Businesswoman Sandra heading back to school!

Sandra Divilly: winner of 30% Club MBA Scholarship at NUI Galway.
Sandra Divilly: winner of 30% Club MBA Scholarship at NUI Galway.

A Galway businesswoman fought off tough competition to win a scholarship worth over €13,000 for NUIG’s Executive Master of Business Administration programme.

Sandra Divilly’s selection was announced last week by NUI Galway in conjunction with the 30% Club, an organisation officially launched in January 2015, with a goal to achieve better gender balance at all levels of business in Ireland.

The 30% Club believes that gender balance on boards and executive leadership not only encourages better leadership and governance, but further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.

Application numbers for the 30% Club Scholarship exceeded expectation with a very high calibre of strong female applicants.

The judging panel noted that while most had enormous career potential and would have been worthy recipients, ultimately the award could be made to only one individual.

“I am greatly honoured to be chosen to receive the 30% Club Scholarship for an Executive MBA at NUI Galway,” said a delighted Sandra.

“The 30% Club is an inspiring initiative to address global gender imbalance issues in organisations. I commend NUI Galway for joining the list of successful universities, across the world, that support and drive the 30% Club goals.

“Having graduated from NUI Galway in 1996 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems, I have since enjoyed a varied and challenging career in private industry and as a self-employed businesswoman,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.