Hunter student selected for UBS Young Women’s Leadership Academy

27/08/2018 Posted by admin

Hunter student selected for UBS Young Women’s Leadership Academy Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ambitious: Laura McKay has devoted her holidays to the UBS academy and rehearsing for Young People’s Theatre’s annual showcase. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookEVEN Laura McKay isn’t sure how she finds the time and energy to juggle her involvement in along list of school-related activities.

The year 11 student at Hunter School of the Performing Arts, 16, is on the leadership team, the environment team working with designers on the school’s new performing arts centre, choir, vocal ensemble and is a debater.

She has also participated in peer support and organised events including Harmony Day, plus does dance and drama outside of school.

“I do anything I can get my hands on –I love being involved, having an impact on the community and a say in what happens,” she said.

“I just keep going and going to the holidays and then I stop.”

Except for this term break.

Laura is one of 40 female students from NSW state schools who has been chosen for their leadership potential to participate in the UBS Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Thefour day residential program at The Women’s College, University of Sydney, aims to offer the opportunity to build confidence, learn leadership skills and business knowledge as well as raiseawareness of rising social issues.

“It’s been really great and so interesting and inspiring,” she said.

“It’s helped me develop my leadership skills –there’s always been things I knew I needed to develop but didn’t know how.

“We did one session called ‘impact, engage and inspire’ that was really crucial about your attitude, how you present yourself, how people perceive you and how you want them to perceive you.

“It covered body language, facial expressions, how to improve your walk andvoice, to make sure you’re succinct, and not slow but steady –to make you more confident and a better leader.

“I can now take that back to my school and community and be a role model and help others.”

Laura wants to study business/law or commerce and said her dream job would combine marketing with the arts.

The cohort also did the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, toured UBS’ premises and its trading floor, enjoyed a private tour of the Art Gallery of NSW and heard from contemporary female leaders including Dr Catherine Keenan from The Sydney Story Factory, Nina Roxburgh from the Foundation for Young Australians and Dr Tiffany Donnelly from The Women’s College.

UBS CEO Australasia Matthew Grounds said the academy was in its 14th year.

“It continues to be one of the major pillars of UBS Australia’s community program, providing close to 800 young aspiring female leaders new experiences, knowledge and inspirations to enact real change within our community.”

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