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Isabella Novak, Wei Xiang Ong, Michelle Wang. Photo via Isabella Novak.

Isabella Novak, Wei Xiang Ong, Michelle Wang. Photo via Isabella Novak.

Students inspired at Leadership Symposium

23 January 2019

In December 2018, three College of Business and Economics (CBE) students were given a travel grant to attend the Singapore Management University (SMU) Leadership Symposium, an annual conference for tertiary students who are passionate about serving as leaders.

The theme for the symposium was ‘Beyond Boundaries’, and over two intense days, students Michelle Wang, Isabella Novak and Wei Xiang Ong attended keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and other fringe activities.

The goal of the symposium was to challenge participants to think beyond common assumptions associated with being a leader, such that they are able to see leadership in a broader sense and with more creativity.

Michelle, who is studying a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce, described some of what she took away from her time there.

“I gained not only fresh perspectives and ideas to implement in my leadership roles but also a greater understanding and appreciation for the Singapore story and people. Most importantly, the Symposium was a valuable platform for me to engage with and participate in a self-empowering journey with like-minded individuals from both Singapore and the wider ASEAN community.”

Opportunities like the SMU Leadership Symposium are becoming more prolific as students increasingly seek to get a headstart on developing their professional skills and networks.

“I have already begun to apply the skills I’ve learnt within my daily life,” said Isabella, “But most importantly I feel more inspired and gained confidence over the course of the symposium. It was an invaluable experience and will guide me to lead in the future and break through any boundaries I inevitably face.”

Wei Xiang reflected, “Besides my new perspectives on leadership, I also got the opportunity to connect with young leaders from different nations, like Singapore, Thailand and India just to name a few. It is one of the best ways to meet like-minded people from different backgrounds who wish to take part in leadership roles and I believe this will always be an asset in my future studies and career.”

Closer to home, CBE runs several employability programs, designed to prepare students for entrance into the professional sector through internships, the MomentuM program, and other valuable opportunities.

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Updated:   24 January 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team