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“Aspire to Lead” Workshop Series #3

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“Aspire to Lead” Workshop Series #3

Do you want to become an influential leader? Why not start by receiving some professional feedback from influential leaders themselves?

As part of PwC’s Aspire to Lead workshop series, their final workshop – Receiving Candid Feedback and Coaching – is coming up. Graduate recruiter Stephanie Hough will deliver a valuable presentation, which highlights the importance of receiving feedback for professional improvement, utilising feedback constructively to maximise our influence and decision-making.

Date: Monday 12th May
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Alan Gilbert Theatre 3

Do not miss out on this final opportunity to boost your career development skills and confidence!

Please note that this is a members-only event. If you are not currently a member, you are welcome to sign-up on the day.

High Tea – recap

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High Tea – recap

Over 100 attendees, including more than 30 new members took time out of their day on Tuesday, March 11th to take part in our first networking event of the year. Located on Level 2 of The Spot, the idea for our High Tea event was conceived with the intent to provide our members with the opportunity to learn first-hand tips and advice about the recruitment process and internship experience. Members were able to hear about the experiences of current students who have recently completed internships and vacation work with firms such as ANZ, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, KPMG and PwC.

85 Broads President Danting Guo opened the event with a speech and a round of introductions of the 20 vacation work students who had graciously accepted the invitation to attend the event and impart invaluable advice to the attendees. Recent graduate Georgia Bailey, currently working in the Institutional Banking and Markets division of Commonwealth Bank was the featured speaker, delivering an informative speech on what students looking for graduate and vacation work should be doing in preparation. Her three key points of advice were as follows:

1. Do your research

Make a comprehensive list of the companies you would like to work for and then conduct thorough research, not only on the job position you’re applying for and the application process but also on the company’s history, culture, community projects they’ve been involved in and the overall values of the company. Think about why you would like to work for them and be prepared to answer such questions during the interview process. Companies want to know how you will fit into their organisation and it is important not to underestimate the emphasis placed on cultural fit.

2. Make note of dates

Dates for when applications open and dates for deadlines in particular should be noted and referred to throughout your application process. Being well-organised is key.

3. Be yourself

It is difficult to assume a facade, and maintaining a facade is likely to make you tense and have a detrimental impact on your interview performance (and potentially, work performance). The best course of action is to just be yourself, and be the best version of yourself.

With these parting words of wisdom, the event progressed into a highly animated networking session presiding over tables of tea, coffee and sweet afternoon delights.

Thank you very much to all of our attendees, especially our guest speakers. Again, welcome to all of our 2014 members, new and returning, and may this year be a great one filled with events that you find inspiring, exciting, motivating and fun!

With love,

85 Broads Melbourne

O-Week Semester One 2014!

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O-Week Semester One 2014!


Visit our stall during O-week and pick up your 85 Broads show bag when you sign up with us for 2014! We’re looking forward to another inspirational year here at 85 Broads Melbourne with new and exciting events lined up and ready to go. Membership is only $5 and guarantees you free entry to our numerous events for the entire year with the opportunity to network and interact with guest presenters and industry greats as well as unlimited access to any invaluable workshopping sessions we run.

85 Broads End of Year Event – Beyond the Glass Ceiling

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85 Broads End of Year Event – Beyond the Glass Ceiling


85 Broads Melbourne invites you to attend our End of Year Event; featuring prominent women from the workforce.

This event aims to bring the year to a close and guests will have an opportunity to network and gain valuable insights from our speakers in a more social setting.

Our speakers will consist of women who have been successful in both the professional industry and also those working in non-for-profit areas. They will will share their experiences and explore topics such as women in executive positions, work/life balance, the gender pay gap and much more. Our special guests include:

1. Monica Campigli – Partner, Deloitte Private

Monica is a Partner with over 17 years’ experience providing taxation and accounting advice. She focuses on assisting privately owned clients with issues related to tax compliance, business growth, management reporting, cashflow, succession planning, budgeting and transaction due diligence. Monica is the Victorian leader of Deloitte’s Inspiring Women’s Initiative which focuses on “getting our unfair share of female talent”

85 Broads Melbourne believes that with the success that Monica has had, she would be able to offer valuable insight as most of our members would are Commerce students and would be interested in Monica’s line of work.
2. Bev Thomas – CEO, Nucleus Network

Bev is a registered pharmacist and has worked at Australian start-up companies and in Venture Capital since 1998. Bev has a PhD from the University of Bath, post-doctoral experience in pharmaceutical formulation and a MBA in Technology Management. Bev is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

3. Jane Hunt – CEO, Fitted for Work

Jane Hunt is the CEO of Fitted for Work, a non-for-profit organisation that has transformed the lives of over 12,500 women since 2005. Fitted for work provides programs to help women’s self-confidence and self-esteem as well as deepening the skills and knowledge to get to work.

Jane has had over 15 years of experience working in the community and education sectors, working with families, young people, Aboriginal Australians and disadvantaged communities. As an active contributor in advancing social innovation in Australia, Jane has provided consulting services and coaching to a diverse range of organisations in different sectors including arts, legal, preventing domestic violence and community services

85 Broads believes that Jane’s involvement with such a respectable organisation for women makes her a very suitable speaker for the evening’s theme.
4. Gabrielle Lim, Associate, Institutional Banking NAB

Gabrielle is a graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She was an executive director of AIESEC Melbourne and received numerous awards during her time at the university. She is currently a financial services professional with experience in client-servicing and strategy development. Gabrielle has had experience in working in cross-cultural teams and passionate about corporate strategy and business development; the integration of Australian and Asian business; financial services industry development, education and community engagement. 85 Broads believes that members will be able to relate to Gabrielle and learn a lot from her experience.

5. Michelle Di Fabio – Strategy Manager, HostPlus Superannuation

Michelle is the Manager of Strategy, Policy and Product Development at HOSTPLUS, the industry Super Fund for the Hospitality, Tourism, Recreation and Sports sectors.

Prior to HOSTPLUS, Michelle qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) with PWC. She was also a past president of FMAA at the University of Melbourne. Michelle is currently the Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Business and Economics Alumni Council at the university.

Michelle’s global outlook extends to studies at The Manchester Business School, London Business School, INSEAD, work assignment in the US and volunteering in the UK and Cambodia.

85 Broads believes that Michelle will be able to offer valuable information about her successes.

Date: Thursday 17th October

Time: Registration at 6.00pm

              6.30pm start – 8.30pm

Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room

                 Sidney Myer Asia Centre

                 University of Melbourne.

This event will feature a number of speeches from our guests with a networking session in between where canapés will be served.

Professional Development Workshop featuring Talent Forge

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Last Tuesday, 3rd September, 85 Broads welcomed speakers Brian Van and Trang Nguyen from Talent Forge to provide students with a Professional Development Workshop experience. Their invaluable advice came at a very relevant time for many of our attendees, who were in the midst of internship and graduate application processes.

Talent Forge provided our audience with a broad overview of the entire recruitment process, ranging from interview do’s and don’ts to how to form an elevator pitch! Interview and general personal branding tips were offered to help ensure best performance at assessment centres, which could include any or all of the following: psychometric testing, group and individual activities, behavioural interviews and personality assessments. It became clear that strong personal branding throughout the whole process is key; ensuring that you are putting your best foot forward at all times in order to really sell yourself to prospective employers.

Talent Forge helped our audience by allowing us to see the process from an employer or HR’s perspective. We would like to thank Brian and Trang for coming to speak to us and providing our members with such insight into the world of interviewing. Your advice will no doubt prove useful for our attendees in the future, if it has not helped them already!

For more information on TalentForge, please visit their website.

Stay tuned for our next Spotlight event, where we will hear from Kate Morris, the Founder of Adore Beauty!

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Spotlight Event: Kate Morris

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Spotlight Event: Kate Morris

85 Broads Melbourne is proud to present our Spotlight Event for Semester 2; featuring founder of Kate Morris.

  • Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Time: 12.45 – 2.00 pm
  • Venue: Graham Cornish Room A&B, Union House

Similar to our Semester One Spotlight Event, the presentation will focus on the themes of women in business and entrepreneurship. Special guest, Kate Morris, developed the idea of selling beauty products online in 1999, while working part-time at cosmetic counters and studying a Bachelor of Business at Monash University. Despite setting up the company at the young age of 21, Kate was able to develop her vision into a successful business that today sells over 3,500 products and attracts 1.1 million visits per year. In the years since, Kate has been recognised with several awards including the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2010, and Marie Claire Young Business Women Award Victorian.

This event will feature a 30 minute presentation by Kate, followed by a networking session. Light refreshments will be provided. Please arrive at 12:45 for registration, as the event will begin promptly at 1pm.

This is, of course, an 85 Broads member-only event. If you are interested in attending the event or becoming an 85 Broads member, sign-up will be available on the day.

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Workshop: Assessment Centres, Interviews, Personal Branding

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Workshop: Assessment Centres, Interviews, Personal Branding

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: The Spot, Level 1 – Multipurpose Room

A professional development workshop that no university student seeking to acquire a vacation or graduate position should miss.

This interactive tutorial will be presented by Brian Van from Talent Forge, who is experienced in all aspects of selection and recruitment. From filling executive roles at government organisations to handling graduate volume recruitment for the mining industry, he has a wealth of experience in test administration, feedback provision, behavioural interviewing, training and conducting assessment centres.

The session will focus on three main topics, which include;
1. Assessment Centres – Learn about what to expect in assessment centres from case studies to psychometric test. And development techniques to help you prepare for these type of activities.
2. Interview Skills – Focusing on how to answer behavioural type questions, and the best way to ensure a positive impression is made.
3. Building a personal brand – Creating a point of differentiation is essential considering the vast number of applicants, and thus learn how to develop a unique personal brand.

So don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!

For more information about Talent Forge at

O-Week, Semester 2 2013!

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O-Week, Semester 2 2013!

Come visit our O-Week stall to welcome the launch of semester 2’s exciting events!

Society Luncheon

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Society Luncheon

Come along and sample a range of scrumptious treats along with a cup of tea, while enjoying a conversation with post-graduate students about their academic experience.

Date: August 6th

Time: 12 – 2pm

Location: Student Lounge, Level 2 The Spot

Inaugural General Meeting

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Hi all!
85 Broads University of Melbourne chapter is now seeking affiliation with the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU). As part of this process, we will be holding an Inaugural General Meeting (IGM).

We will be adopting/ratifying the club constitution and electing in Constitutional committee positions.

Regarding the election of both executive and non-executive positions, if you want to be considered for a position but unable to attend the IGM, please send nominations to our returning officer, Yitong Wang ( before 12 noon, 22 May. The applicant may send a self-description (maximum 200 words) together with the nomination email, so that if there are multiple candidates for one position, the Returning Officer can ‘make the speech’ on his or her behalf by read the self-description.
Please see here for our constitution; this includes outlines of the available Constitutional committee positions.

Please see here for the IGM agenda.

Details of the IGM:

Thursday May 23rd
4:15 – 5:15pm
200 Berkeley St-G73 Theatre

Hope to see you all there!