TurksLegal & Women in Banking & Finance Scholarship


TurksLegal and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its seventh year, the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between TurksLegal and WiBF to support the professional growth of excellence in the industry by providing WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship!

The winner of the Scholarship will travel to the United States of America to participate in The Women’s Leadership Program, a one week course run by the highly esteemed Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Darden Executive Education has been ranked #1 in the world for faculty, facilities and course design in the Financial Times 2017 Executive Education rankings!
This course is designed to help women assess and address their unique strengths and challenges, as well as navigate the frequently complex dynamics of strategic business leadership. The prize includes return flights, course fees, materials, meals and accommodation to the value of over AU$11,000.
Watch below our interview with the 2018 Scholarship winner, Michelle Erdosi, Senior Manager, CX (Customer Experience), Bank of Queensland.
This Scholarship is open to all members of WiBF. Each entrant must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a Corporate Member. Entrants must work in the Banking and Finance industry. Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in a banking or financial organisation and be keen to take the next step in their career. The scholarship particularly invites applicants with demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to creating positive change for future women leaders in the banking and financial services sector.
To apply, entrants must complete an online application form and answer in a business case framework in approx. 500 words a question set by the judging panel. Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of your response to the question, noting the word limit, as well as your responses to questions pertaining to:

  • your experience in the banking and finance industry
  • why you have applied for the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship and how you feel you would benefit from being the recipient; and
  • any prior contribution towards the advancement of women in the banking and finance sector in your career to date.
The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 10-30 minute interview with the Judging Panel.
Following the interviews, the finalist determined by the Judging Panel to have produced the best written and personal response will be awarded the Major Prize and be announced as the Scholarship Winner at a WiBF Leadership Series Business Event.
The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

  • Sally Auld, Chief Economist and Head, AUS/NZ Fixed Income and FX Strategy, JP Morgan
  • Melanie Willis, Non-Executive Director, Challenger Limited
  • Fiona Harding, General Manager - Legal, Retail and Resolution Advisory, Bank of Queensland
  • Belinda McGuinness, Group Integrity Officer, Macquarie Group
  • Julie Hunter, Managing Director Health, Education & Government Institutional Banking & Markets, CBA
  • Jen Dalitz, Chief Executive Officer, WiBF
  • David McCrostie, Partner & Practice Group Leader Banking, TurksLegal
  • Lisa Morrissey, Partner, Banking, TurksLegal
Rowena Rees-Poole, Head of Communications, Media & Technology, Client Solutions Group, Institutional Banking & Markets, Commonwealth Bank was the winner of the 2019 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship.
Rowena produced a powerful written submission in response to the question about what is the major challenge to the banking and finance sector over the next 5 years and how, as a CEO, would she would drive her organizations’ response to that challenge. Rowena’s thoughtful and articulate response to the challenge of the pace of change was evocative and impassioned; the judges felt compelled to interview her and explore those ideas further face to face. At interview, Rowena’s ideas were tested; her history of and potential for expanding an ambassadorial role promoting the interests of WiBF investigated and, in the end, Rowena won the judge’s over and she was awarded the Scholarship ahead of a hot field of finalists.
Click here to read the full announcement.


2018 Winner Interview