TurksLegal and Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) are delighted to announce Katrina Francis, Head of Collections, Toyota Finance Australia as the winner of the 2020 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship.
Katrina produced a powerful written submission in response to the question “What will the positive impacts of the response to COVID-19 be; both within your organisation and the broader financial ecosystem (customers, suppliers etc) in terms of gender equality?”. The judges felt compelled to interview Katrina and explore those ideas further. At interview, Katrina’s history of advocating for gender balance and inclusion was evident, as was her passion for collaboration and problem solving. But it was Katrina’s creative approach to expanding an ambassadorial role promoting the interests of WiBF that won the judges over and she was awarded the Scholarship.
The 2021 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship will open in July. Stay tuned for more details!
TurksLegal and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its eigth 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.
The Scholarship Winner will travel to Melbourne to participate in the Women in Leadership Program, a one week course run by the highly esteemed Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. Melbourne Business School is one of just three Australian business schools in the Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings 2020.
This course is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society. It provides established women leaders with the opportunity to invest in themselves, and transform the way that they lead, influence and innovate in organisations and challenging contexts. The prize includes return flights (for non-Melbourne residents), course fees, materials, meals and accommodation valued at up to AU$11,000.
Watch the interview with the 2019 Scholarship winner, Rowena Reese-Poole below.
To apply, entrants must complete an online application form (on the WiBF website) and provide a response not exceeding 3,500 characters (including spaces) (approx 500 words) to a question set by the judging panel.
Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of your response to the question chosen, 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.
Notification will be given to the Scholarship Winner as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the judging.
- Sally Auld, Chief Investment Officer, JBWere
- Fiona Lawrence, Group Risk, General Manager, Compliance, Bank of Queensland
- Belinda McGuinness, Executive Director, Group Integrity Officer, Macquarie Group
- Julie Hunter, Managing Director, Banks and Government Client Solutions, CBA and WiBF President
- Jen Dalitz, Chief Executive Officer, WiBF
- David McCrostie, Partner, Head of Banking, TurksLegal
Be inspired and watch this short video of the 2019 Scholarship winner, Rowena Rees-Poole of Commonwealth Bank talking about her experience entering and winning the scholarship. This was Rowena's second time entering the scholarship and she encourages anyone who has entered before and wasn't successful to give it another go - don't give up!
Past Winner Interviews