DeakInspire 2019

Discover how to make your mark on the future

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An event to inspire your future

DeakInspire is designed to help you tap into your potential and shape a better tomorrow. Hear incredible speakers discuss their lives and careers. Get hands-on in workshops that give you a taste of university life or the workplace.

This event is especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who want to explore their future direction. We've also included a program for parents to gain an understanding of the tools and support students might need as they transition from school to university.

DeakInspire is a free event, with lunch and entertainment provided.

Get the spark of inspiration you need to create your own future.

Dates and venues

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Waurn Ponds Campus map (PDF, 4.5MB)

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Thursday 4 July 2019
Burwood Campus map (PDF, 2.6MB)


There’s a range of great workshops to choose from – download the workshop guide and discover what’s on offer.

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Parent workshops

DeakInspire isn't just for students – it's just as important for parents to have all the information they need to support their child.

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DeakInspire 2019

Discover ideas and participate in workshops that will transform your way of thinking.


Andy and Ben from The Block

Best mates and former Blockheads – Andy and Ben are both teachers who graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Deakin. You can also hear from Andy and Ben on K rock 95.5FM from 8-10am on weekends.


Cr Jake Keogh

Current student
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

While completing his combined degree at Deakin, Jake Keogh was elected as a local councillor for the Dobson Ward at Knox City Council in 2016. Jake represents the community of Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully and Lysterfield, he became the Council’s Deputy Mayor in 2017 and, in 2018, at the age of 23, he became Mayor. Since graduating from St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully in 2013, Jake has accrued a long list of personal and professional achievements. He will share his experience of ‘getting involved’ in all that university has to offer and why this is setting him up with confidence to take his next step as a Deakin graduate.

Speaker at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Paul Coco

Deakin alumni
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Paul is a Deakin graduate who understands the importance of building soft skills, as well as specialist skills to progress your career and development. Paul is passionate about digital marketing and analytics, having spent the past seven years creating and executing marketing campaigns to improve business performance. Paul will share his career journey to date and explain why getting into your desired industry can happen through varied pathways if you build key transferable skills.

Speaker at Melbourne Burwood Campus

Hilary Murchison

Deakin alumni
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Hilary is passionate about health and helping people, especially communities in need. Hilary works full time as a health promotion officer on the Bellarine Peninsula. While she has landed on her feet, Hilary is familiar with the struggle of not knowing which direction to take. She will share her experiences, including trial and error with different study options, volunteer roles and jobs along the way.

Speaker at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Lillian Maher

Current student
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

Stepping out of her comfort zone and taking new and sometimes daunting opportunities is the motto Lillian lives by. After not knowing what she wanted to study at university during Year 12, Lillian decided to move away from home to pursue her passion and study environmental science. Her journey at university has so far involved many new experiences and challenges, which have helped her grow as a person and prepare for career success. Lillian holds multiple leadership roles both at Deakin and in the community and is excited to share her journey and experiences with you.

Speaker at Melbourne Burwood Campus

Josh Cook

Current student
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

Beginning his tertiary journey in 2016, Joshua has acquired a long list of outstanding achievements in global citizenship, community involvement and academic excellence while studying his combined degree. During his studies, Joshua has participated in prestigious tertiary competitions such as the Deakin Think Tank Challenge, was recently published in Deakin’s 2018 Publicis Consilium (Policy Review) and currently holds a Deakin Scholarship for Excellence. Joshua also actively serves as a peer mentor and is keen to set new students on their own successful journey.

Most notably, Joshua was recently appointed by the Foreign Minster as the 2019 New Colombo Plan Ambassador for Deakin University for his participation and contributions in various prestigious international programs. Joshua will share his perspective on learning from mistakes, maintaining persistence and grit to achieve goals, and the importance of paying it forward.

Speaker at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Maddie Boyd

Professional AFL player
Current student
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

After playing in the first two seasons of the AFLW competition, Maddie Boyd joined the Geelong Cats AFLW team in 2019 and instantly made her mark, kicking the team’s first-ever goal in AFLW. Displaying her talent at all levels, Maddie is a key position player with an elite contested mark, being named in the 2016 VFLW Team of the Year.

Currently in her third year studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin, Maddie is also undertaking her placement with the Cats. As a Deakin student and elite athlete, Maddie will talk about how she has been able to balance study with her sporting commitments.

Speaker at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Jacqui Newton

Melbourne Vixen squad member
Captain of Victorian Fury Netball Team

Originally from Wodonga, Jacqui's passion for netball and hard work led her to Melbourne where she is busy striving for and achieving her sporting goals. Jacqui is currently on the Melbourne Vixens squad and captain of the Victorian Fury side, competing in the Deakin University Australian Netball League.

Ready to take her netball to the next level, Jacqui is no stranger to the discipline required to achieve the best results. She will speak about how hard work, experience and practical application will pay off when working towards something important, both in sport and beyond.

Speaker at Melbourne Burwood Campus

Sean Purcell

Closing keynote speaker

While on a morning run along a Torquay beach Sean collapsed face first into the water after going into cardiac arrest. A group of quick-thinking strangers came together to administer life-saving CPR for more than 45 minutes, sourced a defibrillator and re-started Sean’s heart before paramedics stabilised him and he was airlifted to hospital. Sean’s prognosis was bleak; if he survived, his family was told he would be permanently brain damaged. Miraculously, Sean did not suffer brain damage and, four years on, he is making the most of his second shot at life.

He heads up the ‘Empower Sessions’ by Cotton On Foundation, which focus on empowering youth through quality educational projects in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia. He is also part of the Lifechanger Foundation team, facilitating sessions nationally and delivering holistic self-development workshops for teens, with the mission of creating and sustaining safe and resilient communities across Australia. Sean is driven to share his story and highlight the beauty of the human condition. His talk focuses on the importance of gratitude, how capable we all are when faced with direct opportunity or adversity and the need for all of us to capitalise on our skill set and live a life of purpose.

Program schedule








Deakin's Got Talent


Morning tea


Workshop 1




Workshop 2


Closing note


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What students said about DeakInspire 2018

'People were so friendly and what they spoke about made me want to come to Deakin even more than before.'

'It was very informative and engaging – exactly what I needed to help me with my decision.'

'The workshops were excellent and the MCs and guest speakers were fantastic; extremely relevant and motivating.'

Key Information

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Waurn Ponds Campus map (PDF, 4.5MB)

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Thursday 4 July 2019
Burwood Campus map (PDF, 2.6MB)

Contact details

For any questions, please contact Deakin Marketing and Events.

+61 3 9246 8074
Email Deakin Marketing and Events