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Filmmaker and social entrepreneur visits Bond University

As one of the world's leading philanthropists, Francine LeFrak has graced the cover of Forbes magazine alongside rock star Bono and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and this week will share her story with more than 160 future female leaders at Bond University.

The Same Sky founder and multiple Tony, Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer of social issue films will be speaking as part of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Student Leadership Conference on Friday, January 9, inspiring the next generation of female role models from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Bond University is the first institutional partner of Ms LeFrak's Same Sky initiative, a 'trade not aid' jewellery initiative that provides training and employment for women living with HIV/AIDS to give them a 'hand-up, not a handout'.  Bond is also the official education partner of the Alliance of Girls' Schools.

Secretary General of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Fiona de Jong, a Bond University alumnus, will also speak as part of the conference, at a separate lunch commencing on Friday, January 9.

Bond University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan, said it was a major coup to have both women on campus.

"Francine LeFrak is a globally recognised figure, who has shone the light on issues from AIDS to war and intolerance," she said.

"She is committed to eradicating extreme poverty through ethical shopping, the cornerstone of her Same Sky initiative, which provides women with the tools they need to give themselves a better life.

"Former international triathlete and lawyer, Fiona de Jong is also making a difference, heading the chief administrative and financial affairs for the AOC and playing a key role in preparing seven Australian Olympic Teams for the summer, winter and youth Games.

"To have both of these influential women at Bond, sharing their experiences with students who have displayed exemplary leadership qualities, will no doubt empower the next generation of female achievers to follow their dreams and have a positive impact.

“In particular, the conference will look to inspire students in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurialism and corporate governance.”

The Alliance of Girls' Schools Student Leadership Conference brings together a formidable group of influential and enthusiastic female school captains and leaders from more than 140 schools in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines and the United States.


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