Blazing a trail to Harvard program

Emily AceSouth Western Times

Nicky Waite is blazing a trail for women in business, after her work and leadership in a traditionally male dominated field landed her the Eva Skira Scholarship for Women Leaders 2018.

The scholarship, which is awarded to a female Water Corporation employee to continue their leadership journey, will allow the South West Region Service Delivery Manager to travel to Harvard Business School to partake in the High Potential Leadership Program.

Ms Waite said she was honoured to be mentored by retired Water Corporation Board Chairwoman Eva Skira as part of the scholarship, who would provide an “impartial perspective” and help to brainstorm ideas to move ahead with her career and life.

“I was honoured to have the opportunity for Eva Skira to be my mentor,” she said.

“Eva’s grasp of strategic business management and broad experience across the engineering, finance and health sectors makes her an effective and successful business leader.”

As part of her role, Ms Waite oversees ongoing operations which involves the management of about 160 employees.

She said working in regional WA provided a range of “stimulating experiences” and was proud to represent the South West as the recipient of the prestigious scholarship.

“The South West is a wonderful work environment – there are growth and development opportunities, with challenges coming across your desk every day,” she said.

“I’m very proud to be part of the community in the South West and I try to give back by getting involved in organisations that support our community and the lifestyle I love.

“This includes seven years on the school Board at St Joseph’s School and last nine years as a Board member of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.”

Ms Waite wanted to encourage women and girls to “aim high and take opportunities in the workplace”, even if they are juggling a busy family and community life.

“My advice to anyone is to back yourself,” she said. “Ask for things – if you don’t ask, you don’t get and what’s the worst that can happen?

“If the answer is ‘no’ you’re no worse off than you were the moment before. If the answer is 'yes’ new opportunities and doors open.”

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