2016 Student leadership conference

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Friday 16 September 2016

The Student Leadership Conference is an opportunity for current Victoria University students and alumni to develop your leadership skills and to grow your professional network.

This one day event organised by students for students will enable you to:

  • develop new leadership skills
  • network with other like-minded peers
  • listen to professional speakers present on engaging topics.


This year's theme is “Leadership for Social Change”.

Presenters will discuss their experiences and how our students can develop their own skills for the future.

With a line-up of distinguished keynote speakers, community leaders and essential workshops, you won’t want to miss this event.


Gus Balbontin is a former Executive Director at Lonely Planet, co-founder of SneakySurf and Victoria University's first entrepreneur in residence.

Penny Daly is a life-long volunteer and social worker who founded The Welcome Group, a charity which supported nearly 4000 houses of newly arrived refugees with material aid basics.

Rhyll Dorrington has worked in varied roles within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, she is currently CEO of Western Chances, a not-for-profit organisation that has provided 2600 young people facing financial barriers with scholarships to support their educational journey”.

Simon Griffiths is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur who gives a crap. His latest venture is Who Gives A Crap?, an environmentally friendly toilet paper using 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world.

Tim Marchinton is a VU alumni and founder of Purple Soup, a unique not-for-profit organisation that offers adventure camps and day programs to children affected by serious illness and their families.

Liz Mordaunt is the Student Leadership Coordinator at Victoria University and responsible for developing an enriched leadership program. She is also a long-time volunteer for Forever Friends Pet Rescue.

Koky Saly has built five schools in rural Cambodia through BabyTree Projects, a non-profit organisation he founded. He has also founded Beekeeper, a fashion and accessories social venture, which funds English classes for Cambodian children.

Danya Sterling is the Manager – Education Enterprises at The Big Issue with numerous experience as an educator, and on community development projects in internationally.


16 September 2016 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Tickets are $10 plus $1.50 booking fee through Ticketbooth until 9 September. Limited tickets available, do not miss out!

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16 September 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Jessica Bradley
Project Officer, Student Leadership
Student Leadership
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