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Supporting women leaders in one of Australia’s most female dominated workforces: retail

   
Supporting women leaders in one of Australia’s most female dominated workforces: retail

The Australian retail industry is one of the leading employers of women in the nation.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency estimates women make up around 57% of the retail trade workforce and 49% of management.

In partnership with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), and consistent with its commitment to addressing imbalances and promoting gender equality across the sector, CEW’s ARA Women Leaders in Retail Scholarship gives aspiring women leaders in retail the life-changing opportunity to study at Harvard Business School.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and travel expenses for a women leader to complete an executive leadership development course on campus at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Last year’s recipient, Wesfarmers OneDigital General Manager Finance Virginia Leaf says attending Harvard will help her make a bigger impact on a major transformative initiative she is contributing to, while also accelerating her career development more broadly.

“I am a senior leader who is passionate about driving change in the retail industry,” Virginia says.

“Attending Harvard will help me improve my strategic, innovative and change leadership skills, to support the setup phase of OneDigital at a time of unparalleled ambiguity, disruption and challenge in the retail industry. I’m also looking to improve my impact and effectiveness, and excited by the opportunity to develop a network of female leaders globally.”

Find out more, or apply, here.

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