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Connections go global with free Future Female conference

Published:10 September 2020

CQUni International Business Development Manager Alison Gutierrez is participating in a Mentoring Masterclass for international students.

An annual event to connect and empower international students in Victoria is going virtual, and hopes to reach its biggest audience yet despite COVID-19 challenges.

Future Female will be livestreamed from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October, with free access to female students and educators across Victoria, and globally.

Designed by international student leaders, the program includes five days of events, with the closing sessions sponsored by CQUniversity.

The sessions are Transition into Workplace Culture in a Globalised World, and a Mentoring Masterclass with education and business leaders including CQUni International Business Development Manager Alison Gutierrez.

A former international student herself, Ms Gutierrez said the conference offered a fresh start after a tough year for international students.

“Even while we’re still in lockdown in Melbourne, students are working so hard on their studies, and they’re aware that they still need to be making connections for their future careers,” she explained.

“Future Female is a chance to network with industry, and with other students, while exploring the importance of diverse workplaces, and what international graduates can bring to workplace culture in Australia, and around the globe.”

Other sessions include Women on the Frontline and in Leadership, Cultivating Inner Confidence, Women’s Rights and Safety Around the World, and Realising Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

CQUniversity Associate Vice-President (Victoria) Lara Carton said she hoped female students across all campuses would join the virtual sessions, and take the opportunity to broaden their career goals, and their networks.

Registrations are open now, via the Future Female 2020 Program.

The Future Female Conference 2020 is presented by Victoria University with the support of Study Melbourne.