Kick Your Heels Off: a new mentoring society
A letter to the game changers, the people who find comfort in the uncomfortable, to the unapologetically ambitious but most of all, to you: the women of UTS.
Spaces and opportunities in professional spheres are fewer and far between for women than they are for men. We know that in the boardrooms of Australia there are more men named John running companies than there are women. Or Peter, or David. We see a different future of professional empowerment. Starting with fostering successful careers and building diverse, supportive relationships, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to change this, starting at UTS.
Introducing Kick Your Heels Off Networking. KYHO provides a contemporary approach to networking and mentoring which will enable students to increase their career prospects and industry-ready interpersonal skills. It is a rare opportunity to connect and create with like-minded, proactive students and esteemed professionals all through monthly networking sessions. The events will be hosted by us, featuring an inspirational guest speaker, in a relaxed environment where you feel as though you can kick your heels off, be yourself and give a voice to your dreams in hopes there will be a connection in the room who can bring it into fruition. After attending an event you will leave empowered, confident and hopeful—along with contacts and marketable skills.
The idea was a collaborative effort between two friends and peers, Kyra Blake and Taylor Gwyther. It was amidst a passionate rant about the lack of opportunities both socially and professionally at UTS. After going back and forth with what we wish existed on campus, we had unintentionally outlined a complete plan for a society, an environment where girls can network without the pressures of formality, somewhere to “kick your heels off” and relax. As soon as Kyra said “kick your heels off,” we immediately knew we had our name and mission. After further brainstorming, we began the journey of creating a society and community: KYHO Networking, for the unapologetically ambitious. We hope you’ll come along with us.
KYHO Networking fundamentally believes that talent and passion come from all walks of life and opportunities should be for everyone. We know that diversity drives organisations and each individual brings unique capabilities and perspectives to the table. We are committed to inclusivity and strongly encourage participation and membership from diverse backgrounds to join our network, particularly Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQI+ individuals, and people experiencing physical or mental disabilities or disadvantage.
Before we sign off this letter we want to leave you with some food for thought by Selene Kinder:
“I wish more women realised that helping another woman win, cheering her on, praying for her, or sharing a resource with her, does NOT take away from the blessings coming to them. In fact, the more you give the more you receive. Empowering women does not come from selfishness but rather selflessness.”
And with that we invite you to become a member of KYHO and join the movement. You can do this by staying up-to-date with us on Facebook and Instagram, or dropping into our O-Day stall on the 28th of February in Building 1.
With only love,
Taylor, Kyra & the KYHO team.