2020 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship

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

Major Prize

The Scholarship Winner will travel to Melbourne to participate in the Women in Leadership Program in October 2021 (dates TBC), 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

To apply for the scholarship, members will need to prepare a brief essay response to either of the following application questions:

QUESTION 1: What do you think will be the positive impacts of the response to COVID-19; both within your organisation and the broader financial ecosystem (customers, suppliers etc) in terms of gender equality? 

QUESTION 2: What do you see as the key impacts and implications for consumers of financial services in an open banking regime, as the world continues to embrace digital pathways to conducting business? 

Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of your response to this question, noting the limit of 3,500 characters (including spaces), as well as your responses to questions pertaining to:

The 2020 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Flyer

Terms and Conditions – 2020 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Terms & Conditions

TurksLegal and Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) are delighted to announce Rowena Rees-Poole, Head of Communications, Media & Technology, Client Solutions Group, Institutional Banking & Markets, Commonwealth Bank as the winner of the 2019 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship.  Read the full announcement here.

Watch our interview with the 2019 Scholarship recipient, Rowena Rees-Poole from Commonwealth Bank in the video window below.

Watch our interview with the 2018 Scholarship recipient, Michelle Erdosi from Bank of Queensland in the video window below.

Click here to watch the interview with 2017 winner, Deborah Beeck.

Click here to watch the interview with 2016 winner, Emily Smith.

2020 Scholarship Judging Panel

The judging panel comprises 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
  • David McCrostie, Partner, Head of Banking, TurksLegal

Judging Process

The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 10-30 minute interview with the Judging Panel during the week commencing 23 November 2020.

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 2020/early 2021 (details TBC ).

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

Applications

OPEN: Thursday 10 September 2020

CLOSE: 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 21 October 2020

Who can Enter

The Scholarship is open to all current financial Individual Members of WiBF or empolyees 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:

How to Enter

To apply, entrants must complete an online application form (on the WiBF website) and answer in a business case framework in 3,500 characters including spaces (or less) either of the following application questions:

QUESTION 1: What do you think will be the positive impacts of the response to COVID-19; both within your organisation and the broader financial ecosystem (customers, suppliers etc) in terms of gender equality?

QUESTION 2: What do you see as the key impacts and implications for consumers of financial services in an open banking regime, as the world continues to embrace digital pathways to conducting business?

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