From the Alumnae Relations Manager

Welcome to the first edition of Bishbar Blue for 2022.

I am pleased to share the latest edition of Bishbar Blue with our Grammar Women network.

It is only April and already the year has provided us all with plenty to deal with! In the coming months, we hope our alumnae community can gather again, and we have planned a calendar of events for Grammar Women to network and enjoy each other’s company.

The Grammar Women community is global, with past students living around the world. As border restrictions are relaxed and domestic and international flights resume, it’s time to travel and broaden our horizons once again.

In this edition, we profile some of our bold Grammar Women studying overseas or forging global careers. Partner and Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration at DLA Piper, Kate Brown de Vejar (1995), discusses how a global perspective gives one the ability to recognise the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced and how we think, for the better.

When we interviewed Grammar Woman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Margy Osmond (Kelaher, 1977) in April 2020, we discussed how the travel and tourism sector would need to respond to the challenges caused by COVID-19.

Although it was uncertain at the time of her interview how long the international tourism sector would be offline, Margy’s message of ‘innovate or die’ has been true for so many businesses over the past two years. On a personal level, we have been challenged to shift our mindset, perhaps explore the creative side we never knew we had, learn a new skill, or even embrace a newfound willingness to take a risk. As Grammar Graduate, Chelsea Edmonds (2011), says ‘if you have the opportunity, take it!’

I hope you will take the opportunity to join us at a Grammar Women event this year to reconnect with our special community of women.

Ms Antonia Swindells
Alumnae Relations Manager