Successful Australian Professional Development Membership Launches New Opportunities for American Business Women


Donny Walford, Founder and Managing Director of Behind Closed Doors, an Australian company providing professional development, mentoring and networking for women in business that just this month has launched a footprint in the USA joins Enterprise Radio.

Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Donny Walford discuss the following:

  • We hear you have this month launched behind closed doors in the USA.  Tell us what exactly is behind closed doors?
  • Why have you decided to bring the membership to the US?
  • What would you say makes behind closed doors different to other professional development programs.
  • Behind closed doors also offers opportunities for networking, how important is networking to women in business?
  • You have had a successful corporate and board career, how has networking played a role in you achieving your career goals?
  • Not long ago you attended the International Women’s Forum Global Conference in Chicago, tell us a bit about that and what were your key takeaways.

The Founder of DW Bottom Line Pty Ltd (Bottomline) Transition Strategists™ and DW Behind Closed Doors Pty Ltd, Donny Walford has an enviable record of success working with boards, executive, senior management and business owners across industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Through her businesses Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors, Donny assists organisations and individuals maximise their performance by six significant program offerings:

  • Behind Closed Doors (Businesswomen’s membership)
  • Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Directors Network (Directors program for men and women)
  • BoardDirect (Board placement program)
  • Business BootCamp (Organisational Restructures/Process and Business Improvement/Strategic and Business Planning/Facilitation)
  • Interim Management (Business Coaching & Interim Placements)

Donny’s background is at the Executive and senior management level of banking, finance, human resources and government over a period of 34 years.  She led the sales, marketing and banking division of Australia’s leading Executive Recruitment Company, Morgan & Banks, (now Hudson Ltd) before being appointed as General Manager, Marketing and Business Development, with the SA Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, trading as Business SA.

She joined the South Australian Government as Executive Director of Invest South Australia, responsible for investment from interstate and overseas.  She was also the inaugural Chief Executive, Defence Unit, a division of the Department of Trade and Economic Development.  Donny was then appointed Chief Executive Officer, vivasa Inc. formerly known as Business Vision 2010.  The organisation worked collaboratively with government, industry and community to drive economic, social and environmental development in South Australia.  Donny was appointed Chair of TEC 56 (The Executive Connection).

Current Board Directorships include:
2005 – current           Director, KeyInvest Ltd
2005 – current           Chairman, Finance and Investment committee, KeyInvest Ltd
2012 – current            Member, Remuneration and Nomination committee, KeyInvest Ltd
2008 – current           Director, Australian Associated Advisers Pty Ltd
2014 – current            Membership Committee Director, International Women’s Forum Australia
2015 – current            Director, SYC Hypa 100 Board
2015 – current            Director, Heart Foundation of Australia (SA)
2015 – current            Advisory Board Member, NDA Law
2015 – current            Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
2015 – current            Member, Audit and Risk and Member, Finance committee, ABC

Donny was Chairman of the Australian Dance Theatre, Director of the Social Inclusion Board, Director of the Zero Waste Management Board, Director of Repat Foundation, Advisory Board Director for Salvos SA and a Director of SA Great.  Other affiliations and memberships include Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Adelaide Football Club.  She is a graduate and Asia Pac scholarship winner of the Macquarie University Executive Management Program, is a Fellow and holds a Graduate Diploma from the AICD, completed the AICD Mastering the Boardroom Program, and holds an Associate Diploma in Accounting.

Donny won the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women “Woman of Distinction Award” – Economic Development & Investment category.  She was also a National judge for the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards and National judge for the Business Awards.



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