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Golden Key Spotlight: Marisa Duong

Golden Key Spotlight: Marisa Duong

By Connor Simpson Marisa Duong joined Golden Key in 2017 after discovering the society through her Bachelor of Philosophy degree coordinator. Marisa was seeking the opportunity to develop her academic career and explore fields of research that interested her. After learning more about Golden Key’s […]

How to reach our Human Potential with Stephanie Woollard

How to reach our Human Potential with Stephanie Woollard

At age 22, Stephanie Woollard founded the organisation Seven Women after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. Despite facing harsh discrimination, these women were working hard to make a living. With her last $200, Stephanie paid a trainer to teach the women […]

Leading a successful organisational transformation with Samantha Wilkinson

Leading a successful organisational transformation with Samantha Wilkinson

Transformation in the workplace can be difficult to achieve for many organisations, due to the many unknown impacts it may have on a business. However, there is a way to navigate the complex transformation landscape.

Samantha Wilkinson, an executive-level Human Resources professional, with a blend of expertise in areas including in-house Human Resources leadership and consultancy-based workforce change, recently hosted the GK Webinar Leading a Successful Organisational Transformation.

This session explores how to successfully implement change within an organisation and maximize from the benefits available from transformation.

Samantha says an organisational transformation must be continual and fast paced, and will likely impact many if not all employees. It will also likely impact the businesses purpose, strategy, operating models, structure, processes, systems, capabilities and culture.

“Employees, from time to time, do feel challenged in times of change, and some of those reasons may be a lack of control, historical issues with change, change not being coordinated very well from an organisation,” she says.

“But there are things we can do to support employees in this change journey.”

Samantha went on to detail the reasons an organisational transformation may fail, informing the audience of the key areas they need to be aware of when planning for change in a company setting.

Sharing with the audience Kotter’s eight-step major change model, Samantha then addressed how a successful transformation can occur within an organisation.

“I am going to use a sequential model which shows you how I structure my transformation process in terms of the steps that I take,” Samantha says.

“The first step is establishing a sense of urgency… looking at the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation and also looking at your opportunities and threats.

“Most of you would be familiar with a SWAT analyses. This is actually a really great tool. What is critical here though, is it is a truthful SWAT. You are seeking to look under the carpet and see what real vulnerabilities there may be and what real opportunities may be realized with the transformation.”

Samantha continued explaining the remaining eight steps with enlightening information critical for businesses wishing to implement change within their organisation.

The session is full of helpful tips, and previous experiences which Samantha shared with the audience, truly making this an insightful and informative webinar.

If you are interested in viewing Samantha’s webinar, the full recording of the session is available to all Golden Key members on our YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP1BvrZNuf0&list=PLk3nn4l-rMRLIOjgaXrI3mW7BnFgaNPBo&index=10

Golden Key Spotlight– Kitty Hoi Yan Wong

Golden Key Spotlight– Kitty Hoi Yan Wong

Golden Key strives to encourage its members in three aspects: Academics, Leadership and Service. Kitty Hoi Yan Wong, a Golden Key member since 2017, perfectly encapsulates the values of Golden Key, and her work in Community Service has proved truly impactful to her local community. […]

How doing an internship could change your future

How doing an internship could change your future

Building a successful career is hard. There are so many decisions to make. Countless opportunities. Endless questions to ask. One of the biggest ones that many Golden Key members consider is: should I do an international internship? While it’s not the right choice for everyone, […]

We’re thrilled to welcome our new members

We’re thrilled to welcome our new members

It’s such an exciting time for Golden Key. Lots of our amazing members have recently enjoyed the well-deserved rewards of graduation day. We know you’ve all worked incredibly hard and showed such dedication to your studies–and we’re SO proud of you!

We’re also delighted to welcome lots of new members to Golden Key. And we’re passionate about creating an inspiring environment that supports you as you move through your studies and into your career.

We’re always looking for ways to do better and offer you more! So we’ve put together a little survey to help us understand more about why you joined Golden Key and how we can help you achieve your goals.

If you’re a recently joined member of Golden Key, we’d LOVE it if you could take five minutes to take the survey below:

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If you’re not a member of Golden Key–JOIN TODAY!

With over 2 million inspiring members and growing strong, Golden Key is the world’s leading international honor society. Our amazing members are doing incredible things and changing the world–and we’d love you to be part of it! When you join Golden Key you become part of a vast international network of high achievers, and gain access to a wide range of awards, scholarshipsand special benefits thanks to our terrific partners.

Be part of it.

8 tips for using LinkedIn to stay connected and get ahead fast

8 tips for using LinkedIn to stay connected and get ahead fast

As a university student or young professional, you’re focusing on networking, networking, and more networking. As the hiring process becomes more digital for many companies, social media platforms such as LinkedIn are becoming a vital part of finding a job. If you’re more of a […]

INTRODUCING T.J. SULLIVAN, OUR CLOSING SPEAKER FOR HOUSTON 2019

We have an amazing line-up of inspiring speakers for our 2019 Houston Leadership Summit in July – and today we’d like to introduce you to T.J. Sullivan, who will be our closing speaker for the weekend. T.J. Sullivan is one of the most sought-after college […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Sulihat Aloba

Golden Key Spotlight: Sulihat Aloba

As president of Auburn University’s Golden Key chapter and a representative of the Council of Student Members, Sulihat Aloba shows the same level of devotion to GK as she does to her chemical engineering experiments. A doctoral student at Auburn, Sulihat engineered a turnaround in her GK chapter; from low membership and infrequent meetings to a thriving organization.  She has three practical tips for keeping your chapter vibrant.

Get the word out.

Some students receiving a GK invite don’t know what Golden Key is. “I know that’s something that happened to me when I got an invitation,” Sulihat says. With campus tabling and informational sessions, she transformed student perceptions of Golden Key by talking about leadership opportunities and the chance to study abroad. Originally from Nigeria, Sulihat is especially passionate about sharing all the knowledge she has about GK scholarships with her fellow foreign students, who may not be fully aware of the benefits for non-U.S. residents.

Mix it up.

Having one idea to attract members to Golden Key is great, but finding five fresh ideas is even better. The Auburn chapter has experimented with various approaches to recruitment; free pizza, different meeting times, a point system for graduation swag. All of these worked; for a while. “When you introduce something,” Sulihat says, “it’s new, it’s different and it works.”

After a while, a new idea becomes yesterday’s news and it’s time to get inventive again. Sulihat praises her executive board members for their creativity: “We have a lot of people with good ideas.” And you can never have too many of those!

Bring the fun.

“Golden Key is by invitation and recognizes the top 10% in terms of academics,” Sulihat explains. “So, one of the things people think is we’re all stuck up. Like, we just read, read, read.” Sulihat looks to Michelle Obama’s style of leadership, not only for her inspiring story and strong commitment but also for the sense of fun she brings to everything she does. Sulihat mixes ice breakers and fun activities in with the serious talk to challenge this stereotype. “One of the things I try to do is give us a different image,” she says. “We do well in school, but we also do well outside school.”


Golden Key Scholarships in 2020

Golden Key Scholarships in 2020

Get that scholarship in 2020! If you’re not a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, you’re missing out—big time. We recently have a wide range of scholarships on offer – and all members are eligible to apply in 2020! This is one of […]