Lunch with Jane Goodall and Jon Lamonte: An Interview with Joe Beach

Joe Beach is a graduate currently working on the North West Project Delivery for Sydney Metro.

On 3 May 2019, Joe attended a lunch with the CEO of Sydney Metro, Jon Lamonte, and the world’s leading authority on chimpanzees, environmental and community conservationist, Jane Goodall.

We interviewed Joe to learn more about his experiences and noted them below.

How did you land this opportunity?

The official invite was for Jon and he had the option of bringing a plus one. Jon believed that this experience would be an amazing development opportunity for a young Sydney Metro graduate to attend. Seeing this as an amazing development opportunity, he offered graduates placed in Metro with the chance to apply for the lunch. After applying, I was lucky enough to be chosen.

What was the event like?

With a limited amount of invitations, the lunch was quite an intimate event. It started with a vegetarian lunch and some social networking, followed by a talk by Jane Goodall who shared stories of her journey and how her passion for supporting chimpanzees started at the very young age of 4. Jane also described in detail how her work has brought on her passion for community and environmental conservation. Jane was very inspiring, and I was surprised that she spoke less about environmental destruction and focused more on how there was still hope. In her own words, she described how nature always finds a way of “bouncing back”.

In your experience, what were some of the highlights of the event?

Some of the highlights had to be sharing the taxi rides with Jon and witnessing Jane’s passion. Through my discussions with Jon, he showed how invested he is in sustainability and conservation – particularly in his continual efforts to learn more about sustainable challenges and solutions. Jane followed on by imparting genuine encouragement to “follow your heart”. It was an amazing and humbling experience which has inspired me to be more dedicated to sustainability and driven to creating a better future for the next generations.

Joe Beach, Graduate, Jane Goodall, anthropologist, and Jon Lamonte, CEO Sydney Metro

Joe Beach is a graduate currently working on the North West Project Delivery for Sydney Metro.

On 3 May 2019, Joe attended a lunch with the CEO of Sydney Metro, Jon Lamonte, and the world’s leading authority on chimpanzees, environmental and community conservationist, Jane Goodall.

We interviewed Joe to learn more about his experiences and noted them below.

How did you land this opportunity?

The official invite was for Jon and he had the option of bringing a plus one. Jon believed that this experience would be an amazing development opportunity for a young Sydney Metro graduate to attend. Seeing this as an amazing development opportunity, he offered graduates placed in Metro with the chance to apply for the lunch. After applying, I was lucky enough to be chosen.

What was the event like?

With a limited amount of invitations, the lunch was quite an intimate event. It started with a vegetarian lunch and some social networking, followed by a talk by Jane Goodall who shared stories of her journey and how her passion for supporting chimpanzees started at the very young age of 4. Jane also described in detail how her work has brought on her passion for community and environmental conservation. Jane was very inspiring, and I was surprised that she spoke less about environmental destruction and focused more on how there was still hope. In her own words, she described how nature always finds a way of “bouncing back”.

In your experience, what were some of the highlights of the event?

Some of the highlights had to be sharing the taxi rides with Jon and witnessing Jane’s passion. Through my discussions with Jon, he showed how invested he is in sustainability and conservation – particularly in his continual efforts to learn more about sustainable challenges and solutions. Jane followed on by imparting genuine encouragement to “follow your heart”. It was an amazing and humbling experience which has inspired me to be more dedicated to sustainability and driven to creating a better future for the next generations.

Joe Beach, Graduate, Jane Goodall, anthropologist, and Jon Lamonte, CEO Sydney Metro

Page published: 30 May 2019, 09:00