Sarah Boyd

Sarah Boyd

Class of 1998

Sarah’s career has centred around advancing womens rights.

(Class of 1998) was first exposed to poverty and inequality in 1995, as a fifteen-year-old student on the CGGS Chinese study tour. The world never quite seemed the same again.

With a continuing motivation to understand the causes and consequences of both, Sarah’s career has centred around advancing women’s rights in Australia and overseas.

Sarah is a gender equality policy specialist, Founder and Principal of The Gender Agency, and a Practitioner Fellow at Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre.

She has worked as a diplomat, development practitioner, women’s rights activist and researcher for the Australian government (AusAID and DFAT), the United Nations, international NGOs and women’s rights organisations. Roles that have seen her posted to Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, China and Timor-Leste.

Sarah is highly passionate about the potential of feminist foreign policies to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy and national security decision-making.

This year, Sarah was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship for Victoria to advance feminist foreign policy in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School where she will sharpen her policy and leadership skills to address the global challenge of gender inequality.

She will use her Fulbright Scholarship to build academic, practitioner and policy linkages between the US and Australia. Sarah will also create an Institute for Feminist Foreign Affairs to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy, international development and national security decision-making and leadership in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world and we wish Sarah the best of luck in her scholarship.

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Bronwyn Lincoln

Bronwyn Lincoln

Class of 1981

I felt honoured and privileged to be recognised alongside these amazing women.

Former School Captain, Bronwyn Lincoln (Class of 1981) is a lawyer, specialising in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation.

Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne, Bronwyn has represented many national and international clients across a number of jurisdictions.

Panel arbitrator for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and current Chair of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Bronwyn also has expertise in international regulatory matters, white collar crime and extradition.

In 2017, Bronwyn was awarded Melbourne International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. She was also awarded National Mentor of the Year in the Women in Law Awards.

Bronwyn believes that as a partner, it’s incumbent on you to help develop and nurture, and therefore mentor, the junior lawyers who work immediately in your team.

“When I arrived at Corrs, I just put the offer out there generally for anyone. It is vital that senior lawyers invest their time in helping the next generation develop,” she says.

Also in 2017, Bronwyn was recognised alongside other notable women in a photo, taken to commemorate a year in which a record number of women in law held leadership positions.

Described as “21st Century Leaders in Law”, the photo captured 21 incredibly talented women, one being Bronwyn.

The goal of the photo was to feature leading women in Victoria’s legal system and hopefully to inspire the next

generation of women lawyers to aim for the top. The women represented the judiciary, courts, government, diplomacy, professional organisations and associations and law schools. It included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and the Governor of Victoria.

Bronwyn was asked to participate due to her role as Chair of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre. She believes that the photo recognised, acknowledged and celebrated how far women have come in the law industry.

“The law industry has not always provided a comfortable or easy career path for women, so amongst other things, this photo is both a celebration of what has been achieved and a sign of future opportunities for those women who will follow.”

“I felt honoured and privileged to be asked to participate. There was no formal award but simply being recognised alongside these amazing women, was for me, a prize in itself,” she says.

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Victoria Curtis

Victoria Curtis

Class of 2002

Australia has a new entrepreneur in the beauty industry and she is a Camberwell Girls graduate.

Embodying all the qualities of a woman with drive – savvy, intelligent, creative, inspiring, confident and discerning, Victoria Curtis (Class of 2002) is turning her lifelong passion into a full time career.

Through Secondary School Victoria worked in hair and beauty salons. After graduating from Camberwell Girls, she completed a double degree in Marketing and Accounting at Swinburne University and she also studied abroad in the USA.

On return, Victoria was offered a marketing role with L’Oreal Australia where she worked in the products division. It was this role that allowed her to build the knowledge and experience necessary to launch her own salon specific cosmetics range.

“My role at L’Oreal allowed me to reconnect with the salon and spa industry. I developed a keen interest in the philosophy of these salons and what they were trying to achieve for their clients,” she says.

It was during this time that Victoria discovered a gap in the market. “I felt there was an opportunity to launch a luxury cosmetics brand exclusively for the salon and spa industry. My vision and point of difference was to combine the chic and style of designer cosmetics with high quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients that complimented a salons’ services,” she says.

Fast forward three years and Victoria’s vision came to life. The Curtis Collection was born after thorough research and development.

Victoria conducted focus groups to identify the most common beauty issues affecting women. She travelled the globe – through France, Italy and across America to source the highest quality vitamins and minerals in order to develop the best formulas to solve these common problems.

“My goal was to offer women more than just makeup. I wanted to offer a range of cosmetics that double as problem solvers for our beauty needs. I designed a collection that targets these issues directly, offering beauty solutions through the use of makeup,” says Victoria.

When reflecting on her days at Camberwell Girls, Victoria says the School had a huge impact on her.

“I graduated from Secondary School feeling empowered, driven and inspired to chase my dreams. My education at CGGS taught me to see opportunity in every challenge and strive for excellence in everything that I do,” says Victoria.

The Curtis Collection is available in over 250 spas and salons across Australia and New Zealand with plans to expand internationally.

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Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis

Class of 2008

Lisa specialises in paediatrics and runs her own hugely successful dance company.

Now in its third year, DANCE PRESCRIPTION has gone from strength to strength. This year, several interstate students auditioned, some from as far as Queensland just so that they can travel each fortnight to Melbourne to train under Lisa. Lisa also runs seminars and workshops and clients include America’s Maddie Ziegler, the famous young dancer featured in three of Sia’s film clips. In November this year, DANCE PRESCRIPTION embarked on a UK tour, visiting eight different studios to hold dance technique workshops for over 100 lucky young girls who were chosen from a rigorous application process. Lisa was also delighted to be able to offer scholarships to eight Australian girls to assist her on the tour. Lisa says she feels very lucky to have been able to use her passion to support herself through Medical School and says she is really excited about offering more opportunities to the young talent of Australia over the coming years, and to helping many young dancers find their passion and advance their dance technique.   “I love working with such talented and dedicated students and am very excited about the upcoming auditions and 2016 program.” With the support of her partner, Rebecca Davies who herself is an internationally renowned dance technique coach, Lisa has enabled her dream to become a reality and that’s what she wants to teach her students too. “I think it’s of paramount importance to show young people – particularly young women – that the world is their oyster but they hold the spoon.” Lisa says that her school days were packed with co-curricular activities that she learnt the art of good time management right here at Camberwell Girls. “I look forward to the new challenge of balancing the life of being a brand new doctor with that of a dance teacher.” Lisa – we have full confidence that you will rise to the challenge!

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When Lisa Ellis (Class 2008) left Camberwell Girls to commence her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University, she was completely and utterly determined to never give up her first love – dancing… and, she didn’t!
Lisa, who has just graduated from Medicine School, specialising in paediatrics, has for the past three years also been running her own hugely successful dance company – DANCE PRESCRIPTION, an audition based twelve month dance program. “I have been teaching dance for eight years and I just love it. I didn’t want to give it up completely when I commenced my studies. I was worried about the workload but dance is my creative outlet,” she says. In 2013, when in her fourth year of study, Lisa was looking for an income but needed a flexible role to fit with her hospital placements. This is when DANCE PRESCRIPTION was born. Lisa uses her medical knowledge to educate and spread awareness of safe dance practice and injury prevention. “On my weekends I teach at DANCE PRESCRIPTION because it’s what I love to do more than anything,” she says with a big smile. She now passionately encourages all of her dancers to pursue both their academic interests and hobbies with equal intent and attention, and to chase their dreams with complete inhibition. “I don’t believe anyone achieves anything completely alone.”

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Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Class of 1987

I was privileged to work on projects addressing violence against women and girls.

From a young age, Kim Henderson was interested in travel and loved writing. She dreamt of becoming a foreign correspondent and on completing Year 12, she got herself the right score to commence a Journalism degree. Kim’s dream was about to become a reality. Half way through her degree Kim took a class on development studies and all of a sudden, that dream of becoming a foreign correspondent became old news, quite literally.
Kim recalls being so overwhelmed by what she learnt in her new class, that she changed the direction of her studies almost immediately. “For the first time, I was exposed to global injustices and I just wanted to do something about them. Before then I hadn’t understood the global scale of inequality. I understood poverty but not that most of the world lived in poverty,” says Kim.
In 1992 Kim completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government and in 1995 she completed her Masters in Development Studies. From this moment onwards, Kim has been working all over the world for organisations such as the United Nations, AusAID and currently for Oxfam International. There was also a stint as Parliamentary Advisor for Foreign Affairs.
A true international development expert, Kim works day in and day out to make a difference. For 10 years she worked for the United Nations Development Programme and was lucky to be able to call Bangkok and New York home. Working predominately in the Policy Bureau, Kim’s focus was to develop policy in the areas of Democratic Governance and Gender Equality.

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Scenes from the Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Humanitarian Action through the world Humanitarian Summit at UN Headquarters on 17 March 2016.

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

“I was privileged to work on projects addressing violence against women and girls and increasing women’s political participation – both issues that are significant still in Australia. I also worked on improving women’s rights,” says Kim.
At Oxfam, Kim’s role as a Gender Justice Lead is very similar to her role at the United Nations. Working on violence against women and girls, as well as women’s leadership and women’s economic empowerment, Kim develops policy and is also involved in campaigning and political advocacy. “We know that women bear the brunt of poverty worldwide and that empowering women and enabling them equal access to fulfilling their human rights is also a pathway towards ending poverty and injustice,” says Kim.
The most rewarding part of Kim’s role is the people that she is fortunate to meet and work with. She embraces multiculturalism and diversity and connects with people of many cultures, beliefs and ways of living. “I interact with so many inspiring people who challenge injustice and inequality in their own communities and abroad, often at great personal risk. I find this immensely admirable and inspiring. It also amazes me how connected you can become to others despite many differences,” she says. Kim holds great respect for Jo Cox, the British MP who was recently murdered. Both ladies worked for Oxfam and Kim believes that Jo expresses the sentiment of multiculturalism so well. In the words of Jo Cox MP, ”We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than the things that divide us”. Kim, we congratulate you for all that you’ve achieved. You are a true inspiration and it’s clear, that you are living the School’s motto – Utilis in Ministerium.

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