She Leads College – 5 quick questions with Rachael Stevens

19 July 2016

Zoya Patel

Zoya is the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Communication at YWCA Canberra.

Rachael Stevens - BlogThe She Leads College Conference, taking place on Tuesday 26 July, is a one-day event for girls in Years 11 and 12, equipping participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders. This year, we have an amazing line-up of inspiring young women who will share their leadership journeys with participants. We’ll be featuring 5 quick questions with each speaker in the lead up to the Conference. Today, we chat to Rachael Stevens.

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.
I’m passionate about inspiring people so they know that their lives have value and a purpose.

What’s one thing about your life now that you never would have predicted when you were at school?
I never would have predicted I would get married, especially at 21. Meeting Tom was one of the most wonderful surprises of my entire life.

What is a book that has influenced your leadership journey?
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life was hugely influential my leadership journey. It was a foundational book for me which I read while in hospital when I was younger. It really challenged some my thinking and made me realise that life is all about loving and serving others. My favourite quote from the book is: “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now”.

Why are you excited to be part of the She Leads College Conference?
I’m very excited to be a part of the She Leads College Conference. I believe young women can make a difference in the world around them and leadership is an incredible avenue to do this through. Young women should be inspired, supported and encouraged to pursue leadership and this conference is a great way to do this!

What piece of advice would you most like to give to young women just starting their leadership journeys?
Leadership is about what you can give, not what you can get. I believe effective leadership stems from a adopting a position of humility, gratitude and kindness. Everyone has something they can contribute to improve and positively impact the lives of others. Leadership can help change lives, it is a privilege to serve others.

Find out more about our exciting program and register to attend the She Leads College Conference here!

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