Leaders' Edge Lunch - Tomorrow's SA Icons



Dr Jana Matthews

Director, Centre for Business Growth, UniSA Business School

Dr. Jana Matthews is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. As the ANZ Chair of Business Growth, Professor, and Director of the Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia, she is researching the inhibitors and accelerants to growth and teaching CEOs and their teams how to grow and go global. In 2001 she founded The Jana Matthews Group, a consulting firm that helps companies unlock growth potential, with offices in Boulder, CO and Adelaide, AU.

Dr. Matthews has a doctorate from Harvard, was on the founding team of the Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, was a Global Thought Leader for SAP, and is the co-author of 60 articles and 8 books on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. She has been acknowledged as one of the world’s “18 Women Business Gurus” – the only one in entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. She has consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurial CEOs and corporate executives, and helped them unlock the growth potential of their companies.

Take a front row seat to hear from some of the future icons of SA

We are all familiar with many of South Australia’s iconic brands and companies including; Coopers Brewery, Haigh’s, Beerenberg, Bickfords, National Pharmacies, Maggie Beer, Hills Hoist and Seeley International. These organisations and others have kept hundreds of South Australians employed and have been instrumental in the success of our state brand. We recognise that innovation drives growth, sustainability and diversification for South Australia’s businesses and the broader economy.

Who are the up-and-comings, who will be next? They are young, energetic and creative and share a passion for South Australia. These young South Australians are committed to using their skills and knowledge to better our future and make a major contribution in shaping our state.

Join us for our first Leaders’ Edge Lunch of 2017 and hear from our dynamic and innovative panel on their path (albeit short!) to success in these challenging economic times.

Speakers from the following companies will join us:

  • Waterfind Australia
  • The Edible Blooms Group
  • KOJO
  • Mr Riggs Wine Co
  • Centre for Cancer Biology, SA
  • Kelly Engineering
  • Cohda Wireless


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