The Skye is the limit
THEORA-SKYE Walke-Janssen, 17, of Alstonville, knows she has got what it takes to be a leader.
And part of that realisation came when the young Bundjalung woman attended the Global Young Leaders Conference, held in three locations - Vienna, Prague and Budapest , last year.
Theora-Skye said she wanted to attend because she knew it would help her become a better leader and it would also be a fantastic opportunity.
Theora-Skye, along with 300 other young leaders from across the globe, spent 10 days exchanging ideas and learning from some of the world's top business leaders, policy officials, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats and academics.
"It was really interesting to meet with different people," she said.
"I learned a lot about other cultures and people."
The Year 12 Southern Cross K12 student was also surprised to learn she had a lot in common with the other youth in attendance, despite vastly different backgrounds.
"Everybody liked music," she said.
The Global Young Leaders Conference gives high-achieving students aged 15 to 18 an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of their roles as global ambassadors while analysing concepts related to communications, diplomacy, law, human rights, peace, security, economics and the role of the United Nations.
Students return home with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens and future leaders in an international community.
Theora-Skye said the experience had made her more confident and it would also help her in the future.
She hopes to go to university in order to become a psychologist.
She said it was inspiring to spend time with young people who were passionate about global issues.
Emily Hart, 17, also from Southern Cross K12, attended another leadership conference held simultaneously in the US.
The young women held fundraisers and received sponsorship from local businesses to enable them to attend the conference.