Women in Leadership Scholarship

The 30% Club, the Financial Times and Henley Business School Women in Leadership Scholarship

We are delighted to announce this prestigious MBA Scholarship competition.

The winner will receive a fully-funded place worth up to £37,750 on Henley Business School's world-renowned Executive or Flexible Executive MBA programme starting in September/October 2016. This scholarship is designed to offer practical support for the development of strong female talent, as part of the 30% Club's 'Balancing the Pyramid Project'.


Laerke Norn, 2015 winner

To enter, participants need to provide:

1. An 800-word opinion piece entitled, 'How will women shape the future of business over the coming ten years?' The article should consider factors such as globalisation, technology and evolving societal attitudes.

2. A video clip (maximum 60 seconds) which answers the following: 'Which words tend to be those used to describe successful women versus successful men? How does the vocabulary differ? Does it depend on whether a man or a woman is speaking. Do the age, level of education, nationality and background of the speaker or person being described matter? What impact do the words used have on the advancement of women in the workplace?' The video can include several speakers. Videos should be shot on a smartphone and will only be judged on content and the creativity displayed in using this medium.

The deadline for entry has been extended to 5pm on 07 June 2016. Entries should be sent to mba@henley.ac.uk entitled 'Women in Leadership Scholarship application'. Up to 10 finalists will be shortlisted from all entries received by the deadline. A panel of judges will choose the winning entrant who will be notified by the end of June 2016.

Apply now by downloading the application form.

The finalists will be invited to attend the FT Women's Summit on 29 September 2016, where the winner will be announced.

'The 30% Club has always looked to take positive action. So I was delighted when Henley Business School approached us about setting up an MBA scholarship to enable the development of strong female talent.'

Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of the 30% Club.

Now in it's fourth year, the scholarship is a collaboration between Henley, the 30% Club and the Financial Times designed to pave the way to a greater visibility of women in leadership across all industry positions and reflects our mission to encourage and increase gender balance.

'Helping women to develop their leadership potential has been at the heart of Henley programmes for many years and our women alumni comment on how the MBA has not only developed their skills but also their confidence. The launch of the Henley Women in Leadership Forum demonstrates the level of our support for women in a variety of ways. We are very pleased to be working with the 30% and the Financial Times to identify women with real talent who can benefit from this opportunity.'

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School.

Last year's winner, Laerke Norn, noted that 'the scholarship has given me the opportunity to learn with and from a group of professionals from other industries than my own and inspires me to grow both professionally, academically and personally'.

Last year's question posed 'Can you be a real woman or do women have to disguise themselves to succeed in the workplace?'

Laerke's winning response addressed her desire not to conform to the stereotype of a successful woman and her refusal to accept that in order to succeed in business one must put on a facade.

 

Terms and Conditions

The 30% Club, the Financial Times, and Henley Business School Women in Leadership Scholarship

1. This competition is organised and administered by the 30% Club, the Financial Times and Henley Business School whose registered offices are at Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3AU, United Kingdom.

2. This competition with a scholarship prize of up to £37,750 is not open to employees of the University of Reading (or any of its subsidiaries) Henley Business School or the Financial Times Limited, their agents or anyone else professionally associated with the competition (including subcontractors providing professional services to Henley Business School under a contract with the University of Reading).

3. The competition will launch on 08 March 2016. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

4. To enter this competition, entrants must be eligible for entry to the Henley MBA Programme and the scholarship will only be awarded once the place is confirmed. The entry criteria for the programme are: 3 years management experience (5 years management experience for Executive MBA), a good first degree or equivalent professional or international qualification and evidence of competence in English.

5. Entrants must fulfil two further elements:

  • Submit an 800-word opinion piece entitled, 'How will women shape the future of business over the coming ten years?' The opinion piece must be a compelling argument grounded in evidence, supported by at least two data sets (statistics or research). The judges will be looking for a strong flow to the argument and an original perspective. Entrants should not underestimate the importance of their own personal experience and how that exemplifies the experience of their generation.
  • Submit a video clip which answers the following: 'Which words tend to be those used to describe successful women versus successful men? How does the vocabulary differ? Does it depend on whether a man or a woman is speaking? Do the age, level of education, nationality and background of the speaker or person being described matter? What impact do the words used have on the advancement of women in the workplace?' The video can include several speakers. Videos should be shot on a smartphone and will only be judged on content and the creativity displayed in using this medium.

6. Entrants must submit their entry by email to mba@henley.ac.uk. All entries must be clearly marked 'Women in Leadership Scholarship competition'. All elements of an entry must be in English and entries will not be returned.

7. All entries must be received by 5pm on 07 June 2016.

8. All entries submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that their entry form does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.

9. Copyright in all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing and/or promoting this competition each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to 30% Club and Henley Business School and The Financial Time Limited (including its assigns and licencees), to feature any or all of the submitted essays in any of their hard copy or digital publications (including special reports), websites, social media feeds or platforms, and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition without payment to the entrant. The individuals responsible for any essays so featured will be fully credited. Essays submitted may form the basis of a research report by Henley which will be released subsequently.

10. Only one entry per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

11. Up to 10 entrants will be shortlisted from all entries received. Shortlisted entrants shall be those whose entry, solely in the opinion of the judges, displays the most original and exceptional thinking. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. The winning entrant shall win a full scholarship to take a place on the Henley Business School Executive or Flexible Executive MBA programme commencing in September/October 2016. Full details of the programme can be found at www.henley.ac.uk/mba

13. The winner shall be notified by the end of June 2016.

14. In the event of the winner being unable to commence the course, Henley Business School will offer the prize to the next entrant on the shortlist, selected in accordance with these terms and conditions. Should the winner withdraw from the course after commencement, Henley Business School reserves the right to offer the prize to the next entrant, as above, or to withdraw the prize. This decision will be dependent on how much of the scholarship remains unused.

15. It is expected that the winner will take part in both social media and PR activity.

16. The winner's name and country may be disclosed to anyone who writes within one month after the published closing date, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, to: Anna Kite, Henley Business School, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6UR.

17. The prize as described is available on the date of publication. All elements of the prize are non-transferable to any other intake or mode of study and are only available to those students studying via the UK-based MBA programme. Accommodation, travel, study trip travel, extra materials and visa costs are not included unless otherwise stated. Only one scholarship is awarded per applicant and this cannot be combined with any other fee reductions. There are no cash alternatives to the scholarship.

18. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Henley Business School and/or the 30% Club and accordingly Henley Business School and/or the 30% Club may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to Henley Business School or the 30% Club as a result thereof.

19. The Financial Times Limited accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or disappointment suffered or incurred by the entrant as a result of the entrant entering this competition or by the entrant accepting (or refusing, as the case may be) the prize.

20. This competition is subject to the laws of England and Wales, whose courts shall be the courts of exclusive jurisdiction. This competition is void where prohibited.

 

 

 

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