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Lucy Mentoring Program, 2012

Our Lucy mentoring program brings together our top female business and economics students and partners them with influential female leaders in the business world.

The Lucy mentoring program began in 2011, and has grown to incorporate female business leaders from a range of industries including:

  • banking
  • financial services
  • accounting
  • human resources
  • the police force
  • biotechnology
  • and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)

Our students have the chance to be actively involved with their mentors on a day-to-day basis, and are encouraged to actively participate in their mentor’s organisation. This experience allows our students to build on their theoretical knowledge by giving them the chance to gain "real-world" experience.

On October 31st, our students and their mentors came together for the final Lucy mentoring event of 2012. This gave everyone the chance to come together to share their experiences and thank their mentors for their efforts throughout the program.

The evening also included a range of speeches from both mentors and students. Some highlights were:

  • Sara van Vliet, Head of HR, Global Loans and Transaction Banking, ANZ.
    • Sara played a key role in enabling the participation of 6 ANZ staff members in this year's Lucy Mentoring Program. In her role, Sara is responsible for delivering Human Resources strategies and initiatives to support the employment and development of the Business Unit's workforce and for ensuring the business has the right people and culture to deliver on the business’ aspirations. She is very keen for ANZ to continue partnering with MQ in the Lucy Mentoring program.
  • Katharine Tapley (Director, Portfolio Management & Business Support, Structured Export Finance, ANZ Global Loans) who mentored Sijing Chen, spoke on behalf of the 6 ANZ mentors.
    • Katherine’s words of wisdom to the students included encouraging them to keep building and expanding their networks to help with their career goals.
  • 5 students also spoke about their experiences in the program:
    • Sophie Treneman (mentored by Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn - NSW Police Force)
    • Eliza Souter (mentored by Rosemari Gizzarelli - ANZ)
    • Janice Fung (mentored by Hans Verheul - Amgen)
    • Delia Deng (mentored by Kamlee Coorey - Deloitte)
    • Sezen Er (mentored by Caroline Noy - ANZ)

Our students spoke about the invaluable experience they gained by partnering with their mentors in a "real-life" working environment. They were able to witness first-hand how their learning can be applied to situations in the workplace, they had the chance to network and work in team environments as well as learn more about what is involved in the day-to-day business world.

Sarah Dickson, who was mentored by Anthony Matis (CPA Australia) says of her experience in the program.

"I came to the Lucy Mentoring Program to develop my soft skills. I think that soft skills are complementary to technical skills. University is not enough; lecturers can’t tell you how to respond to difficult situations, how to introduce yourself professionally or how to build your own personal brand. This is why extra programs such as Lucy Mentoring are so important."

Eliza Souter, who was mentored by Rosemari Gizzarelli (ANZ) also spoke about her involvement in the program.

"This program has helped me understand myself, establish a clearer vision of my career path, gain a network, many, many friends and a wonderful mentor."

Find out more information and how to apply

For any further enquiries about the Lucy Mentoring program please contact Christine Chung.

Our Final Lucy Mentoring Event, 2012


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