Leadership Forum

Over one full day, students find inspiration with a large group of their peers who are committed to standing up as the next generation of inclusive leaders.

500 – 1,000 students are given the opportunity to engage with a host of visionary leaders, representing massive international brands, as well as the unsung heroes who make change happen in their local communities. Speakers share insights into the real issues faced by the city and the global challenges faced by leaders across the world. Students curate their own leadership journey, choosing from a range of sessions throughout the day, before they reflect and plan what’s next for their future.

Leadership Forums are run with strategic partners, convened by Common Purpose, who create strands and sessions based on their expertise and interests. Previous strategic partners include Oracle, Deloitte, Schneider Electric, Uber and UN Global Compact – Cities Program.

About the Leadership Forum

The Leadership Forum supports students to:

  • Understand when and how to lead – within and outside systems
  • Articulate their personal leadership style and purpose, so they can own it and live it
Dang Quang, Student, RMIT

“The event has been really thought provoking. Thanks to the many incredible speakers I have gained a better insight on my journey to identify myself, and my leadership weakness and strength.”

How it works

The opening keynote, delivered by a senior leader, is designed to inspire and empower the students to recognize that their time is now and that they have the opportunity to stand up as the next generation of leaders. 

These highly contextual workshops enable the students to explore some of the big issues and trends in society and the workplace, today. They can explore a diverse range of topics, such as:

  • Water poverty – the most significant public health challenge of our time?
  • Re-imagining the digital future: data, security and connectivity
  • The fight against hidden hunger: leading the case for change

These sessions focus on leadership and action. Students choose from a diverse range of leaders who share their experiences of standing up to lead change. Topics could include:

  • Intrapreneurship vs Entrepreneurship
  • Best in the world, or best for the world? How does our definition of success impact how we lead?
  • Navigating via moral compass – personal leadership and career choices

Students then choose from a range of workshops designed to help them articulate, plan and make the next step in their leadership journey. These range from very practical skills-based development workshops to action planning to guided self-reflection; topics covered might include:

  • Innovating through Leadership – for students who want to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Creative Problem Solving – for students who want to collaborate on issues that matter to them
  • Communications and Professional Networking – for students who want to be a more confident communicator

Finally, students reconvene for the closing keynote, which challenges them to go out into their city, communities and the world and to live their passion and lead the change they want to see. 

Learning outcomes

As a result of the programme students will have developed, and be able to demonstrate, the competencies required to be successful in the 21st century.


Through deepening their understanding of other cultures they will be more Empathetic.

Through adapting to new environments they will be more Agile.

If you have any questions or want to find out more:

Contact Andy Coxall, Chief Executive, Common Purpose Student Experiences.