The CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA), Natasha Miliotis is the winner of the inaugural Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Not for Loss” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2015.
Ms Miliotis started in her first management position as MIFSA’s CEO, having never been a senior worker, Team Leader or a Manager. She will look to use the experience to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of Adelaide’s most influential leaders and broaden her horizons.
Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship was awarded to a successful female executive in the NFP sector to further expand and challenge their current leadership and business practices to further enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of our society.
“Not for Loss organisations play a vital role in our society and are the social fabric that holds our community together.
“Ms Miliotis accepted the challenges and the joys of leadership without the usual preparation of studies in management or scaling of a career ladder. She hit the ground running as CEO and started with the simple premise that if her staff were bursting through the door everyday excited to be at work, then everything else would follow.
“The BCD Executive program will provide Ms Miliotis with a professional sounding board and support network where she can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said.
Ms Miliotis believes the BCD Executive program will assist her by offering access to a support network outside of the charitable, non-government sector and enhance her leadership and service to MIFSA.
“The challenges which executive women and leaders face on a daily basis are many and varied and the opportunity to be able to share and reach out is tantalizing. I expect and hope to also contribute to conversations where my experiences are relevant,” she said.
The runners up for the BCD Not for Loss Scholarship are Tiffany Young, Co-Founder and Business Director at The Jodie Lee Foundation and Kyp Boucher, Area Operations Manager at Life Without Barriers