BlueScope executive wins international scholarship

Kristie Keast, General Manager People BlueScope Australia New Zealand, has won a scholarship to attend a leadership program at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA.

Kristie will study ‘Leading Change in Complex Organisations’, a course designed to help harness the leadership skills, political resources, and cultural understanding needed to guide successful organisational change.

“The scholarship will help me hone my leadership skills, and I also hope to influence and inspire other women to take on senior executive roles,” said Kristie.

“I started my career in stevedoring, a very male-dominated and challenging industry, which helped me build resilience, integrity and confidence. It’s important to me to support other women, encouraging them to take risks and put themselves forward, and to identify other female talent.”

The scholarship is part of the Chief Executive Women (CEW) Scholars program, which helps talented Australian women develop their career by participating in executive education programs at internationally acclaimed business schools.  The scholarship is offered to a female executive working in a functional HR role.

Chief Executive Women represents more than 370 of Australia’s most senior women from the corporate, public, academic and not-for-profit sectors, and works to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity.