Discover McKinsey: Consulting Workshop with BAP
10th November 2021
On Wednesday the 10th, BAP was extremely excited to host another BAP x McKinsey Consulting Workshop. The event was very informative and gave special insight into how business problems can be dissected and ultimately solved. The event also included some relevant information on how participants could apply to McKinsey & Company, and launch an amazing career in management consulting.
A special thanks to Tiago Devesa, Emma Calvisi and Richard Fitzgerald, from McKinsey & Company, who attended the event and were able to offer their professional insight. We hope to see you all next year!
National Consulting Case Competition
20th October 2021
On Wednesday the 20th, BAP hosted the National Final of our Consulting Case Competition in partnership with McKinsey & Company. Over the past couple of weeks, our finalists have been developing, perfecting and practicing their presentations. The case revolved around preparing the well known Aussie chain ‘The Reject Shop’ for the future, and we had some truly original and innovative solutions!
Here are the results for the night:
First place: Cascade Consulting - USYD (Julia Tran, Ricky Rangra, Max Marchione, Jeremy Haddad)
Second place: Aura Consulting - USYD (Moniq Wever, Ryan Borges, Sheeri Bao, Rachel Wang)
Third place: DTE Consulting - UniMelb (Esther Hamilton, Dom Barr, Szy Yun Tania Lo)
National Finalists: BX Consulting - UTS (Xavier Logan, Brydon Truong)
Best speaker: Xavier Logan
Thank you to all those who participated and judged the competition, and a special congratulations to those winners who will be able to benefit from some amazing mentoring from McKinsey & Company!
USYD x UniMelb Accounting & Finance Speed Networking Event
14th October 2021
In collaboration with Beta Alpha Psi - Xi Lambda, University of Melbourne, our Chapter held a speed networking event with a number of different representatives from various industries. Despite the event only being virtual, it proved to be a great success for all participants!
By splitting up into breakout rooms, attendees rotated between 5 different representatives and had about 8 minutes to do some ‘speed networking.’ It was great to receive so much insight across so many different roles. Representatives were able to give advice and speak about their experiences within finance, accouting, consulting, technology, entrpreneurship and everything in between.
Overall, participants were able to secure some valuable time with industry professionals, which allowed them to find the answers to some key questions about future career paths. It was great to see so many active and engaged attendees!
Lock-down Social Night!
26 August 2021
On Thursday the 26th BAP hosted our very own Lock-down Social Night which featured the biggest Kahootz game of the year – with content included 50 questions ranging from BUSS1000 throwbacks to general pop culture trivia. We also invited representatives from various Business School societies such as the Network of Women, BISA, Subs and USYD Comm-Stem Society to join a societies Q&A panel with the intention to introduce our attendees to the social and professional development opportunities that were accessible to them during such times.
Leading up to the night we had an astronomical 77 sign-ups from various years, faculties, and degrees – with 55 attendees being non-BAP members however expressing interest in joining BAP in the near future. What started off as an idea for a trivia night targeted at connecting our first-year students to the Business School community soon became a night that all students could enjoy and engage in. The overwhelming positive feedback we received showed that no matter the restrictions imposed on us, the Business School community is thriving and continually seeking new ways to engage with on-another. With this in mind, BAP USYD will continue to do its part by creating and promoting events for our students.
BAP x CAANZ: Annual Meditation Workshop
25th May 2021
On Tuesday evening, BAP USYD hosted our annual meditation workshop for the fourth year in a row! We were excited to welcome back our workshop leader Camille Woods who led us through multiple exercises that promoted mindfulness and helped participants de-stress from our busy schedules. These exercises included active meditation, listening to a Himalayan singing bowl and other traditional meditation methods. Our members said they found the experience to be calming and are keen to try these techniques on future occasions.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Camille, not just for leading the recent workshop, but for giving us her continued guidance for the past four years!
In the professional sphere, Camille is not only an experienced yoga instructor who founded Monday Mind (a Yoga and Meditation School for corporates), but also a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ with years of work experience as a financial accountant and an accounting academic.
Check out Camille’s compiled guide of the top 10 most popular meditations of the past 5 years here: https://www.mondaymind.com/resource
BAP Annual Meeting 2021
5 & 6 August 2021
Once again, the Annual Meeting was held online, however this time there was the addition of a virtual exhibit hall which allowed greater interaction between us and industry professionals. From down under, our chapter got up bright and early to attend the online conference which included an inspiring talk from keynote speaker Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, followed by a Q&A. In addition to this, we were lucky to have multiple industry leaders present on topics such as accounting pathways, personal branding, and leadership. Members also had the opportunity to attend an alumni panel where we heard from individuals who were once in our shoes not so long ago.
During the Annual Meeting it was announced that our chapter, at the University of Sydney, had won the 2021 Gold Challenge award – sponsored by KPMG Foundation. Our success this year marks the 5th consecutive year of us being a Gold chapter.
BAP x NSW State Library: Transcription Community Service
20 April 2021
On Tuesday evening, BAP USYD joined by BAP Unimelb hosted our first community service event of the year. Partnering with the State Library of New South Wales, attendees learned about the work conducted by the State Library and the massive amount of resources it contains. However, one problem faced by the State Library is the need to transcribe manuscripts and recordings. Did you know that less than 10% of these resources have been transcribed? That's where our volunteers stepped in! Our attendees were given the opportunity to transcribe everything from interviews with Aboriginal Elders to colonial convict records using the "Amplify" platform.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Jenna Bain from the State Library of New South Wales for leading us through the process and showing us how we can give back to our community!
Future Leaders Inclusivity Program: Case Competition
27-28 March 2021
Over the weekend of the 27 and 28 March, BAP USYD held one of our most prestigious events of the year – The 2021 FLIP Case Competition. In total 22 attendees were selected and randomly matched into teams of 3 and 4 to take part in this two-day event centred around Diversity and Inclusivity.
Day 1 introduced the theme of D&I by having attendees tackle confronting questions about diversity within workplaces. Here we saw great debate and a range of interesting ideas were shared by students. From there, we focused on team bonding exercises and a questionnaire which prompted a closer exploration into each group members’ backgrounds and value add to the team. The day ended with a round of event pitches made by our 7 newly formed teams, which thoroughly impressed our junior judges.
Day 2 was competition day, with the theme of Diversity and Inclusion extending beyond the surface, touching upon “Diversity and Inclusivity of thought”. Each team was given the case and 1hr to prepare, with judging conducted by our team of 8 experienced judges. The 3 winning teams then went on to compete again in the final round of the case, where they all gave convincing presentations with only 45mins to prepare. All participants performed beyond our expectations and delivered cohesive presentations in such a short amount of time, which should be attributed to their great efforts and teamwork.
BAP X Deloitte Design Thinking Workshop
6th November 2020
The BAP x DELOITTE Design Thinking Workshop was conducted over Zoom and tackled the topic “How might we create a better ‘learn from home’ experience for our students?”
Our Deloitte guest speakers Liz Soutar, Neha Chandra and Stephanie Soo were phenomenal leading students through the workshop question and design thinking concepts.
Using the white-board application Miro, students were able to arrive at a number of creative, human-centred solutions. These solutions included a virtual lecturer assistant chatbot and productivity scheduler
Overall, the workshop was an enjoyable experience that allowed for interaction between peers during these tough online times. Thank you to all those who were able to join us during these challenging times to learn about how we can make a positive, lasting impact to those around us!
USYD X UniMelb Speed Networking Event
17 September 2020
Our speed networking event, in collaboration with UniMelb, saw our participants be placed into small groups that rotated around to meet knowledgeable representatives from a wide variety of firms such as the Big 4 banks, consultancy firms, and not-for-profits.
This event was especially rare in our COVID-19 world, but highlighted that despite these limitations on our lives and networking opportunities, we can continue to develop and participate in professional experiences. By rotating members in breakout rooms with representatives from their industries of preference, everyone got the chance to network and gain insights into what careers at these firms would look like!
These 17 firm representatives included individuals from: Atlassian, Australian Taxation Office, Banks Group, Canva, Cbus Super Fund, Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton Australia, IBM, KPMG Australia, L’Oréal, Macquarie Group, Oaktree, Transurban and Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. Furthermore, 120 participants from both chapters were present at the event. The diversity of experiences ensured that the event was incredibly helpful and insightful, especially to those wanting to establish a professional network.
BAP Annual Meeting 2020
7 August 2020
This year's Annual Meeting was slightly different than usual, with our chapter getting up bright and early to attend an online conference instead! Our keynote speakers included Olympian Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Hirsch, M.Ed from Surgent Professional Education, both of which delivered outstanding and inspirational words.
Members also attended the Camp Fire Chat hosted by KPMG U.S. Foundation, where we heard from three charity foundations: The Pack Shack, Stars of HOPE and Junior Achievement U.S.A. The works of these organisations were extremely humbling and useful in providing inspiration for our Chapter's future works within the community.
Full list of awards
- 2020 Gold Challenge: The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter
- Best Practices (Innovation): The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter
- Project Run With It: Team C4 including Richard FitzGerald, The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter
- Grant Thornton Ethics Semifinalists: The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter and University of Technology Sydney, Upsilon Tau Sigma chapter
- EY Inclusive Leadership Award First Round Winners: The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter
- Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award: Janine Coupe, The University of Sydney, Lambda Omega chapter
IBM x BAP Cybersecurity Workshop
14 May 2020
BAP was fortunate enough to gain exclusive access to an array of IBM staff, who were able to share their insights into technology and business related industries within Australia.
Many of those attending who had interests in areas of finance, technology and design thinking were able to ask a variety of questions to experienced IBM staff. Among those able to offer their real-world opinion and experience were Chris Hockings (Chief Technology Officer), who was able to give attendees unique insight into the position of IBM within domestic and global industry.
Pen Pals with BAP
7 May 2020
BAP USYD held its first online event, in collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care, to discuss how to help out those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Attendees to the online seminar learnt how to become involved with the elderly as an online Pen Pal, which can assist with the mental health of those most severely affected by public health restrictions.
Georgia Downes, the Director of Marketing at Home Instead Senior Care Australia, provided a keynote on the vital importance of this program. Additionally, Erik Ford was able to offer his experiences as both a USYD student and a casual caregiver at Home Instead.
BAP x Nasdaq: Fintech & Markets
31 October 2019
BAP USYD in collaboration with NASDAQ held an exciting event that delved into the world of finance, technology and markets. Michael Watson (NASDAQ Asia-Pacific Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition) and Muhit Anik (Market Tech Project Management) presented to our audience about the changing landscape of the workplace and how technology is driving the future.
After the presentation, Michael and Muhit engaged in a sit-down interview with the BAP event organisers in order to dig deeper into how Michael and Muhit started working for NASDAQ and what tips and insights they had for undergraduates entering the job market. This unique style of event gave the audience an unparalled insight into the recruitment process.
Brexit, Trade Wars & More Panel
29 August 2019
BAP USYD hosted a prestigious panel event which explored global economic issues such as Brexit, US-China Trade War and Guarded Globalisation. The pannelists ranged from industry professionals to USYD academics who held strong insights into the world of international business and global markets.
The event involved our MC asking the panel several guided questions which encouraged the speakers to share their personal insights and opinions on the matter. The floor was then opened up to our student body to pick the brains of our esteemed panel to learn more about the macro-economic issues discussed.
Daffodil Day - Cancer Council x BAP
23 August 2019
Daffodil Day is Cancer Council’s most iconic and much-loved annual campaign that raises life-saving funds for world-class cancer research. It’s a time of hope; where we come together to show our support for the 145,000 Australians diagnosed with cancer each year.
We gave our members the opportunity to volunteer to deliver daffodils and fundraise for this vital cause contributing to a cancer-free future.
2019 BAP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
8-10 August 2019
The University of Sydney claimed a record-breaking year in Chicago at the Annual General Meeting. We were the highest-ranked university overall by net awards and prize money for 2019, placing USYD Beta Alpha Psi first in the world of over 350 universities for two years running!
USYD BAP won the Ernst & Young Inclusive Leadership award for celebrating the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our chapter also placed top 4 globally for the second year in the Grant Thornton LLP Ethics Award and placed top 10 globally in the KPMG US Gold Challenge Competition for the third consecutive year. As well as this, team member Rhys Jennings and his team came 1st in the Moss Adams Project Run With It case competition!
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
23 May 2019
BAP USYD, in conjunction with Business School and 11 other societies, successfully held the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.
With hundreds of people sipping their way through morning teas at work and uni, we raised an amazing $697.25 to help beat cancer. And, all of the money will be used to fund research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer.
BGS x BAP Gold Panel
16 May 2019
BAP, in conjunction with BGS, held a speaker panel event with the theme of 'Future of Work'. This provided the participants with a chance to learn about what our future of work looks like and discuss and network with the panelists including:
- Gerry Gimenez, Senior Associate Consultant, Strategy& (part of the PwC network)
- Christine Han, Senior Consultant, EY
- Tom Gergich, Co-Founder of Clicktribe (digital marketing startup)
- David Provest, Client Technical Leader - Financial Services & Government, IBM
- Sammi Sun JP NSW
UTS/USYD AI Ethics Case Competition
13 April 2019
BAP USYD, in conjunction with UTS Chapter, successfully held our second ever AI Ethics Case Competition, allowing students to test their problem solving skills and ethics, breaking down a case problem in front of our industry representatives and academic judges.
With a case study focused on ethical issues surrounding the Artificial Intelligence (AI), students had given fantastic presentations on their findings, working out their own unique solutions in handling ethical issues.
BAP USYD & IBM Design Thinking Evening
9 April 2019
The evening included interactive keynote presentations for none other than IBM’s Asia Pacific Chief Technology Officer Dev Mookerjee, and IBM Sydney’s very own David Provest. From pushing the bounds of our creative innovation to learning the ins-and-outs of artificial intelligence, the evening had all attendees captivated from beginning to end and is certainly a night that will be remembered for a long time to come.
Finally, the abundance of other distinguished guests such as IBM Sydney recruiters, managers, and graduates as well as members from Beta Alpha Psi USYD and the USYD Business School, provided a networking opportunity unparalleled to any other university society state-wide.
Diversity & Inclusion Hackathon
15 March 2019 - 16 March 2019
Amazing Race: ‘Race’ with your teammate around different stations consisting of “story cards”, trivia questions and mini case studies.
Middle Ground Talk: Participant-focused panel discussion on diversity and inclusivity issues in professional and academic contexts.
Negotiation Competition: D&I themed negotiation in a business environment, judged by panel judges of professionals and academics.
With our participants, panellists and judges, we explored topics such as LGBTIQ+, gender, ageism and cultural diversity in the workplace through Amazing Race, Middle Ground Talk and ‘A Day in the Life of’ Negotiation Competition. We believe diversity begins by being brave, respect all and everything they bring to the table.
Meet Your Boss on the Greens: Lawn Bowls
2 October 2018
This event was held by USYD Chapter and UTS Chapter.
After the huge success of our Flagship event last year, we brought back Meet Your Boss on the Greens, bigger and better than ever. This event provided keen business students with the unique opportunity to meet and network with highly successful Accounting, Finance and Information Systems representatives from a range of well-regarded organisations over a game of Lawn Bowls.
CAANZ x BAP: Meditation Workshop 2018
30 August 2018
BAP held this workshop with our CAANZ representatives to provide our members with highly useful stress-release skills.
In this workshop, members had a hands-on session learning meditation strategies for sleep, study and mindfulness with a qualified meditation instructor, Camille Woods. Participants also got chance to network with like-minded students, society executive, and representatives from CAANZ.
Cancer Council Daffodil Day
24 August 2018
Every year, thousands of volunteers all over Australia join to hit the streets, shopping centres and train stations to raise vital funds for Cancer Council.
In conjunction with BGS (Beta Gamma Sigma), we presented our members the opportunity to volunteer for the year's Daffodil Day to contribute to build a cancer-free future at Hyde Park South. During the volunteer shifts, members sold merchandise and fresh daffodils and collected much-needed donations.
2018 BAP Annual Meeting Washington, DC
9 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
We are very proud to announce we have achieved top 10 in the world again! This is the second year in a row that University of Sydney has achieved our International Gold Status ranking. A true testimony to all the hard work and passion of our students.
To add to our Global Top 10 Overall ranking & International Gold Status, we have achieved two further accolades. Firstly, joint Global Winners with UTS in the revolutionary Grant Thornton Global Ethics competition. Secondly, an achievement by Camellia Cheng & Jeffrey Brown, on behalf of the executive team in Sydney. Presenting on the next wave of Business School key strategies on contemporary diverse education, the two students took home a coveted Bronze Medal, in their podium finish in the Deloitte Best Practices competition.
Life in Banking and STEM
22 May 2018
BAP USYD Chapter held the Banking and STEM Panel and Networking event in conjunction with BISA(Business Information System Society) with great success.
We had current and Alumni BAP and BISA representatives from: UBS, Macquarie Group, Accenture, Deloitte and GHD. Our panelists discussed the buzzing topic of what life is like as a young person (ranging from Cadets to Senior Consultants/Analysts) in these areas, and what this could mean for members.
The event was specifically organised for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the Banking & STEM industries - with our panel host to a diverse range of successes & experiences.
2018 BAP Regional Meeting Wellington
20 April - 22 April, 2018
In late April, our executives attended BAP Oceania Regional Meeting themed “Embrace the Opportunity”, held in Wellington, New Zealand.
Camellia Cheng and Jeffrey Brown won the “Launching Into The Next Century” category, while Alex Zhao and Dustin Xu placed second in the “Branding your chapter” category, and Brian Kane and Jay Singh placed third in the “Hands on engagement” category.
Camellia and Jeffrey will go on to represent the Oceania region at the BAP Annual Meeting in Washington DC, where representatives from over 300 universities, known as “chapters” compete.
Ethics Case Competition 2018
23 March 2018 - 24 March 2018
BAP - USYD Chapter held the Ethics Case Competition in conjunction with UTS Chapter with huge success.
Throughout the competition, members have their skills and ethics tested in a heart-pounding escape room, beating the clock and cracking the case in front of industry representatives and academic judges. Participants also got chance to network with like-minded students and representatives from EY, GHD and Grant Thornton.
We are awarded 2018 International GT Ethics Award.
Seven Bridges Walk Volunteering
29 October 2017
On 29 October 2017, USYD BAP members volunteered for the Cancer Council's Seven Bridges Walk to help drive donations in efforts of raising awareness for the cause. This event was done in conjunction with fellow members from the UTS BAP chapter.
During the event, our members were able to give sun screen to participants for donations and supported thousands of people walking for charity. This event also enabled them to facilitate BAP's service activity goals highlighting the focus on giving back to the community.
Semester 2 2017 Meet and Greet + Open House Executive Meeting
14 August 2017
A welcome to semester 2 2017 induction meeting providing a networking opportunity to newly registered members to get to know our executives and find out how Beta Alpha Psi could help them grow.
Additionally, our members were given an exclusive opportunity to participate in our inaugural Open House Executive Meeting where they got a sense of behind-the-scenes view of how the society is run.
CAANZ: Meditation Workshop
6 August 2017
In conjunction with the Finance and Banking Society (FINSOC), Business Information System Association (BISA), Accounting and Auditing Society (AAASOC) and the Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) , BAP’s Sydney Chapter held the Meditation Workshop with huge success.
Throughout the workshop, members had the chance to learn about traditional meditation techniques, hip hop and chocolate meditation with our fabulous yoga instructor Camille. Participants also got chance to network with like-minded students, society executive, and representatives from CA.
2017 BAP Annual Meeting Anaheim
3 - 5 August 2017
In Early August, our executives attended a plethora of unique and impactful workshops, seminars and panels by a range of inspiring speakers in the Annual Conference in Anaheim. They were tremendously motivated to use the knowledge and experience to develop our USYD Chapter over the coming year.
Attendees also had the chance to give back to the Orange County community participating in KPMG's Day of Literacy volunteering event.
Four of our executives also participated in the Best Practice Competition as the winners of Oceania Region against representatives of other 300 US chapters. They delivered presentations of high quality about what we've achieved in the past two semesters and the blueprint for coming future.
Finally, Alex was selected to participate in Project Run With It during the conference and she worked together with other US members to develop and present creative solutions to real business problems for non-for-profit organisations.
Pink Ribbon Day - Cancer Council Australia
October 21 Oct 2016
Happy Pink Ribbon Day!
USYD’s BAP Chapter took to the streets and raised money for the Cancer Council’s annual Pink Ribbon Day. We were able to sell pins, ribbons, pens and bears and were very impressed by the generosity of the public. A special thanks to our devoted members who came out on the hot sunny day for a good cause.
Proceeds from the event will go towards providing support for cancer suffers and cancer research.
BAP USYD was honoured to part of this community service events and looks forward at investing further efforts in activities alike.
High Achiever's Breakfast
4 October 2016
In conjunction with the Sydney University Business Society (SUBS), Sydney Marketing Society (SMS), Accounting and Auditing Society (AAAsoc) and the Work and Organisational Studies Society (WOSOC), BAP’s Sydney Chapter participated in the University of Sydney’s annual High Achiever’s Breakfast.
A highly competitive event, the breakfast recognised the academic and extracurricular achievements of Business School students. This also gave participants the opportunity to network with like-minded students, academics and industry professionals who were in attendance.
It was a great event!
UTS Beta Alpha Psi Banking Panel Event
23 May 2016
Our fellow BAP Chapter at UTS held a Banking Panel on Monday the 23rd of May with several USYD members attending to find out more about a career in financial services. With graduate representatives with experience working with firms such as the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Westpac Banking Corporation members had a fantastic opportunity to discover, learn and network.
We have collaborated with the UTS BAP Chapter for many years and hope to continue running joint events into the future.