Past Events


Held at the Adelaide Town Hall, the event marked one of the highest-attended festive gatherings in our history, bringing together a dynamic community of 80 Scholars.
A celebration of individual and company successes this past year, the event served as a bridge to connect with our new cohort of Scholars, who are set to embark on their ILF-supported professional development journeys over the coming years.
Hosted by Michael Masterson and held at Kain Lawyers.
ILF scholars were up bright and early for breakfast at the Adelaide Town Hall, to hear from David Bassanese, Chief Economist from Betashares who came across from Sydney to update scholars on the changing state of global economic affairs and the impact on business and investment outlooks. David addressed key questions posed by scholars, covering supply/demand of labour, energy, transition of robotics/AI, inflation, productivity and geopolitical impacts on equities markets worldwide.
Convened by Chantale Millard (ILF2017), this popular event gathered a series of panels to share experiences and insights on building successful businesses despite setbacks. Keynote speaker Jim Whalley captivated the audience with candid and entertaining stories of Nova Systems’ growth journey. Panel discussions delved into crucial aspects such as markets, culture, finances, risk and
governance, featuring a compelling case study on the rise of local manufacturer Kelly Tillage.
At this breakfast event hosted by William Buck, attendees discovered the critical importance of adapting business models to embrace the Green Economy’s demands. Guided by the expertise of internationally renowned Innovator and strategist Professor Göran Roos, the session emphasised the need for South Australian manufacturers to take immediate action in aligning their businesses with the evolving requirements of national and global supply chains.
ILF Scholars Michaela Webster (ILF2021), Charlie Sykes (ILF2018), Stephen Moss (ILF2022) and Tom Hastwell (ILF2022) took the stage to share their course choices and valuable experiences from previous years at the 2023 applicant info night. The Lumination-hosted event offered valuable insights into course content from leading education providers, helping potential applicants find the best fit for their leadership careers.
The ILF community gathered at the Thebarton learning lab of immersive tech giant Lumination for the Scholars Network second annual showcase. Sponsored by William Buck, the event lived up to lofty expectations on the back of last year’s inaugural showcase – providing a stellar night of networking, fine food and fabulous drinks.
Monday 13 February CYBER ATTACKS:
Amidst the heightened media attention on cyber security events impacting major organisations, ILF Scholars flocked to this highly relevant event at Lot Fourteen. Coordinated by Alexei Fey (ILF2020), CEO of Comunet, the event featured an exceptional speaker panel offering valuable insights into the complexities of the cyber landscape for businesses of all sizes.


Monday 12 DecemberILFSN Christmas breakup networking function with a tour of Gelista, Peter Cox (ILF2013) and Gelista gift packs for everyone, held at the Croatian Club and sponsored by Grant Thornton.
Tuesday 25 OctoberBattlefield Ready (What they don’t teach you in an MBA) 2022 ILF Scholars Exclusive Masterclass, hosted by Michael Masterson of EverEdge Global, held at Kain Lawyers.
Monday 26 SeptemberILF Grant Awards Ceremony held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, awards presented by Andrew Downs (ILF2013) Founder Owner & Managing Director of SAGE Group, MC for the evening Kris Lloyd AM (ILF2014) CEO of Woodside Cheese Wrights.
Thursday 8 SeptemberLessons From The Edge breakfast event exclusively held for ILF Scholars by the University of South Australia, Australian Centre for Business Growth.
Wednesday 24 AugustMind the Gap – Managing Contract Risks breakfast training seminar held at Cowell Clarke. Sponsors Cowell Clarke and Insurance Advisernet.
Thursday 28 JulyFood & Wine Showcase inaugural fundraiser held at Mitsubishi Motors, Adelaide Airport. With an amazing array of products and items generously donated by the ILF Scholar network, many providing both products and their time and efforts.
Friday 17 JuneM&A breakfast training seminar held at and sponsored by William Buck. Speakers Amanda Baldwin (ILF2019) Chief Investment Officer at the G’Day Group; Anthony Stewart Group CEO at Thomas Foods International; Samantha Nicholls Director at William Buck.
Monday 16 MayCulture Training half day Seminar held at SAHMRI free of charge and sponsored by Grant Thornton. Andrew Downs (ILF2013), Founder Owner & Managing Director of SAGE Group facilitated the event. Key-note speech by James Begley CEO of Pickstar, and 6 panels speaking on a variety of subjects.
Tuesday 22 MarchESG Seminar (Environment, Social Responsibility, Governance) held at and sponsored by DMAW Lawyers, with speakers – Zoe Detmold (ILF2016) Founder and General Manager at Cup and Carry and General Manager- Detmold Ventures; Burkhard Seifert (ILF2020) Transformation Entrepreneur at Oz Minerals; Nicole Mead Senior Associate at DMAW Layers.


Monday 13 DecemberILFSN Christmas breakup seminar with a tour at LMS Group, Chief Commercial Officer, James McLeay (ILF2020), explained that LMS is the largest generator of carbon credits in Australia and how the Australia wide LMS business of green energy and electricity generation is controlled from Adelaide. Sponsored by Grant Thornton.
Monday 29 NovemberPersonal Investing seminar with Sam Saunders and Scott Dawson of Morgan Stanley. Held at Mayfair Hotel free of charge with all costs met by Morgan Stanley.
Tuesday 26 OctoberILFSN cocktail function, speaker Isobel Marshall (Young Australian of the Year 20221), held at SAHMRI free of charge and sponsored by William Buck.
Monday 27 SeptemberILF Grant Awards Ceremony held at the National Wine Centre, awards presented by the Premier the Hon Steven Marshall, with guest MC Jim Whalley.
Wednesday 25 AugustILFSN training breakfast on Cyber Security held at Logic Plus, speakers Kym Welsby (ILF2015) APAC Help Systems, Marcello Orlandi Logic Plus, Will Laundy Pillar Brokerage. Major sponsor Logic Plus, supporting sponsor Help Systems.
Friday 18 JuneILFSN half day training, Strategy Planning & Implementation, Anthony Kittel (ILF2010), managing director of REDARC facilitated the all-star line-up. Keynote – Donald McGurk, managing director of Codan. Sponsor William Buck.
Thursday 13 MayILFSN training breakfast, Hiring & Retaining Key Staff, hosted by Australian Centre for Business Growth with director Dr Jana Matthews speaking.
Tuesday 4 MayILF Applicant Information Evening held at ILF, with MC Tania Jolley (ILF2019) DNA Security Solutions. Guest speakers Penni-Anne Donato (ILF2019) Allin Towbars and Hamish Hogben (ILF2013) Evo Hair.
Tuesday 20 AprilILFSN half day media training seminar with Ron Kandelaars, held at and sponsored by Grant Thornton.
Monday 29 MarchILFSN cocktail function with tour at SA Mushrooms, managing director Nick Femia (ILF2017) explained the history of his family’s business. Sponsored by William Buck.


Monday 7 DecemberILFSN Christmas breakup party with a tour at Axiom Manufacturing, Managing Director Jim Grose (ILF 2016) explained the business transition from auto parts supplier to hi-tech modern manufacturing. Sponsored by Grant Thornton.
Monday 9 NovemberILFSN drive day hosted by Mitsubishi Motors Australia, thanks to their President and CEO Shaun Westcott (ILF2016).
Monday 23 SeptemberILF Grant Awards Ceremony held at the National Wine Centre, awards presented by the Commissioner for Police, Grant Stevens APM with MC Matthew Pantelis
Tuesday 13 OctoberILFSN cocktail function at Jarmer’s Kitchen with a tour of the Detmold Medical Facility. Alf Ianniello (ILF2011) explained the enormous challenges and innovative solutions adopted to build Detmold’s mask making medical facility in record time. Sponsored by EY.
Thursday 3 SeptemberILFSN cocktail function at the Mayfair Hotel with speaker Katie Sarah, explorer, business owner and director of numerous charities. Sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
Thursday 27 AugustILFSN training, Grant Thornton online seminar with Dr Ian Norton, Global Health Emergency Response Expert on reopening your workplace.
Monday 17 FebruaryILFSN breakfast training with Michael Masterson from Everedge. Identifying intellectual property and other hidden assets. Sponsored by William Buck.