|Kate Gatfield - Jeffries (Middlemore, 2015/16). OC of the Month - March 2022.|
For our March OC of the Month we speak with Kate Gatfield - Jeffries (Middlemore 2015-16)
Kate was head of Middlemore house in 2016 and after completing a Law and Commerce degrees in 2021 from Auckland University, Kate is now making waves in her field, having won the EY Global Corporate Finance Woman of the Year 2021 from a pool of nearly 3,500 women worldwide, she then went on be named as the 2021 Westpac Women of Influence Young Leader Winner. Kate is also on the International Finance Student Association (IFSA) global 25 under 25 list.
Kate is deeply passionate about championing young women to succeed. In 2019, she co-founded the Women in Law mentoring programme, which has since supported over 500 women. Kate has helped launch similar initiatives across other University Faculties and abroad. In 2021, she was the Co-President of Women in Business which launched a new programme for 60 students, providing women with career opportunities in male-dominated pathways.
We were delighted to welcome Kate to take part as one of our amazing panelists in our 2022 International Women’s Day Forum and Breakfast at the College with this year’s theme being Break the Bias. The forum had to be run virtually due to Covid restrictions and was live streamed into each of the Girls Houses so staff and students could take part in the discussion.
In her OC of the Month interview, Kate shares with us some memories of her time at King’s and gives us an insight into the important work she is doing now as an entrepreneur and diversity champion.
Old Collegian of the Month
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TikTok is a great platform to authentically engage, educate and inspire. It is relatively untapped for brands, so my business partner and I have also founded Wave Seven, Australasia’s first TikTok-exclusive marketing agency.
I spend a large portion of my time mentoring other young women and collaborating to develop new diversity and inclusion programmes. My next big project in this space is a global initiative with EY.
I worked relentlessly to improve my own numeracy skills, hoping to be a role-model for girls in finance and business. Given I come from a non-traditional finance background (studying marketing and management), this accolade also demonstrates the importance of diverse skillsets and experiences. I tell other young women don’t be afraid to draw on your unique strengths to deliver different insights and perspectives. Take a seat at the table, but more importantly, be confident in speaking up.
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