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Evangeline Woodforde

2016 Recipient


Q: Can you please tell us about your educational background?

A: I hold a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance from the University of Sydney and I am currently completing a Bachelor of Laws. My degree has afforded me incredible opportunities to grow both academically and personally. I spent five months on exchange at Cornell University where I studied at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and learned how to withstand the blistering East Coast winters! I also undertook a winter program at the University of California’s D.C. campus, while interning for the Council of the District of Columbia.

Q: What led you to pursue your degrees?

A: When I graduated from high school, most people were surprised that a ‘humanities kid’ wanted to do a commerce degree. I have always been fascinated by how people turn an idea into a business. I sought a degree that would hone both my creative and analytical skills and allow me to create real impact. I was particularly attracted to the multi-disciplinary problem solving I would learn in my combined degrees and the incredibly talented people I would meet along the way.

Q: What are you involved with outside of study?

A: When not studying, I am involved in campus life. As Vice President (Careers) of the Sydney University Law Society, I connect law students with industry contacts through a series of presentations and publications and a careers mentoring program. I try to provide programs that meet the career interests and aspirations of law students, from corporate law to non-legal opportunities.

I am passionate about gender equality, particularly in education. I co-ordinate Sydney’s all-girl Archdale Debating Competition, which encourages girls to have confidence in their voices and ideas. In 2015, I was the President and Coach of the New South Wales Debating team. I was in the Sydney University Law Revue for two years and the Assistant Director in 2013. I also served on the SULS Women’s Subcommittee in 2013, where I organised a Women’s Mentoring Program.

I like to spend time with friends and family, and adore travelling the world. I love going to the theatre and seeing Australian Ballet performances and am a (not so) guilty reality television addict.

Q: What difference will the BCG Scholarship make to you?

A: The BCG Scholarship will allow me to attend the next World University Debating Championships in the Hague. In 2016 I was a semi-finalist at the World University Debating Championships, and in 2015 my team won the Australasian Debating Championships. Debating has given me the opportunity to engage with topics ranging from identity politics to international relations, while travelling all over the world.

Q: What does being associated with BCG mean for you?

A: The BCG Scholarship process has been an amazing window into life as a BCGer. I have had incredible opportunities to meet and collaborate with smart and enthusiastic people. BCG’s culture of excellence and continual learning has inspired me to think adventurously about my future in a company that is generous, energetic and down to earth. As the recipient of a scholarship reserved exclusively for women, I also feel welcomed into an environment that fosters and celebrates female success.

Q: Where does your future lie? What do you see yourself doing professionally over the coming years?

A: I am very excited to begin as a BCG Associate in 2018. As an Associate, I hope to gain exposure to different industries and receive mentorship from industry experts. I am particularly interested in public sector advisory work and gaining exposure to BCG’s Digital Ventures. Eventually I hope to complete my MBA in the United States.

Q: What do most people not know about you?

A: During high school, my eclectic hobbies ranged from Sports Aerobics to winning the NSW Schools Theatre-sports Championships.

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