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For love or Money? Why more business women are needed in the Not for Profit Sector

13 Apr 2010

The faculty's Careers and Employer Relations Office hosted the panel discussion about working in, and with, the not-for-profit sector to mark this year's International Women's Day (IWD).

The panel was facilitated by Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, Dr Marian Baird and included four University of Sydney alumna:-

  • Sarah Gavel (BA/BCom '07) - Relationship Manager for Corporate Partnerships, Mission Australia
  • Sandra Nori (BEc '01) - Former Minister and current Chair (NED), Komosion and Consultant
  • Rosalind Strong (BA/DipEd '66 MEd '74 MA '86) - Chair, Sydney Community Foundation and Chair, Museums and Galleries NSW (Immediate Past President, UNIFEM Australia (UN Development Fund for Women)): and
  • Louise Walsh (BEc '88 LLB '90) - Director, Artsupport Australia (an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts)

Professor Baird said the major reason behind the event was to highlight to students the range of business opportunities available to them with not-for-profit organisations.

"This sector is a significant part of the Australian economy that plays a vital role in sustaining our communities," said Professor Baird. "But this is an area that many business women may not have considered working in.

"Each of the panel members have been closely involved with the not-for-profit sector at some stage in their career and can all offer valuable insights into the advancement of women in this field and empowering our female students."

The Careers and Employer Relations Office also used the event to officially open applications for the 2010 LUCY mentoring program for students of the Faculties of Economics and Business and Law. The LUCY program, now in its seventh year, establishes a formal mentoring relationship between leading female business executives and young women studying business, economics, finance, accounting and law. The initiative aims to inspire and motivate students about career opportunities in the corporate and public sectors.

"The most important aspect of the Lucy program is that it provides young women, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, the chance to gain a greater understanding of the work environment and access to a network of support," said Faculty of Economics and Business Career Services Manager, Jill Kelton. "It is particularly appropriate this year to be launching the LUCY program an event that celebrates the contribution women have made in less traditional areas of business."

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