MBA helps athlete master corporate world

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MBA helps athlete master corporate world


Published on 19 February 2013

19 February 2013

When elite athlete-turned-businesswoman Vivienne Golding decided to further develop her professional expertise, she enrolled in the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Master of Business Administration.

The former Australian champion white-water slalom paddler had already carved a successful corporate career based on helping other people “find their champion self”.

She is the co-founder and Company Director of three Sunshine Coast-based companies: Kanu Kapers Australia, KanuKorporate and Corporate Training Oz.

Her chief roles are financial controller and business strategist. She also teaches strategies she used to heal her own life-threatening injuries, suffered when she was hit by a truck while cycling in Townsville in 1994.

“I believe self-empowerment and education are keys to success,” said Vivienne, 49, of Boreen Point. “I’d been self-employed since 1995 so when the opportunity to study my MBA came along I jumped at the chance to expand my knowledge and skill base.

“The USC program was challenging and required a certain level of discipline to achieve while working and maintaining family life, but I would do it again tomorrow.”

Kanu Kapers offers kayaking tours into the Noosa Everglades and white water canoe and kayak adventures across Australia. KanuKorporate creates and facilitates outdoor team building events for clients. Corporate Training Oz delivers corporate leadership and team development training for companies across Australia.

“We work with a lot of different firms, such as Virgin Blue, ANZ Bank, Mission Australia, KPMG, Mirvac Hotels and Resorts and Sundale, so I was pleased my MBA allowed me to think outside the square about the people and culture of companies,” Vivienne said.

“My USC studies expanded my knowledge and understanding of business strategy, marketing, management, leadership and the economic world.”

Vivienne, who completed the degree between 2010 and 2012, said she chose USC because she wanted a face-to-face university experience.

“I hadn’t been to uni before and the stimulation from the other students, including International students, was fantastic,” she said. “The lecturers really understood me as someone who works, studies and has a family.”

A highlight was a 10-day study tour to Germany, where she visited factories, the European Central Bank and a prestigious business school. She studied with international business students and achieved distinctions.

“USC has brought to the fore how businesses have to compete on a global scale,” Vivienne said.

— Julie Schomberg

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