We hope that you enjoyed our Future Proof Campaign. Over the past 5 weeks we have showcased the stories of 6 exceptional women who started their journey at Melbourne Girls Grammar!
The Old Grammarians (OGs) who featured in our campaign all have different backgrounds and hold diverse interests and skills, but all echo the sentiment that an education at MGGS has left them with not only a powerful network of lifelong friends, but also enduring themes of collaboration, social justice and empowerment.
Frankie Cox has had a passion for cooking her entire life. She was hand-picked to be the Executive Chef in one of New York’s most popular restaurants, Two Hands, and has been making waves in the international culinary scene ever since.
Graduating from Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2008, Frankie fondly remembers the culture of mutual trust and respect between the students and teachers, and the encouragement to be an individual and forge her own path.
“In a School like Melbourne Girls Grammar, there isn’t one outcome for every girl that goes there. There were no closed doors, they were all open”
Jessie Smith & Zoe Weir
Jessie Smith is a criminal defence lawyer and is the founder of Supporting and Empowering Women (SEW). Zoe Weir has a background in fashion design, and is the owner and designer at her boutique, Teeny Tiny Hut in Richmond.
Jessie and Zoe reconnected at an MGGS reunion event, and collaborated to expand the operations of SEW, a social enterprise supporting HIV positive women in Tanzania through creating bags and purses.
“Melbourne Girls Grammar leaves a real imprint of social justice, of entrepreneurship, but they’re not mere catch words”
Jessie graduated in 2004, and Zoe completed her schooling at MGGS in 2003, and both reflect on the vast range of career paths their cohort selected, and recall the imprint of social justice and entrepreneurship left on them by the School.
Kate Davis is the Regional Public Affairs Manager for the Department of Defence, and a Flight Lieutenant, Public Affairs Officer in the Royal Australian Airforce.
Kate graduated from Melbourne Girls Grammar in 1997, and recalls the supportive environment at the School, and believes her schooling experience set her up for the future.
“I never felt that I had any kind of limit as a woman”
Katie Michelmore is studying a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Industrial Design at Monash University, and is currently at the National Training Centre to Rowing, training to row at the 2020 Olympics representing Australia.
“At Melbourne Girls Grammar, passion is almost contagious”
Katie graduated from Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2012 and recalls the vital role her teachers played in encouraging her to find her passions in life.
Dana Ma is a Data Engineer at Zendesk, a Silicon Valley company, and develops customer service software for clients all over the world. Dana has a Master of Mathematics from Cambridge University, and graduated from Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2009.
“Being able to learn new things, being really excited by learning, that’s in the teachers and the girls. We all contribute to that atmosphere.”
Dana attended Melbourne Girls Grammar on a scholarship and to this day recalls the excitement of learning that she would be attending the school. She praises her teachers, who opened her eyes to the mathematical world, and helped her find her passion.
“It’s pretty incredible how MGGS managed to set me up to do a job that didn’t even exist when I was studying”