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Sky’s the limit for ECU graduate

Friday, 13 January 2012

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Make Me a CEO is a new program aimed at equipping ambitious women with the skills required to climb to the top.

Leading the charge to empower WA women is ECU graduating student and 2009 Business Icon winner, Rebecca Olsen.

Graduating with a double degree in Business and Psychology at the end of January, this ambitious student is hoping to inspire the female leaders of tomorrow.

“Although this is a two-year program, 75per cent of the recipients have already been promoted to senior roles – Make Me a CEO is already proving a success!” said Rebecca.

The program is set to go national in 2012, through support from organisations such as BHP and Rio Tinto, and also has plans to be implemented internationally, with meetings with the Tanzanian government already underway.

Rebecca is the Leadership Program Manager for Make Me a CEO. For Rebecca, her success wouldn’t have been possible without the support from ECU’s lecturers and staff.

“I have loved the opportunities I received through ECU to really excel both inside and outside the University environment,” said Rebecca.

“It was one of my lecturers who encouraged me to enter the Business Icon competition, and I have never looked back.”

Rebecca was announced the winner of the WA Business Icon in 2009, an annual event that invites young people aged 18 to 25 to compete in a range of activities, which mixes the best elements of competitive television shows such as The Apprentice over a 10-day competition.

While studying at ECU she founded her own business, The Becoz Project, which promotes confidence, self-esteem and physical wellbeing to teenagers. The program has been successfully piloted in schools across WA.

With a passion for helping young women achieve success, this talented entrepreneur has a bright future ahead of her.

“I would love to see The Becoz Project be interstate in the next five years, while I work on my new role with the Make Me a CEO program, helping to roll it out both nationally and internationally,” Rebecca said.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenges that lay ahead – I am sure that there will be many more interesting forks in the road! Who knows – maybe a Tanzanian Becoz Project could even be on the cards!”

For more information on Make Me a CEO and The Becoz Project visit www.makemeaceo.com or www.becozproject.com.au.

ECU’s graduation ceremonies will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 January.

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