News Corp Central Sales Manager, Rebecca Lawson is the winner of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship for 2015.
Announcing the winner and runners-up at BCD’s Back to Business dinner last night, Founder of the respected professional development, mentoring and networking company Donny Walford, said the 12-month 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.
“I extend my congratulations to our winner, Rebecca Lawson, as well as our worthy runners up, Christie Brock, the Executive Manager Marketing, Products & People at Police Credit Union, and Social and Digital Media Consultant at Hughes Public Relations, Alli Evans,” Ms Walford said.
“Rebecca’s leadership skills and emphasis on creating a team culture at News Corp made her the judges’ unanimous candidate of choice. While she has already achieved much professionally, she clearly has her sights set on so much more and her career aspirations will doubtless benefit from the Luminaries Scholarship.”
Ms Lawson, an Arts graduate from the University of Minnesota, believes the Luminaries Scholarship experience will not only benefit her personally and professionally but also assist her to carve out the next phase of her career and extend herself further.
In accepting the award, Ms Lawson said she expects the Luminaries program to offer her a better understanding of leadership and provide practical management and business skills she’ll be able to apply to her current role at News Corp and in her future roles.
“The notion of having a support network to discuss issues and challenges within my career is not only appealing, but I believe essential in propelling me to the next level in my career,” she said.
“I see the BCD support network as incredibly valuable and I find it very appealing that this program is built around growing the profile and confidence of businesswomen,” she added.
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 the BCD Luminaries program, valued at more than $5,500.
The BCD Luminaries program 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.
“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.”