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“A proud Wiradjuri woman” awarded UN Women’s Committee Australia MBA Scholarship

04 Oct 2017

Katie Moore 

The tourism industry in regional areas has the ability transform the lives of Indigenous Australians through employment, training and economic development, according to the latest recipient of a United Nations Women’s Committee Australia MBA Scholarship.

Katie Moore, who describes herself as a proud Wiradjuri woman from Western Sydney, is the first Indigenous student to join the University of Sydney Business School’s top ranking MBA program since it was launched in February 2013.

Ms Moore has a bachelor’s degree in international tourism management and is now Assistant Portfolio Manager with the Direct Investment team at Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), which assists Indigenous Australians to buy their own homes, establish successful businesses and invest in profitable commercial ventures.

“Through IBA I have observed that there is a great need for innovation and an ability to deliver social and economic solutions to all Australians,” said Miss Moore. “Through this MBA I hope to develop new knowledge and understandings of how business can have an impact particularly in regional Australia.”

Importantly, Ms Moore sees herself as a role model for other Indigenous people, particularly women.

“I know that studying at a prominent Sydney university was not on my radar as a young student due to a lack of confidence and I am determined to instil confidence in the next generation of Indigenous business leaders,” she said.

While talking of the influence others, Ms Moore makes special mention of the impact on her life of CareerTrackers, a not-for-profit organisation which creates internship opportunities for Indigenous university students.

“I would like to pay tribute to TFE Hotels, and particularly CEO Rachel Argaman for partnering with CareerTrackers to champion my development through personal mentoring and participation in their frontline management program,” she says.

“Rachel is an example of exceptional female leadership. I was fortunate to be personally mentored by Rachel and she inspired me to develop the business capability to drive social outcomes while maintaining sustainable financial success.”

Ms Moore is the seventh recipient of a UN Women National Committee Australia, MBA Scholarship since a partnership was forged between the body and University of Sydney Business School in 2014.

Founded in the belief that “when women are empowered, whole communities benefit”, UN Women is working to improve the lives of women and girls in nearly a hundred countries worldwide.

“The Business School’s MBA program is closely aligned with our focus on women in leadership and economic empowerment,” said UN Women NC Australia’s Executive Director, Janelle Weissman, recently. “By working together, we believe that we can unlock opportunities for women to propel their career opportunities forward.”

Ms Moore believes that her relationship the UN Women NC Australia will expose her further “to the social inequality faced by women across the globe and to knowledge of effective business models that have provided a sustainable social impact”.