The Student Leadership Conference is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and to grow your professional network.

It is hosted by the Student Leadership Team and is funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Registrations have now closed for the 2020 Student Leadership Conference as all places have been filled.

Please email [email protected] if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list and we'll contact you if any places become available.

Save the date for the 2021 Student Leadership Conference: Friday 30 April 2021

2020 conference: Friday 18 September

This year's theme is Inspirational and Collaborative Leadership.

It will be held online.

This one day event will enable you to:

  • engage with VU students and the broader community
  • develop new leadership skills
  • network with like-minded peers
  • listen to professional speakers present on engaging topics.

The event includes:

  • keynote presentations
  • interactive workshops
  • networking opportunities
  • entertainment and more!

Past speakers include:

  • Tasneem Chopra (Anti-Racism Champion, Australian Human Rights Commission)
  • Professor Marcia Devlin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Victoria University)
  • Rebecca Scott (STREAT)
  • Kon Karapanagiotidis (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)
  • Vanessa Doake (Code Like a Girl)
  • Conrad Tracey (Inspire9)
  • Nina Roxburgh (Foundation for Young Australians)
  • Tom Amos (Sidekicker)
  • Fiona Triaca (Naked Ambition).
Guests at 2019 Student Leadership Conference
 Guests at 2019 Student Leadership Conference
 Guests at 2019 Student Leadership Conference


At the one-day event you will network with like-minded peers and:

  • develop new leadership skills
  • listen to professional speakers present on engaging topics
  • receive a Certificate of Attendance
  • gain hours that count towards the LEAD Program volunteer hours.

2020 conference program

Opening keynote presenter

Professor Corinne Reid, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Closing keynote: The Heart of a Leader

Catherine Bell, Bell Training Group


  • "Tell me about yourself confidently" in 2020 - Annique Teycheney, Careers Consultant, Employability & Success
  • Networking for success – Anita van Rooyen, Confidence Hackers
  • Power up your LinkedIn profile - Daniel Lunardi, VU Employ Careers Consultant, Employability & Success
  • Commitment to gender equality – a core 21st century skill - Marian Cronin, Manager, Respect & Responsibility and Fleur Taylor, Senior Coordinator Training and Engagement, Respect & Responsibility
  • Wise words I have heard - Grant Weir, VU Polytechnic Sport Development, Lecturer & Coordinator Sport Academies
  • Being an LGBTQIA+ Ally can inspire you to be a better leader - Tessa Caramia (she/her), Minus 18
  • Performing brave - resisting the persistence of sexism - Jeannie Rea, Chair - Postgraduate International Community Development/ Senior Project Manager VU Place-based planetary health initiative
  • Leading fearlessly – Anita van Rooyen, Confidence Hackers
  • How to foster team well-being, innovation and collaboration amidst the ultimate disruptor: a global pandemic! - Donna de Zwart, Fitted for Work

Post-conference social event

All guests are invited to join us for a post-conference social event with Cork & Canvas.

Join other Conference attendees for a fun and creative experience right in the comfort of your own home!

We’ll arrange delivery of a Creativity Kit with everything you need to paint. Simply grab a glass of your favourite wine or other beverage and some nibbles and enjoy a relaxed and fun time where a talented artist guide you step-by-step how to paint the featured artwork.

 Guests at 2019 Student Leadership Conference
 MC at 2019 Student Leadership Conference
 Guests at 2019 Student Leadership Conference