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What are we doing to prepare our next generation of leaders?

Learners today are Leaders tomorrow. 

Graduate House - facilitating opportunities to develop Transformative Leaders

Crowdfunding to send two Graduate House residents,
aged 18-26 to attend, participate and learn at the
National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra each year.

Here's the gist:

Cost per student to attend the forum

Approximate cost for flights per student

Total cost per student

Total cost for two students

Why support developing leaders?

Today's leaders are facing challenges their predecessors never had. They are confronted by ongoing economic uncertainty, geo-political instability, a continuously developing market with a population that demands a whole new style of leadership. Despite this, leaders are required to be visionaries, coalition - builders, internationally astute, highly creative, comfortable with change and must have strong ethics and values.

As a residential college housing some of tomorrows leaders across various fields, the Graduate House recognises the expanding breath of competencies required to be a strong and successful leader. For this reason, we provide every opportunity for Resident Members to discover themselves, develop as transformative leaders and influencers and to be set up for success.

One of the most important investments anyone can make is in developing future leaders.

"I believe this forum helps give us the strength to become this change, to engage with the world and others as a transformative leader that serves others, listens without judging and perseveres against adversity."

Read Annelies' experience here.

Annelies Van De Ven

2014 Resident Winner


"NSLF is a 4 day conference that brings together today's leaders and the leaders of tomorrow to discuss openly who they are and what they believe".

The Forum reflects on the importance of faith, values and personal beliefs as a foundation for leadership and how to treat others. It brings together people from different faiths, non-faith and cultural backgrounds to discuss servant leadership and the challenges of being a good leader.

As learning from those that have gone before us is an essential part of leadership, the forum generally includes keynote addresses from the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and other inspiring men and women from varying walks of life. Small group discussions, local community service projects and activities during the conference provide attendees opportunities to connect with other leaders and grow and build networks who can help reinforce values learnt in the forum outside.

More information about the NSLF and their activities can be found on their website.

Daniela Yaneva

I saw a different side of ‘leadership’ — one that involved a greater goal than just individual desires and goals. All of the elements of the forum left a lasting impact both in how I understand ‘leadership’ as well as how I practice it daily.

- 2018 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Daniela's experience here.

Joshua Ree

When I first applied to be one of the Graduate House nominees to the NSLF, I did so thinking that it would be an incredible opportunity to hear about the faith and values of others. What I did not expect was how much the Forum would call on me to reflect on my own faith. Throughout the Forum, I heard stories of extraordinary leadership that were made possible by faith. During the seminars we were taught that faith is “confidence about the future in the midst of uncertainty”, and that while values can change, faith remains constant.

Most importantly, when speaking to my peers, I heard about how their own faith has given them strength to overcome obstacles and allowed them to achieve things that they thought were impossible. I don’t mean to pretend that attending the Forum has allowed me to find my faith. But, at the very least, it has made me appreciate the need to start looking.

- 2018 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Joshua's experience here.

Nouman Daud Sharif

"The forum and all the people I met there have changed my life. I have become modest and I have explored myself in a way I never had. I now have a strong urge to do better for others and spread love. Through the forum, I have learned how to learn and that I need to learn more!"

"From the depths of my heart, I pay gratitude to the Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne and Dr Kerry Bennett, who saw potential in me and sponsored me for attending the forum. I appreciate this initiative of the Graduate Union and urge residents to benefit from this wonderful opportunity in the following years!"

- 2017 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Nouman's experience here.

Priyanka Rajani

"At the end of it, if there is one thing I took away from the conference, it is the need to fill our lives with conversations that allow us to understand those different from us. Conversations that take us outside our comfort zones. No matter how busy we get, it’s always necessary to understand the struggles of those around us and lend a listening ear where possible."

"All of us can do our part to make this world a better place, through actions big and small, as the leaders of tomorrow."

-2017 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Priyanka's experience here.

Abby Chen

“No matter how small you think yourself in the community, you should voice out. Before this opportunity, I really treated myself as a normal student doing things well. I didn’t think that broadly about how do I help the community, can I help others. I’ve really realized how strong we actually can be.”

“I’m very excited that Graduate House supported this opportunity for me. It was a fantastic experience, and all of the speakers, from Deng Adut to the Prime Minister and Opposition leader, were utterly inspiring.”

“I really want to help people. I really want to look for any chance now, to help people, it was a really life-changing event for me.”

-2016 NSLF Resident Participant 

Read Abby's experience here.

Callum McNair

“I am delighted and felt honoured and privileged that Dr Kerry Bennett (CEO) and Graduate House nominated and sponsored me to attend the National Student Leadership Forum. The forum was an opportunity for me to reflect on my leadership abilities. I learnt a lot about myself. I am a lawyer and I deal in facts and this Forum certainly made me step outside my comfort zone.”

- 2016 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Callum's experience here.

Annelies Van De Ven

"I believe this forum helps give us the strength to become this change, to engage with the world and others as a transformative leader that serves others, listens without judging and perseveres against adversity."

-2014 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Annelies' experience here.

Mattias Björnmalm

"The idea was not how to get others to obey and follow you, it was to take control over and lead yourself and to understand and refine your own values. To channel the skills and talents you have into these and to let them guide you."

-2014 NSLF Resident Participant

Read Mattias' experience here.

Why are we crowdfunding to do this?

People cannot become effective leaders by 'going it alone'. Every leader needs support.

As a community that has taken on the responsibility to contribute to, and support the development of our leaders of tomorrow, the Graduate House seeks to provide residents every opportunity to learn and grow. By crowdfunding to send individuals to the NSLF, we are actively investing into their lives to become effective leaders who can lead our cities and communities tomorrow.

It is also a means of recognition and validation of their journey to becoming a good leader. We are facilitating the honing and development of leadership skills to create effective change in society.

After all, these leaders actions and direction shape the collective futures of our children and grandchildren.

Help prepare our next generation of leaders

By donating to this campaign, you are helping future leaders learn from established Australian leaders and reflect on faith and values that ground their leadership styles.

Learning from stories our leaders have walked through and experienced, helps our next generation of leaders understand the human element of leadership and the inner resources to draw on to become the right type of leader. Insights on how to keep the original vision alive with integrity and keeping community values at the forefront help attendees reflect on their own leadership styles of practice everyday.

By giving to this fund today, you not only help send two residents to the forum this year, you also help keep this fund continue in perpetuity. This is so we can keep investing into the lives of our residents, by sending them to the conference each year to reflect, learn and grow as leaders. 

A small portion- 5% of your donation will be transferred to the endowment fund to meet its target, generate interest and keep the fund running in perpetuity. As The Graduate House expands, this endowment fund will provide resources for residents to  participate in the conference annually. 

Note - Applications to participate in the Forum open after the target amount has been met.

All donations over $2 to the Graduate House and the Graduate House ventures and projects are tax deductible. 

Learn more about The Graduate House and browse through a list of our other crowdfunded projects.



Why the National Student Leadership Forum?

The Graduate Union sends Resident Members to this forum to provide as many opportunities for individuals to learn from the leaders of our Nation. It opens doors to learn from present-day people in leadership and connects them with like-minded indivudals across Australia.

Where can I find more information about the National Student Leadership Forum?

Information on the forum can be found on their website

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