Executive and Organisational Coach and Facilitator, Martha Lozano is the winner of the inaugural Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) Migrant Scholarship for 2015.
Ms Lozano, a psychology graduate, Human Resources Management Specialist and Professional Certified Coach and Facilitator will look to use the experience to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of Sydney’s most influential leaders and create opportunities to work with leaders and managers to develop their coaching capabilities.
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 level migrant to further expand their leadership and business skills and assist in securing a leadership position within Australia.
“Ms Lozano has successfully supported many leaders in different organisations in Colombia to become integral and inspirational leaders.
“As she is new to Australia and English is her second language, Ms Lozano doesn’t have established networks to be able to enter a professional firm or the knowledge to be able to start up her own business in Australia as an Executive Coach and Facilitator.
“The BCD Executive program will provide Ms Lozano 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 Lozano believes the BCD Executive program will assist her to gain confidence to start up her own business or gain employment in Australia as an Executive Coach and Facilitator.
“The most important thing about working in Australia is to be able to share my knowledge and experience, serve people and continue to honour my purpose in life. Being productive, I can contribute to my wellness, happiness and quality of life for my family,” she said.
“I see the BCD support network as incredibly valuable and I find it very appealing that we will be able to help each other to achieve our goals,” she added.
The BCD Migrant Scholarship initiative is supported by the Australian Government and offers a migrant businesswoman the opportunity to assimilate into Australia more quickly by providing a supportive executive women’s network.
The BCD Migrant Scholarship is an opportunity for Ms Lozano to build relationships and be amongst other businesswomen and assist with positioning herself to be placed in her chosen profession through a year-long membership to the BCD Executive program, valued at more than $9,000.
“One of the BCD Executive program’s 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.”