Women in leadership advocate wins Sydney Uni scholarship

UN Women National Committee Australia MBA Scholarship winner Anmol Kaur Saini.
UN Women National Committee Australia MBA Scholarship winner Anmol Kaur Saini.

Ferrier Hodgson senior manager Anmol Kaur Saini has been awarded the prestigious UN Women National Committee Australia MBA Scholarship, allowing her join the elite University of Sydney Business School‘s MBA program in 2015.

Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women Julie McKay has praised Anmol’s efforts towards women in business, believing she will be a strong example of the power of women’s leadership.

“Anmol has exceptional strategy and business skills, as well as a genuine commitment to advancing gender equality in her industry and globally,” Ms Mckay said. “I am excited she has been awarded the UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship for Semester 1 2015.”

Working with one of the Asia Pacific’s largest insolvency and restructuring firms, Anmol has shown a strong commitment to women in leadership establishing the “Women at Ferriers” initiative that aims to provide greater networking opportunities for both female employees within her firm and their clients. She hopes the program will help break down gender barriers within what remains a male dominated industry.

Anmol has also been on the NSW committee of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) for over 4 years with the organisation dedicated to the connection, promotion and success of women in the insolvency and restructuring profession across the globe.

Anmol believes it was her parents that instilled her personal and professional drive, who migrated to Australia in their early 30s to provide Anmol and her siblings with the best possible opportunities in life.

“I am extremely fortunate to have strong-willed, hard-working parents as role models and very supportive siblings. At Ferrier Hodgson, I have had access to a strong and successful female mentor in a heavily male dominated industry, as well as various colleagues and seniors who have invested their time and effort to assist with my professional development,” said Anmol.

“I now have a vested interest in helping other women in the same way, and hope to extend and strengthen the global conversation on diversity, inclusion and equality.”

Anmol sees the MBA program as an opportunity to become a “strong and effective leader” in the business world.

“By virtue of scholarship, I will be better equipped to progress my career and leadership capabilities, and just as importantly, aid the professional development of the women I work with,” she said. “It is my intention to develop new initiatives for change and eventually create opportunities for women within my firm, my industry and the broader community.”

Dean of the Business School Professor Gregory Whitwell was extremely impressed with Anmol’s scholarship success and looked forward to her joining the school’s MBA program.

“The Business School is deeply committed to encouraging diversity and we seek to provide access to higher education for women like Anmol,” he said. “Our partnership with the Australian National Committee for UN Women helps us challenge gender barriers and allows women to develop their leadership skills.”

“Through our MBA program, we hope to promote women into leadership roles in various industries and organisations,” Professor Whitwell said.

Sydney Business School MBA Program Director Professor Guy Ford was excited to announce that the newest MBA cohort, commencing in late February 2015, has an even split of women and men.

“We are delighted with this outcome given the global trend shows far less women undertaking MBA’s than men,” said Professor Ford.

The scholarship is open to all women (with Australian, Australian residency or New Zealand citizenship) who are eligible to apply for the Master of Business Administration program at the Business School.

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).