Wollongong conveyancer and small business owner Lauren Buhagiar is in the middle of a prestigious Advanced Leadership Program Scholarship by Women and Leadership Australia.
Ms Buhagiar is the founder of a rapidly growing enterprise and is one of a group of award winning businesswomen invited to be interviewed on a panel at Illawarra Women in Business’s annual conference day and expo next week.
“It is a year long course that runs until March next year,” she said.
“It is going really well. We are learning things about mindful leadership, how to build high powered teams. I am really enjoying it. I am learning a lot.”
The course involves a mix of webinars and two sessions in Sydney.
During the last decade Ms Buhagiar, of Active Property Conveyancing, has taken her business from a one person operation to a team of nine and continues to look to employ more people as it continues to grow.
“And this year we are going to have a record year,” she said.
“And we are a finalist in next week’s Illawarra Business Awards for three awards. And we have just found out we are a national finalist in the Optus My Business Awards for property business of the year.”
After completing her degree at Macquarie University she came back to Wollongong where she grew up and worked in conveyancing with two law firms before deciding to start her own business that specialised in the field.
The former Saint Mary’s student owes her business success and the rapid ongoing growth of Active Property Conveyancing to the personalised service approach she adopted from the very start, the great relationship she has developed with her team and giving referers to her business service as well.
The business is continually being recognised for success and the $9000 scholarship is part of a national initiative dedicated to supporting higher representation of female leadership in Australia’s workforce.
Ms Buhagiar is one of only a few women in Australia to receive the coveted scholarship in 2017.
To be honoured in such a way a recipient must be considered to have great leadership and mentorship potential in their qualified field.
She said working in such a great team environment also allowed her to be able to do school drop-offs and pick-ups. She has two young children Emily, 6, and Liam, 4.
Her husband Matthew Clark, owns RAMS Home Loans.
She is also active in the Illawarra business community attending many networking events and supports many local causes and community activities.
The $9,000 scholarship is considered a significant achievement because it is the highest amount an individual can receive from Advanced Leadership Program Scholarship by Women and Leadership Australia.
It also recognises Ms Buhagiar’s commitment to the Illawarra.