Melbourne Luminaries Scholarship

Belinda Latz and Donny Walford
Melbourne Luminaries Scholarship applications for 2017 are now open.

Congratulations to 2017 Adelaide Luminaries Scholarship Recipient, Jasmine Richards, OZ Minerals who received the BCD funded scholarship in March and Belinda Latz, K-TIG who received the Australian Government Grant funded scholarship in June.

In Perth, BCD have also awarded two Luminaries Scholarships in 2017 to Candy Choo and Erin Gandy.

Applications are now open from Melbourne based female aspiring leaders. Two fully-funded 12-month memberships will be awarded in Melbourne.

behind closed doors Luminaries membership was created in response to a need for aspiring businesswomen 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 businesswomen. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community at a national level.

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.

Previous Luminaries Scholarship recipients have included:

2016 Luminaries Scholarship Winner

2017: Jasmine Richards, OZ Minerals, Belinda Latz, K-TIG, Erin Gandy, WA Country Health Service and Candy Choo, LGIS WA.

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.

The scholarship recipient will be assigned to a behind closed doors Luminaries group in Melbourne.

Melbourne  Luminaries groups meet 10 times a year.  Each session runs for three hours  at a Boardroom located at one of our supporters.

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

Finalists must be

  • Open to receiving publicity for participating in/receiving the Scholarship
  • Available for finalist interviews to be held either 18 or 19 July 2017.
  • Available to attend the announcement networking event to be held 5:30pm Tuesday 8 August 2017.
  • Based in Melbourne and able to attend monthly meetings based in the city/city fringe


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 submit:

  • in 1,000 words or less, an application addressing the three eligibility criteria
    • Leadership ability and exceptional teamwork
    • Why the scholarship will benefit you
    • How the scholarship will benefit your organisation
  • 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 Monday July 10, 2017.

Judging Process

Upon receipt of written applications, a shortlist of 6 finalists will be invited to attend a 30 minute panel interview in the CBD.  Finalists will be scheduled an interview time between 9am and 4pm Tuesday 18 or Wednesday 19 July 2017.

Finalists will be invited to attend the behind closed doors Connexions event to be held Tuesday 8 August from 5:30pm. The two recipients of the scholarship will be announced publicly at this event.

Key Dates 2017

  • 10 July 2017 5pm, Applications Close
  • 17 and 18 July 2017, Finalist Panel Interviews
  • 8 August 2017. 5:30pm, Winner Announced at Connexions Event


Penny Reidy Marketing Manager

For scholarship enquiries, please contact Penny Reidy, behind closed doors Marketing 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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