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AFR BOSS Emerging Leaders Event

09 Feb 2012

The second event in the AFR BOSS Magazine Emerging Leaders series, sponsored by the University of Sydney Business School, was held at The Mint on Thursday, 9 February 2012.

The evening featured Barclays Capital Australia and NZ Chief Executive Cynthia Whelan, in conversation with AFR BOSS Magazine Editor Narelle Hooper, discussing lessons and experiences Ms Whelan has encountered on her journey from ballet to investment banking, and was followed by corporate consultant Karynne Courts, of Values Connection, leading an informative session on identifying and prioritising your values and the effects they can have on your professional and career growth.

Associate Professor Nick Wailes, Director of MBA Programs, addressed the 80-strong crowd, stating that "emerging leaders must not forget the importance of training and preparation. As a business school, we see our role as equipping you with the knowledge and skills you will need to take on the big challenges ahead of you".

As part of the ongoing drive to forge greater partnerships with Australian and international business, the University of Sydney Business School has recently partnered with the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine on its Emerging Leaders Program. The Emerging Leaders Program provides a series of events that act as a forum for young business executives: to meet peers, expand business networks and receive mentoring from some of Australia's best senior executives while still having access to the resources of the Business School.

BOSS Magazine Editor Narelle Hooper is excited at the prospect of helping the business leaders of tomorrow to meet, network with and learn from those at the top of their game.

"It's one of the things I love most about my job - the energy you get when you get a bunch of smart, bright people together from different fields who are keen to share their ideas and learn from each other," Narelle says. "That's the kind of buzz we get in the room at these informal, interactive events. Then people are able to take something meaningful away from the speakers and make connections that also help broaden their business network."

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program, please visit:

If you are a senior executive who is keen to get involved in the program, please contact Narelle Hooper at