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Two Business School alumni named Young Australian of the Year Finalists

03 Dec 2012

Business School alumni Julie McKay (Global Executive MBA '11) and Corey Payne (BCom '07, MCom student) have been named state winners in the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Awards. As state winners, Julie and Corey are both eligible to be named Young Australian of the Year.

Julie has been recognised by the Australian Capital Territory for her ongoing efforts with UN Women Australia to improve the lives of millions of women around the world who struggle against poverty, violence and discrimination.

Julie has been Executive Director of UN Women Australia since 2007, and in that time has enjoyed enormous success, leading a small team in Canberra to help drive significant change.

Corey has been recognised by New South Wales for his drive to help young people from less privileged schools and low socioeconomic areas pursue higher education.

Through his Future Directions Network which he established a few years ago, Corey helps provide financial support, mentoring and careers advice for young people who might otherwise rule out university.

Corey is determined that young people on the borderline, the children of parents who didn't go to university and first-generation Australians get every chance to continue their higher education.

"I am extremely proud to see two members of the Business School community honoured in this way," said Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Business School. "Both Julie and Corey are outstanding examples of leadership and a source of inspiration to the Business School community."

The Young Australian of the Year Award recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians. The national Young Australian of the Year Award recipient is chosen from among the respective state winners. The results will be announced in Canberra on 25 January, 2013.