To mark 2019 International Women’s Day (#BalanceforBetter), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Leah Lever shares her thoughts.
To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month.
What were the benefits to you in being a 2018 NCWQ bursary recipient?
Being a bursary recipient has given me the confidence to extend myself further. It has not only supported my academic studies, but it helped my family purchase a new instrument, which I can play in addition to my singing and trumpet playing. It will add a new dimension to my work as performing artist.
What are your goals for this year?
My goals for this year to use my growing confidence to network with industry peers and help establish myself as a professional performing artist, which has been my aspiration since I was in preschool.
What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?
I tell myself that no matter what obstacles come my way, I need to keep moving forward, continue building my skills, and make a positive contribution wherever and however I can.
Who have been your most significant woman role models?
Surfer Bethany Hamilton because she turned what many people would see as a negative life-changing event into a positive life-changing event.
Julie Andrews because she was a marvel at balancing her performing career with her family life. She was the ultimate example in achieving work-life balance in an era when so many women could only dream of such possibilities.