Telstra announces NSW Business Women’s Awards finalists

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Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive, Media, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Pollard said that New South Wales women are changing business, one brilliant business woman at a time.

“Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards champion women from diverse industries, ensuring their achievements are given the recognition they deserve, and continue to raise the profile of women in business,” said Pollard.

“The 2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.”

A finalist in the Entrepreneur category, Matina Jewell, is a war veteran and one of the most highly-decorated females in Australian military history, and now a motivational speaker sharing her learnings from active duty and advice on how to apply them to the corporate world.

Many of the finalists are working and excelling in traditionally male-dominated industries. These include Kim-Louise Liddell, who founded Non Destructive Excavations Australia, a business which manages the risks of underground excavations in dense cities, and Sally-Ann Williams, an executive program manager at Google Australia, whose work promotes STEM and computer sciences as part of the Australian and New Zealand educational curriculum.

There are six Telstra Business Women’s Awards categories in 2016: Entrepreneur, For Purpose and Social Enterprise, Public Sector and Academia, Corporate and Private, Young Business Women’s and, new in 2016, Business Woman in Asia.

“Telstra is a passionate advocate of women in business and we are thrilled to extend the Telstra Business Women’s Awards program into Asia this year to further recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women,” said Pollard.

Winners of the 2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Doltone House, in Pyrmont, on Tuesday 11 October. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016.

Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are open year-round. If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate today: https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/nominate/

Finalists for the 2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards are:

Young Business Women’s Awards
Gina Lednyak, L&A Social, Surry Hills
Jane Burhop, Common Ventures, Surry Hills
Jessie Mitchell, Amicus Digital, Sydney
Ruth Lewis-Jones, Esteem Designz & ChooseREAL Campaign, Sydney
Turia Pitt, Turia Pitt International, Narrawallee

Entrepreneur Award
Emma Bannister, Presentation Studio, Moore Park
Irene Falcone, Nourished Life, Belrose
Jacqueline Arias, República Organic, Waterloo
Kim-Louise Liddell, Non Destructive Excavations Australia Pty Ltd, Vineyard
Matina Jewell, Matina Jewell Enterprises, Salt Beach, Kingsliff

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award
Abarna Raj, Palmera, The Hub, Darlinghurst
Anne Bryce, Achieve Australia, North Ryde
Janelle Goulding, City West Housing, Pyrmont
Jenni Seton, Redkite, Redfern
Petrea King, Quest for Life Foundation, Bundanoon

Corporate and Private Award
Jackie McArthur, Martin Brower, Wetherill Park
Melanie Hilton, Macquarie Group, Sydney
Sally-Ann Williams, Google, Sydney
Sarah Hunter, Virbac Animal Health, Milperra
Vivienne Bower, Lendlease, Barangaroo

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Chloe Potvin
Chloe Potvin is a contributing small business writer for Kochie's Business Builders.