The HCA Year in Review by Justin Greiner, President
The Harvard Club of Australia has had a busy year with something for every member and many new members joining as well. We have held over 30 events attended by over 900 members and guests. These included 3 Video-linked events for members around the Country, including members of our sister club in Victoria. The most popular of these was HBS Professor Rosabeth Kantor talking about the Advanced Leadership initiative at Harvard. This is the first Harvard program that works across the 12 Harvard faculties. Two Australians, Tom Dery and Amanda Rischbieth, have completed this program. In September, the Prime Minister helped us celebrate 50 years of the Harvard Club R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard. This event was attended by 200 members and provided an opportunity to thank the donors and benefactors who support all of our scholarships. The Monday club has continued to offer a wide range of interesting speakers and we had several Senior Leaders speak to the club as well. We also enjoyed an arts program that included performances by Harvard “a Cappella” singing groups, and a well-attended theatre night at NIDA.
Our mentoring program has joined 10 mentees with 10 mentors and we plan to progressively expand this program. We supported Global Networking Nights organised by the Harvard Alumni Association as an inexpensive way of enjoying the camaraderie of fellow members. We now have an active group of recent graduates and younger members who are hosting periodic Young-member events. Our chapters in Brisbane, Perth and Canberra are active and offer both social events and events with guest speakers.
Our annual Program for Leaders was a significant success with high ratings from participants and a significant financial surplus to support scholarship programs. 7 Club members attended the Program for Leaders. Two received a scholarship for a fully paid place, and 5 were offered half scholarships. The 2018 program for Leaders will be held at the end of July and features Professors Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Ethan Bernstein teaching “The future of work in the digital age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity.”
This year we have awarded or supported 20 scholarships, including 2 Menzies post graduate scholarships, 4 Australia Harvard Fellowships, 2 Non Profit Fellowships, 3 School Principal scholarships, 4 Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarships, 2 indigenous post graduate scholarships and 3 indigenous Bursaries. All of these worthy scholars will make a significant contribution to our country in the years ahead.
We are nearing the completion of our strategy development process, which will progressively develop new initiatives for Members, for Australia and for Harvard. To fully implement our ambitious plans will require us to recruit 30 additional volunteer Program Leaders over the next few years. We presently have 24 Program leaders. There is a role for everyone. Please let me know if you would like to make a contribution!
We are now working to change our organisation model to increase capacity and capability to deliver a much broader range of services and programs. To do this we plan to appoint 5 Vice Presidents, each in charge of a Mission Group. The President and VP’s will form an executive Board which will meet quarterly. The Council will continue to be comprised of Program Leaders, including Chapter convenors, and will meet 3 or 4 times a year to celebrate success and review progress. The change in organisation model will require changes to our 56 year old constitution. We will be communicating and explaining the changes in early 2018 with a view to ratifying at the 2018 AGM.
I would like to thank all our volunteers, without whom none of the above is possible. And I would particularly like to recognise and thank Suzie Ruse for her extraordinary work to oversee everything that the Club delivers to members.
I am excited by the many opportunities we have in 2018 to enhance camaraderie among members, to support professional development of our members, and to offer transformational scholarship and fellowship programs to outstanding Australians.
I wish you a happy holiday season and looking forward to connecting with you in 2018.
Opportunities for Education Leaders
The Public Education Foundation recognises the pivotal role that principals and education leaders play in transforming student outcomes and bolstering education standards.
Three scholarship opportunities are offered for mid-career Principals to ‘reflect, refocus and recharge’ through professional education programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These are:
- The Teachers Mutual Bank Education Scholarship
- The Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship
- The Public Education Foundation Principals Scholarship
The Teachers Mutual Bank Executive Leadership Scholarship provides a scholarship for Senior Education Executives to undertake a short professional leadership program at Harvard Kennedy School in the USA. The Scholarship provides a successful applicant with the opportunity to explore modes of collaborative working and to identify opportunities for innovative leadership.
Applications for these scholarships will open in mid November 2017, for travel and study in 2018.
“Harvard made me think, ask questions and formulate how and why school transformation can be successful. Through workshops, case studies and often rich dialogue with educators from around the world, Harvard provided opportunities to construct purposeful meaning about planning schools for the future. I remember the saying that the scholarship will be life-changing – so true.”
John Goh, Principal Merrylands East Public School.
2015 Harvard Club of Australia Scholarship recipient
2018 HCA Program for Leaders
'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'
PRESENTED BY HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PROFESSORS
Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Ethan Bernstein
LEARN MORE: Request the Brochure
The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' aims to help participants understand the ways leading organisations use technology and data to improve the production of their workforce and gain competitive advantage in the market place.
Dates: Sunday 29 July to Friday 3 August 2018
Venue: RACV Healesville, nr Melbourne, Victoria
Format: Five Day Residential Program. Fee $10,750+GST. Ask about EarlyBird & Team Discounts.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.
Event Report - Monday Club Lunch with Tim Costello AO, 6 November 2017
Over 30 members and guests gathered in 3 states to hear Tim Costello hosted in JBWere Melbourne by Justin Greiner. The video conferencing was so clear, those of us in Sydney and Canberra felt like we were in the same room. Tim gave a broad overview of the nonprofit, or 'for purpose' sector as he prefers to call it. Despite there being 54,000 charities in Australia, many of them with income of less than $50,000 per year, and average donations now at only 0.4% of salary (Tim' father used to donate 10% of his teacher's wage) he was resounding in his belief that Yes, charity does still matter.
Event Report - Senior Leaders Lunch with Tom Dery AO, 23 November 2017, Sydney
30 members and guests heard Tom Dery AO (pictured with Ted Blamey) speak of his career and transformative ALI experience at Harvard, some key learnings being Ideas, Vision and Momentum.
Event Report: Thanksgiving Dinner, 23 November, Brisbane
Jon Lindsay writes: The Queensland Chapter once again had a great turnout for its traditional Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Brisbane Club. We welcomed Justin Greiner, HCA President and new Queensland Wolfensohn Scholar, Selwyn Button, Assistant Director-General for State Schools-Indigenous Education in Queensland. Save the date for 2018: 22 November!
2017 Australia-Harvard Fellow Prof. Bruce Furie at the Centenary Institute
Prof. Bruce Furie, one of the 2017 Australia-Harvard Fellows, spoke at the Centenary Institute in Sydney about his research into how certain enzymes are likely to promote the formation of blood clots that lead to heart attacks.
After the lecture, Prof. Furie, who serves as Chief of Hemostasis-Thrombosis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was presented with his fellowship citation by Dr. Galina Kaseko, the A-H Fellowship Program Director.
Prof. Furie and Dr. Kaseko were joined by Prof. Philip Hogg, his collaborator at the Centenary Institute, and Prof Mathew Vadas, AO FAHMS , Executive Director of the Centenary Institute and Chair of the Australia-Harvard Fellowship program.
Awarded in partnership with The Harvard Club of Australia and The Australian National University, the scholarship is administered by the ANU for postgraduate study in the United States .
The RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard is awarded annually to at least one talented Australian who has gained admission to a Harvard graduate school. The ideal candidates for the Scholarship are Australians whose primary objective, after completing their studies at Harvard, is to make a significant contribution to this country's development.
To be considered for a Menzies Scholarship, you must be an Honours graduate (or equivalent) of an Australian university or other recognised Australian tertiary institution and:
- be an Australian citizen, or have permanent resident status, and normally reside in Australia;
- intend to return to Australia after completing your studies or to directly represent Australia overseas;
- have not commenced or previously undertaken a postgraduate degree course at a United States university; and
- must not have accepted another major scholarship (such as a Knox, Fulbright or Monash Award).
You must also have applied to the Harvard graduate school of your choice, and either been accepted or be confident about meeting its admission requirements and deadlines.
You must also address these criteria:
- qualities of intellect - as demonstrated through academic achievement and likely benefit from study at a Harvard graduate school;
- qualities of leadership - as demonstrated by prominence in your chosen field or by involvement in, for example, community affairs; and
- breadth of vision - as evidenced by the way you look at your present or intended profession in relation to its contribution to Australia and the Australian community.
There is no specific weighting for these criteria and the Selection Committee considers all fields of study. Mid-career applicants will also be assessed against an appropriate level of achievement.
The Committee may also consider these factors:
- financial need and the financial resources available; and
- field of study - the Committee may consider the academic endeavours of past scholars to broaden the scholarship's focus into all academic areas.
The Committee will also give preference to candidates who are not duplicating graduate studies previously undertaken elsewhere and who have not completed an undergraduate degree in the United States.
The scholarship is valued at up to USD$60,000 paid as a one-off payment at the commencement of the Harvard academic year. No other benefits are payable.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open on Friday 3 November 2017 and close on Thursday 9 February 2018, for scholarships to be taken up in that year (fall term in the USA).
The application form will be available in pdf from Friday 3 November 2017, however If you require it in an alternative format, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Dates for 2018
- Friday 3 November 2017 - Applications open
- Thursday 9 February 2018 - Applications close
- Monday 26 February 2018 - Referee reports due for shortlisted candidates
Please note that only one RG Menzies Scholarship will be awarded in 2018.
USD$60,000 paid as a one-off payment
1 on offer
The HCA Nonprofit Fellowship Program 2018
Founding Patrons: William D. Ferris AC and Lea Ferris
HCA Member Nominations – now to Friday 1 December 2017
Today we launch the 18th year of our Club’s Nonprofit Fellowships and I am honoured to continue as Chair of the program again this year.
As in previous years, we invite you to identify and nominate suitable nonprofit CEO candidates to join the ranks of the 40 outstanding leaders selected to date.
The nomination process is straightforward. All the relevant details, the eligibility criteria and the online nomination form are on the HCA website Here.
**Please note the program dates for 2018 are different to previous years to allow more planning time for our successful Fellows. The Nomination process will now close on Friday 1 December 2017, and applications must be received by 5 February 2018.**
The HCA Nonprofit Fellowships were created in 2001 aiming to:
- help bring enhanced leadership skills and performance to the Australian nonprofit sector;
- assist nonprofit leaders to examine their missions, develop new strategies, improve organisational effectiveness;
- lever the experience of those who are selected to benefit the Australian community generally.
Valued at $A12,500, each Fellowship has been funded by our patrons, Bill and Lea Ferris. We send two Fellows annually to Harvard Business School’s landmark course Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management* in July each year. They return empowered and find it of real value throughout their careers. Our 480 applicants over the 17 years cover a very broad range of nonprofit endeavours from all over the nation.
Please contact me or HCA Administrator, Suzie Ruse (email@example.com), if you have questions.
We hope you will participate to help extend the impact of our program and the benefits to the sector.
Chair, HCA Nonprofit Fellowship Program
* Full details on the SPNM course can be obtained from: www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/spnm/.
The New Venture Competition Alumni Track serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and winners receive an invitation to the student and alumni New Venture Competition Finale held in April.
Programs that might be of interest to HCA Members:
Audience: Physician Health Care Executives and Emerging Leaders with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or equivalent (DO, MBBS, MBChB, BMed, etc.)
In Person Learning
Audience: Health Care Professionals who want to learn how to conduct clinical research
March – November 2018
(If interested in this program, participants can contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Audience: Senior Managers and Executives responsible for developing and implementing health information technology strategy in their companies
In Person Learning
You can see all our current programs here:
Event Report - Private Harvard Club Event at NIDA to see 'Hello Again', 23 October 2017:
Harvard Club members and guests enjoyed every aspect of the event – the welcome and introduction by Andrew Ross (Head of Music at NIDA), the pre and post drinks and eats, Hello Again featuring graduating students, and the opportunity to mix with and chat to members of the company afterwards. There is already demand to do this again in 2018.
Event Report - In Discussion with Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, 5 October 2017:
Tim Reed (HBS MBA), CEO of MYOB, shared his experiences with HCA members in leading a large company through innovation and transformation. Tim provided a brief history of MYOB to set the scene and then focused on the importance of corporate culture in facilitating innovation. MYOB uses themed multi-year plans to align the full team behind the mission. Not only was the discussion open and insightful, but the culture learnings are useable for many members’ businesses and organisations.
“Tim Reed plotted an incredible 15-year ride with MYOB – from being in deep financial trouble in the early-2000’s to exceeding a $2b valuation today.
The associated cultural challenges and transformation of the Company from founder control to private equity ownership (x2) and through to a public company environment was extraordinary. ”
Event Report - Monday Club Lunch with Catherine Burn, NSW Police, 9 October 2017:
At the Monday Club on 9 October, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn discussed issues an challenges facing the Force. Incidents of terrorism and social violence have increased, but so has the capacity of the police to deal with them. Actions of lone wolfs and radicalised youths are often unpredictable and difficult to anticipate. The Force works closely with other state forces and federal agencies to keep Australians as safe as possible.
Wed 12 October 2017: Caroline Edwards and Jamie Snashall were on ABC Canberra discussing the scholarship and Club. Interview is at minute 47.
Four of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships
The Harvard Club of Australia has announced the following recipients of the 2017/18 Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship:
Caroline Edwards, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Health and Aged Care, Department of Human Services
Michael Outram, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Kym Peake, Secretary, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Selwyn Button, Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Indigenous Education, Queensland Department of Education and Training
The scholarships will allow Ms Edwards, Mr Outram, Ms Peake and Mr Button to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2017 or 2018.
With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank, Sir James Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy. Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.
The four recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head. A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Luke Woodward (Gilbert + Tobin), Nick Whitlam (Port Authority of NSW), Zeke Solomon (Allens) and Peter Thompson (the Australia and New Zealand School of Government).
In 2017/18 the scholarship has been generously supported by Sir James Wolfensohn, and other donors including Zeke Solomon, Luke Woodward, Lisa George and members of the HCA Queensland Chapter also contributed support for the scholarship to the Queensland recipient, Mr Button. Mr Button has also received a further scholarship from the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation which has allowed him to undertake an additional executive education program at the Kennedy School.
Contact: Luke Woodward, 0402 257 604
The Council of the Harvard Club of Australia
to celebrate 60 years of connecting Australians and Australia with Harvard University.
This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates, celebrate the impact of Australian scholarship and philanthropy as well as learn about the Club's plans for the future.
Saturday 16 September 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Westin Sydney, Heritage Room, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Cocktails and canapés
If you are unable to attend the evening, but would like to make a donation to the HCA Foundation to build scholarship funds:
The 2017 Harvard Club Program for Leaders, 'Digital Innovation and Leading Transformation' in action!
Presented by Harvard Business School Professors Karim Lakhani and Tsedal Neeley.
Over 80 participants from Qantas, Suncorp, Dept of Defence, Woolworths, ANZ, Telstra, DEXUS, ABC, to name a few.
- Paul Thomas, CEO, Gateway Credit Union;
- Paul Hunyor, Regional Head, BCG Digital Ventures,
- Jason Pellegrino, Managing Director, Google Australia and New Zealand;
- Brad Banducci, CEO and Managing Director, Woolworths Group.
2017 Non-profit Fellowship Awards event with guest speaker, Alan Schwartz AM
By Lisa George (MPP, 2006)
The Non-profit Fellowship Awards event is an annual highlight in HCA’s calendar. This year, Club members and guests gathered at Macquarie Group’s global headquarters in Sydney for the luncheon to meet the 2017 recipients and hear from distinguished guest speaker, Mr. Alan Schwartz AM, Chair of Philanthropy Australia.
The Non-Profit Fellowships of A$12,500 each have been generously supported by Bill and Lea Ferris since their inception in 2001. The fellowships enable two outstanding Australian non-profit CEOs to attend the renowned Harvard Business School course titled “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” (SPNM) which is held each year in July. The 2017 panel was chaired by Lisa George (former HCA Co-President), and included Club members Patrick Regan (former HCA President), Ben Sebel, Anita Kumar (2012 Non-profit Fellow), and Tony Massaro.
Mr. Ted Blamey, HCA Councillor & past Chairman of these Fellowships (2001-2015), had the honour of presenting the Awards. The recipients were Jane Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer of Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and John Hutcheson AM, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy NSW Associated Clubs.
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites, endangered species’ habitats, and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land. At Harvard, Jane hopes to develop the capacity to steer the organisation towards developing future capital (financial and intellectual) and exploring new opportunities for the organisation to achieve conservation well into the next century.
The mission of Legacy is to ‘strive to ensure social justice for the dependents of incapacitated and faller military personnel.’ Legacy provides the necessary assistance to families, reducing some of the financial and other burdens, thereby assisting with the veteran’s recovery. The challenge John will take to Harvard is to build an organisation capable of collaboration across the sector to share resources and knowledge.
In presenting the Awards, Mr. Blamey reflected on why these Fellowships have been so successful for 17 years: the ongoing success of past Fellows, providing much-needed investment into the non-profit sector and the esteemed history and brand of Harvard University. Speaking of previous fellows, Ted remarked, “They have been prominent contributors while at Harvard, impressing the course leaders and their peers alike. Then, back home in their organisations, they have tackled important issues, met difficult challenges and led from the front. All have improved our communities, some powerfully.”
This made for an inspiring send-off for our 2017 recipients and set the stage for the Non-profit Leadership Address by Alan Schwartz AM.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Schwartz foreshadowed a provocative speech, entitled ‘What’s wrong with profit?’, and the audience was not disappointed! In his speech, he described a few ‘irritations’ from the many years spent in the business and community sectors. These include: the ability for businesses to declare profits without any regard to accounting for negative externalities they may cause; non-profit organisations that aren’t efficient or accountable for outcomes; and finally outstanding, efficient, accountable, not for profits, doing amazing important work but unable to scale because they cannot access capital.
He challenged the conventional definition of profit, arguing instead for a ‘common currency’ for both non-profits and for-profits, whereby value added and value destroyed could be measured. Mr Schwartz passionately went on, “It is this single currency of value creation that would be used to allocate resources in our society rather than the narrower measure of profit.”
This radical idea prompted many questions and a spirited Q&A session following the speech. So much so, that the event had to be concluded with many more hands still in the air, the sign of a truly inspiring and thought-provoking address.
Two of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships
30 June 2016
Simon Draper, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and Marc Innes-Brown, First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are the 2016 recipients of the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship.
The scholarships will Mr Draper and Mr Innes-Brown to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2016 or 2017.
With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank, Jim Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy. Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.
Mr Draper’s chosen course is Senior Managers in Government and Mr Innes-Brown’s chosen course is Senior Executives in National and International Security.
The two recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head. A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Luke Woodward (Gilbert + Tobin), Nick Whitlam (Port Authority of NSW), Joanne White (Commonwealth Bank) and Peter Thompson (the Australia and New Zealand School of Government).
Contact: Luke Woodward, 0402 257 604
Harvard Club Councillor and Convenor for Western Australia, Elizabeth Carr:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Ms Elizabeth Jessie CARR, Perth WA 6000
For significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the health, aged care, education and social services sectors. Service includes:
Inaugural Chair, icare Foundation, since 2016. Non-Executive Director, icare, since 2015.
Board Member, Safety, Return to Work and Support, 2010-2015.
Member, Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board, 2012.
Non-Executive Chair, Risk Audit Committee, Department of Family and Community Services NSW, since 2014.
Member, Urban Growth Development Corp NSW, since 2015.
Member, Australian Technology Park NSW, since 2015.
Chair, Seton Villa, Disabilities NSW, since 2015.
Chair, St Catherine's Aged Care Services (NSW), since 2013.
Director, Board of Governors, Kambala School for Girls, Rose Bay, NSW, 2007-2013.
Member, Medical Research Advisory Council NSW, 2011-2012.
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, since 2011.
Board Member, Environmental Protection Authority, Western Australia, since 2011.\
Chair, South Metropolitan TAFE WA, since 2016.
Chair, Challenger Institute of Technology, WA, 2015-2016.
WA Council Member, The Funding Network, since 2013.
Council Member, Western Australian Branch, Harvard Club Australia, since 2012;
Member, since 2006. Director, Board of Governors, St Mary's Anglican Girls School, WA, since 2011 and Chair, since 2017.
Non-Executive Director, Kokoda Track Foundation, since 2010.
Non-Executive Chair, Macular Disease Foundation (formerly the Macular Degeneration Foundation), 2006-2016; Inaugural Director, 2001-2003.
Secretary, Paddington Branch, NSW Liberal Party, 2006-2010.
Advisory Council Member, Big Brother/Big Sister Program, YMCA, 2001-2003.
Advisory Council Member, National Youth Initiative, 2001-2003.
Vice-President, Rotary Club of Sydney, 2002-2003; Director, 1997-2003;
Chair, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, 1994-2003; Committee Member, 1995-2003. Member, Rotary Club of Heirisson, 1990-1992.