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Grammar Women — Be BOLD for Change — Julie Hammer

Retired Air Vice-Marshal and past student of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Ms Julie Hammer AM CSC (1971), is one of the guest speakers at our upcoming Grammar Women — Be BOLD for Change event, an evening with inspirational women from a range of industries talking about their pathways into non-traditional fields, their drive to make a difference and how a positive reaction to change has helped propel their career.

Serving for twenty-eight years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an electronics engineer, Julie was the first woman to command an operational unit in the RAAF, the Electronic Warfare Squadron, and the first woman to achieve One Star and Two Star rank in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in the fields of electronics engineering in Defence and military education, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her service to the engineering profession.

Julie was named the Alumnus of the Year of The University of Queensland in 2003 and was the 2005 ACT Australian of the Year. In 2009, in recognition of her service to the profession, Julie was awarded a Doctor of Engineering Honoris Causa by The University of New South Wales.

Her years at Girls Grammar established a strong work ethic and foundation for a successful career.

‘[Girls] Grammar reinforced my innate desire to be a high achiever, to work hard to be the very best I could,’ Julie said.

When asked what she believes her greatest achievement is so far, Julie said, ‘Achieving a range of “firsts” during my career in the Air Force and being a role model for younger military women.’

Julie’s accomplishments have paved the way for future Grammar Women who wish to embark on a career in engineering or the military.

We look forward to hearing more from Julie at Grammar Women — Be BOLD for Change, which will be held on Thursday 25 May 2017 in the Barbara Fielding Room on Level 4 of the Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre at Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

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