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A CEO at 22

December 12, 2018

At age 22, Hannah Mourney already knows what it’s like to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company thanks to an innovative program that has attracted thousands of applicants. She tells us about the program and what she was able to learn from her time in the role.

 

Hannah Mourney hasn’t even graduated from university yet, but has more knowledge of being a CEO than most of us ever will. Well, for that matter, she has more experience in the role than many of us will ever know.

 

Hannah, 22, who is studying for a double degree in biomedical engineering and the arts, completed a one-month CEO internship with Adecco in August after competing against more than 4000 applicants for the role.

 

The internship - which has now been offered for the past five years - allows one tertiary education student in Australia the chance to shadow Rafael Moyano, Australian CEO of The Adecco Group and take on the role of CEO for a full month.

 

“I first saw the program advertised online and, after clicking on a few links, was completely drawn in by the experiences of last year’s Global CEO for One Month, Ed Broadhead,” Hannah says of her decision to apply.

 

“I didn’t need a lot of encouragement. After a little bit of research I was completely sold on the uniqueness of the opportunity. For a global Fortune 500 company to put so much effort and energy into a program designed to hear the voices of young people around the world was inspiring and I knew I wouldn’t come across another opportunity like CEO for One Month.”

 

Moyano says Hannah impressed the judging panel with her analytical skills and her “passion for empowering women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects” having proactively launched the University of Sydney’s Women in Engineering Mentoring Network.

 

Hannah, who is still undecided on whether to pursue a career as a biomedical engineer or in business, is keen to be a CEO and says she feels there is still “a significant amount of work to do to ensure that women and non-binary individuals, have the same opportunity as men in STEM industries”.

 

“There are a lot of programs around to help support and encourage women in the engineering industry, so much so that a few women will never feel that they have faced discrimination because of their gender,” Hannah says.

“This is great. However, the numbers speak for themselves and less than 30 per cent of engineering and IT students at top universities are female. I’m an advocate because I believe there is still w