37 episodes

Get to know the change-makers, leaders and storytellers of Victoria University. Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker, we explore everything from leadership and career changes to passion projects and childhood memories.

People of VU Victoria University

    • Society & Culture

Get to know the change-makers, leaders and storytellers of Victoria University. Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker, we explore everything from leadership and career changes to passion projects and childhood memories.

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Mevan Fernando

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Mevan Fernando

    Mevan Fernando is proof that exploring your interests and passions can make for a fulfilling career and life. As the Digital Experience Officer at the Wyndham Tech School, Mevan encourages curiosity, exploration and collaboration.

    In this episode, Mevan speaks to embracing his Sri Lankan heritage through music, the joy of witnessing young people unleash their imagination through advanced technologies and growing up in a family of diversely talented individuals — all VU alumni!

    I was delighted to speak with Mevan about our shared love of music and the significant role Wyndham Tech School is playing in secondary students’ education.

    • 24 min
    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Vince Lebon

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Vince Lebon

    Vince Lebon sees peoples' feet first and then their face. This is to be expected as the Founder, CEO and Designer of Rollie Nation—one of the world’s most interesting and successful shoe design enterprises.

    Today, Vince speaks to studying multimedia design at VU, his “cool-comfort” approach to footwear design and making calm decisions in business and life.

    I was delighted to speak with Vince about our shared love of trainers and welcome him as VU's 2024 Executive in Residence.

    • 26 min
    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Karlee McCulloch.

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Karlee McCulloch.

    Karlee McCulloch is a natural leader who isn’t afraid to try something outside her comfort zone. Her inner motivation, determination, and desire to support others has enabled her to change the course of her life – and now do the same for others.

    Today, Karlee speaks to the people, roles, and organisations that helped her go from not speaking until age 9 to being one step closer to her ultimate dream of being a social worker.

    It was fantastic to hear her journey and we can’t wait to see what she does next!

    • 21 min
    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Katrina Gubbins

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Katrina Gubbins

    In the latest People of VU episode, I am delighted to feature Katrina Gubbins – the originator of this podcast.

    Katrina has been an invaluable member of our VU community for over eight years. During this time, she brought her expertise in communications to various roles – from her beginnings in the community outreach team to working with us in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

    As Katrina embarks on a new journey in the not-for-profit sector, I wanted the opportunity to sit down with her and delve into her experiences, insights, and memorable moments at VU and beyond. There is no doubt that her care and creativity shines through very brightly all the way through.

    • 27 min
    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Lizzie Georgostathis

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Lizzie Georgostathis

    Whether on the field as a Western Bulldogs AFLW player or in the classroom, Lizzie is someone who motivates everyone she meets.

    I had a wonderful chat with Lizzie on the eve of her graduation – she is the first in her family to graduate from university. Today, Lizzie received her Bachelor of Education degree, and multiple generations of her family cheered from the crowd.

    It was fantastic to see and we hope she continues to kick goals in her career!

    • 23 min
    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Anesu Ashley Masocha

    Prof. Adam Shoemaker with Anesu Ashley Masocha

    Despite this immense challenge, and with the (frankly, heartening) support of his family and VU’s Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation clinic, Anesu overcame his health setback and has truly excelled in life.

    Anesu's vibrant personality radiates positivity every time we meet. It was such a delight to really get to know him in the latest People of VU episode.

    Links mentioned in this episode:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92llWoeA680

    • 34 min

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