Over the course of 2019-2020, our membership and sponsorship base has continued to grow even under the constraints of COVID-19. We have expanded our engagement base, further anchoring NOW’s position within the University of Sydney’s student community. Our member base is made up of a group of diverse and talented female students coming from all disciplines within the University.
Our mission is to provide opportunities that allow students to pursue their professional goals, build industry networks and finesse interpersonal skills that equip them for their future careers. NOW serves as a platform for industry representatives to connect with driven students who are interested in learning more about the avenues available to them during and after their university studies.
Even under the constraints of COVID-19 or temporary setbacks, we are propelled to facilitate and strengthen the relationships made between like-minded talented students as well as a network of industry leaders; connecting both face to face and via virtual touchpoints. For our membership base the learnings are clear; knowing how one can utilise their skills and knowledge in unique roles, how a skill mix from a double-degree background can reach its full capacity and how linearity in a career journey is not the only way to achieve career success.
As Co-Presidents for 2021, our vision is to continue to foster networking relationships for female students early on, and maximise professional skill development so that students learn and develop the soft skill necessities for a thriving and rewarding career in whatever domain they choose.
It is therefore imperative that NOW challenges itself to provide more ambitious events of an outstanding quality. We are dedicated to facilitating opportunities, both face-to-face and virtually, for our members to pursue their goals, make invaluable industry networks, and develop crucial interpersonal skills for the workplace.
We are determined to see NOW reach new heights, and are committed to designing events of broader appeal to a wide range of students and improving the society's infrastructure to make this possible.
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!
- Jenney Kim and Paulina Pazdzior