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Luminaries Scholarship: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth

Jasmine RichardsLuminaries Scholarships for 2018 are now Closed.

Would you benefit from 12-months peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities? Apply today and YOU could receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Luminaries membership suitable for women in mid-career/ management stage of their career.

behind closed doors Luminaries membership was created in response to a need for aspiring businesswomen and managers to have a support network where they can discuss professional issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in new environments.

Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for peer to peer 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 at a national level.  Scholarship recipients are placed into a Luminaries membership in either Adelaide, Perth, Sydney or Melbourne with a fully funded 12-month membership.

Since 2012, behind closed doors has offered an annual scholarship to an aspiring female leader to receive a 12-month behind closed doors Luminaries membership in Adelaide. The Scholarship program now offers opportunities in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

Previous Luminaries Scholarship recipients have included:

2016 Luminaries Scholarship Winner

2018: Adelaide: Sally Woolford, SA Police. Melbourne: Sarah Overton, KPMG. Sydney: Jade Meara, Nutanix.  Perth: TBA

2017: Adelaide: Jasmine Richards, OZ Minerals and Belinda Latz, K-TIG. Melbourne: Stephanie Miles, Hydrix and Friska Wirya, Worley Parsons. Perth: Erin Gandy, WA Country Health and Candy Choo, LGIS.

2016: Toni Richardson, Manager Engagement and Development, Department for Education and Child Development

2015: Rebecca Lawson, Central Sales Manager, Newscorp

2014: Penny Griggs, General Manager, SALA Festival

2013: Melissa Thredgold, Deputy Principal, St Johns Grammar Junior School

2012: Teresa Yeing, Transformation Consultant, Viterra

The objectives of the Luminaries membership is to:

  • Deliver practical management and leadership sessions to generate more effective leaders.
  • Provide a confidential businesswomen’s support network.
  • Extend individuals personally and professionally.
  • Encourage and support members to nominate for Board and committee positions.
  • Mentor peers to accept greater professional challenges and roles.
  • Assist members to participate in awards programs such as the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
  • Increase the calibre and expertise of female managers and leaders within organisations.
  • Provide a clear development path for women moving through to executive roles.

Luminaries groups meet 10 times a year.  Each session runs for three hours from 12pm to 3pm at a Boardroom located at one of our supporters and includes a light lunch.

behind closed doors Luminaries members also receive:

  • Automatic inclusion into the BoardDirect register
  • Access to a select executive women’s network
  • Professional and personal development in a stimulating environment
  • Exposure and introductions to senior people in business and government
  • Private sessions with local identities and guest speakers
  • Opportunities to discuss professional and personal challenges and strategies in a supportive women’s forum
  • Invitations to Businesswomen’s Connexions (network) events
  • Opportunities for Board Directorships
  • Mentoring with a behind closed doors Executive group member

Visit our Luminaries Membership page for further details.



behind closed doors Luminaries is designed for businesswomen and leaders of the future who are aspiring to move into executive management positions. To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership ability and exceptional teamwork
  • Why the scholarship will benefit you
  • How the scholarship will benefit your organisation

Finalists must be

  • Open to receiving publicity for participating in/receiving the Scholarship
  • Available for finalist interviews on Thursday 8th February 2018
  • Available to attend the announcement networking event
  • Able to attend monthly meetings based in the city/city fringe


If you would like to nominate a business woman who would benefit from a behind closed doors Luminaries scholarship, please provide their name, business and contact details. Submit your nomination via email to


To apply for the behind closed doors Luminaries scholarship you must complete an online application form or request a copy of the form from

Applications Closed Monday 29 January 2018. 

Judging Process

Upon receipt of written applications, a shortlist of 6 finalists will be invited to attend a 30 minute panel interview on Thursday 8th February 2018.

Key Dates

  • December 2017 –  Scholarships launched
  • Monday 29 January @ 5pm Applications Close
  • Thursday 8th February 2018, Panel Interviews for Finalists in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
  • Thursday 15 February Adelaide Scholarship recipient announced at Back to Business Dinner
  • Tuesday 20 February Melbourne Scholarship recipient announced at Connexions Networking Event
  • March 2018 Scholarship recipients commence the first of their 12-month fully funded Luminaries membership


Tina Tutic

For scholarship enquiries, please contact Tina Tutic, behind closed doors Program Manager on 08 8333 4303 or email

For enquiries of how you can obtain a Luminaries membership, please contact behind closed doors on 08 8333 4303 or email

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