Florence Van Dyke

Florence Van Dyke is studying a Master of Laws at the University of California Berkely, she has passed the Fall Semester with Honors but for her, the experiences and connections are what have been life-changing. Florence has a keen passion for leading a Zero-Carbon change globally which is her main focus once she completes her Masters. Below we share an excerpt from her progress report to date:

"I am learning equally from my fellow students who represent over forty countries. I am grateful to be building friendships with bright and diverse minds from across the globe and learning from them both in and outside the classroom. One of my favourite classes to date was a Pathways to Carbon Neutrality class where five students who had represented their country or organisation at COP26 reported back to the class. Their insights from the event were fascinating and covered issues such as the storage of nuclear waste in California to water rights in Chile. Outside the classroom I am learning just as much: social gatherings held by my peers include celebrations for Mexican Independence Day; Diwali and Día de los Muertos. Needless to say, I have made life-long friends. 

In December I spoke at the Global Women SF Launch Event 2021 alongside female leaders in California, including the State Treasurer, Fiona Ma. The event, which focused on values-led women entrepreneurs, was hugely inspiring. I left feeling connected to the other attendees in the Bay Area which I now call home. I have support and comradeship from this community. Several of my Berkeley classmates attended and made connections through speakers and attendees. I have connected Global Women SF with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and a values-aligned group in New Zealand that I sit on the Steering Committee for: Future Food Aotearoa. We are planning to hold an online event this quarter, hosted by Future Food Aotearoa, Berkeley Centre for Responsible Business and Global Women SF for export-focused entrepreneurs in the food and beverage sector."

Please click below for the full report:

PDF icon Report to Yvonne Smith Scholarship (1).pdf

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