Mining and Resources Sectors Focus on Female Leadership

Three talented women working across the mining and resources sector have been awarded scholarships that will focus on their careers as leaders.

For the third year running, Behind Closed Doors (BCD), a leading professional development and mentoring company that connects businesswomen, has joined forces with Beach Energy and OZ Minerals to offer the 12-month scholarships.

“Our Luminaries scholarships were designed to bring the next generation of women business leaders together where they can discuss business, issues, challenges and strategies and encourage each other to extend themselves further,” Founder and Managing Director of BCD, Donny Walford said.

The outstanding group of businesswomen from Beach Energy and OZ Minerals were selected from an impressive field of applicants from both companies and were today presented with their coveted scholarships.

Beach Energy’s senior geophysicist Selina Wallace has 10+ years experience onshore and offshore throughout Australia, Egypt and Black Sea Romania.  Her role has primarily been oil and gas field exploration, exploitation and development geophysics. At Beach Energy, she is responsible for Beach’s Egyptian and Romanian acreage with occasional secondment into the New Ventures team

“I want to use the Luminaries scholarship to help me consider the direction I would like to take my career moving forward,” Ms Wallace said.

“I have always considered myself as a highly skilled technical person, but I also have a wide breadth of other interpersonal and strategic skills.  I am looking forward to further developing my non-technical skills to clarify my career direction,” she said.

Legal Counsel for Beach Energy, Alison Williams has 10+ years experience in the legal profession and as Legal Counsel at Beach, provides legal support and representation on matters related to Beach’s projects and legal relationships. Alison provides advice on a range of issues to ensure the company complies with its legal obligations and maximises corporate opportunities.

“The valuable opportunities offered by the Luminaries scholarship will benefit both me and Beach Energy as I acquire knowledge and gain experience through interacting with, and learning from, senior people in business, industry and government in South Australia,” Ms Williams said.

OZ Minerals’ Management Accountant Kimberly Sczesny works closely with the site management team for the delivery of budget and forecast for the Prominent Hill mine site.  She has a pivotal role in the completion of end of month reporting and cost analysis for the Prominent Hill mine site.

“I work in a male dominated team within a male dominated industry and so I am particularly looking forward to the benefits from the support network of professional women that I will gain access to through the Luminaries program.” Ms Sczesny said.

Ms Walford said the scholarships will provide the winners with access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks.

“It’s a testament to both Beach Energy and OZ Minerals that they’ve embraced the BCD Luminaries program, which has proved to be of great interest to their aspiring future female leaders.”

“During the 12-month program, the group will meet monthly 10 times a year for intense three hour sessions carefully designed to assist participants in becoming more effective leaders,” she said.

L to R – Alison Williams, Selina Wallace, Kimberly Sczesny

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