Rising Star for Young Alumni Award
An individual who is aged 35 and under and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen.
Rona Glynn-McDonald, (BCom 2017)
The recipient of the Rising Star for Young Alumni Award is Rona Glynn-McDonald, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2017, and was recognised for her outstanding level of professional achievement and community service.
As Founder and CEO of Common Ground, she supports over 200,000 Australian students to learn more about First Nations people and cultures. Her outstanding community involvement demonstrates her passion and commitment to not only her own success, but that of the wider community.
An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.
Joy Linton, (BCom 1986)
The recipient of the Leadership Award is Joy Linton, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1986, and was recognised for the passion and leadership she has demonstrated over more than 30 years in leadership roles.
In her current role as CFO for CSL, and previous roles such as those at BUPA and National Foods, she has proven her ability to lead companies to success in different complex industries and during changing times.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
The Entrepreneurship Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem over time.
Tom Griffith, (BCom 1986)
The recipient of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award is Tom Griffith, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1986, and was recognised for the innovation and leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career.
Tom is the co-founder of Emma & Tom’s which has grown to become one of Australia’s greatest start-up success stories and an internationally recognised brand. He is a supporter of local social justice initiatives, and the entrepreneurial community, at the University of Melbourne and in the wider community.
Outstanding Achievement Award
An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.
Ross Adler AC, (BCom 1966)
The recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award is Ross Adler AC, who completed a Bachelor of Commerce in 1966, was recognised for his outstanding leadership in the business sector and the community, across a distinguished career. He has held longstanding roles as MD at Santos, and directorship roles advising some of Australia’s largest and most successful companies.
In 2007 he received a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to business and commerce, though the promotion of international trade and as a contributor to company and commercialisation development in Australia. He has contributed to the community through roles within educational institutions and the Arts.