My early experience of Curtin is via my mum, who was for many years a staff member. As a young person I witnessed her professional satisfaction and growth from working for a forward-thinking institution. I am sure that it planted the seed for what I hoped to gain from my own professional career. Over the years through mum, I met a number of other Curtin staff, many with a particular gleam of energy in their eyes, sharp minds, and a sense of purpose as they pushed the boundaries of academic thought or revelled in nurturing their students. Years later finding myself working at Curtin, I am pleased to discover that the same feel retains – that it is an institution made of committed staff members collectively keen to make things happen.