Suncorp senior executive and UQ Business School student Jane Lewin has been awarded the 2020 UniBank Most Outstanding MBA graduate by MBA Australasia (MBAus), the peak body for MBA graduates in Australia.
The 2020 MBAAus Graduate Management Awards were held online yesterday to recognise the outstanding achievements of MBA graduates and innovative project by MBA students.
As well as being a senior lawyer with Suncorp, Ms Lewin also contributes her time as a volunteer board member for Jack’s Butterflies. Finalists include fellow UQ MBA graduate Margarita Camus and Michelle Kelly from Victoria University.
MBAus President Maxwell Gratton congratulated all finalists and winners on their achievements.
“MBAus is delighted with the high standard, and quality, of nominations, received this year,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing to build on the success and momentum of the GMA in the times ahead, as we advocate for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, whilst shining the spotlight on and celebrating the outstanding achievements of MBAs.”
UniBank general manager Mike Lanzing said: “UniBank is a keen supporter of lifelong learning. We believe that an MBA is fundamental to acquiring a diverse range of new skills in key areas that can help create a positive social impact.”
“This year’s winner, Jane Lewin, is making a significant positive social impact through many aspects of her work, including her investment in the upcoming generation of junior lawyers through the TalkLaw education program.
“Her work in building the Domestic and Family Violence Policy at the Suncorp Group, which is designed to further support people in vulnerable positions is to be commended for the positive cultural impact it has had on how domestic violence issues are treated across the insurance industry.”
The OfficeMaps Most Innovative Business Project Award was won by Winnie (Uyen) Nguyen, Darrin Mackenzie and Katie McRobert from Griffith University with their project ReHose Solutions.
“A heartfelt congratulations to you Winnie, Darrin and Katie for your win. Your project was an excellent display of innovative thinking and business prowess focused on a sustainable cause. Well done,” said James Sowry, CEO of OfficeMaps.
MBAus is the peak body for professionals who hold an MBA in Australasia. Established as the Graduate Management Association of NSW in 1978, the organisation went national in 1993 as the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).
It was formed through the amalgamation of the Graduate Management Association Limited (NSW), the MBA Society Inc. University of Adelaide, the Graduate Management Association (Victoria), the Queensland Master of Business Administration Association, and the Graduate Management Association University of Western Australia.
Early in 2020, GMAA officially changed its company name to MBA Australasia in order to bring into sharp focus its mission to promote MBAs, and those with MBAs, as the leaders of management thinking, knowledge, and practice. GMAA also joined forces with MBAus, an MBA alumnus led initiative, which hosted annual conferences for the MBA community.