The courage to succeed

Academic and Leadership Dinner

16 May 2016

An exceptional panel of leaders from research, journalism and business presented at the second Academic and Leadership Dinner for 2016. Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) at Monash, was joined by prolific writer and commentator, Virginia Haussegger AM and internationally  renowned  human potential coach, Margie Warrell to speak on themes of courage, resilience and agility in their personal and professional endeavours.

This dinner follows the International Women’s Day themed Academic and Leadership Dinner at the start of the year, which included entrepreneur Karena Simpson, record breaking marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse, and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Monash, Margot Burke.

A further three dinners will take place in 2016 - with themes focussed on innovation, post university life, and a dinner specifically for postgraduate students about the importance of research and contributing to the academy. Attracting an audience of approximately 180 students and staff, these  dinners are incredibly popular and showcase the very best of living on campus.

The Academic and Leadership Dinners provide an invaluable opportunity for students to come together and not only connect on topics of common interest, but they walk away from these events feeling inspired  and  challenged to make the most of the opportunities around them, highlights Jonathan Brown, Associate Deputy Director of Residential Support at MRS. Jonathan also describes that these forums provide a great opportunity for residents of individual halls to recognise that they are part of a much larger and  richer community that is MRS.