Strategic Thinkers 2025

Nominations have now closed for the 2018 cohort. 2019 dates and nomination process coming soon.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA is deeply committed to developing a diverse and high performing workforce and an enterprising culture in which talented people thrive. Strategic Thinkers 25 will help to contribute to the University’s Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot by providing academic and professional women with practical tools and approaches to advance their careers.

The program will focus on developing future female leaders’ skills in the areas of self-awareness, developing strategy, relationships, the value of communication and leading innovation and creativity.

Our target audience is academic women in level B or C roles and professional female staff HEO levels 7-10+. To be considered for the program, participants will be already managing a team and considered potential future leaders ready for the next step in their career by their nominating manager. Participants need to demonstrate a high degree of personal ownership for their continued professional development, the motivation to pursue it and an aspiration for growth, theirs and that of their teams.

We are inviting you as leaders to nominate female staff from your area who would thrive through this development program. All sessions are run by Tracy Maxted, Director: The Missing Think.


The People, Talent and Culture (formerly Human Resources) team will bring together a group of eighteen female staff that have been nominated by their leaders to experience a series of development workshops. Based on previous years’ feedback, this program has been extended to a 5-part series and details of each session are outlined below. 

On completion of the program, participants will have;

  • Developed the knowledge and skills to drive cultural and strategic changes within their current roles and across UniSA;
  • Gained a clear understanding of the link between strategic thinking and execution and the leader’s role in translating strategy into action
  • Developed strategic perspective to facilitate personal confidence, build resilience and deliver results;
  • The confidence to promote continuous improvement through an enterprise perspective;
  • Developed a personal brand that role models outstanding leadership behaviours based on our core attributes, and;
  • Extended their peer network across UniSA.

Nomination and application process

Nominations are accepted from managers with support from Head of Schools, Unit Director or equivalent. 2019 nominations are not open yet.

Click here to download the 2018 Strategic Thinkers 2025 Nomination and Information Form (PDF 318KB).

Please note: $125+GST will be invoiced to the local area to resource a self-reflection report as part of the program. All applications will be reviewed and informed within 1 week of the closing date.

2018 Workshop Structure


Workshop 1: Enterprising Self

DATE: Thursday 14 June 2018
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
LOCATION: 101 Currie Street, AU2-02

  • Unpack "Strategic" and "Excellence"
  • Define goals for own development over the course of the program (incorporating goals agreed with line manager/ sponsor)
  • Develop a plan to create/ build an Enterprising Mindscape
  • Identify current internal and external blocks
  • Commit to strategies to eliminate/ reduce/ enable
  • Value of Personal Brand within the University and outside networks
  • Linguistic techniques to hold self-accountable for modelling leadership and excellence
  • Tools and strategies to develop leadership impact


Workshop 2: Enterprising Strategy

DATE: Thursday 12 July 2018
TIME: 9:30am - 4.30pm
LOCATION: 101 Currie Street, AU2-02

  • Understand and apply elements of great strategy
  • Identify and eliminate Execution Gaps
  • Strategic Time Management (defining and banishing ‘busy work’)
  • Define individual and team strategic priorities
  • Workshop techniques to ensure the ‘real’ work gets done, regardless of environmental challenges
  • Resilience strategies to overcome barriers, setbacks and challenges


Workshop 3: Enterprising Relationships

DATE: Thursday 9 August 2018
TIME: 9:30am - 1.00pm
LOCATION: 101 Currie Street, AU2-02

  • Leverage the principles of Enterprising Self to lead others
  • Increase Influencing capabilities for strategic success
  • Develop Leadership through Trust
  • Reframe and leverage positive conflict


Workshop 4: Enterprising Communication (pre-work required – profiling tool)

DATE: Thursday 13 September 2018
TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
LOCATION: 101 Currie Street, AU2-02

  • Introduce Behavioural Profiling Model and unpack individual results
  • Chunk self-awareness to the next level and plan for improved future strategic outcomes through personal effectiveness and communication dexterity
  • Master Crucial Conversations


Workshop 5: Enterprising Innovation and Creativity

DATE: Friday 12 October 2018
TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
LOCATION: 101 Currie Street, AU2-02

  • Explore what it means as individuals and leaders to lead Creative Enterprise
  • Not leaving ‘A-ha-lightbulb’ moments to serendipity
  • Creative thinking tools
  • Strategies to ‘Own’ and lead change
  • Link back to Strategic Excellence, personal responsibility and professional brand to create a clear plan for continuing development after the completion of the program