Our Team

2020 Executives

Caroline Wang
CO-PRESIDENT
THIRD 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!

Lisa Tiu
CO-PRESIDENT
FOURTH 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.

Zoe Ong
VICE PRESIDENT (DIGITAL)
THIRD 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.

 

May May Yang
VICE PRESIDENT (EXTERNAL)
THIRD 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!

 

Charlotte Kwong
VICE PRESIDENT (OPERATIONS)
THIRD 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.

 

Alexandra Petsoglou
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
THIRD 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!

 

Caitlan Howle
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FOURTH 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!

Valerie Tran
TREASURER
FOURTH 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.

Keqin Ouyang
HUMAN RESOURCES CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Michelle Lin
HUMAN RESOURCES CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD YEAR ACTUARIAL STUDIES / COMMERCE

What events would you like to see Capital W host in the future? 

Into the future I would love to see many more events encouraging skill building and development especially in programming and information technology. Capital W is all about empowering women into becoming the future business leaders of tomorrow hence equipping Capital W members with IT skills would be a great oppotunity to really break the barriers limiting women in the real world. (I would also love to see more social events hosted by Capital W. Sometimes amongst all the sponsorship, networking and development events we lose sight of how fun, social and amazing university can actually be hence with more social catch-ups and bonding events Capital W can really become closer as a team and provide a truly unique and exciting experience)

Natalie Chan
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND 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.

Jessica Chen
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO-DIRECTOR
FOURTH 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

Valerie Cheah
MARKETING DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Chelsea Manansala
PUBLICATIONS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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 CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND 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.

Michelle Wu
SPONSORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR
SECOND 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.

Anna Yang
SPONSORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Nancy Mao
CAREERS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Rochelle Nian
CAREERS CO-DIRECTOR
FOURTH 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.

Katherine Liu
EVENTS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Karin Nishimuta-Jang
EVENTS CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Theresa Jiang
DATA & DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.

Lydia Yin
DATA & DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR
THIRD 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.