2021 CEW Scholarships – diversity amongst our recipients

Chief Executive Women (CEW) has awarded the first round of 2021 CEW Scholarships to women from a wide range of industries and sectors. CEW continues to expand our scholarship program to cater for greater diversity and each winner has nominated a scholarship that best suits their needs and aspirations. We look forward to welcoming the scholarship recipients to the CEW alumni and to their future endeavours which will be shaped and supported by these educational opportunities.

The flexibility of the 2021 CEW Scholarships attracted many strong applications and CEW is delighted to offer congratulations to the following women:

Entrepreneur Scholarship

  • Melissa Reader, CEO, The Violet Initiative, will undertake the INSEAD AVIRA Program

Executive Manager Scholarship

Three recipients will complete the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School

  • Michelle Lynch, Chief Operating Officer, Ramsay Pharmacy Group. Michelle is also a Director and National Vice-President of The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
  • Caroline Patrick, Director of Brand and Member, Super SA. Caroline has held senior and executive positions in banking, wealth management, credit finance, health insurance and superannuation.
  • Alison Price, Founder and Managing Director, Former Director and Vice Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Board Member for the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).

Not-for-Profit Scholarship

STEM Scholarship

  • Dr Rowan Brookes, Academic Program Director (STEM), Melbourne School for Professional and Continuing Education, will complete the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for Ethical Leadershipoffered by Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.
  • Sarah McSwiney, Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations, Office of the Chief Engineer, Boeing Defence Australia, will undertake Strategy and Innovation Executive Certificate at MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Dr Hema Wadhwa, Remote Monitoring and Digital Engineering Solutions Manager ANZ, Worley will study online the Graduate Certificate in Business through The University of Melbourne.

Small Business

  • Esmee Ng, Chief Executive Officer, Health Empower Australia will undertake the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing  offered through The Langley Group Institute.

Government Scholarship

  • Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN, Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, will undertake the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship – Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

CEW Scholarships will be launched again in November 2022 and will again offer multiple scholarships for women leaders between $5,000 and $35,000. Applications will open for women working across diverse sectors including sustainability, nursing, entrepreneurs, government, not-for-profit, STEM and advertising, media and television.

Read more on these women and all the 2021 CEW Scholarship recipients.