University of Sydney Business School is set to open its doors to the latest recipient of the United Nations Women’s Committee Australia MBA Scholarship.
Katie Moore is responsible for delivering projects for Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), and is intent on learning how regional Australia’s indigenous population can benefit from MBA-inspired strategic business practices.
Having already studied international tourism management, Ms Moore believes the tourism industry in regional areas has the ability transform the lives of indigenous Australians through employment, training and economic development.
“I know that studying at a prominent Sydney university was not on my radar as a young student due to a lack of confidence and I am determined to instil confidence in the next generation of indigenous business leaders,” she said.
As an organisation, IBA assists indigenous Australians to buy their own homes, establish successful businesses and invest in profitable commercial ventures.
“Through IBA I have observed that there is a great need for innovation and an ability to deliver social and economic solutions to all Australians,” Ms Moore said.
“Through this MBA I hope to develop new knowledge and understandings of how business can have an impact particularly in regional Australia.”
Ms Moore said she sees herself as a role model for indigenous people, particularly women, and a proud Wiradjuri woman.
Upon receiving the scholarship, Ms Moore made special mention of the impact on her life of CareerTrackers, a not-for-profit organisation which creates internship opportunities for indigenous university students.
“I would like to pay tribute to TFE Hotels, and particularly CEO Rachel Argaman for partnering with CareerTrackers to champion my development through personal mentoring and participation in their frontline management program,” she said.
Ms Moore is the seventh recipient of a UN Women National Committee Australia, MBA Scholarship since a partnership was forged between the body and University of Sydney Business School in 2014.
Founded in the belief that “when women are empowered, whole communities benefit”, UN Women works to improve the lives of women and girls in nearly a hundred countries worldwide.
“The Business School’s MBA program is closely aligned with our focus on women in leadership and economic empowerment,” UN Women NC Australia’s Executive Director Janelle Weissman said.
“By working together, we believe that we can unlock opportunities for women to propel their career opportunities forward.”
Ms Moore said she believes that her relationship the UN Women NC Australia will expose her further to the social inequality faced by women across the globe and to knowledge of effective business models that have provided a sustainable social impact.