Closed doors open up future

Marisa Gentilcore, Fabrication and Supply Project Manager, has received the Behind Closed Doors ASC luminaries scholarship Source: The Advertiser

WHEN Marisa Gentilcore began studying international business in her university years she never expected to find herself in a leading defence industry role.

Now the Fabrication and Supply Project manager on the Air Warfare Destroyers project has won a sought-after scholarship for women showing strong leadership skills for the future.

“I never thought I would end up in defence,” Ms Gentilcore said.

“My first job was with an international development firm delivering foreign aid projects … my next step to BAE Systems was about career progression,” she said.

She moved to submarine and ship builder ASC six years ago and hasn’t looked back, recently winning a place in the Behind Closed Doors luminaries program.

Ms Gentilcore is one of seven women across the state showing strong leadership skills chosen to join the year-long program.

Program director Debra Long said Ms Gentilcore’s application stood out “for her clear thought process about her future goals, next direction and next step at ASC and how ASC in particular would benefit from this”.

Founder and managing director of Behind Closed Doors Donny Walford said the group had joined forces with ASC to use the scholarships to support diversity of employees within the company.

“While the scholarship attracted an impressive array of applicants from across ASC, Marisa was chosen as the winner as her career journey, leadership and commitment to helping others is inspirational,” she said.

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