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Announcing the winners of the 2015 Future CEO Scholarships

The CEO Institute is pleased to announce the winners of The CEO Institute’s Future CEO Scholarships for women in business. This $125,000 initiative, launched in 2014, will fund five 3-year Scholarships in the Institute’s Future CEO program in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, commencing in February 2015.

2 FEBRUARY 2015: A great number of women from around Australia applied for this substantial scholarship, providing further evidence that women are keen to take the next step in their careers and secure executive roles.  Yvonne Howie, national spokesperson for The CEO Institute says, “It was impressive to see the calibre of candidates who applied. The winners come from varied backgrounds in education and experience - it is exciting to see what they will bring to the Future CEOprogram.”

At The CEO Institute Summit 2015 - a one-day all member annual conference - held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on 29 January, and Perth and Adelaide on 30 January, the winners of each of the Future CEO Scholarships were announced and introduced to members and guests attending in their respective states. 

In a video message displayed at each Summit, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women said, “As one of only five women selected in total - one in each designated state, this is an achievement of which you should be very proud. I commend The CEO Institute for this initiative and for supporting aspiring female CEOs.”

Michelle Cummins, Melbourne recipient, is the General Manager of People & Culture at the PICA Group with extensive experience in the Strata/property industry. Cummins states, “I see this Scholarship benefiting me in so many ways, but mostly I see it rounding out my post graduate education and executive management experience, which will ensure I gain the necessary skills required to move into a CEO role.”  

Michelle has been recognised as one of the elite members of the executive team with an outstanding reputation on building professional relationships both internally and externally.  Cummins continues, “I believe this opportunity will provide me with the necessary skills to continue to grow and improve my leadership skills.”

Rachel Lewis, Sydney recipient, is General Council and Company Secretary of the Holcim group of companies in Australia, and contributes to day-to-day management, budgets / forecasts and strategy setting. She says, “I am extremely excited at being selected for the Future CEO Scholarship.  I believe the Scholarship will complement the professional development opportunities I have in my current role, support my career progression and provide excellent networking and mentoring opportunities.”  

Passionate about enhancing female participation at work, she is a mentor to female professionals both formally and informally. Rachel recently co-founded an annual breast cancer fund raiser, raising over $35,000.

Yvonne MacLeod, Brisbane recipient, is General Manager Corporate Development at Terry White Management, trading as Terry White Chemists (TWC). Yvonne joined TWC in February 2010 to manage the capital raising project and oversee strategy and implementation within the TWC GIL Corporate Group, focussing on opportunities to capture further margin across the value chain through strategic alliances, joint ventures and acquisitions. 

Julia Sumner, Adelaide recipient, is General Manager of Oxfam Australia Trading, a subsidiary company of Oxfam Australia, and as such manages Oxfam’s 11 shops across Australia, its online shop and the wholesale channel. She says of the Scholarship, “I am very grateful to be chosen to receive this Scholarship in South Australia. I believe it will provide me with new opportunities to expand my knowledge and be exposed to a variety of different views and experiences.”

Julia started in this role in September 2011, after having spent 18 months working in various roles in Oxfam Australia including Executive Manager and Acting Director of Operations.

Leah Hamer, Perth recipient, is the Executive Assistant at CIMC Modular Building Systems. She says, “The structure of learning and personal development provided by the Future CEO Scholarship is ideal for someone like myself who doesn’t have a formal education background and is on their career track through hard work and dedication.” 

After five years of working at an executive level in the construction industry, in a number of very fast paced environments, Leah has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and a passion for performance. 

Hamer says, “The peer support and networking opportunities will give me the opportunity to build professional relationships which will hopefully extend beyond the program and with the program offering a unique style of learning I will be able to focus on the skills that I can’t learn from a book and improve my confidence, leadership and communication skills”. 

Nurturing the best talent available, regardless of gender, is an important part of The CEO Institute charter. These Scholarships will hopefully go some way towards creating a more even and diverse playing field.

The CEO Institute wishes the winners a successful and fulfilling journey.


About The CEO Institute

The CEO Institute was founded in 1992 as a peer-to-peer membership organisation for Chief Executives to connect with their peers and learn from them and in 2011 became the world’s first global certification body for CEOs. With more than 1,000 members, it is Australia’s leading executive membership organisation for CEOs and senior executives who want to be better informed, more efficient business leaders.  The flagship CEO Syndicate® program is an exclusive peer support network for CEOs and business leaders. It offers experiential learning and mutual group mentoring.  The Future CEO program is a certification course designed by the business leaders of today for the business leaders of tomorrow. A proven path to success that equips you with the knowledge, skills and contacts you need to take over the reins.


Yvonne Howie, National Spokesperson
P (02) 9904 3744 | M 0408 270 928 | E yvonneh(at)ceoinstitute.com

Kristine Chompff, Marketing & Communications Manager
P (03) 8514 5024 | E kristinec(at)ceoinstitute.com 

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