An opportunity for representation

Caoimhe McEnallay (BComm '19, BIntR '19)
12 Apr 2023

Originally from Sydney, Caoimhe chose to study Commerce and International Relations at ANU, recognising that the learning opportunities from being at the heart of government and diplomacy in Australia are unparalleled. 

Throughout her time at ANU, Caoimhe enjoyed learning from some of the world's academic leaders in international relations, and having the opportunity to hear from experienced diplomats through several embassy visits.
A highlight of Caoimhe's time at ANU was participating in the CBE Global Business Immersion, which was an opportunity to travel to Eastern Europe and experience how different cultures influence the ways we do business. She reflects that the rate of globalisation means the need for Cultural Intelligence is more prevalent than ever.
After completing her studies at the end of 2019, Caoimhe started working in Digital and Technology Risk Advisory for a global consulting firm.
"If you'd told me in high school that I'd end up working in any sort of tech-related field, I wouldn't have believed you! The momentum of technology uptake comes with a host of other considerations, and there are so many opportunities for graduates from all disciplines to work in this space."
Despite being in the early days of her career, Caoimhe has had the opportunity to work on a variety of risk and transformation projects across several Federal Government agencies. She has been fortunate to work closely with senior public servants and representatives from foreign governments.
"It's particularly rewarding to work on government projects, where you have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the Australian people."
Joining the Women's Alumni Network Steering Committee was a great opportunity to pursue her passion for diversity and inclusion, while feeling a sense of giving back to the ANU community. Caoimhe is particularly interested in improving representation on boards of Australian organisations.

Historically, there has been very little, if any, diversity on the boards of some of our top companies. Too many organisations think that having one or two women on their board is enough, when really there are many other factors to consider. There is still a long way to go, particularly noting that access to board roles can be elusive and about who you know, rather than what you know.

Caoimhe is looking forward to supporting Women's Alumni Network's events in years to come, and hopes they are helpful and insightful for all ANU alumni.

Caoimhe presently serves on the ANU Women's Alumni Network (WAN) steering committee. Find out more about WAN and how to get involved by clicking here.

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