Meet the Guest Speakers
Currently the Manager, Alumni Engagement, Daniel currently oversees a broad spectrum of alumni engagement initiatives at UQ. Having previously worked in local and state government, TAFE and universities overseas, he has significant experience in utilising marketing, communication, social media and experiential channels to deliver key messages and increase community participation and affinity. Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma (Education) from QUT.
Dan Dillon Jr. was appointed ASU chief marketing officer and senior vice president in September 2013. His primary focus is the advancement of affinity for the university, including the enhancement and consistency of brand integrity and innovative, impactful marketing activities across ASU.
Dillon is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years in domestic and global management roles in the consumer packaged goods and restaurant industries. Dillon has served in C-level and executive positions for leading U.S. companies, including General Mills, Keebler, Nabisco, Heinz, Con Agra, and Coca-Cola. Prior to coming to ASU, Dillon was chief marketing officer at Outback Steakhouse and most recently the executive vice president at Ruby Tuesday Inc.
Elissa relocated from Sydney in 2016 to join the University of Melbourne. In her role with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, she has led the implementation of a comprehensive alumni program engaging graduates of the University’s largest and most diverse faculty. In addition to alumni programs, Elissa oversees advancement communications and events for the Faculty and regular and leadership giving.
Elissa has spent most of her career in university advancement, including roles in development and alumni relations, previously with the University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.
Monique Harper-Richardson is the director of advancement at the University of Wollongong. With twenty years' experience in higher education, Monique is responsible for the strategic leadership of the university's advancement programme incorporating alumni engagement, philanthropic programmes, and community engagement.
Under Monique's leadership the advancement portfolio has rapidly expanded, including strong growth in philanthropic support for flagship initiatives including the largest gift received by the university. A recent addition is the UOW USA Foundation, created to provide opportunities for engagement with US based alumni and organisations.
Monique has a bachelor of commerce (economics and marketing), a master of strategic marketing, post graduate certificate in Scottish culture and heritage from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumna of Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders programme.
Dr Rob Harris
Dr Rob Harris is an Honorary Associate of the UTS Business School and the former Director of The Australian Centre for Event Management UTS. Rob has been actively involved in event management training, education and curriculum development for over 20 years and has worked on a consulting basis for a range of organisations, including Destination NSW, Arts ACT, The United Nations, various local government authorities, and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. He was a foundation director of the Festivals and Events Association of Australia and founded the Event Education and Research Network Australia. Rob is also co-author of the popular texts Festival and Special Event Management, and Event Management.
Lee Sok Yuen
With a passion for youth development, Sok Yuen joined the SMU Office of Student Life in 2010 and oversaw the development, growth and operations of student groups ranging from the SMU Students’ Association, SMU Ambassadorial Corps, special interest and sports clubs. Most recently, she was also part of the pioneer team that started the newly minted Student Services Hub in SMU, before joining OAR in Dec 2017. Prior to joining SMU, she worked at Outward Bound Singapore as an instructor and a Programme Manager for seven years.
Noted for disruptive thinking, Mark served for five years as the first Associate Vice-President, Alumni at University of Calgary, where he created and implemented the institution's much-lauded Alumni Strategy, establishing UCalgary as one of the most forward-thinking and performance-driven operations in alumni engagement.
Previously, at University of British Columbia (UBC), Mark served as the project manager for Canada’s leading alumni facility, the $20 million UBC Alumni Centre, while working as the Senior Director, Operations and Planning; and Interim Associate Vice-President, Alumni and Executive Director, Alumni Association.
A frequent global presenter, he was also previously on the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations.
Through his consultancy, Mark works closely with colleagues across Canada, the US, and Australia in strategy development, performance tools and management, and business and communications planning. He is a proud graduate of Mount Royal with a Bachelor of Applied Communications.
Privileged to lead alumni engagement at UWA since 2013 when the University launched its first major fundraising campaign [and her position was created], Brenda believes the future relies on human connection: our ability to recognise what needs to be done and then come together to make it happen. In her work, she sees the power of community every day and it is her absolute passion to bring people together in meaningful ways to make a difference. Universities and alumni were made for that.
Brenda draws on a broad-based background and experience ranging from alumni relations to entrepreneurship, marketing, business consulting, communications and community relations. At UWA, she has also had been responsible for the areas of alumni communications, events, regular giving and [formerly] donor stewardship.
As CASE's chief research and data officer, Fred has primary responsibility for CASE's global data strategy. He manages all of CASE's research and data initiatives, including AMAtlas, a global resource for educational advancement-related metrics, benchmarks, and analytics. Fred holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University, where he worked with the annual fund and as a major-gifts fundraiser. Prior to joining CASE, he served as president and CEO of iModules Software, and before that he worked with Ellucian and its predecessor companies for 21 years. Fred is a longtime volunteer for CASE, having served in a variety of positions.
With over 11 years of experience in marketing and communications, Tahnee Woodham has developed a range of brand narratives, campaigns and digital experiences for some of Australia’s leading retailers, non-for-profits and universities.
Her current role as the Engagement and Marketing Manager of Alumni sees her responsible for global marketing and customer experience design for over 430,000 alumni across Australia, Asia and Europe.