2017 Student Leadership Conference

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Friday 1 September 2017

Join us at the 2017 Student Leadership Conference! It is an opportunity for current Victoria University students and alumni to develop your leadership skills and to grow your professional network.

It is hosted by the Student Leadership team at Victoria University and is funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


The theme of the conference this year is 'Leadership for Social Change'. We have a line-up of inspiring community leaders who will motivate, teach and encourage students through engaging presentations and workshops. The variety of professional speakers will bring different interpretations of leadership to the table, which will enhance your ability to create social change with reflection to your own stories and successes.

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.

Watch the 2017 Student Leadership Conference promo video to see what's in store!

Conference speakers

This year Victoria University will have the pleasure of facilitating presentations and workshops run by the following community leaders:

  • Rebecca Scott is the co-founder and CEO of award-winning social enterprise STREAT. Scientist turned social entrepreneur, Bec grew STREAT from a single food cart in 2010 to a portfolio of seven businesses. STREAT has served 2 million customers, and provided over 55,000 hours of training to over 800 young people.
  • Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is a lawyer, social worker and teacher who has worked with individuals facing inequality and oppression for the past 26 years. Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in 2011. ASRC is the largest organisation helping people seeking asylum in Australia.
  • Koky Saly was born in Cambodia in a temple that had been converted to a prison for pregnant woman. Koky and his family sought asylum in Australia when the war ended. He has pursued his interest in community support through his work with BabyTree Projects, a non-profit organisation he founded in 2007, and Beekeeper, which he launched in 2014.
  • Liz Mordaunt is the Student Leadership Coordinator at Victoria University, where she is responsible for developing leadership programs. She is also a long-time volunteer for Forever Friends Pet Rescue.
  • Mirai Kirsanovs is the co-founder and director of Asia Options. Asia Options is an online community and information hub that aims to empower and enable young Australians to access professional and educational opportunities across Asia. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector in China and the U.S. and now works at Asia Australia Mental Health.
  • Conrad Tracey is a thought leader in the start-up, music and local community. He is currently working with Inspire9 to empower small teams and individuals to achieve greatness through generating connections locally, nationally and globally. Conrad is a passionate entrepreneur with a deep interest in problem solving, leadership, community and helping people prosper.
  • Vanessa Doake is a co-founder of Code Like a Girl, a highly successful and award-winning organisation that provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding. Vanessa leads HR and Operations at the Women's Legal Service Victoria and serves as a committee member for the Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity Network.
  • Vincent Shin has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Victoria University. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Modelling a Generous Community Award from the Commission for Children and Young People, and a finalist in the Young Achiever Alumni Award category at VU's Alumni Awards. Employed by Westjustice, Vincent is based at The Grange P12 College in Hoppers Crossing and provides legal advice and representation to students.

Conference announcements

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Benefits of attending the conference

Students who attend the conference will:

  • receive a Certificate of Attendance
  • gain hours that count towards the Lead2Change Program volunteer hours.


Make the most of this exciting opportunity and register now! Registrations will close on 18 August 2017.

Cost*: $10.00 AUD (per ticket)
*All ticket revenue will be donated to STREAT to help stop youth homelessness and disadvantage.

This is a catered event. Please provide your dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket.

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Friday 1 September 2017


Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manepha Kozoolin
Student Leadership Team