Adelaide business leaders inspiring MBA students

Adelaide Business School MBA students and mentors at the program launch
Adelaide Business School MBA students and mentors at the program launch

The University of Adelaide’s Business School and the Business School Advisory Board have partnered up to create a mentoring program to give the school’s MBA students the ‘Adelaide Advantage’.

Believing it is essential for students to enhance their leadership skills, the Business School has arranged for some of Adelaide’s most inspiration leaders to provide them with past experiences and to help them build their own capability through mentoring.

Some of the leaders participating include David Michell of Michell Wool, Malcolm Jackson, Chief Executive of Defence SA and Jim Whalley, CEO of Nova Group.

Running from April through to December 2015, the program was created by Christine Locher, Jim Whalley, Paul Crawford and Natalie Thompson in the Business School. The idea was launched to not only help students develop their own skills, but to make sure they are networked and connected with industry.

The mentors aim to help influence and shape student leadership through a number of ways including:

  • Providing critical feedback in key areas such as interpersonal style and leadership skills
  • Providing insights on what is needed to grow professionally
  • Challenging their self-limiting beliefs
  • Providing a confidential, objective sounding board with whom they can share challenges as well as successes

Ben Ready
Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (