Girls urged to excel

US Consul General Cynthia Griffin with head girls at St Brigids, Claudia Sallas and Daffodil Joseph-Anton.
US Consul General Cynthia Griffin with head girls at St Brigids, Claudia Sallas and Daffodil Joseph-Anton.

Ms Griffin, who has been in the role since July, 2013, addressed an audience of more than 200 students, staff and parents with anecdotes about her professional journey since beginning her diplomatic career as a commercial attache in Taiwan in 1995.

She has had postings in Bangkok, Kenya and Senegal, is fluent in three languages and has qualifications in International Relations and Chinese and Asian studies.

At the luncheon Ms Griffin talked about the Consul General’s role in WA and also gave the audience food for thought with her thoughts about career prospects for girls, the importance of selecting appropriate study pathways and having a passion for all aspects of one’s life.

Ms Griffin asked the students to aim high and excel.

‘Whatever you do, make sure you do it to the very best level that you can,’ she said.

‘People will always recognise your good worth.’

She also spoke candidly about her role in a maledominated world and encouraged the girls to work on becoming young, confident, resilient women.

Ms Griffin said she enjoyed igniting enthusiasm in those she met and worked with and communicating with such a large and diverse population.

She said she saw her main role in WA as being one of strengthening the ties and the already healthy relationship between the USA and Australia.