Professionals Celebrate Successes during the Griffith Business School’s Alumni Network Gala Dinner
Halloween is, of course, the day for ghouls, goblins and witches. But the 31st of October was also a great night for business professionals in Nathan, Queensland during the Griffith Business School’s Alumni Network Gala Dinner, which also included a raffle.
Manager, Alumni (Business) of Griffith Business School Laura Keele wrote about the St. George Bank-sponsored event and what took place. “Almost 300 alumni, friends, industry partners, staff and students joined us at our gala dinner,” wrote Keele. “The ninth annual Griffith Business School Alumni Network Dinner was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our alumni and honour the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award winners.”
The event featured some of the many achievements of the school’s former students. “The dinner provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the achievements of our outstanding graduates, both through the keynote address and via the Outstanding Alumnus Awards,” wrote Keele. “This year’s key note speaker, Eva Milic, Channel Nine, Nine News Queensland, Daytime News Presenter, is a proud a Griffith alumnus and supporter of the Griffith Business School. Bachelor of Business graduate, Eva, provided her insights on the current media landscape and the changes she has seen in the newsroom over the past 10 years.”
The Outstanding Alumnus Awards was a highlight of the evening. “This year’s recipients are a credit to the Griffith alumni community through their exceptional success in their chosen profession and their community and industry contributions,” wrote Keele. “They join a long list of noteworthy and exemplary graduates who have been recognised by Griffith Business School in the awards program. Congratulations to Mr. John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia and Mr. David Morgan, CEO, City Venue Management.”
The event also gave alumni the chance to support the Transforming Business Appeal with the raffle. Alumni support, wrote Keele, “provides assistance, through scholarships, to students who exemplify the Griffith qualities of innovation, excellence and a global vision, but who require financial support to complete their studies. This year,” she wrote, “$1600 was raised.”
The school promoted their then-upcoming event through their vast alumni network. “Invitations were sent to our Griffith Business School alumni network of over 25,000 people,” wrote Keele. “Each of our Departments purchased a table and invited guests. Our industry partners and friends of the Business School were also invited to attend.” The school also used the alumni newsletter and social media to promote the event. “Our EDM [electronic-direct marketing or email marketing] was the most effective strategy for selling tickets,” she wrote.
Celebrating the achievements of the school’s alumni community made the event a great night for everyone in attendance. Employing a high-quality event planning company also made the event look and feel spectacular. “The overall experience for our guests was the best part of the event,” wrote Keele. “We used White Style & Co to style the room and they did an amazing job.”
If you’re creating an event to celebrate the achievements of your community, Keele advises calm and collectiveness. “Be organised and stay calm. Be ready for things to go wrong on the night and then you will be able to make the quick decisions and changes you need to make and ensure the night runs perfectly regardless of any last minute requests/changes.”