Adelaide: Executive Not for Profit Scholarships

Cathie Brown and Kate RushNot for Profit and NGO organisations play a vital role in our society and are the social fabric that holds our community together.

The behind closed doors Executive Not for Profit and NGO scholarships offer Executive women in the sector the opportunity to further expand and challenge their current leadership and business practices to further enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of our society.

The scholarships take the form of an annual membership in the behind closed doors Adelaide Executive membership valued at $7,500 plus GST. Thanks to the support of the Australian Government, in 2017 we are offering two x 12-month memberships.

Congratulations to 2017 recipients Cathie Brown and Kate Rush who were announced as the winners at our Connexions event in Adelaide on June 13. Read more….

Established in July 2008, the behind closed doors Executive Membership is exclusively for high level businesswomen to expand their knowledge and to share their vast amount of business experience within their peer group. The Executive Membership was formed for executive women and business owners so that members could speak openly and honestly about current and emerging issues businesswomen are faced with every day, with a group of like-minded women.

The membership’s objectives aim to:
•  Provide a confidential businesswomen’s support network
•  Mentor peers to accept greater professional challenges
•  Provide an avenue for appropriate, challenging, executive and board level, cross industry, experiential learning from a group of outstanding business people
•  Create a virtual board scenario where issues/challenges can be tabled with a high calibre, invaluable and diverse sounding board, in a strictly confidential environment
•  Deliver professional development sessions to extend members personally and professionally
•  Keep abreast of legislation, executive and directors issues and challenges, governance and best practice

The winners of the Executive scholarships will be assigned to a behind closed doors Executive group in Adelaide. The Executive groups are facilitated by high level, experienced Executives and Board Directors. The groups meet 11 times a year and each session runs for three hours in a Boardroom located in the CBD.

The winner of the behind closed doors Executive scholarships will also receive:

•  A professional sounding board in a safe environment to speak openly and honestly about their challenges, strategies and issues
•  Access to a select executive women’s network and referral sources
•  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
•  Invitations to Quarterly Businesswomen’s Connexions (network) functions
•  Opportunities for Board Directorships

Visit our Executive Membership page for further details.

Scholarship Process


The behind closed doors Executive membership is designed for high level businesswomen and leaders of Not for Profit/NGO organisations. To be eligible, you must currently be in an executive leadership role (i.e. CEO, Managing Director, and General Manager) and can demonstrate:

•  An ability to develop and maintain the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of a Not for Profit/NGO organisation
•  Innovative and progressive leadership
•  A high level of integrity and positive value
•  Why the scholarship will benefit you
•  How the scholarship will benefit your organisation

Finalists must be

  • Open to receiving publicity for participating in/receiving the Scholarship
  • Available for finalist interviews to be held between 9:30am and 4pm Thursday June 8 2017.
  • Available to attend the announcement networking event to be held 5:30pm Tuesday 13 June 2017.
  • Based in Adelaide and able to attend monthly meetings based in the city/city fringe
  • Available to commence the behind closed doors Luminaries scholarship in July 2017.


To apply for the behind closed doors Executive scholarship you must submit:

  • in 1,000 words or less, an application addressing the eligibility criteria
  • a one-page curriculum vitae and
  • a high resolution head and shoulders professional photo of yourself that can be used on our website/social media and in any media announcements relating to the Behind Closed Doors Scholarship.  By submitting your photograph, you agree to grant Behind Closed Doors a perpetual, royalty-free, non exclusive right to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, make available to the public and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your photograph worldwide.

Applications must be emailed to by 5pm Thursday 25 May, 2017.


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

Judging Process

Upon receipt of written applications, a shortlist of 6 finalists will be invited to attend a 30 minute panel interview at behind closed doors Rose Park office.  Finalists will be scheduled an interview time between 9am and 4pm Thursday 8 June 2017.

The final three finalists will then be invited to attend the behind closed doors Connexions event to be held Tuesday 13 June from 5:30pm. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced publicly at this event.

Key Dates


For any enquiries, please contact behind closed doors  on 08 8333 4303 or 

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