Melbourne’s Karen Wright, Executive Assistant to the CEO at Click Energy Group, has won a scholarship for an intensive professional development and mentoring program for Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants.
The Behind Closed Doors (BCD) Executive Assistants program offers EAs and PAs the opportunity to develop their skills and networks.
Announcing the Scholarship Winner, BCD Managing Director, Donny Walford said, “EA and PA roles within an organisation are demanding, highly influential and they represent the thoughts and views of the Executive they support. Success as an EA doesn’t come easily. To thrive within the upper echelons of an organisation EA’s must be able to work effectively with all kinds of people and forge strong business relationships.”
Ms Walford established the professional development and mentoring program in Adelaide seven years ago in response to a gap in the market for professional development and female support networks, where businesswomen can discuss strategies, 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 their environments. The Melbourne Executive Assistants program was established in 2014, following successful programs running in Adelaide.
Ms Walford said the scholarship program provides an opportunity for EAs and PAs to build their confidence and is also aimed at increasing the calibre and expertise of EAs and PAs within organisations.
“Women often need to build their confidence and position themselves at work and in the marketplace to secure senior EA and PA roles. The BCD Executive Assistants program aims to develop emotional intelligence, strategic thinking and deliver practical skills sessions relevant to EAs and PAs.”
Ms Wright is looking to use the 12 month scholarship to broaden her networks and extend herself professionally.
“I know the Behind Closed Doors EA program will greatly assist my professional and personal development. I am looking forward to the opportunity to regularly network and interact with likeminded professionals and share in their experiences,” Ms Wright said when she applied for the scholarship.
“I currently work for an organisation that has a small headcount and I have no one within the business who performs a role similar to mine. As a result, I sometimes feel that I am missing opportunities to drive better outcomes for the business because I don’t have the ability to talk through ideas with my peers. The expertise of the women I will meet on the BCD program and the insights I gain, will be invaluable for me,” Ms Wright said.
The runner up for the BCD scholarship was Mandy Dalton, Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary, Executive Services Division for the Department of Health and Human Services.