Perth-based Business Advisor Nancy Nguyen has been selected by the University of Sydney Business School and the UN Women National Committee Australia as the inaugural recipient of their MBA scholarship.
Nancy said the MBA scholarship was an opportunity to demonstrate that women can make strong candidates for executive leadership roles,
”I believe that I can raise community awareness of the value of diversity and acknowledge that although we are biologically bound to being mothers, wives, sisters – that we too are able to achieve the same level of greatness as our male counterparts,” she said.
“The MBA scholarship will give me the skills I need to effectively manage the opposing challenges of career and life. I believe the program will leave me invigorated and ready to further empower others on issues of gender diversity in the oil and gas industry”.
As a child, Nancy gained strength from her mother, a Vietnam War widow. She saw her single mum with two children and in spite of her vulnerabilities, be able to find resilience to fight for her family’s freedom and future,
“Coming from a refugee family from Vietnam, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have been able to pursue. I am part of a first generation of women in my family to be able to have a tertiary education in Australia,” she said.
Nancy currently works as a business advisor for Woodside Energy, where she has been for nearly 10 years.
“My observations are that despite the attempt at diversity, women are continuously typecast into a limited number of roles. It is a rarity to meet a woman within the business that is empowered with decision-making authority.
“My strength and confidence has helped me to succeed in securing senior roles, and with the advancement gained from my MBA scholarship, my aim is to be opening doors for other women in my industry and the broader community.”
University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson said the UN Women National Committee Australia played a pivotal role in raising public awareness of gender and development issues impacting women here and around the world.
Executive Director of UN Women NC Australia Julie McKay said women should have equal access to leadership opportunities.
“The scholarship is designed to propel leaders forward to great heights. This was a very competitive round and we’re pleased to congratulate all the finalists and Nancy,” she said.