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Melbourne International Student Conference 2019: Failure Future Focus

Meld Magazine

Fri May 10 2019


The annual Melbourne International Student Conference returns for a sixth year, with a focus on opening up a discussion of how experiences of failure in its many forms can provide unique learning opportunities that help individuals set the course towards success.

Taking place at Monash University at 271 Collins Street on Friday, May 17th, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Failure Future Focus’, with organisers expecting some 150 student and industry delegates in attendance.

The conference will be especially relevant for students wanting to improve their leadership skills, led by conference keynote speaker Daizy Maan.

Daizy Maan, a fabulous entrepreneur with work experience in multiple countries and a passion for inclusive leadership, will share her unique journey and experiences of failure in the process of becoming a strong leader.

Since it was established in 2014, the conference has produced excellent outcomes for delegates and has supported students in accessing mentoring and work experience opportunities, helping them get a headstart in their career and gain the confidence to become a leader in the wider community.

Topics that will be addressed in MISC 2019 include:

  • Inclusive leadership in the context of working with diverse communities
  • What it means to be a leader in the classroom, workplace, or within social settings
  • Innovative thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Professional networking and mentorship

Conference highlights


Delegates attending the conference can expect to be inspired and challenged by real-life stories of how successful people have failed, and what they learned.

In line with the conference theme, MISC 2019 will feature founders, leaders and educators from a range of backgrounds and industries, speaking about failure in many contexts, inclusivity and what that means for international students as leaders, the ‘how to’s’ of a startup, and how to stand out from other job applicants.

They include:

  • Edwin Chaw, a former international student who is carving his own way to success.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Snuggs, senior lecturer and recipient of Monash Business School’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • Elva Zhang, lawyer, and founder of PeaceLab.
  • Gerard Holland, founder of Outcome.Life

And many more! For the full program – click here.


In addition to the keynote, other highlights of the conference program include a student and industry co-design session to develop ideas around personal branding and positioning in the job market, and opportunities for networking with students and industry professionals.

The conference will conclude with a professional networking night at the Melbourne Town Hall, where additional industry professionals are invited to choose a student who stood out to them and invite them for an informal mentoring session over a cup of coffee.

Included in the conference tickets are morning and afternoon tea and lunch during the day program, and drinks and canapes at the Professional Networking Night.

Registering for MISC

Open to local and international students as well as staff and international education sector stakeholders, tickets and more information about the conference is available via the MISC website.

Education institutions and organisations nominating and sponsoring staff to attend can fill out the online booking form

  • Student concession: $60
  • Institution-sponsored students*: $120
  • Industry: $120

*Education institutions are invited to nominate and sponsor students to attend.

The Melbourne International Student Conference is delivered in partnership between Meld Community and the City of Melbourne.