Career Acceleration Strategies for Women with Shona Rowan - International Speaker, Trainer and Success Coach

December 4, 2018

Would you like to inspire, develop and retain your female staff?   Or boost your own performance as a woman in business?

Shona Rowan is passionate about empowering women to step up, stand out and maximise their success in highly competitive environments. As an international speaker, trainer and success coach, Shona has spent the last 15 years helping thousands of women accelerate their success by increasing their influence, confidence, personal impact, visibility, networking and communication skills. Her practical programs and inspirational events equip women with specific mindsets, behaviours and strategies needed to claim the success they desire and deserve.

Shona’s unique and results-driven approach looks at both the internal and external aspects of success and draws on her qualifications in Psychology, NLP, Hypnotherapy and Peak Performance coaching and her real-life experience as an elite athlete, ranked 6th in the world as a competitive ballroom dancer.  Her clients include Gold Fields, Ashurst, DLA, Shell UK/Australia, Citi Bank, The University of Western Australia, Lockton London/Dubai, TATA UK and Women in Subsea Engineering.

If you would like to inspire, develop and retain your female staff, or accelerate your own success – see or email


Do not put off for tomorrow what can be achieved today - Bernard Chia [BE ‘04], Managing Director, Alyka

November 13, 2018

In 2008, Bernie (B. Eng) founded Alyka, an agency specialising in digital marketing and web development. In just a few years, he transformed the business from a small start-up to an industry-leading firm with 45+ digital experts and an international presence.

As Managing Director, he brings more than 20 years’ experience to the business, and is widely regarded as a thought leader in digital strategy and technical innovation.

In 2014, Alyka was the only Western Australian digital marketing company to be listed in the BRW Fast 100 acknowledging the company’s average growth of 81% for each of the past five years. Bernie won a 40Under40 award in the same year, recognising his entrepreneurial skills and business success. Alyka continues to win awards for 2016 and 2017 – Business News Professional Services Rising Stars Award and AFR Fast 100 respectively.

Bernie holds a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Information Technology from the University of Western Australia.


The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series – Riley Dolman

November 6, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA, is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Riley recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science, Exercise and Health) at the University of Western Australia. With a particular interest in AFL, Riley completed his practicum placement at the West Coast Eagles Football Club and successful applied for an internship with Fair Game through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA. Through his internship, Riley delivered recycled sporting equipment and fitness programs to under-serviced remote Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. After travelling to Karijini National Park to run sport programs for local children from Tom Price, Karratha and Port Hedland, Riley became interested in sports development and he plans to return to UWA as a postgraduate student. Since completing his internship, Riley has undertaken leadership training with Fair Game and is on Fair Game’s board of directors and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA’s Student Advisory Committee through which he encourages students to be active members of their communities.


The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series - Shakira Donovan [BSc ‘17]

November 5, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series – Shakira Donovan

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA, is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Shakira recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Western Australia. During her undergraduate studies, Shakira became interested in the intersection of mental and physical health with international development, leading her to successfully apply for an internship through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA at the international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, in New York City to work on their Global Health campaign. There, she became passionate about universal health coverage and health systems improvement which she now plans to explore as a postgraduate student.

Shakira went on to complete the Pathways to Citizenship unit at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA where strengthened her belief in the importance of active and global  citizenship and its positive impact on the community. Shakira dedicates much of her time to volunteering and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA Student Advisory Committee through which she seeks to help shape university-based citizenship initiatives and encourage students to be compassionate, active members of their communities.


The sky is the limit - Nicholle Harris [BCom ‘15]

October 30, 2018

Nicholle Harris is a graduate of UWA BComs ‘15, and currently works as a Human Resources professional within the local government sector.  Prior to this role, Nicholle’s experiences range across the oil & gas and hospitality industries.  Nicholle has a passion for developing people, and investing in the younger generation.  Known for her resourcefulness and passion, Nicholle employs an engaging and consultative style to both her professional  and personal life. 


UWA’s first ever ‘Sustainable Careers Expo’ - Basundhara Dutta [Environmental Science Student]

October 16, 2018

The Guild Environment Department is running UWA's first ever Sustainable Careers Expo on Tuesday 23rd October:

  • Find out about career options that won't contribute to a future defined by climate chaos 
  • Meet environmental professionals and NGOs
  • Learn how you can support sustainability in all career pathways from engineering to environmental science to economics.

Meet Basundhara Dutta

Basundhara is a 2nd year student studying Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia and is the UWA Student Guild’s Environment Officer and the President for UWA French Club. In 2018, Basundhara’s aim with the Guild Environment Department was to maximise student engagement by promoting sustainability campus wide and providing a larger platform for students to engage and advocate for environmental issues. Throughout the year, she relaunched the Fossil Free UWA campaign, ran events such as EnviroFest, make your own keepcup events and Enviro Week as well as working with the university to implement sustainable initiatives at UWA. Sustainability is big topic in 2018 and Basundhara would like to continue partaking in environmental initiatives through her career in Environmental Science and Sustainable Design.


Why I’m A Researcher - Alannah McKay [BSc ‘15, BSc ‘17 (Hons)]

October 9, 2018

Alannah McKay completed a Bachelor of Science (Exercise, Health and Sports Science) from UWA in 2014. She then moved to Canberra to take up a post-graduate position within the Physiology department of the Australian Institute of Sport, where she was directly involved in the preparation of many Australian athletes that went on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics. In 2016, Alannah returned to UWA to complete her BSc(Hons) and in 2017, in collaboration in with the Australian Institute of Sport and Western Australian Institute of Sport, commenced a PhD investigating the effects of dietary manipulation on iron metabolism and immune functioning in elite athletes.


How Law and Policy are Deeply Intertwined - Michael O’Kane [LLB, BA ‘09]

October 2, 2018

"Whilst at UWA, I studied a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in history).  I spent a number of years during my studies volunteering at a community legal center, where I gained a first-hand insight into how law and policy are deeply intertwined. 

I completed my studies in 2009 and since then have enjoyed an interesting and diverse career, in both legal and policy advisory roles.  I commenced as a law graduate at a large international law firm, and thereafter worked as a solicitor in the firm’s building and construction litigation team.  I subsequently moved into a role in the State public sector to further pursue my interests in policy development, where I worked in energy policy and as a research officer in their Intergovernmental Relations Division.

My most recent role has been in a combined legal and policy advisory role at the Housing Industry Association, where I spent five and a half years before taking up my current position as a Senior Policy Officer at the Building Commission (the WA regulator for the building industry).  Outside of work, I’ve been very keen to provide support for people who want to work in legal and policy areas, such as through the UWA Career Mentor Link and Careers Café."


I Have Two Passions: People and Business - Lincoln Pan [MBA ‘16]

September 18, 2018

Lincoln Pan is the CEO of LearnZillion, partner of Cinch Accountants & Advisers and co-founder of Mojo Property Group. He is also board member of many national Not-for-Profit organizations. His TEDx UWA seminar: Three Principles to Create Your Unshakeable Financial Future is among one of the highest rated seminars from TEDx participants. Lincoln holds an MBA from The University of Western Australia and Executive Education from Harvard Business School. Over the past 10 years, Lincoln has successfully consulted and coached over 1000 individuals and businesses across 7 countries. He helps both companies and individuals to cultivate a resilient financial structure, and empowers business owners and entrepreneurs to strategically align their passion with long-term financial sustainability. The experience he has gained from working as both a business owner and financial adviser have enabled him to unleash individual financial performance through innovative financial coaching, and authentic strategic interventions.


Stand Out from the Crowd and Accelerate Your Success with Shona Rowan [GradDipEd ‘06]

September 6, 2018

Peak Performance Consultant Shona Rowan [GradDipEd '06] shares some tips how to strengthen your personal brand.

Club Connect
Stand Out from the Crowd and Accelerate Your Success: Personal Branding, Impact and Visibility 
With Shona Rowan

No longer is hard work and intelligence enough to guarantee a successful career. The bar is now set so high that factors including personal impact, visibility and having a strong personal brand can often make the difference between us sinking and swimming.

This highly interactive workshop equips delegates with the tools and techniques needed to maximise their personal impact, stand out from the crowd and claim the success they deserve.

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Objectives of the practical workshop:

  • Analyse and strengthen your personal brand: How do people see you?
  • Maximise your personal impact via your words, voice and body language
  • Increase your confidence and credibility in the way you communicate
  • Learn to play to your strengths and accentuate your uniqueness
  • Increase your visibility and sharpen your profile
  • Learn how to make a powerful and lasting impression on clients and colleagues
  • Develop an action plan to raise your profile and strengthen your personal impact over the next 6 months

Peak Performance in the Workplace
Shona is a trained psychologist, peak performance consultant and inspirational speaker.
Shona has spent the last 15 years working internationally with clients including Shell, DLA Piper, Citi Bank, Ashurst, Gold Fields, AIM WA, Conoco Phillips and Lockton to maximise potential and accelerate success.  For more information on Shona, please visit