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 a number of people to thank:
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
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 Masters eBusiness. To Janie Symons who offered me flexibility in my numerous roles at Swinburne Uni to keep afloat during such a turbulent time and now 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, Community Enterprise Manager at the Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE)

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