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Corporate world insights provide unique learnings for our business student residents


Distinguished guests from the business sector mingled in an intimate networking environment with aspiring business students from Durack College, together with past students from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and invited guests from Cromwell College.

Throughout the evening, from welcome drinks in the lounge to the formal sit-down dinner in the Oratory, Industry leaders from international banking and finance, corporate accounting, marketing and small business exchanged stories and insights into the business world.

Guest speaker and distinguished corporate leader Ms Annabelle Chaplain shared her experiences from university days, her time living and working in Asian countries, to the turning point in her career when she embarked on a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Melbourne.

Ms Chaplain’s exceptional executive career, which last year was recognised by her alma mater when she was awarded Griffith Business School’s 2015 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, has been spent as an investment banker, working on a variety of transactions for public sector and large corporate clients. As director of ASX-listed, Downer-EDI Limited and Seven Group Holdings Limited and independent chair of Queensland Airports Limited, Canstar Propriety Limited and Director of EFIC, Australia’s export credit agency, Ms Chaplain’s insight provided much inspiration to the young students present. Her recent appointment as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation is testimony to the depth of knowledge, skills and executive leadership skills she has attained throughout her illustrious career.

“As former Chair of the School Council of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and key driver of the development and establishment of Durack College, it was an absolute honour and delight to welcome Ms Chaplain back to our first College Business Networking Dinner,” said Ms Janine Walker, Chair of the Durack College Advisory Council.

Ms Chaplain reflected on her journey and encouraged the young students in the room to pursue their ambitions.

“There has never been a time like now, where opportunities exist at all levels. With globalisation comes opportunity and I encourage each and every one of you to pursue your goals,” said Ms Chaplain.

For our residents to be exposed to such high level business leaders is invaluable for building, connections, relationships and graduate entry pathways.

“These opportunities expose students to real-world experiences and learnings from high-performing leaders who have significant knowledge to share with students preparing for the business world,” said Dr Armstrong.

This is one of the unique experiences offered at Durack College.

“The opportunities facilitated by our Student Success Program better prepare our young women and give them an edge in the competitive graduate market,” said Dr Armstrong.