early on can have big pay-offs in terms of time management later in your career. David also urged alumni to be bold and inspirational.

David Campbell, our host from Egon Zehnder, provided many insights into his own career journey and additionally, what companies are looking for when it comes to executive and non-executive people decisions. These were distilled into four categories: Experiences & Determination, Identity, Competencies and Critical Skills.

Genevieve Hawkins, President of the UNSW Business School Melbourne Alumni Committee said the topic of the event struck a real cord with our graduate community.

“We were pleased to see a number of alumni attending this as their first School alumni event,” said Genevieve.

“The support we received from Egon Zehnder and our fantastic panellists resulted in a tremendous event, as was evidenced by the spirited conversation during the post event networking. It certainly ignited the Melbourne alumni community!”