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20 Jan 2020

MBS scholarship for a woman in a leadership role

The Melbourne Business School is offering an open programs scholarship for a woman from a VCCC member organisation to participate in their Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program.

MBS Leading for Organisation Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program

The Melbourne Business School is offering an open programs scholarship for a woman employed in a VCCC alliance member organisation, who is a senior leader in cancer research, clinical care, academia or administration to participate in their Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program. This scholarship is in honour of Jo Leonard who was a long-standing and valued member of the Melbourne Business School. 


Jo first commenced with the Melbourne Business School in 1999 supporting Executive Education programs as a facilitator and executive coach. She worked with many public and private sector clients including the highly successful BHP Billiton Graduate Program where she was instrumental in its delivery for a number of years.  Jo was also a key facilitator and feedback specialist on the MBS Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) programs, her favourite being Leading for Organisational Impact, Executive Education - MBS.  

Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Jo will know she was incredibly professional and highly dedicated to her work.  She had an engaging personality, a curious mind and a very special warmth.  Colleagues and participants alike benefited from her passion and focus on developing others.  

In August 2016, Jo lost her battle to ovarian cancer - leaving her husband, her teenage daughter and son and a huge network of family and friends. This scholarship has been established in her honour, is valued at $11,900 and is supported by the Melbourne Business School.


This five day program designed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)®, shows you how to progress from everyday management tasks to impacting your company as a whole. This includes making tough calls and trade-offs to considering organisation-wide opportunities and bridging gaps that limit growth. It will also uncover your strengths and weaknesses enabling you to gain the confidence to address them and move forward as a senior leader. 

Who is this for? 

  • Experienced senior managers who lead a function or division
  • Executives with local, regional or global responsibility 

Key benefits

By the end of the program journey, you will:

  • Gain an enterprise-wide perspective
  • Build strategic aptitude
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Assess investment/funding opportunities
  • Collaborate cross-functionally
  • Improve influencing and negotiation skills. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Woman in a senior role
  • Has a current involvement in cancer research, education or clinical care
  • You are employed by a VCCC alliance member organisation.

Applications are due strictly by 5.00pm (AEST) Monday 9 March 2020.

Completion of the attached application form and a copy of your CV should be compiled into a single PDF and submitted to Erin Turner,

Applicants would need to be available on the program dates below and must attend all five days.  

4 - 8 May 2020

Please note that prior to the program you will need complete preparation of: 

  • Conversations in the workplace: three pre-program discussions (one with your manager and two with colleagues or clients) to elicit feedback that forms a key focus of program activities.
  • Lead the Function 360-degree self-assessment.
  • One self-assessment questionnaire.

This scholarship is exclusively offered to a woman in a leadership role within a VCCC alliance member organisation. For more information regarding the program, see the course webpage, read the brochure, or contact:

Erin Turner
Education Program Coordinator

P: 03 8559 8584