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UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship Recipient Announced

10 Jun 2014

After a nationwide search, Nancy Nguyen, a Perth based Business Advisor for Woodside Energy, has been selected by the University of Sydney Business School and the UN Women National Committee Australia, as the inaugural recipient of the UN Women NC Australia MBA scholarship.

The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Ms Belinda Hutchinson, said, "UN Women National Committee Australia plays a pivotal role in raising public awareness of gender and development issues impacting women here and around the world".

Executive Director of UN Women NC Australia, Julie McKay agrees that the partnership is a joint effort to promote gender equality at the most senior levels of the nation's public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. "We believe that women should have equal access to leadership opportunities. The scholarship is designed to propel leaders forward to great heights. This was a very competitive round and we're pleased to congratulate all the finalists and Nancy"  said Julie.   

In this respect, they could not have selected a more fitting role model in Nancy who sees the MBA scholarship as an opportunity to demonstrate that women can make strong candidates for executive leadership roles.

"I believe that I can raise community awareness of the value of diversity and acknowledge that although we are biologically bound to being mothers, wives, sisters - that we too are able to achieve the same level of greatness as our male counterparts. The MBA scholarship will give me the skills I need to effectively manage the opposing challenges of career and life. I believe the program will leave me invigorated and ready to further empower others on issues of gender diversity in the oil and gas industry".

Nancy says as a child she gained strength from her mother who became a widow due to the Vietnam War. She saw her single mum, who with two children and in spite of her vulnerabilities, was  able to find resilience to fight for her family's freedom and future.

"Coming from a refugee family from Vietnam, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have been able to pursue. I am part of a first generation of women in my family to be able to have a tertiary education in Australia".

It is this resilience of her upbringing that has allowed Nancy to climb the ladder in a male dominated industry. She currently works as a business advisor for Woodside Energy. She started there 9 years ago and worked from the ground up. She says "it was a very meaningful experience in my career as it prepared me with the essential skills to navigate the predominantly male senior leadership team. My observations are that despite the attempt at diversity, women are continuously typecast into a limited number of roles. It is a rarity to meet a woman within the business that is empowered with decision-making authority. My strength and confidence has helped me to succeed in securing senior roles, and with the advancement gained from my MBA scholarship, my aim is to be opening doors for other women in my industry and the broader community".

The Business School's Associate Dean, Management Education, Professor Richard Hall said he was absolutely delighted that Nancy was the winner of the Scholarship and would be joining the MBA program. "The University of Sydney Business School is really committed to encouraging diversity in our programs and to the promotion of women into leadership roles. Our MBA program allows participants to enhance their leadership and management skills, develop professionally and personally, and make contributions in business and the community at the highest levels. Not only will Nancy get a massive amount from the program, but she will bring an enormous amount to the program. I am really proud of what the Business School and UN Women National Committee Australia have achieved through this scholarship".

The UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship is open to all women from Australia and overseas.

How to apply

For information on how to apply for the MBA, visit the MBA applications page.

View details on how to apply for the UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship.