An emergency nurse for 14 years, Rochelle is currently studying a Masters of Education while teaching nursing at Flinders University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and raising her four-year old daughter with her husband.
Rochelle - who grew up between the Philippines and Australia - said she hopes completing the PCM program will help her develop a career around education and boards across Australia and the world and that she is open to all possibilities.
“I believe that as a culturally and linguistically diverse Australian woman who is half-Filipina - as well as a world traveller - I am able to provide a different perspective as an innovative educator and potential board member.”
She said receiving the scholarship would also have a big impact on her career development. “I’m in shock, and excited and nervous at the same time,” she said. “I have been feeling a bit lost, but this will make a huge difference to me.”
“I have had a truly diverse career experience over my lifetime. Now my daughter has started Kindergarten I want to create an ‘ikigai’ career that makes me happy while also benefiting my community and my family. I am also looking to up-level my skills and expand my portfolio and am particularly interested in policy, economics and governance. ”
Women on Boards Executive Director, Claire Braund, said Rochelle had a strong application and was a worthy recipient of the scholarship. "It's always hard to choose just one recipient as every application has merit, as was the case this time around."
Claire went on to say that WOB has a policy of funding scholarships to many of its major programs as someone's capacity to pay should not always dictate whether or not they can attend.
Rochelle has been a member of Rotary International in her family’s hometown in the Philippines since 2010 and will be heading to Melbourne for the Rotary Convention in May 2023. A proud Reconciliation Action Plan member, Rochelle has also worked in the Office of the CEO at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network where she taught the first Aboriginal Consumer Representative and was Chair of the first Consumer Representative Community of Practice.
Rochelle was Deputy Co-Chair of the SA Health Young Professionals Group (YPG) Steering Committee, and hosted the Inaugural YPG Conference, which was also organised online across South Australia. In addition she has run state-wide online classes on around Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace with the Langley Group.
PERSONAL CAREER MANAGEMENT: STARTS 4 APRIL
Develop your understanding around what counts in managing your career from a strategic perspective, how to exercise influence and why you need self-awareness and clarity around your career narrative. Support yourself to dig deep and align your passion and purpose with your career plan.
2023 PROGRAM DATES
Session 1 | Tuesday 4 April | 12noon - 1:30pm AEST via ZOOM
Session 2 | Thursday 27 April | 9:00am - 5:30pm AEST in Melbourne CBD & livestream
Cohort dinner | Thursday 27 April | 6:00pm - 9:00pm in Melbourne
Session 3 | Friday 28 April | 9:00 am - 1:00pm AEST in Melbourne CBD & livestream
Session 4 | Thursday 11 May | Individual participant presentations via ZOOM
Session 5 | Thursday 18 May | 12noon - 1:30pm AEST via ZOOM