The Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship

Applications for the 2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship are now open!

#MAJOR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE VALUED AT UP TO $15,000

We are very excited to announce a return of the international component of the major prize!

The winner will win a trip to the USA to participate in The Women in Leadership Program in 2023, run by the highly esteemed Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Darden Executive Education has been ranked #1 Education Experience in the U.S in The Economist, 2011-19!

The Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship, now in its ninth year, is an exciting joint initiative between Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) to support the professional growth of excellence in the industry by providing WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Be inspired and watch this short video of past scholarship winners Michelle Erdosi, Bank of Queensland, Deborah Beeck, ANZ and Katrina Francis, Toyota Finance Australia on how they accelerated their leadership with the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship.

How to Enter

To apply, entrants must complete an online application form (on the WiBF Member Dashboard) and provide a response not exceeding 3,500 characters (including spaces) (approx. 500 words) to one of the following two questions:

Q1.

As CEO of an organisation (not your current employer), how would you go about making sure it was an inclusive organisation? How would you measure a tangible impact, internally & externally?

Q2.

What do you see will be the three biggest training gaps for women in the banking and finance sector five years from now and why?

To complete the online application form please login to your WiBF Member Dashboard.

Applications *extended* now closes at 5pm (AEST) on 16 September 2022.

Download the 2022 brochure.

Major Prize

The winner of the Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women’s Leadership Program in 2023 (17 April – 21 April 2023), a one week course run by the highly esteemed Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Darden Executive Education has been ranked #1 Education Experience in the U.S in The Economist, 2011-19.

This course is designed to help women assess and address their unique strengths and challenges, as well as navigate the frequently complex dynamics of strategic business leadership. The prize includes return flights, course fees, materials, meals and accommodation valued at up to AU$11,000.

Who can Enter

The Scholarship is open to all Australian resident members of WiBF. Each entrant must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a WiBF Corporate Member. Entrants must work in the Banking and Finance industry. Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in a banking or financial organisation and be keen to take the next step in their career. The Scholarship particularly invites applicants with demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to creating positive change for future women leaders in the banking and financial services sector.

View the full terms and conditions.

Judging Process

The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 15 minute interview with the Judging Panel during the week commencing 31 October 2022.

Following the interviews, the finalist determined by the Judging Panel to have produced the best written and personal response will be awarded the Major Prize. The Scholarship Winner will be announced by WiBF in late 2022 (details TBC).

Notification will be given to the Scholarship Winner as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the judging.

Further information is available on the Turks and WiBF websites.

Hear from past winners

Hear from the 2019 Scholarship winner, Rowena Rees-Poole from Commonwealth Bank:

Watch our interviews to find out more with the 2018 Scholarship winner, Michelle Erdosi, 2017 winner, Deborah Beeck or 2016 winner, Emily Smith.

2022 Scholarship Judging Panel

The 2022 judging panel comprised the following senior industry leaders:

  • Stephanie Girard, WiBF, CEO
  • Sangeeta Venkatesan, WiBF, President
  • Melanie Willis, Challenger Limited, Non Executive Director
  • Belinda McGuinness, Macquarie Group, Group Integrity Officer
  • Sally Auld, JBWere, Chief Investment Officer
  • Kiri Brain, Turks, CEO

Applications

2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship applications opens on 26th July 2022, and closes 6th September 2022 5:00pm AEST 

Who can Enter

The Scholarship is open to all current financial Individual Members of WiBF or employees of a WiBF corporate member. Entrants must work in the Banking and Finance industry. Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years experience working in a banking or financial organisation and be keen to take the next step in their career. The scholarship particularly invites applicants with demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to creating positive change for future women leaders in the banking and financial services sector.

Application Criteria

Applicants must complete the online form via the WiBF website providing:

We acknowledge past winners of the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship:

2021: Christina Cardarello, Bank of Queensland
2020: Katrina Francis, Toyota Finance Australia
2019: Rowena Rees-Poole, Commonwealth Bank
2018: Michelle Erdosi, Bank of Queensland
2017: Deborah Beeck, ANZ
2016: Emily Smith, Deutsche Bank
2015: Kate Birchall, NAB
2014: Kristeen Adam-Smith, Westpac

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