Beyoncé said it best. Girls (and women) really do run the world. But despite talent, experience and capability in bucket-loads, women in the workplace
face an uphill battle – especially when it comes to achieving high-ranking positions. Australia’s full-time gender pay gap sits at an average of 14.6%1 and is as high as 26.6%1 in some industries (like financial services, for example).
We need to create more opportunities for clever, powerful women to rise up. To become executives, leaders, CEOs. That’s where the University of Newcastle’s
Women in Master of Business Administration (WiMBA
) Scholarship comes in.
The WiMBA initiative
aims to address the gender equity imbalance by offering scholarships that support aspirational
and high-achieving women to complete their MBA degree
– and ultimately move into senior management and executive positions. The program is successful because it addresses, in very practical ways, some
of the greatest boundaries that restrict women in the workplace: money, time and industry support.
Currently the Executive Manager of Corporate Performance at Newcastle Airport Pty Limited, Melissa Rowe is about halfway through the WiMBA program. So
far, so good.
“I’ve really enjoyed the program. It’s given me not only learning benefits but exposure to career networking and building relationships across a number
of industry sectors,” said Melissa.
“The Airport has been so supportive, not only with study support but also flexible work arrangements and access to skilled professionals that I can use
as sound boards and mentors for my areas of study,” she said.
“A program like this recognises that diversity in senior roles is important – and that women require support and encouragement to take on further education
to excel their career,” she said.
Recipients of the WiMBA scholarship complete the MBA program
from the University of Newcastle’s $95 million NeW Space
facility, in the heart of Newcastle CBD. Shaped by industry leaders, the program focuses on business management and decision making, marketing, organisational
behaviour, accounting and finance processes, strategic management and international business.
Feeling powerful? WiMBA applications for Trimester 2 2019 are open, and close 7pm on Monday 15 April 2019.