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Melissa Smith

Welcome to your RMIT Alumni Magazine: the leadership issue

Leadership is an extraordinary capability. Great leaders can transform the world – for better or for worse – which is part of what makes it so compelling.

Many of us aspire to leadership, whether in the community, an organisation, or within ourselves as individuals.

The question is, how do you define leadership, how do you develop leadership skills, how do you use these skills and who does it well?

RMIT alumni throughout the world demonstrate their leadership across all sectors.

We've drawn on a handful of these stories for the leadership edition of the RMIT Alumni Magazine, to challenge you, make you think, and to inspire you for the future.

We started by interviewing a global leader at the top of his game: Robert Thomson, who has led some of the world’s eminent newspapers - The Times in London, the Wall Street Journal in New York – before landing his current role as CEO of News Corp. RMIT’s Professor Paul Gough interviewed him about his personal journey to the top at News Corp’s headquarters in New York.

We also asked all the alumni featured in this second issue of RMIT Alumni Magazine to tell us what leadership means to them.

We uncovered some remarkable perspectives, including: Peter Maddison, architect and host of Grand Designs AustraliaPriscilla Ho, Outstanding Alumnus (International) who runs a top sports marketing agency in China; Georgia Lazzaro who is a designer for Calvin Klein Collection; and many more.

If you are inspired by these stories, there are many ways you can engage as leaders within the RMIT alumni community.

First, our Alumni Mentoring Program provides an opportunity to mentor students and help the next generation of leaders find their way forward.

Second, you can help more students to get their foot in the door at university by donating to support RMIT’s Scholarship Philanthropy Fund. The University has committed to matching all donations to the Scholarship Philanthropy Fund up to $10 million to the end of 2015.

Finally, you are part of RMIT’s alumni community of 300,000 people around the world, connected to leaders of all kinds, such as those featured in this magazine. So make sure you stay in touch with RMIT and take advantage of everything your alumni community has to offer.

I hope you enjoy this second edition of the magazine. Be sure to send us your feedback, we’d love to know what you think of the magazine:

With best wishes,

Melissa Smith
Director, Advancement

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