Best in business – top graduates honoured

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2017 inductees with Dean Kate Kearins, Associate Dean Roger Stokell, Honouree member Helen Robinson, Shelley Campbell, CEO Sir Peter Blake Trust and Tony Caughey, Honouree member 2014

Top AUT Business School graduates were inducted into the international honours society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) on Thursday 21 September, in recognition and celebration of their academic success.

Ceremony attendees heard from guest speaker Shelley Campbell, who told an inspiring story of her career development and some of her greatest leadership challenges. Shelley was most recently Chief Executive of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and prior to this she was Chief Executive of Waikato Primary Health.

Another local business leader, Helen Robinson, was presented with a BGS Chapter Honouree Award, in recognition of her significant contribution to business and the community. Helen has led tech companies for over 30 years and plays a strong role in the development of women in business, which was recognised in 2016 when she was named Supreme Winner at the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

This year, across the Business School’s degree programmes, 160 graduates (from the 2016 summer and 2017 winter graduations) met the criteria for BGS membership, and 73 accepted the invitation to join.

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Associate Dean Roger Stokell, Honouree member Helen Robinson, Shelley Campbell, CEO Sir Peter Blake Trust and Tony Caughey, Honouree member 2014.

The induction ceremony, hosted by the Dean Professor Kate Kearins and Associate Dean Roger Stokell, brought together a large group of inductees, their family and friends, business school academic and professional staff, and the Business School’s industry partners.

As an outcome of joining the BGS network, Langi Latu (BBus) has been sponsored by the AUT Office of Pacific Advancement to attend the BGS Global Leadership Summit in November, in the US. The summit is an intensive 4-day leadership conference where BGS members from around the world gather to collaborate, enhance their leadership skills and network with business leaders.

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honours society for business graduates from AACSB-accredited institutions. Those invited to join the AUT Chapter are in the top 10% of the Bachelor of Business graduates, hold first class honours or distinction in a business master's programme, or have completed a PhD in a business-related field.

Last updated: 03-Oct-2017 3.15pm

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