How to make the most of your GLP: final advice from the Session 2 GLP Ambassadors

During the course of Session 2, the GLP Team enjoyed working with our four GLP Ambassadors, Aditi, Fauzan, Hana and Ivana, on a range of GLP events. Between them, the Ambassadors have amassed a range of diverse GLP experiences, including working at a summer camp in America, organising events and field trips for an environmental sciences club, learning Italian at Bologna University, Italy and interning for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Pakistan.

In the midst of their exams, the Ambassadors took some time out from their preparations to reflect on their experiences, share some highlights and some final, parting tips with us on how you can make the most of your GLP.

Bachelor of Arts with the degree Bachelor of Commerce

Shenandoah National Park

My highlights with the GLP range from travelling across the world, delving into new and interesting cultures and meeting distinguished diplomats. Yet this doesn’t even crack the surface of all my experiences with the program!

The GLP has helped me grow and develop in ways I couldn’t even have dreamed of. So I recommend that you put on your dancing shoes, get stuck in, dive into the deep end and get swept away!

Top tip:

Make as many friendships and connections throughout your time in the program as possible.

Bachelor of Applied Finance

Taking part in the GLP Ambassador Program is definitely the highlight of my GLP experience. It has provided me with an opportunity to challenge myself and boost my confidence by interacting with many students, faculty staff members, professionals and of course, forging a special bond with the GLP staff.

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Take a chance or make a chance: Our 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award Winner

There are many factors that come into play in order to be called a leader, and even more to be a global leader. I would like to focus on just one of the core factors: initiative.

Just after graduating from my undergraduate degree in journalism back in Mexico I was contacted by a recruiter via LinkedIn and got offered an amazing job opportunity. It paid very well, had great benefits and a lot of responsibilities. A colleague and I were the sole editors for the whole Latin American region for one of the three biggest financial ratings companies in the world. I was getting so comfortable that I nearly forgot why I went into journalism – to make a positive impact on the world. I was volunteering with indigenous women on the weekends, but I probably was not going to change the world in the way I wanted to with my financial editor role. So I decided to quit. Letting go of a job like that was difficult but I knew if I didn’t leave then it would only get harder to leave later.

I started looking for international scholarships and universities and I ended up coming to Australia to study a Master of Development Studies and Culture Change. It was the right choice. As soon as I heard of the Global Leadership Program I knew I had to sign up. Who would ever let an opportunity like this go? It provided access to amazing learning opportunities; people who were leaders in their fields; and it was free! Joining the GLP was the best decision I made while studying at Macquarie.

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Small actions for big impact: GLP team volunteering at Good on You

“If you ever think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito!”

— Wendy Lesko, Youth Activism Project

Our individual decisions impact the health of our communities, our climate and our environment. The longevity of our planet will rely on leaders who not only understand the impact their individual choices have on those they lead, but the powerful role of collective choices in overcoming social, economic and environmental challenges.

If you don’t believe our day-to-day choices can make a difference, then here is the hard data.

  • 1 million disposable cups end up in landfill every minute. Since 2009, switching to reusable cups has diverted 3.5 billion of disposable cups from landfill. (KeepCup)
  • As a nation we waste 1 out of every 5 shopping bags of food (OzHarvest). If the food wasted around the world was reduced by just 25%, there would be enough food to feed all the malnourished people on this planet. (Think.Eat.Save)
  • In one week we go through 10 million plastic bags worldwide. Many of these end up polluting our oceans. By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. (Plastic Free July)
  • In order to give us the latest trends at the lowest cost, clothing production is outsourced overseas and often manufactured by children. More than 7 times the population of Australia are in child labour. (More in The high cost of cheap clothing TEDx talk)
  • If every person in the world consumed like we do in Australia, we would need 4.8 Earths to sustain us. (BBC News)

Where we invest our time and money matters.

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Foreign policy, diplomacy and Brexit: The Young Diplomats Forum

As a student in my final year I decided to do something different – travel to London for the Young Diplomats Forum! London was a city I’ve always wanted to visit and it was the first time I visited a country alone.

I stayed at a suburb called Canning Town and once I decided to look around I noticed how very multicultural it was. For the first three days I went sightseeing and visited the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and Big Ben. Then it was time for the Young Diplomats Forum. I was not the only Australian at the Forum, there were seven of us with a few from Macquarie, who were undertaking the GLP like I was. I also met some delegates from Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan who also knew some Turkish like me. Most of them were aspiring young diplomats, already working at an embassy or other position unrelated to diplomatic service. On the first day of the Forum we went to Greenwich where most of the morning speeches were held. As the day went on I met so many socially aware and insightful people. Before we got too comfortable we were given a presentation task to do in groups. Our topic was on post-ISIS Middle-East so most of the week was spent working on that.

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Stephanie’s Winter at Sookmyung: Korean art, new friends and even a sheep cafe!

With the beginning of the new year, I was full of nervous-excitement as I knew I’d be spending the rest of the month in Seoul, South Korea. Before my trip, I didn’t know much about Korean culture beside its pop culture icons, such as PSY. I had been to a Big Bang concert a couple of months beforehand, so was keen to jump in and experience the country’s rich and vibrant history and culture.


Stephanie and the other international Sookmyung delegates trying on the traditional dress of South Korea, Hanbok.

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How to eat an elephant: Advice from our 2016 Excellence Award Winner

I’ve always been a strong believer in never judging a book by its cover.

Growing up with anxiety has taught me one thing about both myself and others around me; you should never underestimate the power of support and friendship when it comes to challenging yourself.

My journey in the Global Leadership Program started in 2015, and oddly, I have had the eye-opening experience of experiencing both worlds, Macquarie life with the GLP and without the Program. My first two years at University, I treated it a lot like school – I basically didn’t participate in anything apart from my classes, turned up, then left. I often felt too shy to talk to people, and never dreamed that I would ever be considered by the University for any sort of exchange opportunity due to, well, not being the sort of person who easily adapts to social situations. At the end of my second year of University, I felt as though I needed to change, and to change now or nothing will become easier to overcome in the future.


Perri in South Korea for the Sookmyung Summer School, 2015

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Seeking survival: lessons from history on the Cultural Day to Cabramatta

I found the GLP Cultural Day Series to Cabramatta last Session insightful and it inspired me to write a poem on the importance of learning from history. I was particularly interested in the history of Cabramatta, including the history of South East Asian migration from countries like Vietnam and China, and how Cabramatta has changed from a drug, gang and crime driven suburb into the thriving multicultural centre it is today. In addition, it was a great opportunity to meet fellow GLP students and make new friends.

The highlight of the day for me was the personal account of Jenny Tiew’s incredible journey against all odds from Cambodia to Australia, following Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Communist regime from 1975 to 1979. Jenny emphasised that education and knowledge of the English language were key to her survival and success. I believe, it was through her honesty and determination that she became a successful entrepreneur, founding and running two businesses, one of which was a cosmetics and beautician store.


Jenny Tiew sharing her story with GLP students on the Cultural Day to Cabramatta. Jenny’s story is one of many important and highly relevant historical insights on the Cultural Day to Cabramatta.

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Working with integrity: solving global ethical dilemmas at GLP’s Innovative Leaders Series

“It’s really easy to walk outside the path of integrity as you move forward in your life. Don’t.”

Audette Exel at the GLP Innovative Leaders Series, 2016

Knowledge sharing is a key pillar of Audette Exel’s philosophy.

Audette, our Session 2 Innovative Leader, is a lawyer, international finance expert, philanthropist and founder of Adara, a for-purpose business that supports women and children in Nepal and Uganda. Adara aims to share the findings of its work widely, so others can build on their success and learn from their mistakes.

“The most important thing that we do as an organisation, maybe, is talk about our mistakes. They don’t define us. They enrich us.” – Audette (Thread Publishing 2015)

Audette believes the biggest mistakes – mistakes that compromise your integrity or cause harm – happen when you rush into decisions alone. At last month’s Innovative Leaders Series (ILS) event, Audette spoke about a time, in the early days of Adara, in the neonatal unit in Uganda when moving too quickly, without taking into account the local context and the lack of resources available, resulted in the loss of a number of babies’ lives.

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Social justice, native title and Aboriginal rights: The Aurora Internship Program

Looking for work experience to develop your practical and cross-cultural skills within Australia? Interested in social justice, native title and Indigenous affairs? If you are, read on! The Aurora Internship might be the right opportunity for you.

I came across the Aurora Internship Program during the third year of my University degree thanks to one of my lecturers. As an undergraduate Science student, majoring in Environmental Management and Human Geography, I was looking for work experience to complement my studies, as I understand how competitive the job market can be. At the same time, I wanted to find opportunities to complete the GLP program locally and enhance my University experience whilst gaining insight into working in the field of native title, land rights and social justice. I also saw the internship as an opportunity to get to know myself better and find out what I really want to do when I finish University.

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In conversation with GLP Convenor, Susanne Moore

As the numbers rolled in from the latest election, it became clear that this was not a year for women in power.

Despite the leaps our national politicians took in electing a diverse crop of new MPs, from our first Indigenous woman in the House to a record six openly gay representatives, women now figure at one of the lowest levels of representation in the Federal Parliament in years, down five on the Government benches since 2013.

Why aren’t women attracted to roles of power?

“It’s just too hard,” says Susanne Moore, head of the Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation and Convenor of the GLP Colloquium and Think Tank, Global Perspectives on Gender Economics, one of my personal favourites. Susanne has worked in corporate and consulting positions across Australia, runs her own business, and has worked hard to change the hierarchies and structures that sought to keep her down. These structures, legislative, corporate or legal, weren’t built for women. Politically, “women argue for their own inequality… this is a classic example of gender economics, [as] politics is not a space that is designed for us… it is designed by and for man, not men.” The political field is important, as it is the primary way that power is distributed in society, and reflected in corporate life also. “The way these organisations implement change” says Susanne, “is through democracy, it’s a collaborative effort, once people start to understand democracy and that ‘I’ve got a voice, and I can speak,’ then things start to happen.”

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