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Melbourne Informal Drinks - May 23

Dear SAA Member,

Come join local Stanford alumni for informal drinks and nibbles in Melbourne on Thursday, May 23rd.  Our informal events are just that - informal.  So, drop by when you can and pay your own way.  Partners / friends welcome.  However, to gauge numbers, please RSVP by May 9th.

Any questions, contact Ben Chan.


Date: Thursday, May 23

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Melbourne CBD, exact venue TBD

Cost: pay your own way

RSVP:  by May 9th to Ben Chan
  

If you have not yet paid your 2013 membership, click here.


Regards,

The Stanford Australia Association Committee

 
2012- 2013 SAF scholarship winners

 

The Stanford Austraila Foundation proudly announces the 2012-13 Scholarship winners:


Australia is sending two stand-out nonprofit leaders to study alongside some of the world’s top professors at Executive Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  This year’s scholarship winners are Anne Hollonds and Jack Manning Bancroft.


Anne Hollonds, Chief Executive Officer of the Benevolent Society, was awarded the 2013 Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship, providing $15,000 to attend the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Anne has over 15 years' experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the not-for-profit sector. The former CEO of Relationships Australia NSW, Anne is a psychologist and family therapist, and a commentator on issues affecting families and communities. 


The Benevolent Society is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.  Anne is particularly enthusiastic about attending the two week course at Stanford so that she can immediately put the world’s top thinking to work back in Australia.  Anne says, 
“The Benevolent Society is in an exciting period – it’s our 200thanniversary year – so we’re really taking stock of what we’ve achieved and our strengths as an organisation. But we’re also looking forward at the future we want for Australia and how we can address some key issues that we as a nation haven’t really made much progress on.


“We’ve been at the forefront of major social changes for 200 years because we continue to learn and respond to new challenges. We’re about to start implementing a new strategy that we really believe will address some of today’s biggest social issues – and that requires a lot of organisational learning.


“This scholarship is a rare chance to come together with leaders from around the world and exchange the best ideas and data, to learn from each other’s experiences so we can really make an impact.” 


 
Jack Manning Bancroft – CEO, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), is the winner of the 2013 SAF Dyson Bequest Scholarship, an award of $50,000 to attend the SEP.  


Selected to join a host of other stellar participants, Jack will embark on a comprehensive course of study that prepares him to navigate the diverse challenges facing top executives worldwide. At Stanford, Jack aims to capture the latest thinking on how to drive results in his organisation.


Though young, Jack has demonstrated a track record of success in an area where most initiatives have failed: indigenous education.  In 2005, then a 19-year-old uni student, Jack founded the AIME Program with 25 Indigenous kids in Redfern. He is now one of Australia's youngest CEO's leading a national team of 42 staff that is connecting 1000 volunteer university students with over 1000 Indigenous high school students across ten university sites in three states. 


AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school and Jack has seen AIME kids step up and lead the way, with 88% Year 12 completion and 36% university admission in 2011. AIME students are now finishing school at almost the same rate as every Australian child which is the end game goal for AIME as the program looks to expand it's reach across the nation to connect 1700 University student volunteers with 2800 Indigenous high school kids annually by 2016.  

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About the Stanford Australia Foundation

The Stanford Australia Foundation is an initiative of the Stanford Australia Association, which was established in 1987 to link the substantial group of Stanford alumni in Australia. The Foundation aims to enable more Australians to share the exciting experience of a Stanford education for the benefit of the Australian community. 

 

 

 
Stanford Australia Association 2013 membership

 

Dear Stanford Australia community,

It is the time of year when we collect annual membership fees for the SAA.  We are pleased to report that the SAA is in excellent shape with record membership numbers and event attendance.  If you have already paid for your 2013 membership, thank you!  If not, we invite you and fellow alumni to rejoin.  

The 2013 membership fee is $60, or you can pre-pay your fees through 2017 (5 years) for $275.  This year, we are again asking for a voluntary $40 donation to the Stanford Australia Foundation - this donation is tax deductible - if you are willing to support the Foundation, please enter the amount in the Eventbrite system or add the amount to any cheque.

In addition to supporting the SAA, the benefits of being a financial member of the SAA are:

  • Priority access to events
  • Reduced event fees
  • Support of the Stanford Australia Foundation - the annual surplus generated by the SAA allows us to make a substantial donation to the SAF

There are two options to pay your 2013 membership fee:
  1. Click here to use our payment system, which accepts major credit cards and Paypal 
  2. Send a cheque payable to 'Stanford Australia Association' to:
          ​Steve Hawkins
          c/o The Benevolent Society
          Level 1
          188 Oxford Street
          Paddington, NSW 2021


2013 is looking to be another great year of diverse, interesting events.  Highlights already planned include:
  • Art & Wine - a repeat of the popular social gathering where we enjoy a wine tasting combined with a talk by a prominent Australian artist whose work will be on display.
  • Entrepreneurship Series - this year we intend to again host our breakfast video seminars and discussions on selected entrepreneurial topics.  More on this shortly.
  • Not-for-Profit Sector - watch out for the July/August event invite to our SAA alumni, past NFP program participants, and prospective NFP Stanford scholarship applicants.
  • AGM - the gala event for the year will be the AGM in late November or early December.
  • Visiting Professors - we will continue to host smaller events around visiting professors.
  • Other social functions - including inter-school alumni events.

We hope you will join us as a financial member, and look forward to seeing you at events this year.

As always, we welcome your thoughts on how we can continue to improve the SAA.

Regards,
SAA Committee

 

 
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