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Designing better attraction, development and retention strategies when faced with talent shortages

We have great pleasure to invite you to the breakfast eventDesigning better attraction, development and retention strategies when faced with talent shortages”, an IML ANZ, UniSC, and 4556 Chamber event.

The event will include an opportunity for networking with industry members, light refreshments, and to hear from a wonderful panel that will discuss the event topic. The event is open to all UniSC business postgraduate students and alumni (free of charge), UniSC staff and Industry members located within the Sunshine Coast region.

When: Tuesday 30 July 2024, from 7.30am-9.00am

Where: UniSC Auditorium, Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs.

Register: Please click here to register 

Registration fee: $25.00 for UniSC staff/ Industry members

Registrations close: Friday 26 July 2024

People are not your most important asset; the right people are! In today's competitive landscape, organisations are constantly challenged with attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

Join us for an insightful event as we discuss the strategies you can implement to recruit staff and increase engagement in today’s competitive market. Our esteemed panellists will delve into:

  • Innovative approaches and best practices for addressing talent shortages head-on.
  • Strategies for reimagining recruitment processes and fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.
  • Challenges in talent attraction and retention, along with success stories highlighting effective strategies.
  • Tools and techniques that leaders can leverage to drive organisational change.

Let's explore together how small changes can lead to significant, positive transformations.

We look forward to welcoming you to Designing better attraction, development and retention strategies when faced with talent shortages.



Associate Professor Retha Scheepers

Associate Professor Retha de Villiers Scheepers is the Associate Dean Research at the School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research delves into entrepreneurial decision-making within established organizations and start-ups, focusing on how individuals adapt to the melding digital and physical realms. She leverages these insights in her award-winning teaching of entrepreneurship and innovation for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Retha has led multiple research grants exploring regional entrepreneurship ecosystems, the development of entrepreneurial careers, and career transitions. She actively collaborates with industry to apply research findings, earning recognition for her impactful engagement. Her recent work on regional talent attraction emphasizes the critical role that regional stakeholders, like employers, industry networks, education providers and policy-makers play in regional ecosystems.


Expert Panel Members:

Roz White of White’s IGA

Roz White is an award-winning business leader with over 30 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups. Roz is the co-owner of White’s IGA Group & White’s Commercial Property Group employing 500 people in the Sunshine Coast community. Roz has held community leadership positions including board chair and is a mentor and regular speaker at trade and industry events. She is a current member the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board and Chair of Sunshine Coast 2032, a past board director of Montrose Therapy & Respite Services, advisory member of the Queensland Community Foundation (Sunshine Coast), USC Business School External Academic Advisory Committee and Immediate Past President of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network. Roz is a passionate advocate for business and has led the IGA QNN State Board and is a previous member of the IGA National Council and Sunshine Coast Business Council.


Lauren Smith of Smith Madden

Lauren Smith is the Owner and Managing Director of Smith Madden, a premier brand and marketing agency known for its innovative strategies and premium services. With extensive leadership experience in communications agencies and global hospitality groups, Lauren brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Previously, Lauren led a successful marketing and PR agency in Sydney, which laid the foundation for Smith Madden. Her forward-thinking approach and commitment to excellence have made Smith Madden a leader in impactful brand narratives. Lauren is also an active community member, serving on the executive committee of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, Wishlist Spring Carnival, and the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network.


Andrew Elvin of Coast2Bay

Andrew has 20+ years’ experience as a chief executive, executive manager and development consultant in the not-for-profit, government, human services and community housing sectors in the UK and Australia.

Coast2Bay Housing Group (C2B) is a Tier 1 provider of community and affordable housing, managing over 1,300 households across its regions. It contributes significantly to employment, economic development and regional business support. C2B has won national and international awards, and joins the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Hall of Fame for consecutively winning the prestigious Social Impact Award.

Andrew leads the delivery of housing services and projects, including Queensland’s first not-for-profit real estate social enterprise, Purpose Real Estate.

Andrew serves on state and national boards of the Community Housing Industry Association and the Sunshine Coast Branch Committee of UDIA Qld.


For any inquiries, please contact Dr Melissa Innes, or Dr Jane Menzies,