Melbourne 2017 Luminaries ScholarshipMELBOURNE: WorleyParsons’ Friska Wirya has been announced recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) Luminaries (managers/team leaders) Scholarship providing 12-months fully funded membership to the coveted professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking organisation.

Announcing the winner at a business women’s networking event last night, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship provides an opportunity for 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, Friska Wirya,” Ms Walford said.”Friska shows a determination to learn from other like-minded women, an opportunity she will now maximise through the membership.”

Ms Wirya, a senior transformation manager, through her written application for the scholarship showed a strong commitment to personal and professional development. Having overcome a number of personal challenges in her life, she hopes to publish her life’s journey in the near future.

In application for the award, Ms Wirya said an opportunity to develop her leadership style as an effective means to motivate, influence and transform would allow her to positively impact her organisation and make lasting changes.

The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen the opportunity to 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.”

A second 12-month fully funded scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Miles, Biomedical Engineer HYDIX, and runner up awards given to Sophie Lefebvre, Junior Lawyer Foster Nicolson Lawyers, Rebecca Dickson, Lawyer at Melbourne Airport and Mallory Martel, Marketing Manager for Sidekicker.

For more details about behind closed doors memberships visit www.behindcloseddoors.com

Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791.


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