Turks & Women in Banking & Finance Scholarship

The Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) Scholarship is now open!

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

The winner of the Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women in 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$15,000.

This Scholarship is open to all members of WiBF. Each entrant must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a 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.

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

  1. 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? 
  2. 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 and to view the terms and conditions please go to: 

The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 10-15 minute interview with the Judging Panel. If we are unable to conduct the finalist interviews in person, they will be held via Zoom.

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. 

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

The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

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

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

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.


Need some inspiration? Hear what past winners have to say about entering the Scholarship

Below is a recording of a WiBF webinar The Step-up: Accelerating your Leadership with 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.


Watch this short video of the 2019 Scholarship winner, Rowena Rees-Poole of Commonwealth Bank.

Past Winner Interviews