GS 217, Student Lounge, Level 2 George Swinburne Building, Hawthorn Campus
Theme: Innovation Leadership
The Leadership & Volunteering team would like to share ideas with Swinburne students through a series of leadership talks in which guest speakers will take them through their personal journeys. Speakers will share how they embrace challenges, overcome obstacles and sometimes fight against society stereotypes. Our guest speakers will be Swinburne students, alumni, and staff, as well as high-profile personalities and members of the community.
Michelle Noon – Current Swinburne Student
An educator, researcher, clinician, and manager. She has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Michelle commenced her career in a research and policy role at Victoria Police, quickly moving to project and program management. She later worked for KPMG as a senior advisor to government services nationwide, before leading the Youthbeyondblue team at Beyondblue. Michelle currently provides training, advisory, and stakeholder engagement services to a range of government, non-government and not-for-profit clients, is the Executive Officer at Chalk Circle and has numerous honorary positions.
Freshta Mayar – Youth Leader
A Business Development Director for one of the Big Four banks focused on innovation and finding ways to connect clients with financial technology (or Fintechs) in order to improve their banking experience and create efficiencies / optimising opportunities. Prior to this, she moved to Melbourne to work as Head of Institutional Investors for a Fintech company providing a marketplace for consumer finance loans. Freshta has been a volunteer journalist for the YouthLeader Magazine as part of a UN volunteer program, a regular presenter for the Loan Markets Association ("LMA"), a mentor for small businesses as part of the British Bankers Association (to name a few).