The Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship

*Congratulations Christina Cardarello, Bank of Queensland, winner of the 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship.**

Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its eighth year, the 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between TurksLegal and WiBF to provide WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Turks and Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) are delighted to announce Christina Cardarello, Senior Manager of Retail Change and Communications at Bank of Queensland as the winner of the 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship.

Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its eighth year, the 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between Turks and WiBF to provide WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Christina submitted a very articulate and considered response to the question on where the banking and finance sector should be prioritising Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) efforts, and how she would engage with staff and other stakeholders on this subject and impressed the judging panel with her energy and enthusiasm to support gender diversity as an ambassador of WiBF.

As the winner, Christina will participate in the Women in Leadership Program in 2022; a one-week course run by the highly esteemed Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. The program is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society.

“We congratulate Christina on being awarded the 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship. Christina’s written response to the ESG question and the opportunities presented by distributed ledger technologies was incredibly thought-provoking, and her enthusiasm and authenticity at interview saw her triumph on the day. We are confident that Christina will benefit greatly from participating in the Women in Leadership Program and will inspire others at Bank of Queensland and the sector generally. Thank you to all applicants for the time they took to apply and to the finalists for participating in a high-quality interview process. Thank you to the judges and the staff at WiBF and Turks that make the Scholarship as successful and aspirational as it is.”, said David McCrostie, Partner and Practice Group Leader of Turks’ Banking & Finance practice and member of the Scholarship judging panel.

The judges found this year’s Scholarship extremely difficult to judge due to the high quality of the written entries and the impressive performances of the finalists at interview. All of the applicants were inspirational. In the end, the judges agreed that Christina was a stand-out applicant and were truly delighted to see her win.

The 2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship will open in July 2022.

Major Prize

The Scholarship Winner will travel to Melbourne to participate in the Women in Leadership Program, a one week course run by the highly esteemed Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. Melbourne Business School is one of just three Australian business schools in the Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings 2020.

This course is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society. It provides established women leaders with the opportunity to invest in themselves, and transform the way that they lead, influence and innovate in organisations and challenging contexts. The prize includes return flights (for non-Melbourne residents), course fees, materials, meals and accommodation valued at up to AU$11,000.

Application Process

Applications for the 2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship open July 2022. 

To apply for the scholarship, members will need to prepare a brief essay response to a question provided prior to each annual scholarship launch, submitted through the Member Dashboard.

Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of responses, within the 3,500 character limit (including spaces), as well as responses to questions pertaining to the applicant’s experience and passions within the banking and finance sector.

Hear from past winners

Be inspired and get some handy tips for your application from past winners of the Turks WiBF Scholarship:

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.

2021 Scholarship Judging Panel

The 2021 judging panel comprised the following senior industry leaders:

  • Sally Auld, Chief Investment Officer, JBWere
  • Fiona Lawrence, Group Risk, General Manager, Compliance, Bank of Queensland
  • Belinda McGuinness, Executive Director, Group Integrity Officer, Macquarie Group
  • Julie Hunter, Managing Director, Banks and Government Client Solutions, CBA and WiBF President
  • Jen Dalitz, Chief Executive Officer, WiBF
  • Kiri Brain, Chief Executive Officer, TurksLegal
  • David McCrostie, Partner, Head of Banking, TurksLegal
 

Applications

2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship applications open in July 2022.

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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