Our Team

2019 Executives

Caitlan Howle
CO-PRESIDENT
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE / SCIENCE

How has being in Capital W made an impact on your university experience?

Capital W has made an immeasurable impact on my university experience. I have been privileged to be mentored and inspired by fellow team members as well as work with a dedicated and passionate team to execute our events and deliver our vision – something I could not have imagined on my first day at uni!

Henrietta Chui
CO-PRESIDENT
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What is your goal for Capital W this year? How are you achieving this goal?

I have had the privilege of seeing Capital W grow and flourish since joining in 2016. My goal for this year is to create greater cohesion internally as well as with our sponsors and student community. I hope that by creating a more supportive internal structure, improving our feedback loop and working closely with our sponsors, we can create greater cohesion. I hope that I can help set a foundation so that future teams can continue to grow and work towards equality for women.

Caroline Wang
VICE-PRESIDENT (ACTIVITIES)
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What inspires you?

The Capital W team inspires me. It is incredibly empowering to be a part of this community of motivated, driven and hardworking young women. Whether it be organising one of our flagship events, planning for future initiatives or even catching up for a coffee, I always come away from time with our team feeling inspired by our amazing team!

Emily Baita
VICE-PRESIDENT (EXTERNAL)
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE

What is the best advice you have heard during a Capital W event?

The best advice I have received during a Capital W event is that you should not be afraid to apply for graduate roles that you do not think you will be successful in attaining. I have found that in my time at Capital W many female students are afraid to apply for roles in traditionally male dominated industries but what is the worst that could happen? I strongly believe that failure or setbacks are character building and can help you become a stronger person.

Kirsten Hetherington
VICE-PRESIDENT (INTERNAL)
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / MEDIA

What advice would you give to a first year?

During the first few weeks of university I was personally overwhelmed by the endless opportunities and exciting events which UNSW had to offer. The main advice I received was to ‘give everything a go and get involved in as many ways as possible’. Whilst this is fantastic advice, I’d like to add to it by suggesting you pick a few interests which are truly appealing to you. I think it is a little too easy to over commit yourself to a whole array of opportunities which restricts yourself from becoming truly immersed in a society or activity. You have your whole university degree to try new things, so pick a few in your first couple of weeks and go for it!

Tina Qi
VICE-PRESIDENT (INTERNAL)
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What is your favourite part of Capital W?

The best part of Capital W is working with so many smart, driven and unique young women who are passionate about empowering those around them. It’s not something you see every day and it makes me so grateful to be a part of the team.

Ashley Chen
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FOURTH YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE 

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being on the Capital W team?

I learned of the power of a diverse yet equally ambitious team. I am constantly learning from others and am persistently amazed at how we can depend on one another to produce something simply unachievable with just one set of skills.

Karuna Narang
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / SCIENCE 

What is your favourite Capital W event and why?

My favourite Capital W event is most definitely our International Women’s Day Breakfast! This event is held in collaboration with UTS’s Women in Business, USYD’s Network of Women and Macquarie’s Women Entering Business. It’s a wonderful way to both acknowledge challenges for women in the workplace but also, to celebrate their achievements. The discussion on the guest panel is always so thought-provoking and I always leave feeling quite inspired by what has been said.

Lily Zhang
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / INFORMATION SYSTEMS

What have you gained from going to Capital W events?

Over the years in this society, here are some key takeaways I’ve gained through Capital W’s great opportunities. Be sure to get feedback to see how you can improve yourself. Stay in touch with the industry you wish to apply for. Embrace all the opportunities that come your way – it’s a great avenue to grow. Reflecting on my journey with Capital W, I’m appreciative of the talented people I have met through our keynote events and it’s incredibly rewarding to work alongside such motivated and hardworking peers. I’ve been fortunate to help organise large scale events which provoke diverse and powerful discussions (International Women’s Day Breakfast) to other various events where I’ve listen to creative ideas and be a mentor to future generations (BEYOND mentoring and High School workshop).

Vidhi Nanda
SECRETARY
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What have you gained from joining Capital W?

After joining Capital W in my first year, I have gained a great support network of passionate and driven young women who are all willing to support your University career and professional development. By attending Capital W’s networking events and hearing from a number of esteemed panelists, particularly at our International Women’s Day Breakfast and Annual Dinner, I have also gained a deeper insight into the progress women have made in the workplace but also the number of challenges they still face – and being able to address this issue and work towards equality is truly a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Yu Ann Chin
TREASURER
FIFTH YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

How do you make the most out of your time in uni?

I maximise what I get out of uni by setting goals and planning out important events ahead of time. It’s easy to get bogged down with work and study once semester starts so knowing what things need to be done and when is super helpful. Getting involved beyond the classroom is also a great way to capitalise on what you’re learning, apply it in new ways and meet new people.

Alexandra Petsoglou
HR DIRECTOR
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE/ARTS

What is your favourite Capital W event? 

My favourite Capital W event would definitely be the flagship Annual Dinner. Not only do you enjoy a beautiful two-course meal, but you also have the opportunity to directly network with two different sponsors, this interaction is invaluable to your future. You also have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, who discuss their career paths, their, and successes, as well as their advice for university students. It’s an incredible experience!

 

Zoe Ong
IT DIRECTOR
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / INFORMATION SYSTEMS

What is your favourite Capital W memory?

My favourite Capital W memory was when I attended the 2018 Annual Dinner. I was able to share meals with Capital W sponsor representatives and learn more different career paths. The representatives offered invaluable insights that helped me put my university life into perspective.

 

Dinushika Dias
MARKETING CO-DIRECTOR
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / ECONOMICS

What skills have you learned from being a part of your portfolio? 

Initially joining Capital W as a member of the Marketing Subcommittee allowed me to develop my skills in time management and organisation, as I had to balance various academic and work commitments while completing tasks for Capital W under tight deadlines. It also enabled me to be more creative and think outside of the box, as my team was always thinking of new ways to engage our target audience and promote our events in a different light. Now, as the Marketing Co-Director, I have now been able to improve my leadership skills as I guide and mentor my subcommittee. Overall, being a part of the Marketing portfolio has allowed me to be more accountable and also learn how to deal with different challenges that come my way.

May May Yang
MARKETING CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What is the most rewarding part about being on the Capital W team?

The most rewarding part of being a part of the Capital W team is being surrounded by like-minded, ambitious individuals with whom I am able to grow, learn, and share my university experience with. The Capital W team is a family – a supportive network I can rely on for advice – and most importantly, a group of friends I can always trust to have a good time with!

 

Valerie Tran
SPONSORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

Why do you think it is important to have a society on campus primarily dedicated to encouraging females in business?

Having a society run by a dedicated and driven group of students which represents the empowerment of females in the workplace, particularly in the field of business, is important in raising awareness of the opportunities available to female students, as well as bolstering and creating a sense of community at UNSW. Females encouraging females, being their mentors and support networks is invaluable to the development of the student – Capital W facilitates this, ultimately pushing undergraduate girls to pursue and succeed their field of choice.

Winnie Sun
SPONSORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What have you gained from being part of the Capital W team? 

Being part of a women-oriented student society is rewarding in a myriad of ways. You are exposed to the supportive network of individuals who are driven, motivated, and believes in our value proposition ‘investing in tomorrow’s businesswomen’. Not only do they aid to the growth of your development professionally, personal connections are also created through challenging times and fun times. Being part of Capital W has definitely been an unique and rewarding experience, and something I’ll look back fondly on when reminiscing my university times.

Candice Lincon
EVENTS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

Who is an inspiring female figure you look up to? 

Malala Yousafzai epitomises what it means to be an fearlessly capable woman in the twenty-first century. She survived an assassination attempt at age 15 for speaking out publicly against the Taliban’s prohibition on the education of girls. Her commitment to campaigning for education, equality and peace for every child everywhere sets her apart as an inspiration for us all.

Diana Vitale
EVENTS CO-DIRECTOR
FOURTH YEAR COMMERCE / SCIENCE

What is the most rewarding part about being in your portfolio?

The Events portfolio offers invaluable opportunities and skills. Apart from all the wonderful friendships which are created, the most rewarding part of the Events portfolio is having like-minded women trust in your ability to execute huge professional events. Juggling different responsibilities and conflicting demands has allowed me to develop strong time and stakeholder management skills. Events has given me the opportunity to organise an exclusive 200+ person event and interestingly, allowed me to discover how efficient I am when I’m keeping busy!

Charlotte Kwong
DATA AND DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND YEAR INFORMATION SYSTEMS CO-OP

How has Capital W helped you to develop as a woman in business?

Being a part of Capital W has helped develop my confidence in the workplace, and made me realise that it is so important for females to have role models and representation in the corporate world. Having had experience working in a workplace that is 80% male, I am constantly striving to support other women so that we can achieve gender parity.

 

Lisa Tiu
DATA AND DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What are some bucket list items you have? 

One of the top picks is to call another city home. It is a wholistic experience and amazing opportunity to know the city in depth. As an avid traveler, I would love to experience the cultural past and current work lifestyles and of course the local cuisines on offer.

Calista Kusuma
PUBLICATIONS CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE (INTERNATIONAL)

What advice would you give a first year? 

Get involved! Join societies and clubs to have a rewarding year and make new friends. The unique experience of working towards common goals in a subcommittee for a year results in strong friendships between you and your team members .

 

Tina Sharma
PUBLICATIONS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What compelled you to join Capital W? 

Capital W’s supportive and female-focused culture provides members with a warm environment where they can have fun and grow as businesswomen. Practical programs and events with admirable sponsors also enables its members to build their network and business acumen in order to gain a competitive edge in the workforce.

2019 Subcommittees

Aniqa Aamir
DATA & DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES CO-OP

How is Capital W shaping you into a future business leader?

Being surrounded by like-minded and powerful women will help me and the other members to discover our true potential as we go through numerous challenges together, helping us transition from young females into successful and talented women.

 



 

Jessica Chen
DATA & DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO
THIRD YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

How has Capital W prepared you for career opportunities?

Capital W is an invaluable platform which has enabled me to keep track of career opportunities from a whole host of sponsor companies. Its myriad of events are incredibly insightful in gauging what employers are looking for in the application process, and the Capital W team is very knowledgeable and always willing to lend a helping hand.

 

 

 

Theresa Jiang
DATA & DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR INFORMATION SYSTEMS

What Capital W event are you most excited for?

I am most keen to be a part of Capital W’s flagship event, the annual dinner. The annual dinner is uniquely structured to inspire and prompt skilled young women to engage confidently with the business industry and their leaders. I think that this would be an invaluable experience for my personal growth and I am also excited to be a part of Capital W’s cause in empowering talented young women.

 

Karin Nishimuta-Jang
EVENTS PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

What motivated you to join Capital W?

Capital W is like a sunflower. Perhaps a strange comparison, but although a sunflower looks like one flower, it’s actually made up of hundreds of tiny flowers called florets, all growing individually! Just like a sunflower, Capital W provides warmth and support to each member so that they can pursue their own career aspirations.

 

 

 

Katherine Liu
EVENTS PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned?

It was not the blade that cracked the mountain, but the water droplet. At first glance, the women in Capital W gleam like blades, strong, independent and intimidating. In reality, their achievements are not the result of a single magical strike of the blade, but through their long-term persistence and effort. With such an inspirational community, I’m constantly reminded of the power of hard work and interdependence.

 

 

 

Rochelle Nian
EVENTS PORTFOLIO
THIRD YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE

What is the best part about being in your portfolio?

The best part of being in the Events portfolio is getting to see how Capital W’s events are put together and being a part of the process. Working together with a passionate and committed team who put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to ensure that events and workshops run smoothly, makes my experience in Capital W enjoyable and worthwhile.

 

 

 

Olivia Dickinson
EVENTS PORTFOLIO
FIRST YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What is a benefit of being a part of a women-oriented society?

When more of the Fortune 500 CEO’s are named John compared to the number of women, it is important for female students aspiring to pursue a career in Business and Technology to have a safe space to explore the unique challenges that women in these industries face. Women-Oriented societies such as Capital W help equip female students with skills and networks to become future business leaders, and to advance their career development. They facilitate and nurture important networking between undergraduates, business professionals and faculty. Women-oriented societies thus help provide the mentorship and support that female students transition into a professional career.

Keqin Ouyang
HUMAN RESOURCES PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

How does Capital W differ from other societies?

Capital W offers the most invaluable experience and support from its community of strong, motivated young women. We distinguish ourselves from other societies by not only empowering young business women today but also training them to be the female business leader tomorrow.

Lydia Yin
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

How did you learn about Capital W?

I learnt about Capital W after attending Capital W’s International Women’s Day Breakfast in 2018. During the event, I was amazed that girls who were still in university could execute such a well-organised event, and this inspired me to join this team who made it a success.

 

 

 

Natalie Chan
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO
FIRST YEAR INFORMATION SYSTEMS

What is the best part of your role in Capital W?

The best part of being an IT subcom member is being capable of creating and altering web pages for Capital W such as the Annual Dinner page. It allows me to explore features that I could add to the website, serving as an avenue for creativity.

 

Valerie Cheah
MARKETING PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / MEDIA

What is the most rewarding part about going to Capital W events?

The most rewarding part about going to Capital W events is learning about the career paths that other women have taken and hearing about the ways they have experienced both failure and success. Being able to listen to these stories has let me grow confident in knowing that there are always opportunities no matter what and to always strive for bigger things.

 

 


Ambika Sinha
MARKETING PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What portfolio initiative are you most excited to execute?

The portfolio initiative I am most excited for is ‘Humans of Capital W’. This initiative will allow for the Marketing Subcommittee to interact and learn more about the members of the Capital W team and share their thoughts and achievements on our social media pages. This initiative will allow the Capital W team to create awareness to external members of who actually comprises the team and all the hard work they do. This initiative offers the perfect platform for the team to interact with people from different portfolios and share with others their passions, dreams, motivation and more.

 

Anna Yang
MARKETING PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

How do Capital W events differ from events held by other societies?

Capital W hosts tailored events for aspiring female students. We aim to shed light onto the areas in which females are under-represented and through our events increase awareness of areas where greater female representation is desirable in order to help you make informed career decisions. Capital W events have the goal of equipping women with the skills and networks to become future business leaders which aligns with my personal vision of transforming the corporate world into one which gives everyone a fair go and gives merit based on effort rather than other preconceived notions. Capital W offers the perfect platform for students to combine the theoretical knowledge from their degree with the practical experience of industry and workforce, which is a relevant concern for all students at university.

Chelsea Manansala
PUBLICATIONS PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

How do you manage your studies and Capital W work at the same time?

Since the work I do for Capital W is so exciting, it’s become easy to set time aside to dedicate to Capital W work. When my studies get hectic, what’s helped is that the team is organized and supportive so roles are delegated and I know what I need to do well in advance.

 

 


 

Sally Song
PUBLICATIONS PORTFOLIO
FIRST YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What motivated you to join Capital W?

My motivation to join Capital W stems from my interest in Capital W’s mission to empower women in business by equipping its members with the skills and networks required to succeed as future business leaders. As a Capital W member, I hope to contribute my skills and passions towards Capital W’s mission alongside other like-minded, motivated women.

Nancy Mao
SPONSORSHIP PORTFOLIO
SECOND YEAR COMMERCE / LAW

What do you most admire about Capital W members?

I admire their strength, compassion, and motivation. The Capital W team is filled with incredible women who all endeavor to ensure that our flagship events, initiatives and workshops are always running at the optimal standard. I am extremely grateful to be able to work alongside these young, powerful women who are committed to contributing to Capital W’s ongoing mission in empowering women in business.

 

 

 

Michelle Wu
SPONSORSHIP PORTFOLIO
FIRST YEAR COMMERCE CO-OP

What advice would you give a student interested in joining the Capital W team?

Apply! Apply! Apply! If you are driven, motivated and want to meet truly amazing and like-minded female students, then Capital W is perfect for you. As a first year student applying for such a professional society, I was apprehensive at first and unsure if it was even the right society for me. But after being accepted I found that Capital W had exceeded so many expectations I held for societies. Though having only been a part of Capital W for one term, I have already gained so many invaluable experiences and networks – ones that I can definitely see extending past my university career.