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Bright young minds at Business Leadership Conference

21 Dec 2011

Over 50 business-minded senior high school students have put their business and communication skills to the test and forged many new friendships at the annual B.Inspiring Business Leadership Conference held by students of the University of Sydney Business School.

The B.Inspiring Conference is organised by students of  the University of Sydney Business School who belong to the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organisation and allows high school students from disadvantaged areas of Sydney to gain an exciting experience of learning through the eyes of a university student. Now in its second year, the B.Inspiring Business Leadership Conference aims to enhance students' understanding of business principles, build confidence to foster change in their communities and develop valuable communication and leadership skills.

Bachelor of Commerce student Yashvini Janakan, who was the 2012 Conference coordinator said the experience was rewarding not only for the high school students, but for the Business School team leaders as well. She said: "The biggest sense of achievement was watching the students come out of  their comfort zones and really start to become more confident in their own abilities as young individuals. The team leaders agreed that they found this  very inspirational."

The year 10 and year 11 students from 9 schools across Sydney participated in a series of interactive workshops where they learnt the fundamentals of accounting, economics, marketing and finance. The students were given a unique opportunity to participate in engaging workshops and Q&A sessions run by guest speakers including academics, an entrepreneur and representatives from Credit Suisse, Deloitte and PwC. Among the most popular activities were the BaFa BaFa workshop, a cross cultural simulation activity to develop teamwork and leaderships skills; and the Personal Brand workshop which introduced students to the concept of professional identity.

The students then joined forces with current Business School students to apply the principles of business to present a project that  would bring positive change to society. Combining team work skills, communicative abilities, research skills and introducing an awareness of corporate social responsibility, the students stretched their imaginations to concoct the most feasible and successful entrepreneurial idea. A strange duality between competitiveness and amusement was rife as the groups presented their ideas with an impressive level of professionalism, evoking enthusiastic responses among their fellow students.

Business School student ambassador and B.Inspiring team  leader, Mario Moreno said: "The students loved getting a taste of the different disciplines of Commerce while making many new friends in the process. The healthy competition between the teams made the activities all the more engaging and the team leaders got a real sense of fulfilment from helping the students learn about Business."

Brainstorming business ideas

Aspiring business students made friends from 9 schools across Sydney

Students demonstrate their newfound business knowledge and communication skills