Study in academic excellence

AIM Fellow wins Churchill Fellowship

FOR someone who has spent a lifetime encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, Karen Spiller FAIM is an unlikely advocate of boys' clubs culture.

As principal of the exclusive St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School in the Brisbane suburb of Corinda, Mrs Spiller is charged with overseeing the education of more than 800 female students.

She has sat in the Principal's chair for the past 13 years and last month added to her already exceptional academic record by being honoured with a 2012 Churchill Fellowship.

Her passion for instilling confidence in her female students and staff alike is infectious but it's her admiration for boys' clubs principles that adds further impetus to her educated opinion.

"Men nurture their contacts into becoming the next generation of leaders and it's time young females aspiring to become successful leaders adopt some of those principles," Mrs Spiller said.

A member of the Australian Institute of Management for the past 10 years, Mrs Spiller said the ability to successfully network was an invaluable tool.

"Networking is the key. It's absolutely pivotal," Mrs Spiller said. "I was at the Harvard Woman's Leadership forum last year where I learned that something like two thirds of the jobs people are going to get will come through people they know."

Karen Spiller
Karen Spiller FAIM (right) is presented with her award from the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC at Government House.