OZ Mineral’s Environment and Community Superintendent, Jasmine Richards, has been announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship for 2017.
Announcing the winner at a business dinner last night, BCD Founder and Managing Director, 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, Jasmine Richards, as well as our worthy runners up, Julie Jardine, Supply Chain Manager at Hoschizaki Lancer, and National Sales and Marketing Manager at Medvet, Natalie Dixon,” Ms Walford said.
“Jasmine stood out as a leader who is determined, ambitious and is a real change agent for diversity not only within OZ Minerals, but in general. While she has already achieved much professionally, she clearly has her sights set on so much more and will take every opportunity available to her provided through the Luminaries Scholarship.”
Ms Richards, a qualified hydrogeologist and environmental professional, is looking forward to the Luminaries Scholarship providing her with access to a network of people outside of her industry who will support and challenge her to reach the next step in her career.
In accepting the award, Ms Richards said she expects the Luminaries membership will offer her guidance with her recent appointment into a leadership role as well as advice and support to transition onto a board position.
“The notion of having a support network to discuss issues and challenges within my career is not only appealing, but I believe essential in extending me to the next level in my career,” she said.
“The scholarship will assist my drive to be an advocate for diversity within the workplace by providing opportunities to grow my profile and confidence as a businesswoman,” 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 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.”
Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on firstname.lastname@example.org 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791.
Applications are now open for 2017 Perth Luminaries Scholarship.