August 2013 Newsletter


New Chair and CEO for ABCN

On 1 July, there were some significant and exciting changes in the ABCN with two of our most enthusiastic Board members; John Weber, Chief Executive Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers and Pip Marlow, Managing Director of Microsoft, being appointed to Chair and Deputy Chair of the ABCN Board.

Also, Jacqui Jones, originally seconded from Optus and most recently ABCN General Manager, has been appointed Chief Executive of the ABCN.  In addition to her extensive experience at ABCN around design, management and evaluation of programs, she has lead our strategic work and implementation.

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Jacqui Jones, John Weber & Jeannette Le, Miller Technology High School


The Focus on Young Women in Leadership

The ABCN’s Focus program, which gives female, student leaders the opportunity to be mentored by senior women in business, has been an outstanding success. Piloted by Minter Ellison Lawyers and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia late last year, the program has had significant take up from member companies and schools, and subsequently provided over 180 young women with the opportunity to gain insight to the skills needed to be successful  leaders. Over lunch meetings with the students, mentors have shared their strategies for developing leadership qualities and their expertise in engaging and leading a team.

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Parramatta students perform their own works at Riverside

The hard work of students from six Western Sydney High Schools culminated in two outstanding performances at Riverside Theatre on 14 and 15 August. The students from Pendle Hill, Granville South Creative and Performing Arts, Granville Boys, Holroyd, Merrylands and Parramatta High Schools had been working since May on a playwright-in-residence program with director, Ali Kennedy Scott. Through weekly workshops over 10 weeks, they each took inspiration from their local communities to create and rehearse an original theatre work.

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Launch of the ABCN Scholarship Foundation

On 30 July, The Australian Business and Community Network was thrilled to launch the ABCN Scholarship Foundation at our inaugural dinner which was kindly hosted by KPMG. The sit down dinner which catered for close to one hundred of ABCN’s most senior supporters from business and education was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the establishment of the Foundation.

Building on the success of the National Doug Jukes Memorial Scholarships which has granted 24 scholarships over the past four years, the Foundation will offer financial and mentoring support to talented students facing economic, family or social challenges that are impacting on their study or capacity to pursue their desired tertiary pathway.

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