Since receiving the BCG Scholarship in 2013, Brierley Penn has completed degrees in law (with honors) and commerce and a university exchange to London. She also represented the University of Auckland at the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition in Paris and attended the US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum in Washington DC.
Brierley joined BCG's Sydney office as an associate at the start of 2015. While at high school in Wanganui, New Zealand, she represented New Zealand at The Hague International Model United Nations conference. She graduated from high school as Head of Academia and Dux and went on to study law and commerce, majoring in finance, at the University of Auckland. Her honors papers focused on the impact of climate change on maritime resource ownership and on developments in the charitable purposes tax exemption in New Zealand.
Brierley's interest in business and society influenced her academic and extracurricular activities at university. She volunteered with the MATES program, tutoring students at lower decile schools in Auckland, and SavY, which runs free financial literacy workshops for secondary school students. She was business manager for the Auckland University Law Review and competed in numerous national and international debating competitions. She also worked as a business journalist for newzealandinc.com and the New Zealand Herald.
The BCG Scholarship enabled Brierley to carry out an exchange at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London in 2014. She also traveled throughout Europe, nurturing her passions for French language, food and wine, and exploring new cultures.
The support and mentorship provided by BCG throughout Brierley's final years of study was a great help in the transition from university to working life. Her passion for bringing together business and social causes is aligned with BCG's values, and she felt BCG would provide the best opportunity to develop her skills and knowledge early in her career—as well as the opportunity to undertake social impact work and an MBA as her career progresses.