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Applications open 23 March 2023
Applications close 18 June 2023

ARA Women Leaders in Retail Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner - DEB GALLE

Deb is the General Manager for the Non-Food Business Unit at Coles Supermarkets.  She leads a large cross-functional team, to drive customer and commercial success across all Non-Food segments. 

Deb is going to attend The Women’s Leadership forum at Harvard Business School.

Are you one of our next ARA scholars?  

Please send an email to to be kept informed about when this scholarship will next start accepting applications in 2024.


Inclusions and obligations

  • The successful candidate must undertake a course at Harvard Business School
  • 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.
  • The successful candidate must complete the course within 18 months of award

Who should apply?

  • Applicants must work in the retail sector and their organisation be an ARA member
  • Mid to senior executive (CEO, or no more than 3 levels down from CEO)
  • 5 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 from senior management or the Board of her organisation
  • Applicants must attend the prescribed Women’s Leadership Forum Harvard Business School course
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

Generously supported by ARA