Soiree inspires young women leaders

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OUR Lady's College students have been inspired to pursue their leadership potential at an event ahead of Intern­ational Women's Day.

The group of six student leaders attended the Young Women Leaders' Soirée in Brisbane recently.  

Representing Our Lady's at this event were Mimi Le Nguyen, Ngan Nguyen, Charlotte O'Shea, Charmi Cortez, Ellie Anderson and Mae Williamson.

The students enjoyed networking with leaders from other Catholic girls' school in Brisbane and sharing ideas.

They were also privileged to hear an address from guest speaker, Fiona Hawthorne.

Dr Hawthorne is the General Manager of Hummingbird House Children's Hospice, where she makes a difference to families who need the service.

Even though her role as manager is one of leadership, Dr Hawthorne sees herself standing behind her team, not in front of it.

“I have the incredible privilege of managing a wonderful team at Hummingbird House – it's not about me," she said.

“We're bringing a service to Queensland that is vitally important, and I want to do everything I can to support my team in their efforts to provide the best care they possibly can."

College co-captain Ngan said she learned a great deal from Dr Hawthorne's presentation.

“Through Dr Fiona's story, I recognised that being a leader involves confronting situations, but your team will always support you," she said.

Fellow student leader Mae said: “Dr Fiona embodied a strong, independent woman. She showed that a leader is courageous, curious, and knows their worth. Her empowerment flooded the room."

Charmi said: “I was inspired by Fiona's message of hospitality and leadership. I am incredibly grateful for the experience I had alongside my fellow leaders."

Charlotte said: "From the inspirational speaker to the inspirational leaders, I wish to share it with OLC, the wider community and into my future."