SYC’s Liz O’Connell Awarded 2019 Executive NFP Scholarship Adelaide

Liz OConnell 2019 ScholarshipDirector for Young People and Practice at SYC, Liz O’Connell, has been announced recipient of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) 2019 Adelaide “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship. Since the first scholarship was awarded in 2015, BCD has now provided 13 executive women in the sector a fully funded 12-month membership.

Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and peer coaching & mentoring company, Donny Walford, said the Scholarship was awarded to a successful female executive in the Profit for Purpose sector to further expand and challenge current leadership and business practices.

“Profit for Purpose organisations are critical to our society and we are delighted to provide an opportunity to a female executive working in the sector.” Ms Walford said.

Liz O’Connell has a ten-year history working at SYC starting in frontline positions including receptionist and working her way through to Executive level. Her driving motivator to be successful through achievement of her purpose – to equalise the opportunity for all to access housing, education and employment.

In application for the Scholarship, Liz said she would value the opportunity to be exposed to a diversity in points of view and Executive expertise.

“Being involved in BCD will provide me the opportunity to be challenged in a supportive environment, to ground myself as an Executive and to take further steps towards a Board appointment. ” Liz said.

Ms Walford said “The BCD Executive membership will provide Liz with a professional sounding board of peers to help mentor and coach her both professionally and personally.” 

BCD Executive Members meet with a small cohort of like-minded women 11 times a year with a highly skilled and experienced Facilitator and Program Director. Members are challenged to set goals, be held accountable and aspire for greater levels of achievement in both their professional and personal life.

The award recipient receives a 12-month fully funded behind closed doors membership valued at more than $7,500. 

A runner-up award, providing a complimentary one-hour mentoring session with BCD Founder and Managing Director Donny Walford, was awarded to Kylie Fergusen, CEO Community Centres SA.

Behind closed doors, a national network founded in Adelaide, has been supporting women in business since 2008 and has awarded more than $350,000 worth of Scholarships since 2012.

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