Pernod Ricard Australia’s Karli Dabrowski Awarded behind closed doors’ Luminaries Scholarship

Karli DabrowskiPernod Ricard Australia’s Field Sales Manager SA/NT/TAS, Karli Dabrowski, was last night announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship awarded to a female manager seeking professional development to further her career.

Announcing the results at a networking dinner, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the scholarship is awarded to a successful woman seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions.

“Karli has had a solid nine year career at Pernod Ricard always seeking out new challenges and opportunities. Having recently taken on a team leader position and extending her regional responsibilities to include South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, the 12-month fully funded behind closed doors Luminaries membership will provide Karli with both professional and personal tools needed to continue her career journey“

“From a high quality pool of applicants attracted to the scholarship application process in 2019, I extend my congratulations to our winner, Karli Dabrowski, as well as the two runners up, Tanja Van Bokhoven, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport and Miranda Spencer, Resource Architecture.” Ms Walford said.

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Having worked in the liquor industry for most of her career, Karli identified in her application the value that would come from sitting with peers from varying industries to share thoughts, ideas, challenges and opportunities.

“Receiving exposure to a diversity in ways of thinking and management styles from other like-minded women will provide me with the ability to create more confidence both personally and professionally. “ Karli said.

“A professional development membership will assist in providing me with the confidence to create positive change, with a clear direction and sense of strength, which will lead to greater contribution and diversity in the leadership team at Pernod Ricard.”

The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long peer coaching and mentoring membership, 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 peer coaching and mentoring, professional development and networking with other business women. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community on a national level.

“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.”

BCD has awarded 12-month fully funded Luminaries memberships as scholarships annually in Adelaide since 2012. The 2019 Adelaide Scholarship is the 19th Luminaries scholarship awarded by BCD providing a combined value of more than $100,000 in complimentary professional development memberships to assist more women into Executive and Board roles. 

Issued by:

Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 or

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