South 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.