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Fostering Executive Women
An Alumni Chapter of the QUT Graduate School of Business School | Queensland University of Technology
Fostering Executive Women (FEW) is a QUT post-graduate alumni chapter which supports the development and promotion of women in executive leadership positions. The flagship FEW Program offers a range of structured programs including business mentoring, continuous education, networking events and international scholarships to Harvard. Thought Bubble Managing Director Nyree McKenzie was a mentee in 2013 and was awarded the international scholarship to Harvard. In 2015 Nyree was invited back to the university as a mentor to an international marketing coordinator who is seeking management opportunities. As part of the program Nyree provides her mentee with professional and personal advice in a confidential, safe environment. One of the highlights of the program has been connecting her mentee to other women in her field of interest by initiating an ‘around the world in a day’ shadow program. This has involved introducing her mentee to global marketing managers from companies (in Australia and in the US) that operate in across engineering, banking and finance, aerospace and international tourism. The purpose is to expose her mentee to a range of industries and opportunities to support her career plan and progression.
Tender Trends – Then and Now
What a difference corporate governance and a GFC can make! In this webinar we looked at how competitive tendering has evolved into a corporate necessity. Webinar presenter Nyree McKenzie shared her experiences and observations as a veteran of preparing tender responses over nearly two decades. This included insights and perspectives from having worked across multiple industries, as well as strategies around how she adapted and changed approach to competitive tendering over time. Participants came away with tips and insights as to how they can take advantage of industry changes and turn them into opportunities that can shape their own organisational performance, growth and culture to achieve competitive advantage.
Audience: Business Development, Sales, and Proposal Development Teams and Leaders.
Building your Career Capital
Year 10 is a pivotal point in most students’ lives. It involves important considerations around what they need to plan for and investigate for their future career pathway. Nyree was invited to speak at the Building Your Career Capital conference and addressed students in the Women in Enterprise session on the theme of Passion, Perseverance and Pivot. Apart from giving students tips on trends around future job opportunities and practical ways to steer careers to business ownership, Nyree also reflected on core skills learnt at school that paved the way for future success. Even more relevant for the students was the presence of her MSM teacher Mrs Thompson who influenced Nyree’s early career choices and which made Nyree’s case studies even more relevant and engaging.
Other things that have helped….never ever give up.
2015 – QUT Fostering Executive Women (FEW) mentor
2012 – St.George Bank Fostering Executive Women Harvard International 2013 Scholarship winner
2011 – QUT Fostering Executive Women (FEW) mentee
2011 – St.George Bank Fostering Executive Women Harvard International 2012 Scholarship finalist
2007 – RAAF Specialist Reserve (public affairs) – Flying Officer, Officer Training, Point Cook
2005 – Australasian Reporting Awards winner – Silver Award for 2003/04 Annual Report
2005 – Institute of Internal Auditors (Queensland) Awards – Certificate of Merit, 2003/04 CITEC Annual Report
1999 – QUT Dean’s Award for Excellence, Faculty of Business for Master of Business (Marketing), QUT
1999 – Young Executives Group (adviser on youth issues to the Director General), Department of Public Works, Queensland Government
1999 – Public Relations Institute of Australia Gold Award (Research Category) for “Shark Cartilage and Health Care” – a research thesis on the commercialisation of nutraceuticals for the treatment of degenerative disease
1997 – Public Relations Institute of Australia Highly Commended Award, PR Print Support Material Category for “Launch of the World’s First Digital Printer (Indigo /E-Print 1000)”
1995 – Public Relations Institute of Australia Silver Award for Excellence in Outstanding Communication for Queensland AIDS Council Integrated Communications Campaign.