SCU Online Business Networking Night with Stephen Scheeler

We’re excited to invite you to our first SCU Online Business Networking Night held in Sydney. This new event series is designed to offer current, past and future students a platform for networking, inspiring conversations and new learnings.

Get the chance to connect with industry leaders, your peers and academics.


Hosted at SMC Conference & Function Centre (in the Ionic Room)
66 Goulburn Street, Sydney 2000


September 20, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Evening Agenda

5.30 pm
Networking & drinks

6 pm
Address from Dean of Business and Head of Gold Coast Campus at Southern Cross University, Dr Robin Stonecash

6:15 pm
Walk the Talk: Mastering the Eight Elements of Leadership for the 21st Century and Q&A with Stephen Scheeler

7:20 pm
Canapes, drinks & networking

8:00 pm
End of event

About the speaker – Stephen Scheeler

Walk the Talk: Mastering the Eight Elements of Leadership for the 21st Century

Joining us for our first event is Stephen Scheeler. From his recent tenure as Managing Director at Facebook and Instagram for Australia and New Zealand to senior executive roles at iconic Australian giants, Lion and Westfield to his current position as The Digital CEO and Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company – Stephen has thrived at the frontier of change, disruption and technology for over 25 years.

Stephen will be sharing his insights into the secrets of exceptional leadership in the 21st century. From ‘disruptive’ Silicon Valley giant Facebook to ‘traditional’ corporate titans, Stephen draws on his unparalleled leadership experience to offer a provocative and unique prescription for leaders of businesses large and small.

From humility and curiosity to speed, agility and transparency, Stephen offers practical advice for every business leader to remake themselves from corporate also-rans into leadership rock stars!

About SCU Online Business Networking Nights

At Southern Cross University Online, we understand the importance of networking and creating relationships when studying an MBA. This is why we’re inviting you to SCU Online’s Business Networking Night, which will give you the opportunity to connect with current SCU Online students, academics and industry leaders face-to-face.

These events will run throughout the year in various cities across Australia.

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More about our speakers

About Stephen Scheeler

Stephen is The Digital CEO and former Facebook MD for Australia and New Zealand, where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley startup to media and technology titan.

Working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders, his tenure at Facebook saw the Australian and New Zealand business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – grow to become one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.

Stephen is a seasoned business leader, with a career spanning over 25 years across consumer products, retail, e-commerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He has served in senior executive roles at global leaders Westfield and Inchcape, and at Australian consumer products giant, Lion.

Today – as founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management – he partners with the CEOs and boards of some of the world’s leading companies to help them build world-beating strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership.

He has advised the leaders of Qantas, NAB, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, IAG, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, AMP, CUB, Brambles, Google, Seven West Media, MCN, QBE, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Mirvac and the Australian Government.

About Dr Robin Stonecash

Professor Robin StonecashRobin is the Dean and Head of the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. She was previously the Director of the Global Executive MBA and Director of Executive Education at the Business School at University of Sydney. While at the University of Sydney, she and her team redeveloped the Global EMBA to focus on technology and disruption in a global context. She also developed Executive Education programs for the Human Rights Commission, the Royal Australian Navy, several Australia Awards programs, as well as for corporate clients. She has been Director of Rabobank’s Executive Development Program and Farm Managers Program for a number of years.

Robin trained as an economist and worked for President Carter’s Council on Wage and Price Stability in Washington DC and at the US Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Trade Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.

For the last 30 years, she has been an academic and consultant, working at the University of Sydney Business School, the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW and the School of Business at UTS. She also worked for the Centre for International Economics, a Canberra-based economic consulting firm, working on government policy and regulatory issues. She has had two Linkage Grants from the ARC, on the costs and benefits of outsourcing. She has taught economics, negotiations and strategy at a number of Universities in the United States, Australia and Asia.

Robin has worked on Executive Development and Strategy with organisations in a large range of industries such as Defense, banking and finance, agribusiness, mining and mining services, manufacturing, telecommunications, printing and publishing. She is also a co-author of a leading Macroeconomics textbook, Principles of Macroeconmics. She was the 2006 winner of the AGSM Alumni Teaching Award and a Finalist for NSW in the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards in 2017.

About Dr Patrick Gillett
As the course coordinator of Southern Cross University’s MBA program, Patrick takes a personal interest in the academic and professional development of every student. His ‘hands-on’ approach reflects a deep level of respect and appreciation for the student experience. Having commenced his own academic journey as a mature-aged student, he is readily conscious of the many challenges, and great rewards, that come with the pursuit of an MBA degree.

After gaining a Master of Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts (USA), Patrick returned to Australia to complete a PhD in Sport Tourism at SCU. His current research interests are in the areas of Management Education and Online Learning. First and foremost, however, Patrick is a Teaching Scholar. He has extensive teaching and curriculum design experience in various Management disciplines at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In addition to his research and teaching, Patrick has worked as a market researcher and sponsorship analyst for agencies in New York City and Australia. He has also contributed to numerous commercial and government feasibility reports in areas such as high-speed rail and housing affordability. Through his varied professional and academic experience, Patrick is well equipped to support all MBA Online students, particularly those who may be returning to formal academic studies after an extended period of time.


Public transport

The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3-minute walk) and Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.


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