Roberta Sykes Bursares for international executive leadership programs
Monday 27 April 2015
For both men and women, the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation’s bursary program enables Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander managers and leaders to undertake short executive education programs at leading overseas universities.
“My experiences in the workplace have certainly identified significant gaps for Indigenous women in Business Leadership.I am a senior executive who has worked in an environment that is predominately male dominated and constantly face challenges of managing my career to achieve professional and personal goals. This program… has provided knowledge, a set of tools and skills to explore the full potential to develop my own leadership style.” Lesley Nelson
Some of the individuals who have received bursaries to undertake executive courses overseas include:
- In April 2012, Cissy Gore-Birch-Gault, Chair of the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, attended the Harvard Kennedy School course “Mastering Negotiation”;
- In October 2012, Damein Bell, Acting CEO at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and past Director of Native Title Services Victoria, attended the Harvard Kennedy School course “Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance”
- In May 2013, Hans Bokelund, CEO of Goldfields Land & Sea Council, attended the Harvard Business School course “Strategic Negotiations: Deal making for the long term”
- In July/August 2013, Suzanne Ingram, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, attended the Banff Centre course “Science Communication”
- In July 2013, Merredy Quinn-Bates, Aboriginal Health Education Officer with Hunter New England Health, attended the New Parsons School of Design course “Design Management”
- In July 2013, Kevin Smith, CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services, attended the Harvard Business School course “Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management”
- In February 2013, Duane Vickery, Managing Director of Education, Training and Management Perspectives Pty Ltd, attended the Harvard Kennedy School course “Authentic Leadership Development”
- In May 2014, Lesley Nelson, Director of Indigenous Banking Solutions at Westpac Banking Corporation, attended the Stanford Business School course “Executive Program for Women Leaders”
- In July/August 2014, Kate Chapman, Indigenous Community Development Project Officer with Gungahlin and West Belconnen Child and Family Centres, attended the London School of Economics and Political Science course “Capitalism, Democracy and Equality: The Political Economy of the Advanced Nations”.
How to Apply?
- The value of the Bursary is up to $20,000.
- Applications are accepted at a number of times throughout the year for review at board meetings. The deadlines for executive education courses at overseas universities vary depending on the time of year they are scheduled.
Applicants need to submit a personal statement, CV, academic transcripts, 4 written references, confirmation of Aboriginality and a financial budget. They will also need to have been accepted into an executive education program prior to applying for a Bursary. Click here to read more about the Bursary application process.
For more information, contact the International Scholarships Team on (02) 9310 8402 or email@example.com