Women in Business

Women in Business

 On Thursday 24 October, nine Year 11 students participated in a panel discussion at the News Corp head office led by Helen Trinca: Editor of The Deal and Managing Editor of The Australian. Alongside Helen were three inspiring businesswomen –  Alicia Quirk, Professional Rugby Player, Naomi Simson, Co-founder of Big Red Group and Sue Morphet, President Chief Executive Women. Together, these four women enlightened us with their experiences in the workplace and shared their advice to help us achieve our full potential in our lives and careers.

Despite the varying career paths of all four women, each of them shared similar characteristics of passion, purpose and persistence. Naomi Simson shared the importance of passion for her work which motivates her everyday and sparks joy every Monday morning when the working week starts. She also shared how important it is to stick to her values even through times of adversity. Having self confidence and positive self talk is key to combating the ‘imposter syndrome’, and the quote she lives by is “if it is meant to be, it’s up to me”.

Naomi discussed the adversity she experienced as a woman in the workplace, often being undermined by her males colleagues at the corporate table. Naomi shared the importance of how embracing each day with an open mind and willingness to challenge the thoughts of others led her to where she is today as a successful businesswoman and inspiration for young females in all fields of work.

The leaders shared how their role models, who were not necessarily related to their field of work, both motivated and encouraged them. Alicia Quirk said “you can’t be what you can’t see”, indicating the value that her role models had in empowering her. She shared her experiences as a professional rugby player for Australia and the barriers she has had to break as a female rugby player. She also shared her success as an athlete and role model for younger females and males by inspiring them to get involved in rugby sevens, which is now the fastest growing women’s sport in the world and to appreciate the value and contribution of female athletes to Australia’s sporting profile.

What we found motivating was that not all three women started their schooling or university studies with what they are now doing. For example, Sue Morphet has a science background and Alicia Quirk has a physiotherapy degree. The women have utilised their skills, such as analytical thinking and problem solving, and applied them to their current careers.

Overall, the experience was highly empowering and insightful. The successes of all three women were a reminder of the capabilities of young females like ourselves to work to the best of ability and continue empowering younger generations of women.

The panel discussion will be reported in The Australian newspaper today and also in the November 16 issue of The Deal.

 

Molly Carter and Georgia Buckley

Year 11