QUT continues to strengthen its links with alumni across North America with a series of events in San Francisco, Boston and New York recently where our Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil met USA-based alumni and other special guests.
For the first time, over 50 QUT alumni gathered in Boston at a networking event held in conjunction with the Bio International Convention.
QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil AO hosted a dinner with the Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, and her colleague the Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development.
They were joined by other QUT senior executives alongside the QUT Friends in America Foundation Board members Greg Creed, Carolyn Dawkins and Peter Taylor, who had not previously met as a group.
“It was wonderful to meet my fellow board members and discuss the future of the Foundation, but equally as important, it was a great opportunity to connect with the rest of the QUT community,” said Greg Creed CEO of Yum! Brands and QUT Friends in America Foundation Chair and President.
“Alongside my fellow board members, I’m excited to fly the QUT flag in this leadership capacity.”
In San Francisco, the atmosphere had an entrepreneurial focus with more than 50 QUT alumni and friends hearing from a panel of QUT’s San Francisco-based alumni who shared their thoughts on what was disrupting their world of work and what they considered the next big trends would be.
CEO of Blue Box, QUT’s innovation, venture and investment company, Tim McLennan hosted the discussion and was joined by alumni with backgrounds in information technology, business, design and law.
In New York, which has the biggest contingent of USA based alumni, Professor Margaret Sheil met with more than 80 alumni and joined a Q&A held by Meggie Palmer, former SBS producer and journalist.
After talking all things science, equality in the workplace and the Vice-Chancellor’s love of her dog, Roxie, the group was then treated to a demonstration from QUT alumnus Steve Liddel from Street Science, who was in New York presenting at the World Science Festival.
Director of Alumni and Development, Simone Garske said the events cemented QUT’s presence in America.
“It was a truly meaningful way to engage with our alumni in the three key US cities, bringing them together, connecting them back to the university and to each other and harnessing the energy and commitment they have for QUT while progressing their own ambitions and those of the university more broadly,” she said.
Professor Margaret Sheil said she was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the group, as well as the diverse paths alumni had taken using their QUT experience as a springboard.
“I was extremely proud to see the number of QUT graduates at the forefront of business and entrepreneurship in America,” she said.
“This demonstrates that the real-world skills QUT graduates possess are sought-after around the world.”
With these successful alumni engagement events in Boston, San Francisco and New York, and the number of alumni based in the USA growing rapidly, plans are already in place to connect with others in cities including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle and beyond.
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