Chasing The NBA Dream - Ben Mallis [BCom ‘12]

August 28, 2018

Many people have given up on their dreams, but not Ben Mallis (BCom '12). Ben has chosen to pack his bags for Philadelphia to spend 12 months working as a sports journalist, covering NBA basketball. Listen and find out how Ben's passion comes from following dreams and pursuing a life, both personally and professionally, that chases them down.


Stop Craving Happiness - Iggy Tan [BSc ‘85]

August 21, 2018

While psychology was not part of his tertiary education, through personal experience with depression, Iggy has garnered a deep understanding of social psychology, the human condition and mental health. Over the last few years, Iggy created Happiness Sweeping®, a mind training technique that has helped many people dramatically improve their personal happiness and overall sense of well-being. Iggy coined the term ‘10/10 happiness’ meaning the ultimate state of inner peace, contentment, joy and bliss. Find out how Iggy is 10/10 through regular happiness sweeping and meditation.


Mr Tan is a highly experienced mining and chemical executive with a number of significant achievements in commercial mining projects such as capital raisings, funding, construction, start-ups and operations.  Mr Tan has been a Managing Director of a number of ASX-listed companies. Iggy Tan is a Rotarian and author of Ban the Performance Appraisal (2016) and Stop Craving Happiness (2018). Iggy also volunteers his time as a ‘happiness coach’, mentoring others in the art of happiness. Iggy holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Do You Need A Career Coach? - Karen McLeod [BEd ‘83]

August 14, 2018

Have you ever thought about seeing a Career Coach? UWA Graduate and Career Coach Karen McLeod [BEd '83] has a passion for lifelong learning and helping support individuals reach career success. Karen will provide you inight into her career journey, and offers tips how to find the career that's right for you.


Karen McLeod is a highly skilled and qualified Career Coach with more than 13 years’ experience across a range of industries throughout WA.  After initial qualifications in educational psychology, Karen was successful in being selected for the Graduate Development Program run by the Office of Executive Personnel, a state government fast track program for outstanding graduates.  Karen worked at the Education, Police and Health departments in the human resources policy, equal employment opportunity, recruitment and selection, and research and statistics divisions.

After post-graduate qualifications as a Career Coach and Counsellor, Karen has worked in private practice as well as  representing companies from Perth, Melbourne and Sydney working with clientele from university graduates through to senior executive level in private enterprise, state and federal government and Not-For-Profit organisations. This includes all aspects of career transition, redundancy, counselling, management and coaching as well as presentation of workshops and seminars for up to 250 attendees.  Her significant experience includes providing individual support and group training during ongoing restructures and redundancy in both blue and white-collar industries.

If you would like to contact me for career coaching, counselling or advice, you are welcome to do so via email

You are welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn, just send me a message to explain the connection


The Entrepreneurial Lawyer - Aaron McDonald [LLB ’07, LLM ‘16]

August 7, 2018

As Western Australia’s first Law School, UWA Law graduates, staff and students have achieved much.  Join Blackstone President Joshua Sanchez-Lawson and Aaron McDonald [LLB ’07, LLM ‘16] for an insightful discussion about the future of law, entrepreneurship and the impact Aaron is making in the community.

Be part of the Law School’s ongoing story at their 90th gala to celebrate the past, present and future on September 1st.


Aaron founded Pragma in 2014.

He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.

He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2008 and in the High Court of Australia in 2009. He regularly appears as an advocate in all Courts and Tribunals.

Aaron completed his articles of clerkship with a commercial law firm before spending 5½ years at a major international law firm in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division. He was promoted to Senior Associate. During his time at that firm, he spent 18 months working in the firm’s Melbourne office.

Aaron has lectured to law and business students at tertiary level. He also gives presentations to members of the legal profession including most recently a presentation with the Chief Justice of Western Australia on best practice in mediation.

Aaron has graduated with a Masters of Laws from the University of Western Australia.  Aaron sits on the Courts Committee of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Aaron is a Committee member of The Piddington Society – an organisation which promotes access to justice and legal education.

In 2017, Aaron founded the Subiaco Community Legal Service. He sits on the Board as Chair.