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Monash Business School joins forces with Clean Energy Council to develop female leaders

The Clean Energy Council is delighted to continue its collaboration with Monash Business School to offer a grant for a female professional as part of the ongoing efforts to close the gender gap in senior leadership positions across the renewable energy industry.

The Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus grant is targeted at women in leadership roles, aiming to give their careers a boost by enhancing skills such as negotiation and public speaking. The successful applicant will be funded to complete the week-long Executive Education program.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said his organisation’s Women in Renewables initiative had been successful in building a network of female professionals across the industry to support each other and provide access to a range of opportunities.

“I am delighted to work with Monash Business School to offer this grant for the second year, which provides a fantastic opportunity for one of our emerging female leaders,” Mr Thornton said.

“We are proud to support and promote the role of women at our events, on the Clean Energy Council’s board and across the industry more generally. We all benefit from having a diverse group of leaders which are all motivated to make a strong contribution to our shared success.”

Professor Michelle Russell, Director of Executive Education at Monash Business School, said the Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus provides participants with the tools and techniques to support their leadership ascension.

“We are proud of our success in helping talented women leaders reach the next level of their career. The professionals we see tend to have amazing business skills, and it is a pleasure to help them expand their range, increase their influence and identify new opportunities to develop, Professor Russell said.

The winner of the inaugural grant in 2018 was Heidi Sick, who is now Client Director, Energy – Australia and New Zealand at engineering consultancy Aurecon.

As well as covering the cost of the course, the Clean Energy Council will cover travel and accommodation if the successful applicant is based interstate. For more information about the Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus please visit