behind closed doors’ Sydney Luminaries Scholarship Awarded to Nutanix’s Jade Meara

Jade Mearabehind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Sydney 2018 Luminaries Scholarship, providing a 12-month fully funded membership of professional and personal development, has been awarded to Jade Meara, Head of Marketing ANZ at Nutanix.

Announcing the results, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the scholarship is awarded to a successful woman seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions.

“The only female on her organisations’ senior leadership team in ANZ, the scholarship will provide Jade an opportunity to tap into the acumen of other leading business women in Sydney to share ideas, take on new challenges and accept new opportunities. An advocate for diversifying the IT industry and promoting women in STEM careers, Jade was an ideal candidate to receive the scholarship.“

“I extend my congratulations to our winner, Jade Meara, as well as our worthy runners up, Dr Nicole Manktelow, Director Counseling Services at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia and Cassandra Irvine, Director of Finance at Intact Group.” Ms Walford said.

Ms Meara has spent her entire career in technology marketing; she is looking forward to the fresh perspectives and ideas she will gain from participating in a peer-mentoring group made up of a diversified range of industries.

“As Head of Marketing, leading a team of young and ambitious marketers, I need to collaborate extensively with key stakeholders across the business. The skills, experience and advice I will gain from my BCD membership will be invaluable to my leadership journey.” Ms Meara said.

In accepting the award, Ms Meara acknowledged the Luminaries membership would enable her to not only progress personally but also give her the opportunity to be a part of inspiring others on the value of investing in development opportunities for females working in STEM industries.

The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500.

BCD Luminaries was created in response to an identified need for motivated businesswomen to have a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encouraging each other to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments.

Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for group 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.

“One of its major aims,” concluded Ms Walford, “is to increase women’s representation on Boards, committees and in executive management roles and BCD has an enviable track record in successfully supporting our members to achieve these types of roles.”

BCD has awarded 12-month fully funded Luminaries memberships as scholarships annually in Adelaide for seven years. In 2018 Luminaries scholarships are offered also in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Issued by:

Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 or

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