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Luminaries Scholarship: Adelaide

Jasmine RichardsLuminaries Scholarship Adelaide Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Would you benefit from 12-months peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities? Apply today and YOU could receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Luminaries membership suitable for women in mid-career/ management stage of their career.

Luminaries members hold manager (of staff or stakeholders) level positions within an organisation. This membership is not suitable for Executives or Entrepreneurs/Business Owners. 

behind closed doors Luminaries membership was created in response to a need for aspiring businesswomen and managers to have a support network where they can discuss professional issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in new environments.

Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded women. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community at a national level.  Scholarship recipients are placed into a Luminaries membership in either Adelaide, Perth, Sydney or Melbourne with a fully funded 12-month membership.

Since 2012, behind closed doors has offered an annual scholarship to an aspiring female leader to receive a 12-month behind closed doors Luminaries membership in Adelaide.

Previous Luminaries Scholarship recipients have included:

2016 Luminaries Scholarship Winner

2018: Adelaide: Sally Woolford, SA Police. Melbourne: Sarah Overton, KPMG. Sydney: Jade Meara, Nutanix.  Perth: Nadine Magill

2017: Adelaide: Jasmine Richards, OZ Minerals and Belinda Latz, K-TIG. Melbourne: Stephanie Miles, Hydrix and Friska Wirya, Worley Parsons. Perth: Erin Gandy, WA Country Health and Candy Choo, LGIS.

2016: Toni Richardson, Manager Engagement and Development, Department for Education and Child Development

2015: Rebecca Lawson, Central Sales Manager, Newscorp

2014: Penny Griggs, General Manager, SALA Festival

2013: Melissa Thredgold, Deputy Principal, St Johns Grammar Junior School

2012: Teresa Yeing, Transformation Consultant, Viterra

The objectives of the Luminaries membership is to:

  • Deliver practical management and leadership sessions to generate more effective leaders.
  • Provide a confidential businesswomen’s support network.
  • Extend individuals personally and professionally.
  • Encourage and support members to nominate for Board and committee positions.
  • Mentor peers to accept greater professional challenges and roles.
  • Assist members to participate in awards programs such as the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
  • Increase the calibre and expertise of female managers and leaders within organisations.
  • Provide a clear development path for women moving through to executive roles.

Luminaries groups meet 10 times a year.  Each session runs for three hours from 12pm to 3pm at a Boardroom located at one of our supporters and includes a light lunch.

behind closed doors Luminaries members also receive:

  • Automatic inclusion into the BoardDirect register
  • Access to a select executive women’s network
  • Professional and personal development in a stimulating environment
  • Exposure and introductions to senior people in business and government
  • Private sessions with local identities and guest speakers
  • Opportunities to discuss professional and personal challenges and strategies in a supportive women’s forum
  • Invitations to Businesswomen’s Connexions (network) events
  • Opportunities for Board Directorships
  • Mentoring with a behind closed doors Executive group member

Visit our Luminaries Membership page for further details.



behind closed doors Luminaries is designed for businesswomen and leaders of the future who are aspiring to move into executive management positions. To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership ability and exceptional teamwork
  • Why the scholarship will benefit you
  • How the scholarship will benefit your organisation
  • Complete the online application form.

Applications for 2019 are closed.

Finalists must be

  • Open to receiving publicity for participating in/receiving the Scholarship
  • Available for finalist interviews on Monday February 4, 2019
  • Available to attend the announcement networking event Tuesday February 12, 2019
  • Able to attend monthly meetings based in the city/city fringe beginning March 2019


If you would like to nominate a business woman who would benefit from a behind closed doors Luminaries scholarship, please provide their name, business and contact details. Submit your nomination via email to


To apply for the behind closed doors Luminaries scholarship you must complete an online application form or request a copy of the form from

Applications Closed Thursday January 24, 2019. 

Judging Process

Upon receipt of written applications, a shortlist of 6 finalists will be invited to attend a 30 minute panel interview on Monday February 4, 2019.

Key Dates

  • December 2018 –  Scholarships launched
  • Thursday January 24, 2019  @ 5pm Applications Close
  • Monday February 4, 2019, Panel Interviews for Finalists in Adelaide
  • Tuesday February 12, 2019 Adelaide Scholarship recipient announced at Back to Business Dinner
  • March 2019 Scholarship recipients commence the first of their 12-month fully funded Luminaries membership


For scholarship enquiries, please contact, behind closed doors Program Manager on 08 8333 4303 or email

For enquiries of how you can obtain a Luminaries membership, please contact behind closed doors on 08 8333 4303 or email

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