The 2012 GMA Annual Dinner
18 August 2012
You are invited to attend the 2012 GMA Annual Dinner. This dinner is the Graduate Management Association's largest and most successful event, hosting more than 200 people from various backgrounds and industries.
Celebrating the 36th anniversary of the GMA, the 2012 GMA Annual Dinner will be hosted at The University Club, with guest speaker Carol Schwartz AM, founding Chair of Our Community.
Carol currently has high-level involvement in Women's Leadership Institute Australia, Qualitas Property Partners, Yarra Capital Partners, Melbourne Business School, the Australian Innovation Research Centre, Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board, and Stockland. Her past leadership roles have spanned Business (Industry Superannuation Property Trust, Property Council of Australia, Highpoint Property Group, Anstat, OPSM), Government (VicHealth, Docklands Authority, Future Melbourne Reference Group), the Arts (Comedy Festival, Australian Ballet School, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne International Arts Festival), Health (Mental Health Research Institute, Baker Institute) and Community (Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Western Chances, Social Ventures Australia).
Innovation is a very well used word. Yet this does not lessen its importance to the human spirit, nor how it can propel us to remarkable achievements. The rise of “social innovation” offers Australia opportunities fornew approaches and tools for solving societal challenges – in ways we had not previously imagined.
Leading this social innovation is the ascendency of the social enterprise: entities that are as explicit in their social aims and accountability as they are committed to their commercial orientation.
Social enterprises are able to respond to deeply entrenched social issues with a unique level of freedom to the traditional boundaries established by the business, government and non-profit sectors. Social enterprises are providing Australia with:
- New models of operation
- Opportunities for the scaling and replicating of best-in-class practice
Being part of this social evolution is exciting, rewarding and challenging.
Carol Schwartz will offer her insights on these developments, thoughts on where she believes she has had the most impact and reflections on what the future holds for social innovation in Australia.
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