Queensland Airports has been named Griffith Business School’s Outstanding Industry Partner at the school’s Annual Gala Dinner.

The Australian-ownedairport operator owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports and has partnered with Griffith Business School for several years to provide Work-Integrated Learning opportunities and internships for students, which help to create responsible modern business leaders ready for the future world of work.

Queensland Airports has also employed a large number of Griffith Business School graduates in a variety of roles.

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Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills accepts the Outstanding Industry Partnership Award.

CEO Chris Mills thanked Griffith for the award and the partnership opportunity.

“We have so many relationships at so many levels with Griffith,” he said.

“We have had something like nine interns in the past 12 months, and many more interns going on to permanent positions. It’s great to have them as a part of our team across our diverse business.”

Leesa Watego, GBS Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus of the year.

Leesa Watego, Managing Director of Iscariot Media, was named Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus of the year.

With a focus on creative indigenous solutions for small businesses, Leesa and Iscariot have worked tirelessly to empower Indigenous communities by developing opportunities across the business sector. The Bachelor of Commerce graduate also continues to be a driving force behind Indigenous Business Month.

“My business is really important to me and it’s growing and has been incredible since the Commonwealth Games, but my passion really is Indigenous Business Month and Black Coffee and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce,” said Leesa.

“That’s where I think we can really make a difference.”

The Annual Gala Dinner also paid tribute to the 2019 QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership scholarship recipients Johanna Marsh and Mark Ryan andsome of the business school’s other remarkable alumni, including Outstanding International Alumnus Jacob Hansen-Karaduman, Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Dr Kerry Bodle, Outstanding Young Alumnus Sabrina Aripen and overall Outstanding Alumnus Dr Jennifer Cronin.

The event also raised more than $19,000 for a scholarship for the new Bachelor of Business Innovation launching at the Logan campus in 2020. Head onlineto donate.