THREE former Methodist Ladies’ College graduates inspired students with stories of leadership and boldness at an International Women’s Day breakfast on Thursday.
Caroline de Mori, Tracy Lefroy and Rebecca Johnston spoke about ‘lessons I would tell my younger self’.
A former journalist and communications specialist, mother-of-four Ms de Mori realised her passion was in the health of indigenous remote communities that did not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables because of their location.
She established the Edge of Nowhere Foundation in 2005 to overcome chronic health issues in indigenous communities by helping them grow and prepare fresh fruit and vegetables locally.
“If one child learns the link between eating well and good health, that’s worth 10 years of my life,” she said.
Ms Lefroy shared stories of entrepreneurship, with a focus on how she overcame stereotypical attitudes that women could not have both a successful career and raise a family.
After leaving school 10 years ago, Ms Johnston graduated from university with honours, was admitted to practice law in New York and is a partner of the only aviation and aerospace law firm in Asia and Australia, Hodgkinson Johnston.
She also shared stories of having to overcome attitudes from senior male law professionals who could not seem to understand she was a young, successful female and a partner in a firm.