Taylor Hawkins with Catherine McAuley Westmead students
Taylor Hawkins, Managing Director of Foundations for Tomorrow, with Year 10 Catherine McAuley students.

Last Thursday, 23rd May, 10 Year 10 Catherine McAuley students were invited to attend the ‘Enterprise Girls Leadership Day’ at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

We had the opportunity to listen to Taylor Hawkins, a successful female entrepreneur, who aims to improve the government by encouraging them to listen to young people and what they have to say. Her talk was inspiring and taught us the true value of never giving up. This was followed by a session which looked at different leadership types and allowed us to identify what type of leader we are.

Adut K. reflection:

“My biggest takeaway from this event was during the second session, where they showed us different types of leaders and what makes a leader. I found out I was a hustler - somebody who is organised and hyper-focused when given a task, doing anything they had to do to get a job done.

We also figured out some weaknesses of a hustler and discussed potential careers for a hustler, for example a high corporate office position such as a CEO, but also those usually unrecognised positions who still contribute to a company and its success and are an important asset to the company. It allowed me to discover a fundamental part of myself and initiated a light bulb moment in my head as I realised how similar the hustler's qualities were to mine and my own experiences”.

Adut K.

Majerin P. reflection:

“A significant takeaway for me was the emphasis on the importance of resilience and adaptability in leadership. During Taylor Hawkins' talk, she shared her journey of overcoming numerous challenges and setbacks in her entrepreneurial career. She highlighted how each obstacle became a learning opportunity, reinforcing the idea that perseverance is crucial for success. This message resonated deeply with me, as it underscored the necessity of staying determined and flexible in the face of difficulties.

It reminded me that true leadership isn't about having a smooth path but about how we navigate and grow from the hurdles we encounter. This perspective shift was empowering, as it encouraged me to embrace challenges as integral to personal and professional development, rather than as deterrents”.

Majerin P.

McAuley Students with OLMC students with Taylor Hawkins
Students gathered together at the Enterprise Girls Leadership Day on Thursday 23rd May 2024.



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Catherine McAuley Westmead

Catherine McAuley Westmead

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