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Our latest 'Lucy' graduates

21 Oct 2010

Seventy students from the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney recently graduated from the Lucy Mentoring Program at a function hosted by Sparke Helmore in Sydney.

The Lucy Mentoring Program, which involves seven universities and the NSW Office for Women's Policy, encourages women to become future leaders, with a focus on graduates in business and law succeeding in the workforce after graduation.

The graduation event was attended by 150 invited guests including graduates and their mentors - senior business women from government and the corporate sector. The Minister for Women, the Hon Jodi McKay MP and Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination, attended the function.

Lucy graduate Natalie Waser, a final year Economics and Business student at the University of Sydney said, "Lucy provided me with the opportunity to learn first-hand from the experiences of senior business women - what they've done well, and to learn from their mistakes. My mentor has really opened my eyes up to likely challenges and opportunities I will face as I prepare to launch my career," she said.

Commissioner Broderick, who was instrumental in establishing the Lucy Mentoring Program, said "Mentoring can be a very powerful experience for those involved. Many professionals that give their time to mentor students through Lucy and other mentoring programs derive as much personal reward from their involvement as the mentees themselves."

Susan Bennett, a Lucy Steering Committee member, mentor and Sparke Helmore Sydney Managing Partner, noted the positive impact that the Program can have for young women: "Students involved in Lucy are certainly a step ahead in the quest for a career that they find rewarding, through the advice, networks and experiences of their mentors and the events that they attend in the program," she said.

Other leading organisations involved in the Program in 2010 include Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Westpac, Insurance Australia Group, Aon Consulting, WorkCover NSW, Department of Education and Training and NSW Treasury.