Innovative Leaders Series

Innovative Leaders Series

The Innovative Leaders Series (ILS) aims to inspire an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, providing you with access to the lessons and insights of successful leaders that have resulted in positive change through innovation and leadership.

This biannual event is held at the Macquarie University North Ryde campus, and hosts GLP students, and members of the wider Macquarie community for a keynote address, followed by Q&A and a facilitated networking session with drinks and canapés. 

Both the event and keynote speakers are reflective of the feedback we have received from students. You want access to pioneering leaders from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and motivations, to provide you with practical tips and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional lives.

Session 1, 2017 Innovative Leaders Series

Jirra Lulla Harvey, Founder and Director of Kalinya


“There is a strange silence around Aboriginality in mainstream Australia; an awkwardness and it frustrates me. Media and communications is a way to share our stories and take control over our own representation – to shake off the awkwardness and say, we are here, this is what we are doing. To normalise our lives and our journeys and take back some respect.” - Jirra Lulla

Jirra is in the business of storytelling - stories of cultural knowledge and resilience, stories on how Indigenous knowledge can inform value-driven business and stories of diverse representation.

Join us on Friday 28 April to hear from this innovative leader.

Jirra is a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri woman from Melbourne and the Founder and Director of Kalinya Communications, an Aboriginal owned communications company. In the language of the Yorta Yorta people of Northern Victoria, Kalinya means good, beautiful and honest. These are Jirra’s guiding business principles. Kalinya specialise in the gathering and sharing of community stories and collaborates with Aboriginal consultants and purpose driven businesses to deliver event management, marketing campaigns and digital content.

What do I need to know?

Jirra will speaking at our Innovative Leaders Series event on Friday 28 April, 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University

GLP students - register on Thrive, the GLP student portal

Dress code: Business attire


5:30pm – Registrations for the event open

6:00pm – Final registrations for the event

6:15pm – Keynote address

8:15pm – Networking with canapés and drinks

9:30pm – Event concludes

Previous GLP keynote speakers

Rachel Botsman

Writer and commentator, Collaborative Consumption expert and brand strategy and innovation specialist.

Dr Jason Fox

Author, motivation and leadership strategist and design expert.

Audette Exel AO

Lawyer, international finance expert, philanthropic innovator and Founder and CEO of Adara Group – a business for purpose

50/50 Gender Pledge

Soon after Dr Jason Fox delivered the inaugural Innovative Leaders Series event in Session 1 2016, he made a public declaration along with a group of other popular male speakers to boycott all-male panels and protest lack of female representation.

GLP acknowledges Macquarie University’s commitment to create greater equality between women and men at work, and is committed to supporting gender equity. In line with this and inspired by Dr Jason Fox’s declaration, in 2016 the GLP made the following pledge:

Each year the GLP pledges to engage at least one male and one female Innovative Leader to speak at our two annual ILS events.

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