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MBA Student represents ECU at MBAus 2017 Conference

Friday, 01 September 2017

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MBA student Warren Mahoney has recently returned from the MBAus 2017 Conference, where he had the chance to network with top MBA students and business leaders from around the country.

This year, ECU was an academic partner of the event held in Melbourne, and sponsored one student to attend the two-day conference.

Warren began studying the Master of Business Administration last year after spending almost 20 years in senior management positions in the not for profit sector.

“After not completing my undergraduate course, I saw undertaking an MBA as an opportunity to challenge myself and to solidify the practical knowledge I had gained in management and leadership roles I've had over the past 20 years.”

At the MBAus Conference, Warren had the opportunity to meet MBA students from universities around Australia and network with guest speakers, discussing topics including diversity in the workplace, innovation, big data - 4th industrial revolution and globalising an Australian Business.

“The presenters were inspiring and thought provoking. Through ECU’s support of the event, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity introduce one of the panel sessions and spend 15 minutes with the panellists prior to their session. That gave me the chance to connect, albeit briefly, with three of Australia's leading Economists and the moderator, well-known finance journalist Alan Kohler.”

Warren has recently left his General Manager role and established his own consultancy group Accelerated Development. The company focusses on building the capacity of the not for profit sector.

“I'm now 10 months into the new venture and while it certainly has its challenges, I can see that it is a more suitable environment for me to gain career satisfaction.”

Warren credits his move into consulting to his MBA studies so far. “The course has already had a profound impact on me.  In particular, the unit MBA6020 (Personal and Professional Development), had helped me to better reflect on my career to date and most importantly it provided me with the ability to make more insightful decisions about my future.”

Find out more about studying the Master of Business Administration at ECU's School of Business and Law.

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