Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference

A world-class education experience

Chrysalis Young Leaders develop valuable leadership skills useful for school, university and in realising future goals and opportunities.

The Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference will be held in July 2017 and will be available to Year 9 to 12 students from around the world. The themed workshops will help you think about your undergraduate aim and explore options available for higher studies – all of this while experiencing the Australian lifestyle in sunny Brisbane.

The program includes Academic English workshops to introduce you to Australian contemporary world issues with an emphasis on developing communication skills in the area of leadership and cross-cultural competence.

The Chrysalis experience offers you the platform to develop into a globally minded citizen by placing a strong emphasis on engagement with world-class academics, business leaders, alumni and current students. You will also be provided with several opportunities to interact with and learn from IES and UQ students, including participation in classroom observations to gain insight about teaching and learning in Australia.

Throughout the conference, you will participate in educational and social activities and discuss current world issues. You will use Virtual Business Enterprise, a virtual business simulation to explore the world of business and experience what it’s like to run your own business. Career workshops delivered in collaboration with world-class leading academics and industry leaders will get you thinking about which career path to choose. Our program helps you to develop your leadership, problem solving and decision making skills.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your cross-cultural competency by engaging with local students, students from around the world and the local community through our wide range of activities.

A suite of recreational activities will give you the chance to experience the best of Brisbane and its surrounds. You will explore sunny Brisbane through a range of exciting activities and trips planned throughout the program. Highlights include a two-day overnight camping trip to one of the beautiful islands surrounding Brisbane; visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary; and learn about indigenous culture.

At the end of this fantastic experience, you will gain confidence and broaden your world perspective. Chrysalis offers you a fun-filled educational experience in Brisbane with positive memories so you can return home as a global citizen and future leader.

2017 Program Dates:
Saturday 22 July – Sunday 30 July 2017
Duration: 1 week

Who can apply for the Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference?

This program is available to high school students from Year 9–12 from Brisbane and around the world. Students in these year levels usually fall under the 14-18 year age group.

Number of participants:

Approximately 40 students from around the world, including students from local Australian schools. Note that there are a limited number of spots available per country.

Guest Speakers-2017

Kate Phillips

“Breaking the Barriers and Beating the Odds”- Inspirational Speech

Kate is a landscape architect and owner of Orange Sherbet a jewellery design shop. Kate is also an ambassador of the Cycle of Giving, a cycling event to raise funds for organ transplant research. Kate was born with a hole in her heart and had to receive a lifesaving heart and lung transplant at the age of 27.

The journey and wait for the transfer procedure was not a particularly easy one. However, while waiting for a new heart and lungs, Kate watched the 2013 Cycle of Giving from the sidelines, and watching that race gave her hope and inspiration that everything will be just fine.

And just 7 months after her successful transplant Kate rode in the 2014 Cycle of Giving. Running that race made her determined to raise awareness about organ transplant to give hope to others that everything will be okay.

In her workshop Kate will talk to the Chrysalis students about her experience and about the importance for someone to believe in them self and stay positive no matter what.

Annabelle Willox

"Setting Yourself Up for Success"

Dr Annabelle Willox is the Director of The University Queensland Advantage Office. The UQ Advantage Office helps students to identify and engage with activities and experiences that enhance their studies and develop their employability. Prior to arriving in Australia, Dr Annabelle was the Faculty Manager of the Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, and was formerly the Head of Student Records at Cardiff University. In her workshop Dr Annabelle will speak to the students about how they can set themself and their career up for success.

Tamara Richardson

Cross-Cultural Leadership

Tamara Richardson is the Founder and Director of PACE 48, a multinational, youth-led platform Promoting Access to Cultural Education across 48 Asia Pacific countries. With more than 150 volunteers across 36 countries, PACE 48 facilitates youth-led intercultural relations, while promoting and preserving intangible culture in the Asia Pacific. Tamara is an appointed Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural & Interreligious Relations, Asia Pacific, and is an elected member of the University of Queensland’s Academic Board. In 2016, Tamara was selected as the Australian Ambassador to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in China, and was named an Australian delegate to APAC4U, a project of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department. Tamara is the 2017 recipient of the Queensland Young Achiever Award in Cultural Diversity (Australia), and has previously worked in the human rights and development fields in China and Cambodia, while having facilitated youth centered workshops across India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia. She is also a full-time undergraduate science (Psychology) student at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Nina Evason

Cultural Competence Training Workshop

Nina is a Digital Content Specialist at International Education Services. Nina manages the Cultural Atlas project, a collaborative project between SBS, International Education Services Ltd (IES) and Multicultural New South Wales. Nina had always had a particular interest and knowledge in cross-culture learning and multicultural affairs that she was able to employ in her research for projects such as the Queensland Police Service’s Cross Culture Check and SBS’s forthcoming Cultural Competence Program.


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