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Higher degrees of value

The role and value of education

How do we prepare our current workforce, and the next generation of graduates, for an uncertain future? Led by Professor Annamarie Jagose, join the discussion with leaders from EY, Challenger, and Iress.

Pre-COVID, the most in-demand skills flagged by high profile employers included critical thinking, leadership, empathy, cultural awareness and creativity. In a COVID and post-COVID and Black Lives Matter world these skills are even more critical.

Workplaces are requiring more diverse skillsets. If 2020 has taught us anything it’s the need to be agile and pivot. Will the T-shaped graduate, that is, someone who has both a specialization – an area of deep knowledge and skills – as well as the capacity to think laterally and make connections across disciplines, be even more essential?


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The speakers

Alison is a Partner at EY in the Technology Advisory Practice, specialising in Cloud Enabled Digital Transformation.

Alison has deep experience in Digital Transformation, Digital Transformation business case development, Competitive Dialogue Procurement for complex ICT Digital Transformation, As-a-Service Commercial models for Digital,  as well as Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, BPaaS) Cloud Migration and Technology Strategy in both mature markets as well as emerging markets in Asia Pacific.

In addition, Alison is the NSW Education Industry lead for EY where Digital Transformation is leading the way for the Higher Education Sector to support the Future of Work and changes Intelligent Automation is bringing to our workforces.

Alison was previously APAC Cloud Managing Director for Accenture provider developing Cloud Strategy and Cloud offerings for mature markets and emerging markets as well as holding the role of Global Cloud Lead for Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment.

Angela was appointed Chief Executive, Distribution, Product and Marketing in December 2018, having previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the overall strategic direction and coordination of distribution, product and marketing functions for the Challenger Life business.

Angela joined Challenger as the Executive General Manager, Human Resources in February 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience in business and human resource management across public sector, consulting and corporate roles. Before joining Challenger, Angela held a number of senior HR roles at the Westpac Group.

After a career as an actuarial consultant, Andrew co-founded and spearheaded the development of market-leading financial planning software Xplan and joined Iress when it acquired Xplan Technology in 2003. Andrew became Iress’ CEO in 2009 and has since led the growth of the group.

Since Andrew became CEO, Iress has expanded organically and made several local and international acquisitions and now has 2,011 people designing, developing and delivering software solutions for the financial services industry in Asia-Pacific, the UK & Europe, Africa and North America.

Annamarie is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is internationally known as a scholar in feminist, lesbian/gay and queer studies. She is the author of four scholarly monographs, most recently Orgasmology, a critical consideration of orgasm across the long twentieth century. 

Annamarie is also an award-winning novelist. Her last novel, Slow Water, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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