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• Prof Louise Lutze-Mann | ‘Scientia cum corde’: knowledge with a heart

2022 End of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Friday, 11 November 6:00- 9:00 pm


Professor Louise Lutze-Mann, SFHEA 
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education & Student Experience
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences 
The University of NSW, Sydney 2052 NSW, Australia

• Dr Ailish McKeown | Rebuild Together: the strength of human relationships

2022 Term 1 Formal Dinner

• 2022 Easter Conference @ Creston College Thursday April 14 – Saturday April 16


Cost: $100 (bed Thurs & Fri; food Fri & Sat)

Download PROGRAM (speaker to be announced)

For the past two years, we have lived through a great wave of change forced by the global pandemic. Looking back, at times we have felt alone, vulnerable, desperate, and disoriented.

We have been hit by humanitarian, economic, social, ecological and political crises and, despite everything, we have begun to awaken what really counts.

Pope Francis reminds us that we are all, “In the same boat, all fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and necessary, all called to row together, all in need of mutual comfort.”

Faced with these difficulties, we are learning to rebuild on the basis of solidarity and hope. Our world asks us to move forward together in a new and truly human direction. This means stopping thinking and joining forces to seek sustainable and creative solutions that promote a culture of encounter.

UNIV22 will focus on how to rebuild together on the basis of solidarity and universal brotherhood.

• Sara Pearson: my life and experience in the Architecture Industry

2021 Term 1 Formal Dinner

Thursday, 13 May 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Ms Sara Pearson


Established February 2009

Sara is the Founder, owner and Nominated Architect for Pearson Architecture, a Sydney based practice with a focus on the design of new dwellings, alterations and additions to existing buildings, and bespoke retail and commercial interior design.

• UNIV2021: Navigate – seeking a solid education in a fluid society

2021 Easter Conference Keynote Lecture

Friday, 2 April 10:00-11:00 am

Ms Anna Walsh

Solicitor (NSW & ACT), Accredited Specialist, Personal Injury Law (Medical Negligence), PhD Candidate (UNDA), M. Bioethics (Harvard), LLM (res) (Syd), LLB (Hons), B Nurs (Hons)
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Sydney

Anna Walsh is a lawyer specializing in Medical Law and Bioethics. An Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury law, she spent 10 years as a Principal in the Medical Law department of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, where she acted for plaintiffs in a number of novel medical negligence cases as well as high profile inquests in the Coroner’s Court. She has published widely in Medical Law, is a regular speaker at conferences, and is an author for Lexis Nexis’ Practical Legal Guidance series. In 2011, she was named the Lawyer of the Year in Private Practice by the NSW Women Lawyers’ Association, and in 2018 was the winner of the 3MT competition at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Anna is a PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame, completing a qualitative study on doctors and freedom of conscience. She teaches full time in the School of Law at University of Notre Dame in the subjects Advanced Torts, Mental Health Law, Remedies, Advocacy and Legal Research and Writing, and tutors in Bioethics in the School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law in Civil Litigation and Ethics, and practices as a private Legal Consultant. She has Honors degrees in Law and Nursing, a Master of Laws (res) from University of Sydney and a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School.

(from The University of Notre Dame Sydney website)

• Grit: the power of passion and perseverance

2020 Term 3 Formal Dinner

Friday, 6 November 6:00-9:00 pm

Ms Katrina Alvir

Secondary Teacher, Director of REAL: Science of Character Program at Tangara School, mentor and speaker on parenting and teaching for character and Positive Psychology

Katrina has taught and mentored high school girls and their parents for over 20 years in Australia and abroad. She recently completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology in Melbourne. As a trained teacher and mentor she has extensive experience in working directly with adolescent girls in schools, as well as working closely with their parents. She is passionate about supporting parents in one of their most challenging and important roles – guiding their daughters through their adolescent years.

Her current project is REAL (Real Excellence & Attitude for Life) The Science of Character Program. It is a character and virtues program she is creating and implementing at Tangara. This program is for girls in years 7-10. She is incorporating the science of character and strengths research, positive psychology interventions and the research in neuroscience and brain plasticity into the REAL program. She hopes to promote a more engaging and compelling case for young people to live a life of virtue, grow in character and ultimately live happier and healthier lives.

• Creston College 50th Anniversary


The leader is not someone with an official position, a CEO, a boss. Leaders are found in communities, in schools, in families. The function of leaders is to coordinate, encourage, plan, work, think in the service of a good beyond themselves. You need both to build strategically in quiet times, and to respond quickly in times of crisis. What are the qualities of a good leader? Do you need to have an overwhelming personality, or always be right? How does a good leader manage his own flaws and weaknesses? What is the balance between speaking and listening, between dialogue and making firm and timely decisions? Leadership can also be seen as something for a chosen few: the gifted, the well connected, the persuasive. But is the leadership available to everyone? Who are some of the most unlikely leaders in history?

• Think, Act, Make a Difference

2020 Beginning of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Thursday, 27 February 6:00-9:00 pm

Ms Rachael Wong, CEO Women’s Forum Australia

Rachael is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Forum Australia.  She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.  She previously worked with the Law Reform Commission in Samoa to bring about legislative reform to improve the lives of Samoan women and girls and has worked and volunteered in various human rights related roles. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Bioethics and Health Law from the University of Otago.

• Standing for Life

2019 End of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Friday, 22 November 2019 6:00-9:00 pm

Dr Rachel Carling, CEO Right to Life NSW

Dr Rachel Carling is the new CEO of Right to Life NSW, starting in July this year just before the decriminalisation of abortion was announced.  Prior to this, Dr Rachel lived in Victoria where she was a member of Parliament in the upper house.  She has a PhD in Social Work and Social Policy and worked extensively in the welfare field before being called into pro-life politics.