2020 Award Recipients

Rising Star for Young Alumni Award

An individual who is aged 35 and under and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen.

Dylan Alcott OAM

Dylan Alcott OAM (BCom 2016)

This award recognises Mr Alcott’s outstanding community service, sporting achievement and leadership to date. During his distinguished career, Mr Alcott has won 3 Paralympic gold medals, in basketball and tennis, and recently achieved his sixth Australian Open win, and 10th grand slam quad singles title.
In 2009, at the age of 18, Mr Alcott received an Order of Australia medal for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. 
Mr Alcott is a tireless disability advocate who co-founded Get Skilled Access, a disability and accessibility training start-up, and established the Dylan Alcott Foundation in 2017. Mr Alcott volunteers his time to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations including Starlight Children’s Foundation and is a sought-after motivational speaker. We are honoured to celebrate Mr Alcott’s achievements and proud to count him as one of our distinguished alumni.

Leadership Award

An individual who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.

Madeleine Grummet

Madeleine Grummet (Master of Entrepreneurship 2016)

The Faculty is proud to acknowledge Ms Grummet with this award, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and impact as a serial entrepreneur, company director and champion of real change for young women.
After completing her Master of Entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne in 2016, Ms Grummet co-founded award-winning education start-up, girledworld, which to date has worked with 30,000 students to equip them with industry mentors, enterprise skills and pathways to the future of work. In mid-2019, Ms Grummet launched Future Amp, a global edtech platform which will bring world-leading interactive career education to students. As a national keynote speaker, regular media contributor, journalist and innovation consultant, Ms Grummet has worked with governments, universities, McKinsey, Atlassian, Microsoft, Virgin, Telstra, ANZ and many more, partnering on strategy and educational program delivery across leadership, entrepreneurship, design thinking, the future of work, employability skills, STEM and economic inclusion.
Ms Grummet is an angel investor, mentor to early stage start-ups at the City of Melbourne, muru-D, StartupVic, Foundation for Young Australians, Wade Institute and Everwise. She is executive director and advisor to several NGOs including NewCo, MRIPro, Women for Election Australia and Cool Australia. We are delighted to honour Ms Grummet with this award and to call her one of our Alumni of Distinction.

Hear from Madeleine in this video.

Outstanding Achievement Award

An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.

Bill Conn OAM

Bill Conn OAM (BCom (Hons) 1968)

The Faculty is honoured to recognise the outstanding passion and leadership Mr Conn has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career with this award. A former investment banker and an experienced company chairman and director, Mr Conn has held senior roles at Potter Warburg Ltd (now UBS Australia Ltd) and McIntosh Securities Ltd (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia). Mr Conn has been involved with several non-executive organisations since retiring, often as chairman, with a focus on entrepreneurial and small to medium size businesses. He is currently Chairman of Maths Pathway and chairman and director of a number of private companies.
Mr Conn has been extensively involved in the NGO sector, focusing on issues affecting young people, health, the arts and culture, including roles with the Foundation for Young Australians, The Royal Children’s Hospital, The National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2001, Mr Conn received an OAM for service to the community, particularly through the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, and to the arts.
Mr Conn’s achievements and influence in investment banking, along with his longstanding dedication to the wider community, make him a truly deserving recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Hear from Bill in this video.