Julie's Masai masterclass leads to global leadership scholarship

Between studying Nursing at UWE Bristol and working 12-hour shifts in the NHS, highly motivated alumna Julie Pei found time in her busy schedule to coordinate a fundraising master class on Masai leadership with the support of Bristol Business School.

Learning from the Masai

“I was on the Vice-Chancellor's Student Leadership Programme, and business consultant Chris Howe came in to talk to us. He had worked in Kenya with the Masai tribe and offered to volunteer his time doing a master class on Masai leadership wisdom”.

Julie is second from left

Julie (pictured second from the left), along with UWE Bristol students and staff, took him up on the offer and agreed to use the opportunity to raise money for charity. “We had lots of support from UWE Bristol. Everyone spread the word. There were people from the Business faculty as well as the local business community. They all had a good time.”

“The master class was fascinating. Chris talked about the Masai’s focus on working with and representing the community. In their culture, it’s important to not only give people responsibility, but also to trust them to carry things out. It’s about working together to create better futures.”

The event was a success, raising £1,500, which they donated to provide hygienic toilets for children in a small village in Tanzania.

Julie wins Global Village scholarship

This interest in leadership and global cultures brought Julie to the attention of a Global Village alumnus. He nominated her for a place on their prestigious Future Leaders of Business and Industry course in the US. And shortly afterwards, she was offered sponsorship for a place representing the UK - one of only 100 students from all over the world.

UWE Bristol’s Bristol Business School and Health and Applied Sciences also gave Julie sponsorship for travel and living costs. And during the summer of 2015, she spent five weeks on LeHigh University campus learning all about global leadership.

A life-changing experience

 “The experience really changed me as a person. I loved every moment of it.

“You live together and you learn from each other. We learnt a lot about business, industry and global trends. They teach you about culture and giving back to the community. And it definitely improved my public speaking skills doing presentations in front of 100 people!”

Making a difference in healthcare

“I recently qualified as a registered nurse and got a job on haematology. I’m really excited. I love nursing and I want to get the experience. But in the future, I’d like to make a difference to nursing. I’d like to do a Masters on the business side of healthcare. Healthcare can always improve and it would be good to help make that change.”

Asked how she would like to apply her global leadership expertise, Julie says, “our healthcare system is really different from the rest of the world. I love our healthcare system and I’d like to keep it the way it is. But to maintain it would take a lot of work. So I’d like to learn what other countries around the world are doing so we can hopefully apply it here.”

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