Women in the Arts Scholarships available

The Australia Business Arts FoundationWith the support of The Pratt Foundation, the Australia Business Arts Foundation is partnering with Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the Nelson Meers Foundation to offer two scholarships for women in the arts sector. Applications are due by 28 January 2013.


The first scholarship is to attend a Leadership Development Program and the second a New Leaders Development Program, both at Mount Eliza Business School. Mount Eliza is the executive education arm of Melbourne Business School, which is a part of the University of Melbourne. Mt. Eliza’s renowned mix of learning methods is one of the differentiators that make their programs high impact, practical and sustainable for individuals, teams and organisations.


The scholarship to attend a New Leaders Development Program, a 5-day residential program at Mount Eliza from 27 – 31 May 2013, is open to women in the arts sector who are either first time managers, project team leaders or supervisors, and who seek to build personal and organizational effectiveness. Generally, applicants should not have more than 2-3 years of management experience.


This program has a strong personal and interpersonal development focus. The successful applicant will gain insights into the challenges of management today and build their leadership and management skills to become a more self-aware, fulfilled and effective leader.


In addition, participants will learn techniques in setting specific and attainable personal, team and organisational goals and have access to one-on-one coaching. They will also have the opportunity to apply critical leadership and management skills, tools and best workplace practices.


The other scholarship is to attend the Leadership Development Program, also 5-day residential program at Mount Eliza that is scheduled 17 – 21 June 2013. The scholarship is open to women in the arts sector who are middle to senior level management in the arts sector and responsible for leading other managers or senior professionals. Applicants should have 3-8 years of management experience.


This program will teach attendees how to strengthen and refine their leadership fundamentals – communication, self-awareness, influence, and learning agility – as their role becomes more complex and demanding. It will also focus on two essential competencies for managing in and from the middle zone: resiliency, and thinking and acting systemically.


The comprehensive assessments, along with coaching and peer learning groups, ensure program participants have a powerful and personal experience that drives results. An organisational business simulation and a wide variety of experiential activities will drive home key lessons, providing insight that can be readily applied back at work. Two 45-minute coaching sessions by phone provide extra support and guidance in the weeks and months after the program.


This program seeks to develop leaders who will be capable of bridging levels and functions in the organisation, leading other managers and turning strategy into action.


For more information or to download applications, visit www.abaf.org.au. The scholarships must be taken on the dates specified and includes: return economy airfares to Melbourne or cost of transport necessary to attend and course fees to cover the 5-day residential program at Mount Eliza. Upon return, successful applicants will be asked to draw upon their learning from the program and speak at selected CEW engagements.


Photo courtesy of the Australia Business Arts Foundation.