It’s been another great year at MGGS and last week it culminated in the opportunity to attend the CEO Magazine’s National Executive awards. Whilst I missed out on CIO of 2018, it was a career highlight and an absolute honour to be one of five finalists and I have several people to thank:

Kristin O'Brien & I
  • Francesca Costabile Conte for your friendship, support and for accompanying me on the night
  • Catherine Misson for the opportunity
  • Kate Smith for my amazing gown
  • Jess at Mietta’s Salon for my “up-do”
  • Fiona Tucker & Mark McKechnie our Sydney chauffeurs
  • Alyson Rosser for the coffee runs
  • Kristin O’Brien for the “pre-event, calm the nerves” drink
  • Henryk Kobylanski, Eloise, James & Charlie Tucker for being the best cheer squad a girl could ask for

There are also some amazing women who would have been thanked publicly if I’d won:

Helen Norman from Peter Norman Personnel, who took a chance on a newly single Mum returning to the workforce with two small children. Sue Tomkins my TAFE lecturer who told me I was wasting my time doing a Diploma as a mature age student and instead encouraged me to go straight into a Master of eBusiness. To Janie Symons who offered me flexibility in my numerous roles at Swinburne Uni to keep afloat during such a turbulent time and finally to my current CEO, Catherine Misson, the most inspiring leader who gave the best gift of all, permission to fail. Thank you.

Mary-Lou and Francesca Conte
Mary-Lou and Francesca Conte, Community Enterprise Manager at the Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE)
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