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New awards announced for Telstra Business Women Awards

HerCanberra Team

New awards in Australia’s longest-running celebration of business women

Three new categories are a feature of the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and nominations recognising brilliant ACT business women opened this week.

The new 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards consist of:

  • Start Up (owns minimum 25 per cent; business under three years old);
  • Entrepreneur (owns minimum 25 per cent; business more than three years old); and
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise (delivers positive social/environment change as its core mission; includes not for profit and social ventures);

Existing Telstra Business Women’s Awards retained for 2015 are:

  • Government and Academia (government departments; educational institutions; statutory bodies);
  • Corporate and Private (employed by the organisation); and
  • Young Business Women (under 29 as at 30 June 2015).

Chris Taylor, Telstra Area General Manager for the ACT, says the introduction of new categories in Australia’s longest-running business women’s awards was important to reflect changes in Australian business.

“We believe in a broad definition of success, so we’ve adjusted our Awards categories this year to make sure we continue to recognise vibrant business women from all industries,” Chris says.

“In 2015 we’ll introduce both Start-Up and Entrepreneur categories that are open to the many inspiring women who’ve backed themselves and taken the risks to turn their passion into businesses. We’ve also lowered the age of the Young Woman’s category to 29 years and under, to highlight women who are breaking new ground early in their careers.

“Another key change this year is the addition of a new category For Purpose and Social Enterprise which recognises that more and more Australian women are leading businesses, including not-for-profits and social ventures, designed to deliver positive social and environmental change here in Australia and overseas.”

Now in their 21st year, the Telstra Awards are open to women in all states and territories, whatever their career or sector, providing them with opportunities to meet, mentor and support other aspiring business women.

“I urge you to nominate a brilliant business woman you admire and then encourage her to enter the Awards. Perhaps it is your work colleague, friend, a family member or possibly even yourself,” Chris adds.

Jennifer Wyborn, Partner at Clayton Utz and 2014 Telstra ACT Young Business Women’s Award winner says: “On a personal level, winning a Telstra Award has served to consolidate and grow my confidence in my skills and the belief I can achieve anything if I dream big and work hard.

“The Awards entry process showed me that I have learned so much more than I remember and that taking time to reflect is the first step to growing and building a stronger and bigger business. If you don’t believe in yourself you will never grow to what you want to be,” she says.

Previous ACT Awards winners include Department of Finance’s Jan Mason, CARE Australia’s Dr Julia Newton-Howes, and the Human Rights Commission’s Dr Helen Watchirs.

Nominations can be made at womensawards.com or by calling 1800 817 536. Entries are now open and will close on Monday 29 June 2015.


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