Our Dinners

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At each of our events we encourage people to arrive early and leave late  taking the opportunity to meet others and explore opportunities to collaborate in some way around our stated purpose of driving SA forward..

To stimulate that we give people doing big bold things a chance to talk about what they do and for our regulars to take part in panels and to present their story and the benefits they are getting from attending in the past

Dinner - Launching the Top50 Over50 Awards  SOLD OUT
Feb 12, 2020, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Wellington Hotel,
36 Wellington Square, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia

Our Special Guest

Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen


Professor Caroline McMillen is a distinguished medical and health researcher, holding national and international roles in research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.

Professor McMillen was Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle for seven years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the economic transition of Newcastle through significant engagement with industry and the establishment of innovation hubs to drive collaboration between industry, researchers, startups and investors.

Her insights and experience in the intersection of research and industry is critical for the South Australian economy, in particular as Lot Fourteen continues its transformation into a world-class creation and innovation neighbourhood.

Professor McMillen previously has worked at the University of Adelaide as head of the Department of Physiology and the University of South Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation.

“Known as the ‘science state’, South Australia is home to some of the world’s best scientists.

“It is their passion for discovery and commitment to innovation that is creating new futures for communities across the globe.

“South Australia understands that STEM education and research are at the heart of growth in new industries, new jobs and skills, and a stronger economy.”

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Our Events are ALL about
The People you Meet
The Conversations you start
The Connections you make

Our Panel  Innovate or die

An expert panel wil look at a vital topic 
Innovation has the potential to create competitive advantage by providing new technologies and products, new services, new ways of doing things, identifying new market opportunities or serving market segments that others have ignored. Innovate or die has been the catch phrase of the 21st Century.
Our Panel will include Damien Mills 
In 2013 I realised that the understanding of Entrepreneurship in my community was inadequate for our community's needs. I have spent the following years working on that problem. This has manifested in a number of ways as I seek to simultaneously teach and learn about how to actually improve the entrepreneurial capacity of my community.
In April 2019 my Master of Business by Research was accepted and posted. This Thesis directly addressed the theory and practice of Entrepreneurship and made number of serious advances in the understanding of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, the nature and organisation of the theory being built around these ecosystems and identified a number of "players" beyond the Entrepreneur. These will be published in due course
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Professor Edie Blass - Founder and CEO at Inventorium Pty. Ltd.


Transforming the Experience of Learning, Founder and CEO of The Inventorium, a co-operative and social enterprise that provides an online education system that meets the needs of young adults both for high school, university, internships and employment - developing their skills through personal learning plans to take control of creating their future

My broad experience and research in the education sector (School, FE and HE) supports the assertion that the education system is broken - it is not fit for purpose for the 21st Century. The Inventorium was designed to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce, while addressing the causes of disengagement from education. It bridges the gap between your past and your future.

John Lindsay​ -  Director at Cloudstep

John is a business and technology consultant who  connect smart people who get stuff done with investors, customers and partners to help them build great Australian technology companies.

He is also a board member of several technology companies.

John has managed in every area of the Internet industry in several well known organisations which have enjoyed exponential growth, in several cases from start-up.

He was part of the management team at the ISP and Carrier Internode and was subsequently appointed Chief Technology Officer of iiNet Ltd after they acquired Internode

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Di Thompson - Operations Manager at One Advisory

When I meet new people and they ask me "what do you do?" I simply answer "I help businesses grow!"
Whether it is through my role as Operations Manager at One Advisory, mentoring or consulting with small businesses in South Australia, I get a buzz from seeing them get excited about the future and helping them develop a plan for success.


Having owned and managed our own successful IT company for 15 years I truly understand the pressures, passions, financial and emotional challenges associated with start-up and family business.

With over four decades in business, I feel somedays I have seen and heard it all, and then with new technology new challenges present themselves creating opportunities and new frontiers to explore.

Conversations in The City

And as always we will have a brief chat with a few people making big things happen in SA

You never know who you might meet 


Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM is an Australian anti domestic violence campaigner and Adelaide City Councillor.

Arman alongside his sisters, Atena and Anita, founded Zahra Foundation Australia in 2015. He is a former Australian representative in Taekwondo and works in design and construction. Arman and his family migrated to Australia from Iran in 1997. His father was a lawyer and his mother was a house wife.

Arman, his sisters, Atena and Anita, and their mother Zahra lived in an abusive home and in constant fear that their father, Ziaolleh, would harm or kill them. In 2009, they were forced to flee their family home, becoming homeless before being referred to domestic violence shelters. After 12 months of threats and stalking, on 21 March 2010, Ziaolleh finally carried out his threat and killed Zahra at the Adelaide Convention Centre in front of hundreds of witnesses.

Arman has been a key influential figure in shaping public policies and changes in legislation in relation to domestic violence in South Australia. He regularly speaks at forums discussing family violence and gender equality and he is involved with a number of not for profit groups in this sector.

He has been named 2015 Allan Sloane Young Citizen of The Year, 2016 Young Australian of The Year for South Australia, and the 2017 City of Charles Sturt Young Citizen of The Year.

Having been elected to the Adelaide City Council last year and with his qualifications in Architecture we will also talk about his visions for the City of Adelaide


We have chosen to work with the Zahra Foundation as our Top50Over50 Awards partner 

to support their Vision:

Instil HOPE and optimism in the lives of women and their children
Provide women and their children with a range of financial and educational OPPORTUNITIES
Build meaningful relationships and PARTNERSHIPS with the business and community sector


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