Students from the RMIT chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society hosted the Future of Leadership Youth Forum.
Centred upon the trajectory of leadership within both the tertiary and broader Australian communities, the event included a dynamic panel of distinguished community leaders, including: Harold Mitchell (AC), philanthropist; The Reverend Tim Costello (AO), CEO of World Vision; Tony Wheeler (AO), founder of Lonely Planet; and, Melbourne street artist, Rone.
The panel provided their insights and feedback on ideas regarding the future of leadership, which were generated by RMIT students, as well as high-school students from The Smith Family and the RMIT Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) equity partnership schools.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, set the tone for the forum in his opening address, expressing his belief that universities exist to create transformative experiences for their students, driven by impact and focused on emerging challenges and opportunities.
At the forum, students pitched their ideas on leadership with respect to four topics –
the future of leadership, community service, work readiness, and innovation – and received valuable insights from the panel of respected community leaders.
Natasha Luscri, President of the RMIT Chapter of the Golden Key Honour Society, and a key organiser of the event, spoke about the aims of the forum.
“The concept for the event came from the need for an avenue for students to express their ideas and have them heard by prominent members of the community
with the opportunity to actually interact with these guests.”
“The most thought-provoking idea that the panel recognised at the forum was that, while youth leadership is integral to shaping the global landscape, this must be driven by individual passion and preferences. You can only change the world if you are doing it through what is right for you.”
The event held late last year drew praise from the local community, and has also been recognised at an international level with the award for Best Intellectual Engagement Event in the Asia-Pacific region at the Golden Key Annual Asia-Pacific Awards.
As an RMIT student initiated and led event, the forum demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit that will be required for the youth of today to lead change for Australia’s future.
Story: Natasha Luscri