About Fostering Executive Women
Celebrating 10 years of helping women develop skills and improve performance to become the woman she wants to be.
Although men and women may enter the workplace at similar levels, with similar credentials and career aspirations, their career paths often diverge. For this reason Fostering Executive Women was formed with the vision to nurture and celebrate the achievements of female business graduates through advocacy, mentoring and networking opportunities. Drawing from more than 1,000 alumni and the broader Brisbane business community, the group is committed to advancing women in business and leadership in Australia. Fostering Executive Women opportunities – ranging from mentor programs, scholarships and continuing professional education - are open to female students and graduates of QUT Graduate School of Business programs.
Founded by Associate Professor Caroline Hatcher and led by one of our foremost business women, Ann Garms OAM, the vision remains strong today, with top executives sharing their time, experiences and their wisdom with female professionals to further develop their skills, expand their knowledge and prepare them to become the next leaders in business.
Fostering Executive Women has helped shape and influence the lives of many women. Over the last 10 years the group has seen women enter executive leadership, start their own businesses, take on their first Board position, and move into positions of influence, all the while juggling very real career and personal responsibilities.
The success of Fostering Executive Women has been made possible by the generous support of the QUT Business School, our corporate sponsors, our volunteers, QUT alumni members and Queensland business community.
Professional development support
Fostering Executive Women supports the development and promotion of women in leadership positions - corporate or entrepreneurial - by offering a range of programs aimed at continuous development to produce world-class executives for the real world. In this way, the group aims to increase the participation of women at the executive level. We also provide a network of like-minded people to ensure ongoing opportunities for professional development for our members.
Fostering Executive Women offers up to two annual scholarships to attend the Women's Leadership Forum - Innovation Strategies for a Changing World which is part of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, held at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
The 2013 scholarships are now closed, however if you would like to be advised of our 2014 scholarship opportunities please send your details to the Fostering Executive Women alumni group.
A related scholarship is the Laurie Cowled Women in Leadership Scholarship to Harvard.
Announcing the 2013 St.George FEW International Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to these inspiring QUT Alumni on being awarded the St.George Bank Fostering Executive Women International Scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Boston, USA in 2013
Susanne Le Boutillier – QUT graduate, Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations), Graduate Certificate of Business (Queensland Health)
Over the last 23 years in Queensland Health Susanne has gained broad experience in change management, stakeholder engagement, negotiation, program management and developing and implementing strategy. Susanne commenced her career enabling health system innovation and reform in human resource and industrial relations roles. She was given the opportunity to lead these in her own right as the Director Medical Workforce Advice and Coordination following the Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry. During her time in this role she implemented lasting strategies to increase Queensland’s medical training capacity and to address the risks arising from medical officer fatigue.
Following the Ministerial Taskforce on Clinical Education and Training she led the establishment of ClinEdQ, a multidisciplinary group focused on supporting the development of a safe and competent workforce to meet the healthcare needs of Queenslanders. Most recently she established and led the Queensland Health Reform Transition Office to separate Queensland Health into a Department and 17 statutory bodies with their own Hospital and Health Boards. As well as her QUT qualifications Susanne holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Queensland Institute of Company Directors and pursuing further studies in this area.
Nyree McKenzie – QUT graduate – Master of Business (Marketing), QUT Business School
Nyree McKenzie is the one of the country’s foremost bid and corporate communications specialists, having successfully led business development teams and executive management through the high pressure environment of major tenders and competitive bid processes for more than 15 years.
She is Director of technical and business communications consultancy, Thought Bubble, and has held a number of senior roles in government and professional services firms. Today, Nyree works with a number of fast growing companies and market leaders of global and national brands to support their business development and marketing communications objectives.
From securing multi-million dollar contracts for companies seeking appointment to government, ASX-listed and Defence panels and projects, to full service strategic communications, Nyree is instrumental in her client’s successes. With a degree in public relations and post-graduate qualifications in marketing, Nyree’s client list includes global companies, national firms and multinational companies with an Australian, NZ, US and/or Asian market presence. In addition to her post-graduate qualifications Nyree has attained Australian Defence Force security clearance and is a trained RAAF Specialist Reserve (RAAFSR) in the field of operational public affairs.
Previous winners - 2012
Natasha Bowe - QUT graduate, MBA program - Graduate School of Business
Natasha Bowe has worked for O-I Glass Packaging, formerly ACI, for more than 13 years. As an Operations Manager- Batch and Furnace, Natasha was responsible for producing 530t of molten glass daily, $36m operating budget, 9 direct reports and $130m of plant and equipment. Last year she identified and implemented $0.5m worth of raw material savings through a change management strategy.
Over her four year period as Operations Manager, she transformed her highly resistant group of operators into a high performing and engaged team. Natasha is Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certified. Prior to this role, Natasha was an Account Manager - Quality and Customer Service looking after 9 FMCG, including Lion Nathan, Schweppes, Nestle and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. In 2012, Natasha cofounded a public relations firm, JulianKenendyPR. Natasha is a graduate of QUT's MBA Program in the Graduate School of Business.
Dr Monique Beedles - QUT graduate - PhD in Strategy, QUT Business School
Monique has built an impressive career integrating her writing and consulting skills to advise organisations on competitive business strategy and organisational design. She has assisted corporate clients, small business, government, and not-for-profit organisations to set strategic direction and successfully overcome challenges in achieving their vision.
Monique is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and industry events and writer for various publications, including author of Pivot Point: Making the decisions that matter in business. In addition to her PhD, Monique holds a Graduate Diploma Creative Industries (Creative Writing) with Distinction, from QUT a Bachelor of Pharmacy with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and a Company Directors Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
One of the key measures of a successful program is moving the relationship from having a good rapport and information exchange to one that is supporting, developing and challenging the mentee, while the mentor may learn something new or develop in a way they had not anticipated. Another key to success is balancing structure and process offered for both mentors and mentees, without having onerous constraints that may limit the flow of a good relationship.Rupert Bryce
From the 2012 FEW Mentoring Program materials
Mentoring ProgramApplications are now open for mentees to apply for the Fostering Executive Women 2013 program.
Last year the program accepted 22 applications, matched against 21 mentors.
About the program
The mentoring program is Fostering Executive Women's flagship program and is designed to give postgraduate women the support, wisdom and practical assistance they need to reach their development goals.
The program matches high potential, high performing women in business with industry leaders over a six month period where they participate in a range of formal and informal professional education and networking events. Mentors and mentees are responsible for ongoing contact. The format of the relationship is determined by the mentor/mentee and may include face-to-face meetings, e-mail or phone contact.
The formal structure typically includes:
- Induction evening to explain the structure, roles, responsibilities of mentors/mentees and networking.
- Mentor and mentee catch up as well as invitations to the Executive Conversation Series
- Final gala event to celebrate 10 Years of Fostering Executive Women and to announce the St.George Bank / Fostering Executive Women Harvard International Scholarship winners for 2014.
Mentoring encourages participants to:
- change behaviour and improve performance
- look beyond present constraints
- take risks
- look for new perspectives or possibilities
- identify and apply problem solving techniques
- implement career plans and achieve career success.
Who can apply?
All female alumni of QUT Business School postgraduate programs are eligible to apply. Unsuccessful candidates from previous years are also encouraged to re-apply.
Last year the Fostering Executive Women Mentoring Program accepted mentees from across both big enterprise and small consultancies, and from sectors as diverse as banking and finance to health care, government and manufacturing. Women who participate in the Mentoring Program are eligible to apply for St.George / Fostering Executive Women Harvard International Scholarship.
The cost of the program for 2013 is an administrative fee of $250 (incl GST) for mentees only. Payment is to be made only if your application is successful.
How to apply
- Download and complete the FEW Mentoring application form (DOCX file, 57.29 KB)
- Provide a one page CV
- Evidence of your qualification ie. academic transcript, photo or scan of your QUT Business School post-graduate degree.
Submit your application form, CV and evidence of qualification via email to the Fostering Executive Women alumni group.
Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 13th February 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 8th March 2013.
2013 Mentoring Program dates
- Wednesday 13 March 2013: Mentoring Program Launch
- Wednesday 1 May 2013: Mentor and Mentee catch up
- Wednesday 17 July 2013: Conversation with Harvard attendees
- Wednesday 11 September 2013: Program close
- Monday 28 October 2013: Fostering Executive Women Gala event 10 year celebration and announcement of the St.George Bank / Fostering Executive Women Harvard International Scholarship winners for 2014.
Executive Conversation Series
The Fostering Executive Women Executive Conversation Series is back in 2013 with a fantastic line up of inspirational business leaders who will enlighten and inspire you through their personal and thought provoking experiences.
The Executive Conversation Series is open to all QUT alumni and the broader business community. It is designed for women with professional experience who are seeking to return to the workforce, recharge their careers, or take their professional lives in a new direction.
Dates and speakers
Our speakers represent diverse industries and perspectives. The running theme of the Executive Conversation series for 2013 will be “10 years – then and now”. This up close and personal series will share our speakers’ personal experiences and journey over a decade.
Dates and speakers will be announced shortly.
In 2012 the following speakers shared their perspective on the theme “Break Your Own Rules”.
- Tony Mucha - Practice Manager, Qld and W.A. St.George Bank
- Liz Pidgeon - Director, Cornerstone Properties Pty Ltd
- Panel Discussion: Rupert Bryce, Executive Coach at Performance Strategies; John Puttick, Founder and Chairman of GBST and; Professor Peter Little, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Programs & Partnerships), QUT.
- Jenny Parker - Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Australia
Friends of FEW
We encourage business leaders to join our Friends of FEW network and participate in mentoring and events.
QUT Business School
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- Fax: 3138 1055
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- Postal address:
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Fostering Executive Women Alumni Group
- Phone: 3138 7164
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- Postal address:
QUT Business School
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