6:30 PM18:30

Presidents Drinks

All members and their guests are warmly invited to join fellow alumni for President's Drinks to celebrate the end of the year

Hosted by HCA President Charlie Graham


Date: Friday 7 December 2018
Venue: 11 Burton Street, Mosman, by kind permission of Charlie & Wallis Graham
Time: 6:30pm - 10.30pm
Dress: Cocktail Smart
Cost: $75.00, drinks & canapes included.
Book: By Monday 3 December 2018

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12:00 PM12:00

Special Workshop with Professor Seward Rutkove

World leading Neuromuscular Researcher and Inventor visiting Sydney

Harvard Neurology Professor Seward Rutkove, is visiting Sydney with the support of the Harvard Australia Club.  Prof. Rutkove’s work focuses on use of innovative techniques such as electrical impedance and ultrasound to assess muscle function, and his innovative method for monitoring progress of ALS was recognized with the $1 million Prize4Life (

Prof. Rutkove will be speaking at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron evening of December 4th, and at Westmead Hospital at lunchtime on December 6th.  For those interested in learning more about his work, please see What’s On page.

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Evening with Professor Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
6:00 PM18:00

Evening with Professor Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, USA.

Evening with Professor Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, USA.

WHEN: Tuesday 4th December 2018

WHERE: The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, The Syrius Cove Room (1st Floor), 33 Peel St, Kirribilli, (Parking available underneath, free of charge)

CONTACT: Patrick van Eybergen (, Warren Smith (

Time: 6:00 pm drinks for a 6:45 pm start, 6:00 pm – 9:00pm

RSVP: Numbers are strictly limited - so first to say yay will be first to be registered

Availability will be confirmed by Friday 23rd November

Proudly sponsored by: Harvard Club of Australia Foundation, Ti2 Medical Pty Ltd, the ARC Centre for Innovative BioEngineerting

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Norma Ingram

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch

with guest speaker & fellow alum

 Norma Ingram

The Fight for Aboriginal Self-Determination:

Understanding the Impact of Australian and State Governments’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policies and the People’s Quest to Rectify Wrongs


Date: Monday 3 December 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire 

The British established a colony in what is now known as Sydney Cove which has had continuous dire consequences for our First Nations peoples. The land now known as Australia was deemed by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 as Terra Nullius-“no man’s land”.  The ‘natives’ were considered as savages and not as human beings. The British then decided that the land was unoccupied and therefore was theirs for the taking.  Since that period of time right up to today the First Nations Peoples of Australia fought against the attempted annihilation of the peoples by the British in order to take possession of the land.  The battles continued in many different ways and today we have the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  The Statement, which outlines how the Australian Government and Australia’s First Nations peoples can come together and rectify the wrongs that have been made against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia who have cared for this land for over 60,00 years.



Norma is Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra NSW. She has lived most of her life the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern. Norma won the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year Award First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award and is the 2019 Labor Party candidate for the NSW seat of Newtown which includes Surry Hills, Redfern, Newtown, Enmore through to Summer Hill and Sydney University.  With a Masters in Education from Harvard University, she is also a member of the Harvard Club of Australia.

Norma brings with her over 35 years of direct industry experience in both training and serving the interests of the Aboriginal communities. She has managed and delivered training programs at TAFE, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), QANTAS, the NSW Premier’s Department and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Defence. She has also developed and implemented programs which focus on developing skills and a heathy lifestyle to assist Aboriginal women and others in gaining meaningful employment.

Norma has also been dedicated to serving the Aboriginal community with various roles; CEO of both Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW State Aboriginal Land Council, founding member, Board Member and CEO of Murawina Aboriginal Pre-school and Chairperson Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program. She is currently a member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.  She has also sat as a Board member on the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and on the Indigenous Advisory Group at UTS and the City of Sydney, and has served as a panel member for the selections of NSW Australian of the Year.

She now brings all that wealth of knowledge and experience by establishing both Willing Consultancy and the National Aboriginal College in partnership with some very experienced Aboriginal women.


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6:30 PM18:30

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

You are warmly invited to the annual HCA Queensland

Thanksgiving Dinner

with guest speaker HCA President, Charlie Graham

This is an opportunity to join fellow Harvard Club members and their partners, to renew acquaintances, meet new Harvard Club alumni and their guests and other Harvard alumni based in Queensland to share in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.


Date: Thursday 22 November

Time: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

Venue: The Members Dining Room, The Brisbane Club, Post Office Square, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Price: $125.00 HCA members and immediate guests; $145.00 Other Guests

Dress: Lounge suit

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6:00 PM18:00

Life at Harvard Business School program chat

Join an information session about the Harvard MBA Program. This event will be hosted by alums of Harvard Business School. Topics to be covered include the academic experience and HBS community.

Date: Thursday 22 November

Venue: Bain, Level 45, Governor Phillip Tower, One Farrer Place, Sydney.

Timing: 6-6:15pm arrival and networking, 6:15-6:45pm short presentation, 6:45-7:15 panel Q&A, 7:15-7:30pm networking

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5:30 PM17:30

In Conversation with Jane Halton AO PSM, Canberra 'Health Threats'

You are invited to an HCA Canberra Event

In conversation with Jane Halton AO PSM

speaking on ‘Assessing and Addressing Health Threats’


Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018

Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm

Venue: MXA Consulting, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra

Price: $30.00, includes drinks & canapes

Dress: Business Attire 

Jane Halton biography

Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and the US Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. She is chairman of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, COTA and Vault Systems. Her 33 year career within the Australian public service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Departments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the management and performance of Australian Government agencies.   Jane has held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance including as Chair of the board of the WHO and at the OECD.

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12:15 PM12:15

Senior Leaders Lunch with Mark Barnaba, Fortescue Metals Group

HCA Members and their guests are warmly invited to a Senior Leaders Lunch with

Mark Barnaba AM

Vice Chair and Lead Independent Director, Fortescue Metals Group

speaking on

“The health of the world economy and Australia in particular”

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Date: Wednesday 7 November

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Level 39, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney, NSW 2000

Hosted by: Patrick Regan, past HCA President

Price: $95.00, includes two course lunch and wines

Dress: Business Attire

Limited places.

Mark Barnaba commenced as Co-Vice Chair of Fortescue Metals Group in November 2017 and has served as Lead Independent Director since November 2014 as well as a Non-Executive Director since February 2010.

Mr Barnaba is a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Prior to his appointment, he worked for McKinsey and Company and also recently held several senior executive roles at Macquarie Group, where until 30 August 2017, Mr Barnaba served as Chairman and Global Head of Natural Resources for Macquarie Capital.

He is Chairman of The University of Western Australia's Business School Board and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Investment Banking at the University of WA, is co-founder (and previously co-executive Chairman) of Azure Capital, is a Senior Advisor at Ernest & Young Oceania and has previously served as the Chairman of Western Power, Chairman of Black Swan State Theatre Company, Edge Employment Solutions, the West Coast Eagles Football Club, Alinta Infrastructure Holdings and member of the Advisory Council for The Hugh Jackman Deborah-lee Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 2011, he was appointed by the Premier to chair the WA Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Business Forum for CHOGM.

After graduating from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (first class honours; University medal), Mr Barnaba entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA (high distinction; Baker Scholar). Post business school, he spent the majority of his time with McKinsey and Company, overseas, before returning to Australia in the mid-1990s.

Mr Barnaba was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in Industry and Commerce in 2009. In 2015, Mr Barnaba was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the investment banking and financial sectors, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia in 2012 and was granted the Honorary designation FCPA from CPA Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with The Hon Nick Greiner AC

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch

with guest speaker & fellow alum

 The Hon Nick Greiner AC

“State of the Nation"

The Hon Nick Greiner AC was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992. In June 2017, he was elected as Federal President of the Liberal Party.  Please join him in this 'not to be missed' lunch talk where he discusses the recent tumultuous events in Australian politics and shares his analysis of the state of the nation in 2018. 


Date: Monday 5 November 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

New Venue: Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire 

Since his retirement from a distinguished political career, Nick has also been heavily involved in the corporate world as Chairman of several large companies and as the Deputy Chairman and director of others.

Nick is also Chairman of The European Australian Business Council (EABC) and a Member of the Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Nick holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1994 he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community.

He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and a Life Member of the South Sydney Rugby League Club.

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6:30 PM18:30

Global Networking Night in Brisbane

Join fellow alumni for the Global Networking Night in Brisbane

Hosted by QLD Chapter Chair Jon Lindsay

  • Date: Wednesday 17 October

  • Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Venue: Mr & Mrs G Riverbar, 1 Eagle Street Brisbane City

  • Free Entry - Cash Bar and partners are welcome

RSVP below by Tuesday, October 16. Early registration is encouraged for us to ensure we cater for the numbers.

Queries: please contact Jon Lindsay, Harvard Club of Australia, Queensland Convenor, on or on 0407 799 875 for any questions


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12:15 PM12:15

Lunch with Former Dean of HMS Jeff Flier and HMS Professor Terry Maratos

Former Dean of Harvard Medical School Jeff Flier will present 'Thoughts on the future of medical science and practice” followed by HMS Professor Terry Maratos-Flier who will discuss "Women in Medicine"

The Harvard Club of Australia invites members, Harvard alumni and guests to join us on Tuesday 16th October for a special lunch presentation at JBWere Sydney via video conference from Melbourne. 

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Time: 12:15pm to 2.00pm
Location: JBWere Melbourne, Sydney
Bookings: $35 includes sandwich lunch and coffee


About the speakers:

Jeff Flier
Currently Jeff is the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor & Higginson Professor of Physiology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Jeff served as the Dean, Faculty of Medicine at HMS for 9 years until 2016.  He is a physician scientist, and endocrinologist with a long term interest in diabetes and obesity. His current interest is in the future of health care and biomedical research.


Terry Maratos-Flier
Terry is a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her major interest is the role of the CNS in regulating feeding behavior and energy homeostasis. Terry also serves as a Director at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR).

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5:30 PM17:30

Masterclass: Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Harvard Club of Australia invites to you a Masterclass

Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Case study in the best HBS tradition

Presented by: Ted Blamey (MBA'70), Club Life Member


Date: Wednesday 10 October

Time & catering:
5.30 pm - afternoon tea, meet & mingle
6.00 pm sharp - Class begins
Break-out discussion session during the class
8:00 pm  - Class ends followed by Drinks & canapes until 9.00 pm.

Venue: Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney (Fairfax and Street Rooms)

Cost: $50pp includes refreshments, drinks & canapes

One of the initiatives of the new club strategy, responding to member demand, is to create a series of Master Classes, offered by people with special expertise and experience. They will provide members with innovative learning opportunities through interactive discussions and engagement with a broad spectrum of other members.

Leadership Lessons from the American Civil War is the second in this series. It is a case discussion in the best Harvard Business School tradition. It uses stop-action excerpts from a historically accurate movie depicting an extraordinary dilemma that faces a newly-promoted young colonel the day before the battle of Gettysburg. 

Participants put themselves in the boots of the protagonist and, through guided discussion and debate, pick apart the facts, options, goals and risks to determine what he should do.

In this Master Class, by analyzing the crisis and its ethical and practical issues, you will identify essential leadership qualities and behaviours that inspire and motivate others, such that they are willing to follow, even in an extreme situation such as the heat of battle.

This Master Class will be led by Ted Blamey, Club Life Member and Harvard MBA. Following his attendance at a presentation of this case at HBS, he has developed and refined it. Over the last 5 years he has presented it to a wide range of audiences to much acclaim.

No prior preparation is needed other than optional reading of a short background brief on the civil war that will be sent to all participants in advance.

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Prof Elizabeth Tiesburg, Harvard Business School in Brisbane

Prof Elizabeth Tiesburg, Senior Associate at Harvard Institute for strategy and competitiveness, Harvard Business School will address the World Hospital Congress in Brisbane in 10-12 October 2018 :

Her profile:

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Prof Hala Zreiqat

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker & fellow alum

Professor Hala Zreiqat

“Ceramics; beyond the coffee mug”

Hala Zreiqat is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and past Australia-Harvard Fellowship recipient.

As a pioneering biomaterials and tissue engineer Hala won the 2018 NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year.


Date: Monday 8 October 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Hala Zreiqat is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and past Australia-Harvard Fellowship recipient

As a pioneering biomaterials and tissue engineer Professor Hala Zreiqat won the 2018 NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year.

Her research work involves the development of novel engineered materials such as "ceramics" and 3D-printed platforms which can be used in orthopaedic, dental, and maxillofacial surgery. She has established national and international industry collaborations to translate her discoveries into approved medical devices. Her pioneering development of innovative biomaterials for tissue regeneration has led to one awarded (US) and 7 provisional patents, and several collaborations with inter/national industry partners.

Hala has also been described as a trailblazer in championing opportunities for women in the field, becoming the first female president of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society.

She was also the first person in NSW to receive a prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University where she founded an international network called IDEAL Society (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action Leadership) at Harvard University (2017-); dedicated to improving opportunities for women around the world.

Prof. Zreiqat’s overall objective is to advance collaborative research ventures and build educational and industry linkages nationally and internationally in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and biomaterials research.

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7:15 AM07:15

HCA QLD Breakfast: Visit Australia's New City

You are invited to a HCA QLD Chapter Breakfast

Visit Australia’s New City

with Springfield City Group’s Alumni host David Henry CEO CBD Development and Terry Kearney CEO Education, Health and Smart City Enterprises

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Time: 7.15am for 7.30am to 9am
Venue: Springfield City Group Boardroom, Level 10, Springfield Tower, 145 Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central 4300
Price: $30 members and guests
Dress: Business Attire

The Harvard Club of Australia is delighted to welcome you to Greater Springfield CBD, a short drive against the prevailing traffic for an enlightening and inspiring breakfast covering the 25 history of Springfield.

At the recent launch of the 25th Anniversary Book at the Queensland Library the Prime Minister of Australia said of Greater Springfield:

“ Greater Springfield … this is a story about overcoming countless obstacles and convincing a long line of thousand naysayers that the vision was right … a real nation building exercise”

The topics to discuss over an informal breakfast will cover

  • Urban Masterplanning and the delivery over 26 years via private family company

  • Changing the social fabric of the western corridor of Brisbane through education

  • The importance of selecting Education Health and IT as the corner stones of economic development of new city back in the late 1990’

  • Where to from now with 42,000 residences and 10,000 direct jobs and expenditure reaching $16 billion by all stakeholders

Your Hosts:


David R Henry Chief Executive Officer – CBD Development, Springfield Land Corporation
B Build (UNSW Hon 1) AMDP (GSD Harvard) MAICD

David Henry has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate and construction industries predominately in Australia and a 5 year role in  South East Asia between 2008 and 2013.He was an Executive Director of Springfield Land Corporation Pty Ltd, the developer of a new city for 138,000 equivalent population residents in South East Queensland prior to moving to Asia.

David joined the VinaCapital Group in Vietnam in July 2008 to become Managing Director of VinaCapital Real Estate Ltd based in Ho Chi Min City Vietnam with an active portfolio of 40 plus projects. His role also included Managing Director of the LSE AIM board listed Vinaland Fund and was a member of the VCRE Investment Committee.

He returned to Springfield Land Corporation as CEO – CBD Development in February 2013.

He has also served or currently serves in voluntary roles with RB&WHospital Foundation, Chairs Project Dignity 120 for MS Queensland, National Board Member Urban Land Institute


Mr Terry Kearney, Chief Executive Officer, Education, Health and Smart City Enterprises, Springfield City Group

Terry Kearney has over 40 years of experience in the education sector. Over the last nine years Terry has been responsible for the design and development of education, health and smart city facilities and services within Greater Springfield – awarded the world’s best master planned community.

Within his role as Chief Executive Officer he values forging strong partnerships to ensure the best human services for all community members.

Terry is a passionate expert in education and has spent more than fifteen years as a highly valued and exciting keynote speaker. His ability to engage with an audience and share his passion for lifelong learning is highly regarded and as a result Terry is a sought-after speaker.

Terry has held several Board positions including P&C’s Qld and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Terry studied leadership, organisation learning, change management and effective business practices at Melbourne Business School and has worked and studied with teams from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.



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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Amy Smith MBA'15 "The Future of Food"

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker & fellow alumnus

Amy Smith MBA'15

The Future of Food: How Technology and Data are Helping us Answer "What's for Dinner?"


Date: Monday 3 September 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


About the talk: Technology and the quantity of data available is rapidly changing all parts of life as we know it - including what we eat for dinner. HelloFresh delivers over 2.5 million meals a month across Australia, and is growing quickly. Amy will share how HelloFresh Australia combine data from hundreds of thousands of data points with creativity and knowledge of what's in season to develop recipes that Aussies will love. This, along with forecasting supply chain technologies, ensure that all ingredients ordered have a place in an upcoming recipe, removing food waste from the food supply chain.


Amy is the Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of HelloFresh Australia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering and Mathematics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Amy started her career at McKinsey in Melbourne, and had her first taste of the start up life was at Handy in New York City. Amy has worked for HelloFresh for over three years, across operations, product development and marketing, in all 10 geographies and three continents.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA WA Chapter Evening with Michelle Lipkin

Do you know what your children are looking at on Social media?

Dear Harvard Club of Australia WA members and Friends

It is with genuine pleasure the Harvard Club of Australia joins with the USA Consulate in Western Australia to invites you to an evening of networking and discussion – on a topic that many of us are trying to understand the ramifications of. Children aged 8 to 18 spend more time with media than they do at school or with their parents.

We are delighted to give you the opportunity to hear from Michelle Lipkin who will discuss the many ways – both positive and negative – in which media impacts our children’s lives. Topics for discussion will include social media, digital citizenship and media literacy. She will also provide tips on how to navigate parenting in this digital age, and the various forms of media that are a significant part of our children’s lives. Michelle’s visit to Perth is sponsored by the U.S. Consulate.

We hope that you will join us for this special event.


Date:     Monday 27 August
Time:     5:30pm – 7:00pm
Place:    Clayton Utz again as gracious hosts: QV1 Level 27, 250 St Georges Tce, Perth WA
Cost:      $25pp
Who:     Michelle Lipkin – Media Technology and Children (Please see bio below)
Special Guest: Ms Rachel Cooke – US Consul General to Western Australia:

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English. See Michelle’s recent CNN appearances here.

Michelle is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media criticism and media literacy. Michelle also serves as a representative for NAMLE on the Council of Communication Associations and a judge for What’s Your Story? Youth Media Contest. To read about Michelle’s personal journey to media literacy, see this article from PBS News Hour.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA WA Chapter Evening with Prof. David Yermack 'Blockchain Evolution'

You are invited to a HCA WA Chapter Evening
with guest speaker

Prof. David Yermack (AB'85)

speaking on

The Blockchain Evolution, and Why it Matters to all of us

David Yermack is an NYU Stern School of Business Professor who is visiting the University of Western Australia at this time.

Date: Wednesday 8 August 2018


Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Clayton Utz,  Level 27, QV.1, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Price: $25 members and guests

Dress: Business Attire



"You’ve heard of bitcoin, blockchains, and maybe even crypto kitties, but what does it mean to you? And the rest of the world?

This disruptive technology has the potential to change the way the world works from: how we use money, international finance remittance, how global supply chains are managed, the stock market, and how governments interact with its citizens.

The promise of blockchain technology is virtually endless and is already having seismic impacts that can be felt by everyone around the world.

The Harvard Club of Australia is delighted to be joined by Prof. David Yermack of NYU’s Stern School of Business, who teaches a popular graduate course on blockchain who will delve into the impact blockchain is having globally and in Australia. 


"David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business. Professor Yermack teaches joint MBA - Law School courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law. He is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.

Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University."

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club lunch (on Tuesday) with Harvard Professors Kimberlyn Leary and Laurie Pascal

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch (on Tuesday)

with two Harvard Professors

Professor Kimberlyn Leary and Professor Laurie Pascal

speaking on

"How do we best prepare leaders for the future challenges facing health systems?"

Date: Tuesday 7 August 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $45.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


Kimberlyn Leary

Associate Professor of Department of Health Policy and Management

Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

Kimberlyn Leary is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she directs the Enabling Change program. In her role with the DrPH program, she teaches leadership skills to prepare public health professionals for synergistic engagements with complex problems. Increasingly, this work requires the ability to innovate and problem-solve with diverse stakeholders, from diverse backgrounds, towards the goal of making communities healthier. The Enabling Change program is designed to develop leaders with the skills that enable them to sustain collaboration among local and national partners, design interventions that span multiple sectors, and lead change that results in affirmative impact.

Dr. Leary is also the Executive Director of Policy Outreach at McLean Hospital and a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She has taught courses on negotiation and conflict transformation to undergraduates at Harvard College, to senior executives at Harvard Law School, and to physicians working in high-conflict zones in Thailand and studied Dutch-Muslim neighborhood conflict as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is also as a Senior Advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative, serving as a thought partner on strategy pertaining to inclusive STEM education.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Dr. Leary served for one year as an Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls helping to develop and then direct “Advancing Equity,” an initiative focused on cross-sector approaches to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for women.

For almost 12 years, she served as chief psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, directing the division of psychology and its training programs to deliver culturally sensitive care supporting the hospital’s primary care centers, specialty mental health, and acute emergency services. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an AB from Amherst College, where she is also on the Board of Trustees.


Laurie Pascal is from the department of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she teaches courses on organizational behavior, leadership, organizational change, the U.S. hospital industry, and organizational strategy.  

Drawing on diverse leadership experience in corporate, public and nonprofit healthcare settings, she conceives and directs forward-looking executive education programs for physicians, nurses and other health system leaders from the U.S. and abroad designed to develop leaders who can enhance organizational effectiveness, improve strategic planning and implementation, and create and sustain change in their organizations. Laurie consults to hospitals and health systems, physician practices, foundations and universities in the U.S. and internationally on leadership, change, program development and strategy.

Previously, Laurie was the Vice President of Business Development & Planning and the Vice President of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated health system.  She formerly held executive positions in strategy, planning and market development in health insurance, financial services, and academia.  She serves on the Boards of Trustees of several healthcare and higher education institutions in addition to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Advisory Group.  

Laurie holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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6:30 PM18:30

The Harvard ‘Din & Tonics’

Harvard Club members and their guests are warmly invited to hear the Harvard Din & Tonics

A Musical entertainment and dinner event at The Royal Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli

The Din & Tonics are a 12 piece jazz a cappella group from Harvard University.
Their performances are highly admired for their impeccable musicianship and entertainment value. A musical treat not to be missed!


Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 6.30 for 7.15pm
Venue: Carabella Room, The Royal Yacht Squadron, 33 Peel Street, Kirribilli (parking onsite)
Cost: $95 includes canapés, 2 courses and live entertainment (drinks available at the Bar.)
Dress: Smart casual (jacket & tie optional for men, no jeans or runners)
Book by: 31 July. Members welcome to bring guests.

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2018 HCA Program for Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


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.

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2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


Felix Oberholzer-Gee

LEARN MORE: View the Brochure


The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' is designed for senior executives with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance.

Dates: Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 July 2018
Venue: Sydney Conference + Training Centre, Ingleside, Sydney
Format: Two Day Residential Program. Fee $2,200+GST.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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6:30 PM18:30

Oxbridge & Ivy League Networking Drinks

The Cambridge Society of NSW invite Oxbridge and Ivy League alumni and their guests, to Drinks & Canapes.

Oxbridge & Ivy League Networking Drinks - 4 July 2018

Hosted by Cambridge Society of NSW President, Amrit Bahra and Committee member, Gautham Srivinas

Venue: The Wolf Wine Bar, 37 Bligh Street, Sydney
Time: from 6.30pm
Cost: $37.50pp, includes drinks & canapes.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club with Dr Sarah Cameron 'Flawed Elections?'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Dr Sarah Cameron

Flawed Elections? Understanding Electoral Integrity from Authoritarian Regimes to Advanced Democracies

Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney


Date: Monday 2 July 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

About the talk: Almost all countries around the world now hold elections, although the quality of these contests varies considerably. Issues range from overt malpractices, such as imprisoning adversaries and rigging vote-counts through to more minor irregularities, for example inaccurate vote registers and biased media coverage. Whilst some of the greatest problems for electoral integrity are found in authoritarian states, or those navigating transitions to democracy, a range of challenges are also faced in advanced democracies. In the United States, district boundaries are gerrymandered to bias the results. In the United Kingdom, recent changes to voter registration processes meant that many eligible electors dropped off the register.

In this lunchtime talk, Dr Sarah Cameron presents an overview of the state of electoral integrity around the world across different types of political regime. This draws upon the work of the Electoral Integrity Project assessing the quality of elections since 2012, covering 285 elections in 164 countries to date. The talk will delve into challenges from recent and upcoming elections, including Malaysia, the United States midterm elections, as well as Australia.

The Electoral Integrity Project is an independent academic study founded in 2012, producing innovative and policy-relevant research comparing elections worldwide. The project is based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, directed by Professor Pippa Norris. The project has received numerous accolades, including the International Institutional Engagement Award.  For further information see:

Biographical details

Dr Sarah Cameron is the Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. A political scientist, her research examines elections and electoral integrity, citizen political responses to economic shocks, and Australian political attitudes and behaviour. 

She has contributed to several major studies on elections including the Australian Election Study and the Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research project. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Electoral Integrity in America: Securing Democracy (Oxford University Press, with Pippa Norris and Thomas Wynter), and co-author of the major report on Australian elections, Trends in Australian Political Opinion: Results from the Australian Election Study 1987-2016 (with Ian McAllister).

Dr Cameron holds a PhD in Political Science and Master of Studies from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Business School. She held a Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Government at Harvard University from 2015 to 2016. For further information see:

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9:00 AM09:00

Inaugural Harvard Club Master Class: Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Inaugural Harvard Club Master Class

Topic: Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Master Class Presenter: Christopher Golis MA MBA FAICD FAIM

Friday 29 June 2018, 9am-5pm, Sydney CBD


Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders has been specifically designed for managers looking to develop their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and gain practical, straight forward strategies that can be applied in the workplace.

Unlike other Emotional Intelligence programs that are limited to two or three personality styles, Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders uses a model of seven temperament components – the limit of an individual's short term memory.

By the end of the seminar, participants will have completed the four stages of emotional intelligence and will be able to recognise the seven components in themselves and others, identify their own 'hot' buttons, know which social skills strategies to adopt with different people, and know how to control the emotional content in their decision making. The interactive seminar uses three videos and numerous case studies.

Learning outcomes

Through this course, participants will:

  • Improve their observation skills as a basis for understanding people.
  • Learn to identify what motivates them and those around them.
  • Develop strategies for working more effectively with others.
  • Increase their capacity to influence people and improve their communication skills.
  • Learn how to successfully complete tasks through others.
  • Discover how to control the emotional content of their decision making.

Course structure

Prior to the seminar all participants complete the online PEQAS (Practical EQ Assessment). The PEQAS establishes their dominant and weaker core emotional components and starts Step 1 of EQ: Self-Awareness.

The Humm is introduced by comparing it to a variety of profiling techniques such as DISC, NLP, Myers-Briggs and the Five Factor Model.

The 7 Components
Each of the seven components is introduced using extensive audience participation.

Video Case Study
The decision-making process for different personality types.

Hot Buttons
Step 2 of EQ: Self-Management. Useful habits for each component.

Step 3 of EQ: Social Awareness. Participants learn to develop empathy by using six clues: Talk-Organisation-Position-Dress-Office-Gambit.

Video Case Study
A visit to seven managers.

Relationship Strategies
Step 4 of EQ: Social Skills. Why relationship strategies work with one component and not with others and what are the best strategies for each component.

EQ for Managers
How each component affects the decision making of managers. What components make for the ideal leader?

Personality Dissonance
Potential alienation. What are risk groups for each component?

Video Case Study
Personality Dissonance.

Your presenter

Chris Golis’ career started with IBM in 1967 after he graduated from Cambridge University where he studied Economics and Psychology. Chris then did a full-time MBA at the London Business School graduating with a distinction.

On the advice of his tutor, the well-known management author Charles Handy, Chris became a salesperson with ICL Australia. There he first learnt about the Humm, which is the only profiling technology that analyses a person's temperament in terms of seven core emotions. Chris subsequently used the Humm very successfully in his business career which ranged from a salesperson to a general manager, merchant banker and 25 years as a venture capitalist. During this time, Chris was a director of some 30 companies where he gained a solid and practical grounding in dealing with people, particularly in high pressure, conflict situations.

Chris has written three books: The Humm Handbook: Lifting your Level of Emotional Intelligence, Empathy Selling - The New Sales Technique for the 21st Century, and Enterprise & Venture Capital – A Business Builders' and Investors' Handbook, now its fifth edition.

Chris has developed keynote talks and workshops training over 20,000 people in the application of Practical Emotional Intelligence in the workplace. Chris’ clients include Citicorp Asia, New York Institute of Finance and PwC.

How to book

Please book online. Limited to 12 places, so early applications are encouraged.

Date: Friday 29 June 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm, with morning and afternoon tea provided and a break for lunch

Venue: Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street.

Dress Code: Jacket plus tie or equivalent.

Cost per person: $499 plus GST.  A tax receipt will be issued.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA Australia Address, SGM and AGM 2018

You are invited to the Harvard Club of Australia

Australia Address with guest speaker

David Thodey AO

"Australia 2030: A National outlook for the country and the role of the public sector"

David Thodey will explore how Australia can attract investment to continue to build globally competitive industries; the role a world-leading education system can play in creating opportunity for all Australians; how the jobs of the future will evolve; and how Australia's cities and regions might accommodate a growing population while maintaining strong connectivity and liveability.  He will also discuss the implications of these trends. as well as the impact of AI and Big Data, for the public sector.

followed by a Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting


Date: Tuesday 12 June 2018

Time: 5:30pm for 6.00pm - 8.00pm


Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $55.00, includes drinks and canapes

Dress: Business Attire

Enjoy drinks and canapes with fellow members then take a seat to hear the Australia Address followed by the Annual General Meeting.

David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (the national research organisation for Australia) and the Chair of JobsNSW, the NSW independent organisation responsible for the creation of 150K new jobs though to 2020.

Previously David was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America with revenues of $16B and market cap of $70-80B.

Before joining Telstra, David was Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales across Asia Pacific.

In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. He was also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group.

David has a keen interest in basketball, and was previously Chairman of Basketball Australia. He is a passionate technologist and interested in customer centred transformation of businesses.

David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016 and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia in January 2017.

David now serves on a number of Boards - from consulting, venture capital, public policy and science, research and innovation while managing his own investment portfolio. He is passionate about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology and corporate social responsibility.

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6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with the Harvard Krokodiloes in Brisbane

Bubbles, Canapés & A Capella

Join AmCham members, guests and friends from the Harvard Club for an evening of bubbles, canapés and live music performed by Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group, The Harvard Krokodiloes.

Venue: Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Cnr Edward & Margaret St, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Date & Time: 4 June 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: Harvard Club Members $65.00, if you use booking code 040030-MEM (you have to create an account with AmCham)
Cancel by Date for this event is 28 May 2018
Contact: Janita Zhang, Event Manager QLD, 07 3220 2478,

Join AmCham QLD members and guests for an evening of bubbles, canapés and live music performed by Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group The Harvard Krokodiloes.

The Krokodiloes, Harvard University's oldest and finest a cappella singing group, are visiting Brisbane as part of their annual Summer Tour across the world!

The Krokodiloes (The Kroks) are a group of twelve undergraduate men who have been bringing the popular music of the Great American Songbook, as well as more traditional aires, to audiences across the country and around the globe. The Kroks pride themselves on their musical excellence and professional approach to their performance. Their fine musicianship and youthful energy, combined with their unique blend of snappy choreography and witty humour, have made them instant crowd-pleasers wherever they roam.

In the 70 years since the group's founding, the Kroks have performed for the likes of President Bill Clinton and President Pranab Mukherjee of India, at momentous events such as the 1997 Hong Kong handover ceremony, in famed concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and have been hosted by royal families in Thailand, Monaco, and Germany. The Kroks have also performed for celebrities such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dame Helen Mirren; other featured guests include Anne Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Julia Roberts, Julie Andrews, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg.

For more information on The Krokodiloes, please visit their website

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