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TurksLegal Women in Banking & Finance Leadership Scholarship

The winner is... Michelle Erdosi, Bank of QueenslandClick here for further information.

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

Who can Enter the Scholarship

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. The Scholarship particularly invites applicants with mid-level management experience in their organisation i.e. 7-10 years working in a banking or financial organisation and who are keen to take the next step in their banking and financial services career.

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 at the offices of TurksLegal, Level 44, 2 Park Street, Sydney during the week commencing 24 September 2018. 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 and be announced as the Scholarship Winner at the WiBF Leadership Series Business Lunch in Melbourne to be held on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

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

Major Prize
The winner of the Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women’s Leadership Program in 2019 (Monday, 29 April 2019 - Friday, 3 May 2019), 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 in the world for faculty, facilities and course design in the Financial Times 2017 Executive Education rankings!

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.

Watch our interview with the 2017 Scholarship winner, Deborah Beeck, Director, ANZ available to view on the TurksLegal and WiBF websites.

2018 Scholarship Judging Panel
The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

  • Melanie Willis, Non-Executive Director, Challenger Limited
  • Fiona Harding, General Manager - Legal, Retail and Resolution Advisory, Bank of Queensland
  • Belinda McGuinness, Director, Integrity Officer, Macquarie Group
  • Julie Hunter , Managing Director, Health, Education & Government Institutional Banking & Markets, CBA and WiBF President
  • Jen Dalitz, Chief Executive Officer, WiBF
  • David McCrostie, Partner & Practice Group Leader Banking, TurksLegal
  • Lisa Morrissey, Partner, Banking, TurksLegal