Great leaders inspire us. They impact culture, business, government and importantly, individuals. Great leaders give us models to look up to and knowing how to apply the lessons they teach can support us to become great leaders ourselves.

Who influences the influencers? Who leads the leaders? And how do you adopt and adapt the learnings from people you admire to grow your own skills?

In this series we invite five prominent leaders to speak about an individual who has inspired them as a leader. It could be a modern or historical figure; someone with significant public profile, or someone lesser known.

Each speaker will share reflections on how this leader has inspired them, what was learned through their example and how this has influenced how they lead today.

Run every second month from February to October 2016 at the University of Melbourne’s historic Parkville campus, the Great Leaders Masterclass will be an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of leadership. Each session will be wholly dedicated to one leader speaking about the leader of their choice, with an opportunity for audience discussion.

Part public lecture, part discussion these free sessions will provide unique insights into the characteristics of great leadership.


Each event will be held on a Thursday evening from 5:45pm – 8:00pm at the University of Melbourne.

18 February – Held at the Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
The Hon. John Brumby – former Premier of Victoria

28 April
Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne – SOLD OUT

23 June
Belinda Duarte, past Director at Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond Football Club – SOLD OUT

18 August
James Pitts, CEO Odyssey House – SOLD OUT
20 October
Jillian Broadbent AO, Chair, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Chancellor, University of Wollongong – Registrations now open

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