Monash Business School alumnus recognised in global influence list

Monash Business School alumnus Phil Hayes-Brown has been named as one of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business' (AACSB) 2019 Class of Influential Leaders.

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Mr Hayes-Brown, a Bachelor of Economics graduate, is just one of 33 business school graduates from 13 different countries to have been named and has been recognised for his work in the community.

The annual Influential Leaders Challenge list is designed to highlight how AACSB-accredited business schools prepare their graduates to create lasting impacts on their communities, industries and the world. AACSB’s 831 accredited institutions were invited to nominate up to two outstanding alumni for consideration.

As the CEO of Wallara Australia, a non-profit organisation which works with people with disabilities, Mr Hayes-Brown has used his background in sports marketing to drive new initiatives within the organisation.

He has introduced WallaraTV, which shares stories about disability across television and YouTube. The team also produces a series, Exploring Inclusion, which will be broadcast live on Facebook where Mr Hayes-Brown interviews community and business leaders to hear how they promote inclusion within their organisations.

Another initiative has been Sages Cottage Farm, a 38-acre farm on the Mornington Peninsula, designed to teach life skills to those with disabilities through farm activities.

The farm hosts a wedding venue, café and is building a horticulture precinct to provide training in hospitality and farm management, while also encouraging inclusive tourism.

Wallara also has a ‘Keep On Learning’ partnership with Monash University designed to ensure students studying teaching know how to work with people with special needs and disabilities. It assists teaching students how to adapt classroom techniques to individual needs and those who may need special help.

AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.