Presidents' Message

Over the course of 2018-2019 our membership and sponsorship has grown exponentially, expanding our engagement base and anchoring NOW’s position within the University of Sydney’s student community. To maintain our relationship with our members, we send out a regular newsletter that includes event notices, professional and degree-orientated advice, sponsor opportunities and industry-based blog contributions.

Our mission is to provide opportunities that allow students to pursue their professional goals, build industry networks and finesse interpersonal skills that will well-equip them for their future careers. In 2019 we conducted our Inaugural J.P. Morgan Case Competition, with plans to continue to build out and expand this event year-on-year. In 2020 we welcomed a new Sponsor, DXC Technology to cater to our growing STEM membership base. We have a number of exclusive opportunities in partnership with our sponsors coming up and have adjusted our events to a contingent COVID-19 schedule, allowing us transferability between in-person and remote event requirements.

 

As Co-Presidents for 2020, we aim to build upon the strong foundations that the Executive Committees before us have built. We are determined to continue to grow our cross-faculty membership to encompass greater degree diversity and enhance our appeal to International Students and Post-graduate students as well as our already strong precedent of Undergraduate members. We will continue to enhance our infrastructure, accessibility and brand this year, already undertaking a 2020 rebranding strategy with our website, online social media presence and newsletter.

In 2020, solidifying strong stakeholder relationships with existing sponsors and simultaneously building out our sponsorship diversity has been a key focus. This year, we are proud to announce our new sponsors, Mastercard, DXC Technology, Deloitte, Credit Suisse, McKinsey & Company and Alpha Beta Advisors. We are also proud to acknowledge our continuing partnerships with J.P. Morgan, PwC, Oliver Wyman, Kearney, Macquarie Bank, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, Bain & Company, L.E.K Consulting, Westpac, BCG and Citibank. Our Executive is passionate about creating open channels for these sponsors to access our pool of talented women at The University of Sydney. We are grateful for our sponsor's vital contribution to the ongoing success of NOW.

We are constantly met with the evidence that there are structural barriers to women achieving their potential. UN Women states that in 40% of economies, women’s early stage entrepreneurial activity is half or less than half of that of men’s. In addition, only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. The UN also estimates that women’s unpaid work would constitute 10-39% of GDP if assigned a monetary value. As the largest female-orientated society at The University of Sydney, we are committed to helping the next generations of women continue to dismantle these structural barriers and write a new history for women.

To quote R.S Grey, “she believed she could, so she did” - We are all her, in our distinct ways and so we will!

- Olivia-James McKeown and Henna Kwon

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