CEW, in partnership with the Australian Government, is offering two scholarships for senior women leaders from the public sector to attend the Authentic Leadership Development program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017. One of the most prestigious business schools in the world, HBS has a singular mission: to educate leaders who make a difference in the world.

About the program

Today’s best leaders are authentic leaders – people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and stakeholders. In this program, you’ll uncover the unique characteristics that comprise your authentic leadership – enabling you to become the type of leader you most admire. During this intensive 5-day program, HBS professors and top leadership experts will guide you through a profoundly personal exploration, during which you’ll design a leadership approach driven by your most deeply held values. For more information on the program, visit Harvard Business School.

Program dates

30 July – 4 August 2017

Inclusions and obligations

The scholarships include course fees, return economy class flights, accommodation, and most meals. Applicants must commit to attending the course on the dates specified. The successful applicant must provide a report about their scholarship experience, and may also be required to speak at CEW events.

Who should apply?

We are seeking senior women in public service who are looking to become more effective leaders and take on greater leadership challenges. Women working in non-traditional fields (e.g. STEM) are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to apply, you must meet the minimum selection criteria:

  • Senior executive, holding a decision-making role in public service (i.e. currently undertaking a civil society role, including roles relating to public policy, law reform and enforcement, community work and participation on boards and other decision-making bodies, at a local, State or Federal government level)
  • 5 or more years general management experience (i.e. business unit, line or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L/Budget management, strategic planning and personnel performance management)
  • Australian citizen or resident

Emphasis will be placed on applicants that:

  • Are strong role models for women in Australia
  • Seek to take on larger leadership roles with their organisation
  • Display a readiness to share with fellow participants in a deeply personal way – be willing to trust, expose your fears, offer feedback, and accept others’ inputs with an open mind

Applications OPEN 20 April 2017 and CLOSE 15 May 2017