Leading politician inspires Meriden students with her career journey

26 August 2015

‘When you set your mind to do something, and be absolutely determined, doors open.’

This was Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop’s powerful message to the group of Meriden students who attended a ‘Women in Leadership’ talk on 24 August. The event, held in Burwood, was organised by Member for Reid, Mr Craig Laundy MP.

The group of Year 12 students from Meriden joined other young women from schools in the electorate of Reid to hear Ms Bishop recount her journey from lawyer to politician and the people who have influenced her.  She also spoke of the challenges that leaders encounter and explained that you must be ready to deal with the unexpected.  She cited the 2am telephone call that informed her of the shooting down of a plane carrying Australians over Eastern Ukraine as an example of facing the unexpected and determining the way forward.

Meriden’s Head Prefect Tara Graetz was one of the students who attended the ‘Women in Leadership’ talk.  “It was inspiring to hear such a prominent female leader discuss her leadership experiences in an intimate setting.  As Ms Bishop shared with us her journey, from her childhood to politics, I was struck by her stories of passion and perseverance. I was encouraged to use my own leadership skills and opportunities for the service and betterment of others, and am thankful for the opportunity to be reminded of these important lessons,” Tara said.