Alumni Profile - Karen Calayag (MBA(Exec) '06)

Karen Calayag

Name: Karen Calayag

Current Position, Organisation: General Manager, Macquarie Neurosurgery

Describe yourself in 3 words: Calm, straightforward, happy

Nationality/cultural identity: Australian, Filipino

Languages spoken: English, Filipino

Countries lived/worked in: Australia, Philippines, United States

Best book you have read in the last 12 months: "The Importance of Being Seven" by Alexander McCall Smith

Daily website 'favourites': The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Insight for Living

Motto to live/work by: Keep it simple

LinkedIn Profile: Karen Calayag

Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?

It's ranked one of the world's finest.

What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?

The group study sessions we planned on the weekends, I had a great social life in the midst of academic rigour.

What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?

Building upon the heritage of excellence.

How did your time at the Business School change you both professionally and personally?

  • It was hard work, and thus, character-building.
  • Having a lifelong group of friends, who are brilliant in their own fields, to share professional triumphs with and to turn to for advice / support in trying times.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?


What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?

Juggling being a mom and having a career at the same time.

What business person inspired you most?

My parents, who taught me that there are no shortcuts to excellence.

What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?

The beautiful beaches, weekend markets, and food culture.

What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?

Follow your passion.