Meet our Alumni: Rachel Sakurai
Rachel Sakurai (Condos 1999) continues to add to her long list of achievements, recently accepting a mentor position for the Minerva Network to support Australian women in the business of sport as we experience the impacts and challenges felt by COVID19.
Rachel has shared her excitement to join an elite group of influential Australian Women at Minerva Network as a business Mentor to Professional Women athletes. “St Aidan’s gave me the confidence to embrace my authentic self through a supportive environment built on strong core values. The ethics and attributes instilled during my schooling years from the teachers and my parents, have been the fundamental building blocks to my corporate successes.”
At the end of high school, when most students are excitedly looking forward to schoolies, Rachel Sakurai, then just 17, opted to travel overseas and begin a humanitarian quest to make a difference in the lives of others, which she has continued to this day.
Rachel is now an Executive General Leader at Computershare and has more than 14 years'experience in the financial services industry and the not-for-profit sector. And yet, it was a geography lesson at St Aidan’s in Year 11 that would have a profound effect on teenage Rachel.
“I can always remember seeing a picture in class of a young malnourished child in Africa. I felt that his eyes were staring at me and asking for help,” she says.
This realisation came at the same time as an accident on the Brisbane River claimed the life of one of her friends and Rachel felt she needed to make a difference in the lives of others.
To this day Rachel is heavily involved in World Youth International and the organisation’s work in Nepal. She has already sponsored several children, giving them the chance of an education and life-changing opportunities. She also sits on the St Aidan’s Foundation and the Computershare Global Change a Life committee.