Valedictorians prepare to challenge the future

16 Dec 2016

Three UQ Business School valedictorians shared their hopes for the future with hundreds of graduates last week. The valedictorians were recognised for their exceptional leadership and community service.

Throughout their degrees, Stephanie Moroz, Elise Todd, and Phillip Womack have all been active in the local and international community – from being recognised by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers, running networking events and skills workshops for fellow students to being awarded the University of California International Student of the Year.

Master of Business graduate and accomplished entrepreneur, Stephanie Moroz, said that she was proud to represent such a determined group of graduates.

“Naturally it is a great honour to represent this group of diverse and ambitious people who have successfully undertaken business studies. These are the business leaders of tomorrow,” said Ms Moroz.

During her studies, Ms Moroz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nano-Nouvelle, an up and coming Australian start-up. She said that she is confident that her time at UQ Business School has equipped her with the skills necessary to continue to grow her business into the future.

“I find myself applying the knowledge and experience I have gained in the Master’s program every day,” she said.

“My ambition is to grow Nano-Nouvelle through extensive international collaborations and achieve success with our products on the global market.”

Bachelor of Commerce/Economics valedictorian, Phillip Womack, said that the opportunities offered by UQ has inspired him to pursue a career in public policy in order to make a difference within the Australian community.

“UQ has challenged me to explore and extend my capabilities through volunteer work, overseas experiences, competitions, scholarships and internships,” Mr Womack said.

“I have become interested in working in public policy so that I can use my degrees to make a positive difference for the future. I am especially attracted to agencies like the RBA and the World Bank as I believe they have the ability to improve the welfare of citizens.”

Similarly, Bachelor of Business Management valedictorian, Elise Todd said that she is passionate about creating positive change in her future career.

“I want to make a difference in the industry and firm I work within,” Ms Todd said.

“Ultimately, I hope to inspire change and create a better world. I think what I’ve learnt through the past few years has set me up with all the opportunity to make that happen.”