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  • 18 Oct 2018 2:43 PM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)

    Kate RushKate is a values driven person who thrives on the opportunity to work with others and who shares a passion for contributing to the change we need as a society to create more inclusive, productive and equitable communities. Read the full article

  • 19 Jul 2018 11:00 AM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)

    WA Entrepreneur 2018Entrepreneurial Perth businesswoman Allison Selman, Director of engineering consulting company Atteris Pty Ltd, has been announced recipient of a 12-month professional development scholarship with national business women’s membership behind closed doors (BCD).

    Allison Selman accepted a Director position with Atteris Pty Ltd in July 2017 and shares the leadership of the engineering consulting company with four colleagues.

    In application for the scholarship Allison said she was looking for an opportunity to tap into improved abilities and skills that will enable her to become a stronger leader, make better business decisions and expand her professional network.

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  • 19 Jul 2018 10:57 AM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)

    Entrepreneur Scholarship 2018Interior designer Jacqui Dunn has been announced recipient of behind closed doors (BCD) coveted Entrepreneur scholarship providing 12-months of professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking to boost her latest business venture The Travelling Stylist.

    The prized BCD Entrepreneurs scholarship awards a female Adelaide Entrepreneur the opportunity to tap into the considerable business acumen of some of the State’s leading businesswomen to assist with continued business growth and success.

    “Jacqui joins an enviable list of Alumni to have received the award including inaugural recipient Palas Jewelry’s Anna Dimond and most recently 40 under 40 Award recipient Marie Sulda of Kaleidoscopic Travel”, Ms Walford, said.

    “The BCD Entrepreneurs scholarship is undoubtedly one of our most successful initiatives, records show scholarship recipients gain enhanced personal and professional skills that contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business.”

    Jacqui Dunn is no stranger to the entrepreneurial world, she started her first business in 2009, co-founded a business in 2012 which she exited in 2014, and now is focusing on her latest venture The Travelling Stylist.

    In application for the Scholarship Ms Dunn said, “There is no better feeling than being in an environment surrounded by strong, supportive professional women.”

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  • 10 Apr 2018 9:40 AM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)

    behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Perth 2018 Luminaries Scholarship, providing a 12-month fully funded membership of professional and personal development, has been awarded to Nadine Magill, State Manager at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

    Announcing the results, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the scholarship is awarded to a successful woman seeking access to a peer-mentoring group for enhanced leadership success.

    “The working sessions the recipient joins allow her to tap into a powerhouse of knowledge in a room that generates new insights, ideas and solutions. “ Ms Walford said.

    “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Nadine Magill, as well as our worthy runners up, Leah Kenna, Corporate Services Manager at Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and Anne Mulholland, Change Manager at St John of God Health Care.” Ms Walford said.

  • 22 Feb 2018 10:08 AM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)


    Sarah OvertonSarah Overton, KPMG Australia’s Manager, National Competitive Intelligence, was last night announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Melbourne Luminaries Scholarship.

    Announcing the results at a networking event hosted by Russell Kennedy Lawyers Women’s Network, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the scholarship provides an opportunity for women executives of the future to share experiences and knowledge, develop networks and receive support.

    “Sarah has had a varied career spanning early opportunities on Wall Street in her native USA through to her transition to study and settle in Australia. The 12-month fully funded behind closed doors Luminaries membership will enable Sarah to expand her Melbourne networks and continue both professional and personal development needed on her journey towards an Executive role.”

    “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Sarah Overton, as well as our worthy runners up, Kelly Angel, Senior Research Officer at Birchip Cropping Group and Natalie Collins, Head of Special Projects at Media Access Australia.” Ms Walford said.

    Ms Overton, who joined KPMG in 2016, and is actively involved with community service through Rotary International, said a scholarship would afford her a broader range of perspective and insight from women beyond her industry and existing networks.

    “It is tremendously valuable to learn from peers – to understand how they have set goals, worked through challenges and pursued new directions.” Ms Overton said. “I am thrilled to be a part of a diverse group of ambitious and forward-looking women whose careers and styles are different from my own.”

    The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long membership to BCD Luminaries, 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 group 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.

    “The luminaries scholarship is not an award, but rather an opportunity for a business women looking to expand their networks, develop their career both through personal and professional development and to support others around them.” added Ms Walford. “Sarah’s aim to inspire her team and colleagues by sharing new ideas and encouraging curiosity positioned her as a fantastic recipient for this opportunity.”

    BCD has awarded 12-month fully funded Luminaries memberships as scholarships annually for seven years; in 2018 Luminaries scholarships are offered in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

  • 16 Feb 2018 10:05 AM | Penny Reidy (Administrator)


    Sally WoolfordSouth Australian Police’s (SAPOL) Senior Project Manager for Project Equitas – a cultural change towards diversity, equity and inclusion – Sally Woolford, was last night announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship.

    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.

    “Sally has been commended for her participation in a number of state public sector projects and will complete Project Equitas early next year. The 12-month fully funded behind closed doors Luminaries membership will arm Sally with both professional and personal tools needed to continue her journey towards an Executive role.”

    “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Sally Woolford, as well as our worthy runners up, Froukje Jongsma, Collective Impact Leader at Together SA and Olwin Cole, Brand and Events Manager at Hood Sweeney.” Ms Walford said.

    Mrs Woolford has had a varied career across government agencies and differing sectors, she is most looking forward to the opportunity to access a peer-mentoring group that can offer a differing perspective.

    “The scholarship will enable SAPOL and I to have an opportunity to tap into a group of senior females who have different perspectives and who are from all walks of life. This will have enormous benefit to SA Police on the journey towards gender equality, diversity and inclusion.”

    In accepting the award, Mrs Woolford said the Luminaries membership would enable her to not only progress personally but also give her the opportunity to be a part of inspiring others. Mrs Woolford applied and was awarded runner-up in the 2017 scholarship application process, her persistence paid dividends last night when awarded a full scholarship.

    The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long membership to BCD Luminaries, 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 group 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.

    “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 for seven years. In 2018 Luminaries scholarships are also offered in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with results to be announced in coming weeks.

  • 5 Oct 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Two entrepreneurial Melbourne businesswomen, Tracey Atkins, Managing Director Goldeneye Media and Catherine Lou, Director C&L Consulting, have been announced recipients of behind closed doors (BCD) coveted Entrepreneur scholarship providing 12-months of professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking opportunities.

    The BCD Entrepreneurs scholarship awards two Melbourne Entrepreneurs the opportunity to tap into the considerable business acumen of some of the state’s leading businesswomen.

    “BCD’s Entrepreneurs scholarship is undoubtedly one of our most highly-valued and successful initiatives,” BCD Founder and Managing Director, Ms Donny Walford, said.

    “Scholarship recipients join a national network of highly motivated, inspirational and influential businesswomen where they are exposed to opportunities to develop both personal and professional skills that ultimately contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business.”

    Tracey Atkins had an impressive 20-year career as a broadcast journalist before launching her business that produces spectacular videos to spearhead the sales campaigns for some of the world’s most important and expensive real estate.

    With half her work now coming from the US, where she is out competing with the likes of Hollywood filmmakers, Tracey has experienced three years of rapidly increasing demand for Goldeneye’s unique Australian approach to video story telling.

    In application for the scholarship Tracey said, “The business is very much on the doorstep of growth, with the rapid uptake for our work in America. I would dearly enjoy having access to mentors and advisors who could assist me in continuing to expand and scale the business in a manner that will not erode the intelligent, passionate style we have created.”

    The two recipients will each receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Entrepreneurs membership valued at more than $7,000. Members are placed into a cohort of fellow female business owners/entrepreneurs to meet for three hours, ten times a year, with a highly respected Facilitator and Program Director.

    With access to professional development guest speakers and an opportunity to share openly and honestly with their peers, entrepreneur members gain access to wider networks along with exposure and introductions to senior people in business and government.

    Catherine Lou is a young entrepreneur with a passion for building relations and opportunities between young Australian entrepreneurs and Chinese markets and potential investors. She has already arranged and led a trade mission into China, develops and runs seminars/courses for SMEs looking to do business in China and provides China strategies. She is the board member of Executive Wealth Circle and was Secretary for the Australia-China Businesswomen’s Association.

    In application for the scholarship Catherine said she was looking forward to the opportunity to learn from other businesswomen from different levels and be able to broaden her mind and vision, as well as contribute her entrepreneurial ideas.

    She also applied in the anticipation of being inspired through mentors, the Facilitator, fellow members, external speakers and the wider networking circle that BCD membership would provide her access to.

    Thanks to an Australian Government Grant, which matched BCDs already substantial scholarship program, some 28 scholarships have been issued in 2017. Businesswomen in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth have joined BCD with fully funded 12-month memberships providing further growth to the increasing national network.


    For further information on how to join the national network of BCD members, provide a scholarship for female leaders in your organisation, or apply for a BCD scholarship in 2018 visit www.behindcloseddoors.com

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    Issued by: Penny Reidy, behind closed doors, 0401 349 791 penny@behindcloseddoors.com

  • 5 Oct 2017 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    Two entrepreneurial Adelaide businesswomen Dr Michelle Perugini, Co Founder and Managing Director Life Whisperer Diagnostics, and Kate Henning, Co Founder Smiling Samoyed Brewery, 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 Adelaide Entrepreneurs the opportunity to tap into the considerable business acumen of some of the State’s leading businesswomen to assist with their continued business growth and success.


    “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 record shows scholarship recipients obtain enhanced personal and professional skills that contribute to the increased success and sustainability of their business.”

    Dr Michelle Perugini is a disruptor in the fertility sector improving IVF outcomes by applying advanced image analysis techniques to the embryo implantation process.

    In application for the scholarship Dr Perugini said although she had experienced much during her time as a business owner, she still has room to learn more.

    “I find females tend to be modest and shy of their achievements.” Dr Perugini said. “BCD instils a confidence within a protected environment where women do not feel judged.“

    “This is an opportunity to meet other like-minded successful women who will likely form part of my critical network.” Dr Perugini said.

    The two recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Entrepreneurs membership valued at more than $5,500. Members are placed into a cohort of fellow female business owners/entrepreneurs to meet for three hours, ten times a year, with a highly accomplished Facilitator and Program Director.

    Kate Henning left a successful corporate career as a Lawyer when she co-founded Smiling Samoyed Brewery with her husband Simon in 2012. Every drop of beer is made and packaged at Myponga where the brewery now employs some 19 staff.


    In application for the scholarship Ms Henning described the upcoming growth the business is experiencing and the value a membership would offer her.

    “This is the ideal timing to have the support of a group of other entrepreneurs as growth and change are always a time that are difficult in business (and in life) and the more support and advice that can be called on the better.” Ms Henning said.

    Two runners up BCD Entrepreneur scholarships, each providing an hour of mentoring, were awarded to Fiona Dorman and Kirsty Chapman-Smith.

    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.

    As well as BCD funded scholarships, many organisations also choose to run internal company scholarships in providing opportunities for their female leaders.

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    Issued by: Penny Reidy, behind closed doors, 0401 349 791 penny@behindcloseddoors.com

  • 5 Oct 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    MELBOURNE: Stephanie Miles, Regulatory Manager at Hydrix, has been announced recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) Luminaries (managers/team leaders) Scholarship providing 12-months fully funded membership to the coveted professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking organisation.


    Announcing the winner at a businesswomen’s networking event, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship provides a great opportunity for woman seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high-level networks in their professional development journey.

    “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Stephanie Miles,” Ms Walford said. “Stephanie volunteers her time as a Biomedical Engineer Student Mentor at the University of Melbourne, sits on an industry advisory group and shows a determination to learn from other like-minded women.”

    Stephanie is passionate about the development of medical devices and the medtech industry. She is especially driven by the fact that a single medical device has the potential to improve lives across the globe.

    In her written application Ms Miles, a biomedical engineer, said “The BCD Luminaries Scholarship is an opportunity to discuss challenges and ideas in a supportive environment, allowing me to continue to extend myself personally and professionally.”

    “I would embrace the opportunity to gain insight into the skillset and leadership traits required to succeed in senior leadership and executive/board positions.”


    The Scholarship offers businesswomen the opportunity to expand their leadership and management skills through a 12-month membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500.

    Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded women. Outside of these sessions further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community.

    Ms Walford concluded, “One of the major aims of the BCD membership is to increase women’s representation on Boards, committees and in executive roles. BCD has an enviable track record with some 57% of Executive members successfully gaining board roles and 56% having received promotions.”

    A second 12-month fully funded scholarship was awarded to WorleyParson’s Friska Wirya and runner up awards given to Sophie Lefebvre, Junior Lawyer Foster Nicolson Lawyers and Rebecca Dickson, Lawyer at Melbourne Airport.

    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.

    As well as BCD funded scholarships, many organisations choose to run internal company scholarships in providing opportunities for their female leaders.

    For more details about behind closed doors memberships visit www.behindcloseddoors.com

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    Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 or penny@behindcloseddoors.com

  • 5 Oct 2017 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Christine Ross, Managing Director Christine Ross Consultancy, and Joslyn Tass, Program Coordinator Aboriginal Throughcare Program, have been announced recipients of behind closed doors (BCD) Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Leadership Scholarship in Perth for 2017.

    The scholarships, awarded in the form of a 12-month fully funded BCD Executive membership, will provide access to professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking opportunities with some of Western Australia’s most influential and leading businesswomen.

    behind closed doors Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the scholarship was awarded to a successful ATSI female leader to further expand and challenge their current leadership and governance practices.

    “BCD Executive membership will provide Christine and Joslyn with a professional sounding board and support network to discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment,” Ms Walford said.

    “ATSI community leaders play a vital role in our society, we are delighted to have such respected leaders as part of our membership to learn with and from.”

    In her application for the scholarship Christine said she was looking forward to the learning opportunities. “We all want to be extended in our careers, I am open to learning about other opportunities and being part of events that are run to extend my skill set.” Ms Ross said.

    During the judging process Joslyn described herself as a values driven professional that always promotes and encourages high performance and commitment from her team members and self. Already an influencer, BCD is keen to support Joslyn progress her career to a senior executive role.

    The two award recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded BCD Executive membership valued at more than $7,500.

    A runner up award, consisting a one-hour mentoring session, was awarded to Robyn Templeton, owner Robyn’s Eco Cleaning.

    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 including eight to ATSI female leaders.

    Applications are currently open for ATSI leaders scholarships available in MelbourneSydney and Adelaide.


    For more information about behind closed doors please visit www.behindcloseddoors.com

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    Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791.

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