Bendigo student wins on world stage

La Trobe University student, Chloe Jarratt has been awarded the Zonta International Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Chloe Jarrat and Alison Martin pose for photoA Bachelor of Commerce student, Ms Jarratt is delighted with her win and says she hopes to help overcome the gender imbalance in board rooms.
“Women are the future of business and especially business success. Commerce today is very male dominated in the higher positions of organisations and I would love for more and more women to be able to put their names to these executive titles,” said Ms Jarratt.

“I knew from very early days that my destiny was to be a business woman. I loved mathematics all through my school years and became inspired by my love of numbers to pursue a career in accounting.”

Quentin Bryce, Condoleezza Rice, Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Jane M Klausman have been role models for Ms Jarratt.

“All of these amazing women have broken the traditional view of highly male dominated professions and have given young females like me the confidence to work towards their goals,” said Ms Jarratt.

Dean of Education and Executive Director of La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus, Professor Lorraine Ling has acknowledged Ms Jarratt’s tremendous achievement.

“Chloe has had an extremely successful year, which began when she won the scholarship awarded by the Bendigo branch of Zonta International. She then went on to win the District 23 scholarship and made it a trifecta when she was awarded the international prize of USD $5000,” said Professor Ling.
“This is an extraordinary achievement and we congratulate Chloe on her success,” said Professor Ling.

President of the Zonta Club in Bendigo, Ms Raelene Schmidt said Jane M Klausman was a staunch advocate of business women.

“Jane M Klausman was a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA and Zonta International parliamentarian from 1990 – 1995. She knew first-hand the challenges facing young women pursuing careers in business and understood the importance of helping women become business leaders,” said Ms Schmidt.

Ms Schmidt said the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program was established as the result of a generous bequest to the Zonta International Foundation.

“The Bendigo branch of Zonta International awards an annual scholarship, which was awarded to Chloe this year. It’s great news that this young Bendigo woman has gone on to win the district then the international scholarships,” Ms Schmidt said.

“Chloe is a fantastic young woman and will of course now be a guest speaker at our District Conference in 2009 for Zonta.”

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