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The Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader

18 Jul 2013

Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School have launched the Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader, with a grand prize that includes a $60,000 Sydney MBA scholarship on offer to the winner.

Participants in the Search will be assessed over a series of rigorous judging rounds, and their performance in each judged by a panel of industry experts, as well as representatives from the Australian Financial Review and the Business School. The winner will receive an incredible prize, which includes:

  1. A $60,000 Sydney MBA Scholarship to enrol in the University of Sydney Business School MBA program in 2014.
  2. A Master class with some of Australia's foremost leadership educators
  3. Media training, delivered by Australia's leading business and finance news publication, The Australian Financial Review.
  4. A seat at a Leadership Lunch, with some of Australia's most high profile professionals.
  5. Publication of an opinion piece in BOSS Magazine.
  6. Membership to the BOSS Emerging Leaders Program.

"The Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader is more than just a chance at winning a scholarship," said BOSS Magazine editor, Jo Gray. "It has been set up to provide participants with a chance to learn about themselves through each step of the competition. We are very excited at the prospect of meeting the leaders of tomorrow, and watching their development throughout the selection process."

Last year's winner, Anita Mitchell (pictured), explains what winning the scholarship has meant for her.

"The MBA scholarship has had a huge impact on me, both personally and professionally," Anita said. "In the few short months since I have started the MBA, I have already learnt an enormous amount about myself and have gained new perspectives on the business challenges that I've faced in the past and how to do things differently in the future. Importantly, I also discovered a lot about the other participants in the competition, many of whom are enrolled with me in the MBA program."

"The MBA program so far has been a transformational experience," Anita continued. "Having the scholarship behind me has allowed me to focus on the program, and I am already reaping the rewards of taking the lessons we are all learning from the classroom to the boardroom."

The Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader is about more than just previous academic achievements.

"This search isn't about finding a candidate with above average academic ability," said Professor Richard Hall, Associate Dean Management Education at the Business School. "What we're looking for is someone who represents the very ideal of leadership; someone who we believe is destined for greatness in industry, and who can show us a true passion for development that they can use to become a great leader."

If you would like to be a participant in the competition, applications are now open. Head to the Search for Australia's Top Emerging Leader website for further information, including important dates, how to enter and the complete terms and conditions of the competition.

For further information on the University of Sydney Business School Master of Business Administration program, please visit