ARA Women Leaders in Retail Scholarship

Closed for 2024



Women’s Leadership Forum

Course type

Short course (5 days)



Open to

Senior women leaders in Retail


Harvard Business School, Boston, USA

Partnered with

Australian Retail Association

Who should apply?

CEW has partnered with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) to offer one woman working in retail an incredible opportunity to complete The Women’s Leadership Forum course at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.*

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the minimum selection criteria:
Applicants must work in the retail sector and their organisation must be an ARA member.
Mid to senior executive (CEO, or no more than three levels down from CEO).
Five or more years general management experience (i.e., business unit, line or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L management, strategic planning, and people leadership)
Endorsement should come from the C-Suite, direct report of the CEO, or Board.
Australian citizen or resident.
Inclusions and Obligations
This scholarship has a total value of $25,000 AUD and includes tuition,travel, accommodation, and most meals. The cost of the Women’s Leadership Forum course at Harvard Business School in academic year 2024 is $13,500 USD.
The successful candidate must undertake The Women’s Leadership Forum course at Harvard Business School during the March 2025 session (3-7 March 2025)
The successful candidate must commit to attend the whole course.
The successful candidate is required to write a report about her scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at CEW events.
On completion of the course, the successful candidate will become a member of the CEW alumni community, CEW Connect Women.
Please note that final admission to Harvard is at the discretion of the Institution. In the unlikely event that the winner is not admitted to their course, CEW will work with them and Harvard to identify an appropriate alternative.

“Attending the Women’s Leadership Forum will provide me with valuable insights and new tools to succeed in an exciting and challenging leadership position. I hope to be able to share some of what I learn with those around me to inspire and empower other women to pursue leadership roles in retail.”

Debra Galle
General Manager, Non-Food Business Uni, Coles Group Ltd. 2023 Scholar.

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