Letina Connelly BSc '86
Her career has taken her far and wide around the world, not following a typical path. Ross Peake reports.
Letina Connelly says her ANU Bachelor of Science degree with majors in maths and statistics really stretched her.
“It’s almost like being an athlete – you come in as good raw material and you come out as a really sharp, top-class thinker,” she says. “I remember when I graduated I thought, ‘Wow, I’m a finely-tuned engine now, ready to roll’.”
Her advice to students? “Stretch yourself, see how good you can be, you might surprise yourself.”
Letina has worked for IBM for 32 years – including 18 years overseas, living across four countries – and is now Vice-President Asia Pacific Strategy and Business Development, based in Sydney. “After that length of time overseas, I thought I would anchor back in Australia.”