Student Leadership Summit

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Are you keen to develop your leadership skills and ability to make positive social change? The Student Leadership Summit offers you the opportunity to do this and more!

The theme for the 2018 Summit is ‘If you don’t like it, change it.’ If you’ve felt frustrated by the lack of change in your community and beyond, then join like-minded leaders at the summit and kick start your journey to create the change you want to see in the world.

Held each year, the summit explores employability and leadership in an increasingly competitive world. It enables you to identify successes, challenges and opportunities for leadership through an event led by a dynamic keynote speaker, activities and exciting opportunities for ideation.

The event begins with an informal networking session where you'll meet like-minded others committed to making a positive contribution at Monash and in the broader community. It finishes with activities that get you thinking about what you can do to create positive change in your community and beyond.

Eligibility and registration

Seats at this special event are limited and registrations are essential. Registrations open on 30 July.

To be eligible to register, you'll need to complete seven Leap Into Leadership Online modules by 5pm Friday 7 September 2018. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to complete your modules well in advance of the deadline. Upon completion, we’ll send you the event registration link.


Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • identify their leadership values
  • talk with leaders who inspire them
  • enhance their ability to effect positive change
  • learn about Monash programs designed to enable them to develop an employability edge
  • embrace and celebrate diversity.

Feedback from our 2017 participants:

  • 91% of attendees were satisfied with the event and would recommend it to others
  • 95% of attendees believed the event inspired them to fulfil their potential and believed the event enhanced their ability to effect positive social change.

“Thank you for the amazing experience, the expert panel was truly engaging and very helpful.”

“Great event! I absolutely loved every minute of it and I can't wait to come to future summits and to be further involved in leadership and volunteering opportunities, as well as completely and hopefully testing future LILO modules.”

“[The summit] gave me an insight of what is being expected by employers, especially from international students. It helped me gain points which I could stress on in my interviews.”

“[The summit] conveys a strong message that we can do anything if we set our minds on it.”

“I absolutely loved the tips that all the panelists gave regarding graduate recruitment and key crucial career skills.”

“It was great to hear from a past student who has achieved so much in a short amount of time.”

2018 program

6 – 6.30pm Doors open for registration. Network with like-minded leaders, speak with Career Connect staff about your employability and enjoy some live music and canapes before the event starts.
6.30 – 6.45pm Welcome
6.45pm – 8pm Keynote speaker: Dr Susan Carland
8pm – 9.15pm Rapid ideation workshop
Attempt to solve our problem statement by participating in a rapid ideation sprint. In short, you and a team of talented Summiteers will create an idea that challenges the status-quo.
9.15 – 9.30pm Your final chance to network with like-minded leaders.
9.30pm Event officially closes.

Summit 2018

Dr Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is a lecturer. She is also a researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, and contemporary Australia.

Susan is a regular paper reviewer and Friday panelist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, a regular on Radio National’s Life Matter “Modern Dilemmas” segment, hosted the ABC Radio National Series Assumptions, and co-creator and presenter of SBS’s Salam Café. She has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, The Project, Q and A, The Drum, Home Delivery, and has featured in Harper's Bazaar, Instyle, Marie Claire, Dumbo Feather, and Sunday Life magazines.

Her PhD was published by Melbourne University Publishing under the title "Fighting Hislam" in 2017 (and is her second book), and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Age, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.

In 2012 she was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilisations. Susan is an ambassador for the charity Possible Dreams International, and is also a certified scuba diver!"

Contact for enquiries

Phone: +61 3 9905 3151