Scholarship search for star standouts

The road along the corporate ladder can be a difficult journey and to help female leaders of the future best prepare themselves behind closed doors is searching for the star candidate for its 2012 Luminaries Scholarship.

With the scholarship now in its second year, Program Manager Debra Long, said it was the perfect opportunity for women to expand their leadership and management skills in preparation for the next step in their career.

“The scholarship takes the form of an annual membership in the behind closed doors Luminaries Program run in South Australia and is valued at more than $5000,” Ms Long said.

“The Luminaries Program was created in response to a growing need by emerging women in leadership who are interested in moving into executive roles, to have a support network where they can discuss professional challenges, ideas and insights in a totally confidential environment and encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in their careers.

“The scholarship winner will join a group that is facilitated by one of SA’s leading businesswomen, Linda Bowes, and can draw on her experience working in senior management and chief executive roles in marketing, real estate, local government, the wine industry and the arts.”

Handing over the scholarship reigns is 2011 Winner Melissa Mailler, the Executive Assistant to Crows CEO Steven Trigg.

Ms Mailler said the past 12 months had been a life-changing experience full of learnings and opportunities which had helped to further her career and networks.

“I encourage professional women to put themselves forward and apply for this exceptional opportunity,” she said.

The group meets 10 times a year from February to November with each daytime session running for three hours at an Adelaide CBD boardroom.

As part of the eligibility criteria, applicants must be businesswomen currently working in a leadership or people management role and aspire to move into an executive management position and/or female business owners who are leading a team of employees.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm, Thursday, January 19 2012, with the winner announced at the behind closed doors “Back to Business” dinner on Thursday, February 16 2012.

More information on the scholarship can be found here.

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