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Chief Executive Women (CEW) has awarded seven executive education scholarships as part of its 2014 scholarships program comprising16 awards worth more than $250,000.
Sinead Kaufman, General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Tom Price and Marandoo Iron Ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, took out top honours and will attend a month-long Advanced Executive Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France valued at $55,000.
Ms Kaufman is responsible for 1,400 staff and the mining of 40 million tonnes of iron ore a year. A mother of two young children, she is on the board of the Tom Price Primary School and the Nintirri Community Centre. She also leads the RT Iron Ore mental health working group, which supports employees and their families across Western Australia to promote mental health and wellbeing.
WGEA Director, Helen Conway, was on the judging panel for the award said of Ms Kaufman: “Sinead is simply outstanding. She already understands the human side of leadership as well as all the hands-on aspects of her role. She is definitely CEO material and this course will help her get there.”
Ms Conway was the recipient of CEW’s first scholarship awarded in 1991. “The management course opened my eyes to the breadth of thinking you need to be a good leader,” she said.
Women continue to be under-represented in executive positions. The Agency’s 2012 Census of Women in Leadership found there had been negligible progress for women in executive ranks, with women comprising less than 1 in 10 executives in the ASX 200 and ASX 500. Within executive positions, women were more likely to be in support roles, as opposed to line roles which are traditionally seen as the path to CEO.