Connecting people and ideas. That’s what we do well at UniSA Business. We don’t just adapt to change, we create it. Never has it been more important to connect with common purpose and lead from the front in response to the impact of COVID-19. How we respond now will continue to impact our lives well into the future.

For this reason, we’ve created a new Business Webinar Series – an opportunity addressing current business challenges and presenting insights and learnings – exclusively available to our students, alumni, industry and research partners, staff and our community. Together, we can continue to lead beyond COVID-19. 

As disruption is rife across industries globally, in response to the pandemic, this webinar series provides an opportunity to hear from our panel of experts on how to get ahead of the curve and enable you to be part of a discussion about our possible futures.

Panel speakers will include thought leaders including former Premier of South Australia The Honourable Jay Weatherill, The Honourable Christopher Pyne, Professor Jana Matthews, and others. They will share their wisdom and discuss the challenges we face through the greatest health, social and economic disruption of our generation.

Webinar 1:
Resilience and Reinvention Beyond Coronavirus

Thursday 14 May 2020
12 noon–1.00 pm (ACST)

The webinar panel explored how business and society is emerging from the challenges of COVID-19. Panelists discussed the long-term impacts of the pandemic; how to build resilience and lead in times of reinvention; and explored how personal and organisational failure and renewal is creating a new set of priorities for individuals and society.  


Meet the speakers


Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise, University of South Australia

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The Hon Christopher Pyne
Industry Professor, University of South Australia and former Australian Federal Minister


Professor Mike Shaner
Professor of Management, Saint Louis University

Webinar 2:
Leading Into an Uncertain Future

Thursday 28 May 2020
12 noon–1.00 pm (ACST)

Our society is being transformed before our eyes by the effects of COVID-19. This webinar will explore how we can lead organisations through disruption and recovery by establishing clear markers to guide the future direction of the organisation.


Meet the speakers

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Professor Jana Matthews
ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director: Australian Centre for Business Growth, University of South Australia

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The Hon Jay Weatherill
Industry Professor, University of South Australia and former Premier of South Australia


Mark Duffy
Chief Executive, Performance and Reform, Department of Premier and Cabinet, SA Government

Webinar 3:
Managing the ‘New Normal’ With Staff

Thursday 11 June 2020
12 noon–1.00 pm (ACST)

COVID-19 has established new relationships between our organisations and employees. Work practices, productivity and employee loyalty are all under the microscope. This webinar will explore the ‘new normal’ for organisations’ relationships with their employees. What new long-term practices should we prepare for in our organisations? What opportunities does this presents for organisations? Find out how we can adapt and thrive while standing on the unprecedented burning platform created by coronavirus.


Meet the speakers

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Jane Booth
Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture, University of South Australia


Greg Pattinson
Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank SA

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Professor Carol Kulik
Research Professor in Human Resource Management, University of South Australia