Two entrepreneurial Perth businesswomen, Sarah Fairweather General Manager Alder Tapware and Luisa Wing, Founder Vermelho, have been announced recipients of behind closed doors (BCD) coveted Entrepreneur scholarship providing 12-months of professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking.
The prized BCD Entrepreneurs scholarship awards two Perth Entrepreneurs the opportunity to tap into the considerable business acumen of some of the state’s leading businesswomen.
“BCD is a women’s professional development and peer to peer mentoring company connecting businesswomen nationally, our Entrepreneurs scholarship is undoubtedly one of our most highly-valued and successful initiatives,” BCD Founder and Managing Director, Ms Walford, said.
“BCD’s track record shows scholarship recipients emerge with enhanced personal and professional skills that contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business venture.”
Sarah Fairweather has had a unique career path leading her to the position of General Manager of her family’s business, Alder Tapware. A successful career in Human Resources for major corporations including Westpac and Virgin Australia navigating complex operational and regulatory environments have prepared her for the new challenge.
In application for the scholarship Sarah said she was looking for a mentor external to her business. “I’m not looking for someone to pat me on the back, but someone who will push me, teach me, encourage me and respect the journey that I am now going through.” Ms Fairweather said.
The two recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Entrepreneurs membership valued at more than $6,000. Members are placed into a cohort of fellow female business owners/entrepreneurs to meet for three hours, eight times a year, with a highly accomplished Facilitator and Program Director.
Luisa Wing’s unique business that combines contemporary change management principles with tailored wellbeing programs has experienced a fast pace of rapid growth since she started early in 2017.
In application for the scholarship Luisa described starting her own business as being both the most rewarding and the most challenging experience of her career to date.
“I have successfully developed a strong pipeline of work, and my business has grown extremely fast. But this presents me with even more challenges, and I know that there are many more ahead. The BCD membership will support me through the many hurdles that new business owners face.” Ms Wing said.
Two runners up BCD Entrepreneur scholarships, each providing an hour of mentoring, were awarded to Sharmini Fraser and Virginie Hannah.
Following the receipt of an Australian Government Grant, BCD in 2017 has doubled its scholarship offering with a matching Grant now in place. Some 30 scholarships are being awarded across Australia to provide opportunities for professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking for women in business.
Applications are now open in Melbourne for scholarships in the categories of Business Owner/Entrepreneur as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Leaders. In Sydney and Adelaide scholarships are also open for ATSI Leaders.
As well as BCD funded scholarships, many organisations also choose to run internal company scholarships in providing opportunities for their female leaders.
For further information on how to apply or nominate for a BCD scholarship, along with eligibility criteria, visit www.behindcloseddoors.com/scholarships
Issued by: Penny Reidy, behind closed doors, 0401 349 791 firstname.lastname@example.org