Bennies Buzz November 2017 - page 19

Congratulations to:
Staff News
Christine (nee Takchi)
and Matthew
Roumanus were married on 20 May
2017 at St George Maronite Church,
Thornleigh with a reception then
following for 400 people at Miramare
Gardens, Terrey Hills.
Lisa (nee Clarke)
and Morgan Young
were married on 1 July 2017 at Avalon
followed by a reception at Moby Dick’s,
Whale Beach.
John Saleh
and his wife, Sarah, on the
arrival of Sebastian Joseph Saleh on 12
August at 10:15pm weighing 3.1kgs and
51cm long. Mum and bub are doing well
and the new family couldn’t be happier.
Bennies girls from near and far were welcomed back to the College to share
their career journeys at the annual Beyond Bennies Assembly. Distance proved
no barrier with the College utilising its video-conference technology to ensure
that one of the guests could be part of the ex-student panel.
Former College Captain, Bethany Ryan (Class of 2007) and Laura Fila (Class
of 2012) participated in person while in a College Assembly first - Clair Deevy
(Class of 1994) joined via live-stream from the United States.
The Beyond Bennies Assembly was designed and implemented by students
for students, bringing about engagement for the whole student body including
a quick quiz to test the ex-students on their memories from Bennies, posing
questions to the panel on career issues that were of interest to current
students and then concluding with a whole College quiz.
Each of the ex-students had inspiring career stories to share from three
different sectors – IT, advertising and engineering. Interestingly all changed
their focus after being accepted into university, and each of them credits their
Bennies education with fostering their passion for empowering women.
Clair Deevy shared her 15-year adventure in the IT industry working in
communication and corporate social responsibility – including Microsoft in
Singapore and later being head-hunted by Facebook and Instagram to set up
their global community partnerships. Clair is passionate about encouraging
girls and women into STEM careers and through her role as Ambassador for
UNWOMEN in Singapore, she was instrumental in bringing the “Hour of Code”
program from the US and implementing this for the Asia Pacific region. She
advised the girls, “when you find your path stick to it and look for opportunities
everywhere you go and make the best of it.”
After initially choosing a degree that matched subjects she had studied in high
school, Laura Fila changed her degree one semester in, finding an area that she
enjoyed and was challenged by – engineering. She says that changing degrees was
straightforward and to “not fret about changing”, most subjects credits transfer
over. Laura is thankful that her time at Bennies gave her the confidence to succeed
in a male-dominated profession and is always looking for networking opportunities
like her involvement with the Macquarie University Women in Engineering Society.
Bethany Ryan chose to defer university and pursue a gap year overseas – and
an initial temporary role in advertising in London has led to a successful
advertising career as an Account Director. She has surrounded herself with
female mentors and is passionate about helping younger women come up
through the ranks – qualities she developed as College Captain back in 2007.
Bethany recommended that girls ask more, be more confident in themselves
and to above all, try things and be curious.
It is events like these that showcase the wealth of knowledge that Bennies
ex-students have to share – much like the wisdom of the ‘elders’ being
passed on to the younger.
Past Bennies girls share their
career stories from near and far
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