Chief Executive Women announces winner – 2020 CEW & Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Chief Executive Women (CEW) today announced Belinda Duarte as the winner of a scholarship to undertake the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship at Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

The scholarship, which was launched last year, is offered to senior women executives of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage in a partnership with Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Announcing the winner, CEW Scholarships Committee Acting Chair, Deidre Willmott, says “CEW is delighted to partner again with Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership in support of senior Indigenous women at critical stages in their careers.

“More diversity through women’s voices at senior leadership levels will deliver better decisions and more equitable and sustainable outcomes for all Australians.”

The Winner

Belinda Duarte is a proud woman of Wotjobaluk, Dja Dja Wurrung, Polish and Celtic heritage who was born and raised in Ballarat, Victoria. She is the CEO of Culture is Life, an organisation that promotes Aboriginal-led solutions which deepen connection to Culture for Aboriginal young people to prevent suicide and advocates to reframe Australia’s relationship with its First Peoples.

Belinda holds a range of positions, including Director of Western Bulldogs, MCG trustee, Co-Chair Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and board member of the AnnaMilla Foundation.

Read Media Release here.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship is part of the CEW Scholarships Program, which in 2019 provided 20 talented Australian women with the opportunity to take their careers to the next level by supporting executive education at internationally acclaimed business schools.

The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship™ is offered by Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership for a small yet richly diverse cohort of senior executives to engage openly and in confidence about their organisation’s ethical challenges. It helps participants to define, understand and address their ethical challenges to help them make decisions with confidence and clarity.