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Winners 2015

Overall Winner — Ann Sherry


Ann became CEO of Carnival Australia in 2007, overhauling the organisation and its reputation, and boosting annual cruise numbers from 100,000 to over a million. Her influence in corporate Australia started at Westpac, where she helped make it the first private sector bank to introduce paid maternity leave and started the Jarwun project to connect corporate volunteers with indigenous communities. Prior to that, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, and Australia's representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women's rights. Her non-executive roles include ING Direct (Australia), Australian Rugby Union and Chair of Safe Work Australia.

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ABOUT THE 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS


Our Mission

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards is committed to increasing the visibility of women's leadership in Australia, highlighting the important contribution women make in creating a bold and diverse future for Australia.

We want to uncover and promote Australian women who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day – be it in their workplace, their community or among their peers.

These are women who confront unfairness and don't take no for an answer; who identify what needs to be done then roll up their sleeves to do it, and who use their skills and ability to help change the status quo to a more equal, more diverse, and vibrant society.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR AUSTRALIA'S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE.

Success in the 100 Women of Influence Awards is not dependent on the seniority or scale of a nominee's role. Rather, it is about recognising quality and impact. In this way, we hope to encourage the widest possible range of women to show what they are doing and the contribution they make.

Now in its fourth year, the Awards identify and celebrate bold, energetic women who capture the spirit of progress, helping shape a vibrant, inclusive, economic and social future for Australia.

We want you to self nominate, or to nominate a friend or colleague who you think fits the bill.

We want men to nominate too, so they can formally recognise the women they see making a difference.

We are looking for 100 women across 10 categories who, through their achievements and contribution, have had an impact within their relevant category. Learn more about the categories here.

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2015 FINALISTS


100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS



Amanda Tattersall
Founder and director of strategic planning of The Sydney Alliance
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Ann Sherry
Chief executive officer of Regal Health Group
Diversity
Anna Shepherd
Chief executive officer of Regal Health Group
Business Enterprise
Ashlee Harrison
Chief executive officer of zero2hero
Local/Regional
Aviva Tuffield
Executive director of The Stella Prize
Culture
Avril Henry
Managing director of Avril Henry and Associates
Diversity
Barbara Junghans
Associate professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of New South Wales
Local/Regional
Beverley Honig
JChief executive officer of Greenville Developments
Business Enterprise
Caroline Lambert
Executive Officer at YWCA Australia
Diversity
Carolyn Frohmader
Executive Director of Women With Disabilities Australia
Public Policy
Catherine Crock
Physician at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Culture
Chantel Thornton
Specialist breast cancer surgeon at the AGORA Centre for Women's Health
Board/Management
Christine Holgate
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Blackmores
Business Enterprise
Claire Hammerton
Co-ordinator / Chief Executive Officer of ChilOut (Children Out of Immigration Detention)
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Cynthia Mitchell
Deputy Director of The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Public Policy
Dawn Casey
Chairperson at the Indigenous Land Corporation
Board/Management
Diane Grady
Independent Board Director at multiple companies
Board/Management
Elaine Baker
UNESCO Chair in Marine Science at The University of Sydney
Global
Elaine Saunders
Managing Director at Blamey Saunders hears
Innovation
Elizabeth Constable
Vice-Chancellor's Fellow of The University of Western Australia
Public Policy
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
Co-Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Gekko Systems
Innovation
Eman Sharobeem
Chief Executive Officer of The Immigrant Women's Health Service
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Erica Smyth
Chairman and Company Director of Diabetes Research WA
Diversity
Fabian Dattner
Founding Partner of The Dattner Grant
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Fi Bendall
Chief Executive Officer of Bendalls Group
Business Enterprise
Gen George
Founder and Chief Executive Officer for OneShift
Young Leader
Hannah Wandel
Ministerial Liaison for The Department of Defence
Young Leader
Jacqueline Hey
Non-Executive Director at Cricket Australia
Board/Management
Jacqueline Ogeil
Artistic Director and Founder of Woodend Winter Arts Festival and Duneira, Mt Macedon
Local/Regional
Jane Burns
Chief Executive Officer of Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Jane Curry
Founder and Managing Director of Ventura Press
Business Enterprise
Jane McAdam
Director, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at The Faculty of Law, University of NSW
Global
Janelle Saffin
Senior Legal Adviser to the Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for Timor-Leste, Self-employed
Global
Janet Whiting
Head of Litigation Practice in Melbourne at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers
Culture
Jenna Tregarthen
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Recovery Record
Young Leader
Jennifer Roberts
Deputy Future Operations Planner and Gender Adviser in Train, Advise and Assist Command - South in Afghanistan for The Australian Army
Diversity
Jessica Gethin
Conductor at Perth Symphony Orchestra
Culture
Julie-Anne Mizzi
Head of Social Infrastructure and Aged Care at AMP Capital
Board/Management
Justine Perkins
Founder of The Touched by Olivia Foundation
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Karen Canfell
Director, Cancer research division at Cancer Council NSW
Innovation
Karen Phillips
Cardiologist at GenesisCare
Global
Karyn Baylis
Chief Executive Officer of Jawun
Diversity
Katarina Carroll
Commissioner at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Board/Management
Kate Jenkins
Commissioner for The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Public Policy
Kate Sutton
Director of The Humanitarian Advisory Group
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Kathleen Roma Greer
Artistic Director and Founder of Micro Galleries
Culture
Kathy Hirschfeld
Non-Executive Director at Transfield Services Limited
Board/Management
Kay Schubach
Advocate, Consultant and Ambassador of Domestic Violence NSW
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Keri Chittenden
Executive Director and Co-founder at So They Can
Global
Kirsty Thompson
Inclusive Development Director at CBM Australia
Global
Kris Lloyd
Chief Executive Officer of Woodside Cheese Wrights
Business Enterprise
Kristi Mansfield
Managing Director of Fifth Quadrant
Innovation
Kristin CarsonL
Senior Medical Research Scientist for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide
Young Leader
Lauren Todorovic
Director and Founder of Aged Care Report Card
Business Enterprise
Lea Waters
Director, Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Lee Lewis
Artistic Director at Griffin Theatre Company
Culture
Leona Murphy
Chief Strategy Officer / Co-Chair of the Board for the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) at IAG/ United Nations
Global
Lesley Chenoweth
Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor of Social Work and Head of Logan Campus at Griffith University
Local/Regional
Lisa Harvey
Associate Professor in Rehabilitation at The Kolling Institute at The University of Sydney
Global
Liz Courtney
Managing Director at Unboxed Media Australia
Global
Louise Adler
Chief Executive officer of Melbourne University Publishing
Culture
Lucinda Brogden
Commissioner for The National Mental Health Commission
Public Policy
Lyn Williams
Artistic Director and Founder of Gondwana Choirs
Culture
Maggie Haertsch
Chief Executive officer, co-founder of The Arts Health Institute
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Margaret Gallagher
Volunteer at Pregnancy Help Australia
Local/Regional
Margaret Lomas
Founder/Director of Destiny Financial Solutions
Business Enterprise
Maria Kavallaris
Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program / Co-director, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at The Children's Cancer Institute / UNSW
Innovation
Marion Fulker
Chief Executive officer of The Committee for Perth
Diversity
Mary Hackett
Regional Director Australia and New Zealand at GE Oil & Gas
Board/Management
Michelle Dixon
Chief Executive officer of Maddocks
Diversity
Mim Bartlett
Managing Director of Mim Bartlett Consulting
Local/Regional
Nalini Joshi
Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow and Chair of Applied Mathematics at The University of Sydney
Innovation
Nicola Roxon
Chair of Board at Cancer Council Australia
Global
Pat Anderson
Chairperson of The Lowitja Institute
Public Policy
Patricia McKenzie
Director/chair of APA Group, TransGrid and Healthdirect Australia
Board/Management
Petra Buchanan
Chief Executive Officer of The McGrath Foundation
Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit
Pip Marlow
Managing Director of Microsoft Australia
Board/Management
Ranjana Srivastava
Oncologist at Monash Health, award-winning Author and Guardian Columnist
Global
Rebekah Campbell
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Posse
Innovation
Renee Carr
Co-Founder and Executive Director at Fair Agenda
Young Leader
Robbie Sefton
Managing Director of Sefton & Associates
Local/Regional
Robyn Butler
Writer/Producer/Actor at Gristmill
Culture
Robyn Shields
Psychiatry Registrar and Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission, NSW, Sydney Local Health District
Public Policy
Ros Moriarty
Managing Director of Balarinji
Business Enterprise
Rosemary Addis
Chair and Co-Founder at Impact Investing Australia
Innovation
Rosie Thomas
Chief Executive Officer of Project Rockit
Young Leader
Sandra McCuaig
Founder of Bodalla Dairy and Cheese Factory
Local/Regional
Sarah Cook
Director of Rowing at St Joseph's College
Young Leader
Sharon Warburton
Executive Director of Strategy and Finance at Brookfield Multiplex
Board/Management
Shuyin Tang
Principal at Unitus Impact
Global
Sophie Galaise
Chief Executive Officer of The Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Culture
Sophie McNamara
Senior Associate at Ashurst
Young Leader
Suzanne Young
Chief operating officer of the National Rugby League
Board/Management
Sydney Shuat-Nee Ch'ng
Associate Professor in surgery - Consultant Surgeon at The RPA Institute of Academic Surgery
Innovation
Tanya Hosch
Joint Campaign Director at Recognise
Diversity
Theresa Jacques
Director of Intensive Care at The St George Hospital, NSW
Public Policy
Turia Pitt
Director and Motivational Speaker, Self-Employed
Young Leader
Van Badham
Writer at The Guardian
Culture
Veena Mendez
Chair and Founder of The Women in Oil and Gas (WIOG)
Diversity
Veena Sahajwalla
ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow and Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials at The University of New South Wales
Innovation

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Joanne Gray
Co-chair judge

She has spent more than half her career in Australia with the Australian Financial Review in senior editorial and writing roles, but has also been Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News in Switzerland, managing editor of Asiamoney in Hong Kong and Washington Correspondent for the AFR.

Ainslie van Onselen
Co-chair judge

Ainslie is the Executive Director of Women's Markets, Inclusion and Diversity for the Westpac Group. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, a Commissioner of Legal Aid NSW and is a judge of the annual NSW Government Human Rights Awards. Before joining Westpac as Brian Hartzer's Chief of Staff in 2013 she had an almost 20 year career in the law.

Carolyn Hewson AO

Carolyn has had over 30 years experience in the financial sector She joined Schroder Darling merchant bank in 1981 and worked in the areas of financial markets, risk management and investment management. She was an Executive Director of Schroders Australia and remained on the board there until she moved from executive work to non executive roles in 1995. Carolyn is now a non-executive Director of two listed Australian companies- BHP Billiton and Stockland Corporation. She is currently a Panel Member on the Federal Government's Financial System Inquiry.

Christine Parker

Christine Parker is Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for the Westpac Group.In this role, Christine is a member of Westpac Group's Executive Team and holds leadership responsibility for the Human Resources and Corporate Affairs and Sustainability functions across the Westpac Group.Her portfolio includes responsibility for the Westpac Group's human resources strategy and management, including reward and recognition, safety, learning and development, careers and talent, employee relations and employment policy.

Jan Owen

Jan Owen is CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).In March 2014 Jan received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, in recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia. In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group 'Woman of Influence 2012'. In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US.

Michael Rose

Michael is the Chief Executive Partner of international law firm, Allens. Michael is also the Chairman of ChildFund Alliance, Chairman of Sydney Living Museums and Chairman of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia. He is a Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Robert Wood

Robert Wood is Professor of Management at Melbourne Business School. Prior appointments include Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Robert has designed, developed and delivered programs for senior managers and provided advice in many Australian and overseas corporations, including Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical, Telstra, P&O Ports, Dubai Ports World and the Hong Kong Government. He has delivered programs to managers in the USA, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, UAE, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.

Alison Deans

Alison is currently a non-executive director of Insurance Australia Group and Westpac Banking Group. Previously she played key roles in building some of Australia's leading Internet businesses. She was the first managing director of eBay Australia and New Zealand, responsible for launching and building the eBay business in Australia. She was also Chief Executive Officer of ecorp, a technology-focused listed investment company which built a portfolio of digital businesses including ninemsn, eBay, Ticketek and Wizard. Most recently, she was CEO of netus, a technology-based investment company focused on building consumer web businesses in Australia.

Elizabeth Broderick

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Elizabeth Broderick is Australia's Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She has overall responsibility for advancing gender equality in Australia. Commissioner Broderick has been a key advocate for Australia's first national paid parental leave scheme, increasing women's workforce participation and recognition of domestic violence as a workplace issue. She has promoted changes to the Australian Stock Exchange Corporate Governance regime requiring all publicly listed companies to set targets for women at board and senior executive level. She has brought together Australia's senior male leaders from business, government and the military to form the Male Champions of Change Group.

Elizabeth led the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force and now leads the Commission's collaborative work with the Australian Defence Force on embedding cultural change across Navy, Army and Air Force. She is a member of the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development; and a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board. Elizabeth is Global Co-Chair of the Women's Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, Ambassador for the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children and the overall winner of the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. She is married with two teenage children.

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You can't be what you can't see: you or your nominee might just be the inspiration that makes the next woman a future leader in her field.

An open letter from Greg Hywood I CEO & Manaing Director, Fairfax Media

Fairfax Media and The Australian Financial Review are proud supporters of the 100 Women of Influence Awards – a program we started in 2012 to champion some of the most influential, visionary and inspirational women in Australia.

In 2015, we again partner with Westpac to honour our country's Women of Influence by celebrating and recognising their successes. This program is an important way to amplify extraordinary stories.

From well-known public figures to rising stars, our Women of Influence all shine bright as true leaders, encouraging men and women to think and act in more progressive ways.

At Fairfax, we promote gender diversity, equality and inclusiveness in our workplace. We believe that sharing the positive stories of women has a powerful impact in helping individuals and companies to embrace change for the better.

Fairfax welcomes your involvement and interest in this year's awards – and we encourage all potential entrants to share their stories, achievements and triumphs to inspire others.

Australia is fortunate to have so many inspirational women whose influence has a profound impact on our everyday lives. As a community, it's important we recognise and celebrate these influential leaders and role models who are shaping our future.

Women like Elizabeth Broderick, the 2014 Woman of Influence and Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Elizabeth has tackled the major issues of preventing domestic violence against women, sexual harassment and workplace bias. She's also playing a pivotal role in improving female representation at a leadership level, championing balanced paid work and addressing gender equality laws.

This is what the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards are all about – highlighting the real and lasting impact women like Elizabeth have. If our country is going to reach its potential, we need to lead the charge in recognising the value of diverse and bold leaders. It's good for women, it's good for business and in fact, it's a national imperative.

It makes economic sense to not only get more women into the workforce, but to also help them achieve their full potential. This is why Westpac is dedicated to increasing the number of women in senior management positions and achieving equal representation of women in leadership roles by 2017. To get there, we need to think creatively and expand our outlook to exceptional women in other industries. This is why earlier this year I announced Westpac's Equilibrium program which brings highly skilled women from other industries into the financial services sector.

On a personal note, I'm privileged to be surrounded by many inspirational women every day. And I know we all have inspiring and influential women in our lives so I encourage every individual and business to nominate them for one of the 100 Women of Influence Awards. Ultimately, it would be terrific to see more women nominate themselves for these awards.

I look forward to meeting the women who will be recognised in this year's 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand – Naming partner of the Diversity Award Category

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is made up of over 100,000 diverse, talented and financially astute professionals who utilise their skills every day to make a difference for businesses the world over.

AGSM @ UNSW Business School- Naming partner of the Innovation Award Category

At AGSM, we believe in helping great people achieve great things. As Australia's leading graduate school of management, AGSM @ UNSW Business School attracts the visioneers – those who aren't afraid to dream big, think imaginatively and put ideas into action.

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Australia should know the women who are changing it.

You can't be what you can't see: you or your nominee might just be the inspiration that makes the next woman a future leader in her field.

Key Dates

Nominations for 2015 open on Friday June 19, 2015, and close at midnight on Sunday August 9, 2015.

The 100 Women of Influence will be listed in the The Australian Financial Review in late September.

The overall winner and category winners will be announced at the Annual Gala held at the Sydney Town Hall on Thursday October 15, 2015.

“Influence is the wake you leave behind you."

Sue Vardon 2012 & 2013 Judge

Awards Process

NOMINATE

Nominate yourself or someone you know by registering and completing a nomination form.

JUDGING

Step 1 – Shortlisting

A selection committee will review the entries and create a shortlist for a panel of judges, made up of former winners, influential leaders and representatives from Westpac and The Australian Financial Review . Meet our judging panel here.

Step 2 – Judging

Our judges will review the shortlist and select our 100 Women of Influence for 2015, as well as category representatives and the overall winner for 2015.

Step 3 – 100 Women of Influence Announced

The 100 Women of Influence for 2015 will be announced in The Australian Financial Review in early October.

GALA DINNER

The 100 Women of Influence for 2015 will be celebrated at a Gala Awards Night on the 15 of October at Sydney Town Hall. 10 category winners and an overall winner will be announced.

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The 100 Women of Influence Awards are calling for entries across 10 categories aiming to identify a diverse group of women championing change in business and society in general.

BOARD/MANAGEMENT

Women working in a management role or on a board in public or private companies. Who might be running a team, a key project, or developing strategy. Their influence extends beyond their formal role to personal support, mentoring and networks.

PUBLIC POLICY

Women working in the public sector at either local, state or federal level. This may include those working in agencies or in an advisory role to influence and change public policy, for instance, to support better social inclusion and equity.

DIVERSITY

Women who have dedicated themselves to consistently advocating for a more diverse workforce and who have helped make the change happen. This includes advocacy in the boardroom, in government, lobby groups, in small or large businesses or the community.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Women who are business founders, owners, operators or part-owners and are actively involved in the operations. This category recognises women who have substantially developed their own business and led its strategy and direction.

YOUNG LEADER

Young women aged up to and including 30 years (as of August 31, 2015) who demonstrate a capacity to influence and act as catalysts for change. This new generation of leaders is advocating for and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns.

GLOBAL

Women whose work is having an impact internationally with entries invited from a broad range of sectors. They may be based overseas or in Australia but their work is making a mark on the global stage.

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Women who are having an impact in their community or at local or regional level. This may be across business, community, the not for profit sector, the arts or in government.

INNOVATION

Women who are driving innovation and entrepreneurship, within a business or workplace, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, technology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management. This category also recognises new ways of tackling community and social issues and improving inclusion.

NEW! CULTURE

Women involved in furthering Australia's cultural presence and impact. This could be through either their direct involvement or administration of initiatives across areas such as the creative arts, sport, media and entertainment, both locally and globally.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Women working in a range of capacities to support social change as entrepreneurs or in community projects or campaigns in the not for profit sector. This may cover a range of areas including health, education, domestic violence, indigenous programs, financial literacy or cultural programs.

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100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS


Overall Winner - Ann Sherry

CEO Carnival Australia
Carnival Australia

Ann became CEO of Carnival Australia in 2007, overhauling the organisation and its reputation, and boosting annual cruise numbers from 100,000 to over a million. Her influence in corporate Australia started at Westpac, where she helped make it the first private sector bank to introduce paid maternity leave and started the Jarwun project to connect corporate volunteers with indigenous communities. Prior to that, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, and Australia's representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women's rights. Her non-executive roles include ING Direct (Australia), Australian Rugby Union and Chair of Safe Work Australia.

BOARD/MANAGEMENT

Category Winner


Diane Grady
Independent Board Director
Multiple

Diane is one of Australia's most prolific and high impact sponsors of talent, particularly women. While at McKinsey, Diane was the first woman outside the US to be elected to partnership, the first female partner to have children and the first to go part time. A full time independent director since 1994, Diane is currently on the board of Macquarie Group, Spotless Group and ASI, is a member of McKinsey's senior advisory board, chair of Ascham School and The Hunger Project Australia, and an advisory board member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, The Centre for Ethical Leadership, and Heads Over Heels.

Winners


SUZANNE YOUNG
Chief Operating Officer
National Rugby League
DAWN CASEY
Chairperson
Indigenous Land Corporation
PATRICIA MCKENZIE
Director/Chair
APA Group, Transgrid, Healthdirect Australia
CYNTHEA WELLINGS
CEO
Ausmed Education Pty Ltd
JULIE-ANNE MIZZI
Head of Social Infrastructure and Aged Care
AMP Capital
KATARINA CARROLL
Commissioner
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
KATHY HIRSCHFELD
Non-executive Director
Transfield Services Limited
JACQUELINE HEY
Non-executive Director
Cricket Australia
CHANTEL THORNTON
Specialist Breast Cancer Surgeon
AGORA Centre for Women’s Health
SHARON WARBURTON
Executive Director of Strategy and Finance
Brookfield Multiplex
MARY HACKETT
Regional Director, Oil & Gas, Australia and New Zealand
GE
PIP MARLOW
Managing Director
Microsoft

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Category Winner


Ros Moriarty
Managing Director
Balarinji

Ros co-founded Balanjari in 1983, and it has become a leader in Indigenous strategy and design across resources, infrastructure, tourism and sporting sectors. Best known for the Aboriginal designs on Qantas aircraft, it also created the 'Hands Across the Land' image used for the 2000 Sydney Harbor Bridge Walk for Reconciliation, racing suits for Kathy Freeman, lists clients such from Nespresso to U2, and has pushed to return royalties to NT artists since 1995. Ros is managing director of the cutting edge non-profit Nangala Project, delivering literacy, and children's soccer to remote regions, and has written award winning children's books and an acclaimed memoir, Listening to Country.

Winners


MARGARET LOMAS
Founder/Director
Destiny Financial Solutions
CHRISTINE HOLGATE
Chief Executive Officer
Blackmores
JANE CURRY
Founder and Managing Director
Ventura Press
FI BENDALL
CEO
The Bendalls Group
ANNA SHEPHERD
Chief Executive Officer
Regal Health Group Pty Limited trading as Regal Home Health
KRIS LLOYD
CEO
Woodside Cheese Wrights
BEVERLEY HONIG
CEO
Greenville Developments
LAUREN TODOROVIC
Director and Founder
Aged Care Report Card

CULTURE

Category Winner


Janet Whiting
Head of Litigation practice Melbourne
Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

Aside from being one of Australia's leading litigators, Janet has wielded serious influence across boards for film, theatre, visual arts, design, food and fashion. She helped established Harold Mitchell's arts foundation, mentored Stephanie Alexander, chaired the Arts Centre Melbourne, was on the inaugural board of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Vice President of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and helped stop the closure of Victoria's State Film Centre. Janet is deputy chair of the Victorian Major Events Company, which she pushed to include more cultural events, not just sports. She currently sits on the boards of Bell Shakespeare, National Australia Day Council, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Winners


KATHLEEN ROMA GREER
Artistic Director and Founder
Micro Galleries:Changing the World…in small and creative ways
LYN WILLIAMS
Artistic Director and Founder
Gondwana Choirs
VAN BADHAM
Writer
The Guardian
LEE LEWIS
Artistic Director
Griffin Theatre Company
SOPHIE GALAISE
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
JEN LIN TCHEA
Principal of Springvale Chinese Ethnic School
Springvale Chinese Ethnic School
ROBYN BUTLER
Writer / Producer / Actor
Gristmill
AVIVA TUFFIELD
Executive Director
The Stella Prize
LOUISE ADLER
CEO
Melbourne University Publishing
GEORGIE SOMERSET
President, QRRRWN
Self-Employed
CATHERINE CROCK
Physician
Royal Children's Hospital
JESSICA GETHIN
Conductor
Jessica Gethin

DIVERSITY

Category Winner


Ann Sherry
CEO Carnival Australia
Carnival Australia

Ann became CEO of Carnival Australia in 2007, overhauling the organisation and its reputation, and boosting annual cruise numbers from 100,000 to over a million. Her influence in corporate Australia started at Westpac, where she helped make it the first private sector bank to introduce paid maternity leave and started the Jarwun project to connect corporate volunteers with indigenous communities. Prior to that, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, and Australia's representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women's rights. Her non-executive roles include ING Direct (Australia), Australian Rugby Union and Chair of Safe Work Australia.

Winners


CAROLINE LAMBERT
Executive Officer
YWCA Australia
TANYA HOSCH
Joint Campaign Director
RECOGNISE
AVRIL HENRY
Managing Director
Avril Henry and Associates
JENNIFER ROBERTS
Deputy Future Operations Planner and Gender Advisor in Train Advise Assist Command – South, Afghanistan
Australian Army
MICHELLE DIXON
CEO
Maddocks
ERICA SMYTH
Chairman and Company Director
Diabetes Research WA
MARION FULKER
CEO
Committee for Perth Ltd
KARYN BAYLIS
CEO
Jawun
VEENA MENDEZ
Chair & Founder
Women in Oil and Gas

GLOBAL

Category Winner


Jane McAdam
Director, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Faculty of Law, University of NSW

Jane is instrumental in shaping international thinking and policy related to migration, climate change, disasters and displacement. Jane holds a number of academic positions globally, including at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and she publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration. She also serves on various international committees and has been an expert advisor to the UNHCR, the International Organisation for Migration, and the World Bank's Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration.

Winners


ELAINE BAKER
UNECSO Chair of Marine Science
University of Sydney
LISA HARVEY
Associate Professor in Rehabilitation
The Kolling Institute The University of Sydney
KERI CHITTENDEN
Executive Director & Co-founder
So They Can
Governance Institute of Australia
LEONA MURPHY
Chief Strategy Officer / Co-Chair
Board for the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) IAG/ United Nations
SHUYIN TANG
Principal Unitus Impact
JANELLE SAFFIN
Senior Legal Adviser
to the Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for Timor-Leste Self-employed
LIZ COURTNEY
Managing Director
Unboxed Media Australia
KAREN PHILLIPS
Cardiologist
Genesis Care
RANJANA SRIVASTAVA
Oncologist, Award-winning author and Guardian columnist
Monash Health
KIRSTY THOMPSON
Director – Inclusive Development
CBM Australia
Nicola Rozon
Chair of Board
Cancer Council Australia

INNOVATION

Category Winner


Veena Sahajwalla
ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow & Director The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Veena is director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, where her research is working to use science and engineering to solve real world problems, partnering with companies including Hyundai and OneSteel. Veena is doing world leading work on transforming/recycling waste at high temperatures to create new valuable resources for industrial production such as Polymer Injection Technology to create 'Green Steel', a technique names as an Innovation that Could Change the Way We Manufacture, but the Society for Manufacturing Engineers. She is also a member of the Climate Council and a fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Winners


KAREN CANFELL
Director, Cancer Research division
Cancer Council NSW
KRISTI MANSFIELD
Managing Director
Fifth Quadrant
SUSAN BARTON
Founder/Director
Lighthouse Foundation
NALINI JOSHI
Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow and Chair of Applied Mathematics
The University of Sydney
MARIA KAVALLARIS
Program Head, Tumour Biology and Targeting Program and Director
Australian Centre for NanoMedicine Children's Cancer Institute, UNSW Australia
ROSEMARY ADDIS
Chair & co-Founder
Impact Investing Australia
ELIZABETH LEWIS-GRAY
Chair
Gekko Systems
ELAINE SAUNDERS
Managing Director
Blamey Saunders hears
SYDNEY SHUAT NEE CH'NG
Associate Professor in Surgery – Consultant Surgeon
RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, University of Sydney
REBEKAH CAMPBEL
CEO & Founder
Hey You

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Category Winner


Lesley Chenoweth
Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor of Social Work and Head of Logan Campus
Griffith University

Lesley is at the forefront of social work teaching and research, is an author, and advocate for the disabled, women and the socially disadvantaged. She has encouraged Pacific Islanders and refugee students to the Logan Campus which she has led since 2011, and has built pathways for local high school students in the disadvantaged area to enter University. With the Logan city leadership team she launched a project to bring government, community agencies and the Uni together to address disadvantage. She contributes to 'Podsocs' podcasts for social workers, and created the '1000 voices' international initiative, curating life stories for people with disabilities.

Winners


SANDRA MCCUAIG
Founder
Bodalla Dairy Shed and Cheese Factory
ROBBIE SEFTON
Managing Director
Sefton & Associates
BARBARA JUNGHANS
Associate Professor
University of New South Wales Australia
MARGARET GALLAGHER
Retired
MIM BARTLETT
MD
Mim Bartlett Consulting
JACQUELINE OGEIL
Artistic Director and Founder
Woodend Winter Arts Festival and Duneira, Mt Macedon
ASHLEE HARRISON
CEO
zero2hero Inc.

PUBLIC POLICY

Category Winner


Pat Anderson
Chairperson
The Lowitja Institute

Pat is an internationally renowned advocate for disadvantaged people, particularly focusing on the health of Australia's First Peoples. She has co-authored Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory, won numerous awards for her public health work, advised the UN on drafting the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, and worked for the International Labour Organisation in Geneva to amend their extraordinary conventions on the same issue. She has been CEO of Danila Dilba Aboriginal Health Service, a founding member of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT, and chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Winners


LUCINDA BROGDEN
Commissioner
National Mental Health Commission
CYNTHIA MITCHELL
Deputy Director
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
THERESA JACQUES
Director of Intensive Care
The St George Hospital, NSW
CAROLYN FROHMADER
Executive Director
Women with Disabilities Australia
KATE JENKINS
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
DR ELIZABETH CONSTABLE
Vice Chancellor's Fellow
University of Western Australia
ROBYN SHIELDS
Psychiatry Registrar and Deputy Commissioner
Mental Health Commission, NSW, Sydney Local Health District, Public Policy

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Category Winner


Jane Burns
CEO Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Jane's YWCRC is focused on innovative approaches to mental health reform. It makes young people the experts, and gives them the chance to work with researchers, professionals and innovators to come up with new ways they want to use technology to help improve mental health care. The apps and prototypes they invented are now being tested in schools, universities and workplaces. She has also established youth beyondblue and the international ReachOut.com site. She is a member of various advisory boards and government working groups and is the chair of the National Advisory Council to encourage support for Veterans and their families.

Winners


PETRA BUCHANAN
Chief Executive Officer
McGrath Foundation
EMAN SHAROBEEM
CEO
Immigrant Women's Health Service
CLAIRE HAMMERTON
Co-ordinator / CEO
ChillOut ChillOut (Children Out of Immigration Detention)
JUSTINE PERKINS
Founder
Touched By Olivia Foundation
MAGGIE HAERTSCH
CEO, Co-Founder
Arts Health Institute
KAY SCHUBACH
Advocate and Consultant, Ambassador
Domestic Violence NSW (State Peak Body)
AMANDA TATTERSALL
Founder & Director of Strategy
Sydney Alliance
KATE SUTTON
Director
Humanitarian Advisory Group
FABIAN DATTNER
Founding Partner
Dattner Grant
LEA WATERS
Director
Centre of Positive Psychology University of Melbourne

YOUNG LEADER

Category Winner


Jenna Tregarthen
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Recovery Record

While studying for her PhD in Clinical Psychology, Jenna took a leave of absence to help a loved one living with an eating disorder. It led to her creating Recovery Record, a mobile health site that provides treatment for sufferers and timely clinical data for care teams. In three years it has grown to 300,000 users who have completed more than 10 million therapy sessions, and is the new standard of care for specialists and healthcare systems across eight continents. Jenna frequently speaks on women in entrepreneurship, is a director of Project HEAL, and an advisor to several entrepreneur accelerator programs.

Winners


HANNAH WANDEL
Ministerial Liaison Officer
Department of Defence
GEN GEORGE
Founder & CEO OneShift
TURIA PITT
Director & motivational speaker
SOPHIE MCNAMARA
Senior Associate
Ashurst
SARAH COOK
Director of Rowing
St Joseph's College
RENEE CARR
Founding Executive Director
Fair Agenda
KRISTIN CARSON
enior Medical Research Scientist
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
ROSIE THOMAS
Chief Executive Officer
Project Rockit

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100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS


Overall Winner - Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth is a lawyer, mentor and social change agent noted for her ability to wield influence, instigate change and think differently. Her achievements include conducting national inquiries into sexual harassment, pregnancy and unpaid caring work; the treatment of women in Defence; and establishing the Male Champions of Change strategy, which encourages men to spread the message of gender equality to other males. She was appointed global co-chair of the UN Global Compact for Women's Empowerment, and holds non-executive board positions, including on the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development, Supply Nation, and the ANU Centre for Public and International Law.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Category Winner


Alex Birrell
CEO
Paftec

As CEO of Paftec, a company specialising in respirator design, manufacture and global export, Alex is an inspirational leader in the technology field. She is also a pioneer as one of the few women leading an organisation in the male-dominated workplace health and safety sector. Alex works to boost women's entrepreneurship through co-founding Heads Over Heels, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at helping women build high-growth businesses. She is a winner of a number of awards – most notably the Australian and International Good Design Award – and has more than tripled Paftec's revenue in the last two years.

Winners


LE HO
Managing Director
Capital City Waste Services Pty Ltd
MIA KLITSAS
Co-founder and Director
Millie & More
JASMIN HERRO
CEO
Outback Global Australia
CYNTHEA WELLINGS
CEO
Ausmed Education Pty Ltd
ELENA GOSSE
CEO
Australian Innovative Systems Pty Ltd
MONICA DAVIDSON
Founder/Publisher
The Mamamia Network
MIA FREEDMAN
Founder/Publisher
The Mamamia Network

DIVERSITY

Category Winner


Elizabeth Broderick
Sex Discriminatio Commissioner
Human Rights Commissioner

Elizabeth is a lawyer, mentor and social change agent noted for her ability to wield influence, instigate change and think differently. Her achievements include conducting national inquiries into sexual harassment, pregnancy and unpaid caring work; the treatment of women in Defence; and establishing the Male Champions of Change strategy, which encourages men to spread the message of gender equality to other males. She was appointed global co-chair of the UN Global Compact for Women's Empowerment, and holds non-executive board positions, including on the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development, Supply Nation, and the ANU Centre for Public and International Law.

Winners


OLIVIA LOADWICK
Executive Director
Pottinger
LAUREN GANLEY
General Manager
Telstra
MARIE COLEMAN
Chair
Social Policy Committee
MEGAN MOTTO
CEO
Consult Australia
DIANN RODGERS-HEALY
Executive Director
Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
PEGGY O'NEAL
President
Richmond Football Club
JENNIFER MORRIS
CEO
Orijen Group
RABIA SIDDIQUE
Humanitarian, Speaker, Author
Self Employed
MELBA MARGINSON
Executive Director
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition
DAI LE
Chief Marketing Officer
Beloka Water Pty Ltd
CARLY FINDLAY
Writer, Speaker and Appearance Activist
Self Employed
DAWN HOUGH
Director
Pride in Diversity

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Category Winner


Linda O'Brien
Principal, Granville Boys' Highschool
NSW Department of Education

Linda is passionate about the transformative power of education and she has had extensive success educating children from some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities. Linda's innovative style and willingness to offer these communities stability and structure often goes beyond the call of duty. Through carefully guided leadership she has transformed Granville Boys High School into a stable and thriving environment. In 2013 Linda was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to secondary education through leadership and innovative practices, and to the community.

Winners


TANYA DUPAGNE
Camp Kulin Manager
Shire of Kulin
LYNISE CONAGHAN
Community Activisr
Barmount Station Feedlot
SHEILAGH CRONIN
GP Principal
Flinders Medical Center, Cloncurry
CORAL ROSS
Mayor
City of Boroondara
BRONWYN KING
Radiation Oncologist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Epworth HealthCare
JEN LIN TCHEA
Principal of Springvale Chinese Ethnic School
Springvale Chinese Ethnic School
JAELEA SKEHAN
Director
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
FAYE MCMILLAN
Snr Lecturer – Director of the Djirruwang Program
Indigenous Allied Health Australia Chairperson.
Charles Sturt University (CSU)
MELBA MARGINSON
Executive Director
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition
GEORGIE SOMERSET
President, QRRRWN
Self-Employed
ELLIE BROWN
Director
NSW Business Chamber

YOUNG LEADER

Category Winner


Genevieve Clay-Smith
Co-founder
Bus Stop Films & Taste Creative

Genevieve is a writer and director who inspires audiences through pathos and humour. She began her career with documentary-making for Down Syndrome New South Wales, is an advocate for inclusive film-making. Bus Stop Films won national notice in 2009 when Genevieve won Tropfest with her critically acclaimed short film Be My Brother. Her work continues to explore themes linked to societal perspectives, isolation, reconciliation, the family unit and disability. Genevieve is Australia's foremost globally innovative inclusive film-maker and pioneer in new tools to increase inclusive corporate employment

Winners


JILLIAN KENNY
Founding Director
Machinam Pty Ltd
ALICIA CURTIS
Owner/Founder, Alicia Curtis Leadership
Self-Employed
SARAH LUX-LEE
National Copyright Manager
NSW Department of Education & Communities
JENNIFER STAR
Founding Director
Tara.Ed Inc
KATE FITZ-GIBBON
Lecturer in Criminology
Deakin University
JAMILA RIZVIL
Editor-in-Chief
Mamamia
NICOLE GIBSON
Founder & CEO
The Rogue & Rouge Foundation
TAUNOA BUGMY
Transitional Worker
Community Restorative Centre
GEORGIE ALEY
CEO
Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council
NICOLA ISON
Senior Research Consultant
Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
STEPHANIE LORENZO
CEO
Project Futures

PUBLIC POLICY

Category Winner


Jane Halton
Secretary, Department of Finance
Australian Government

Jane was recently appointed the secretary of the Australian Government's Department of Finance, having previously been the secretary of the Department of Health for over 12 years. She was the first woman to hold both of these roles. Jane was previously a deputy secretary in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising on social and women's policy. She was the first Australian to be appointed president of the World Health Assembly and was awarded the Geneva Forum for Health Award in 2013.

Winners


CHRISTINE NIXON
Chair
Good Shepherd Microfinance and Monash College
EVA COX
Professorial Fellow
UTS
JUDITH FOX
National Director, Policy & Publishing of Governance
Institute of Australia
Governance Institute of Australia
JENNIFER STAR
Founding Director
Tara.Ed Inc
SHELLEY BOWEN
Senior Public Health Advisor
Victorian Department of Health
SHELLEY PENN
PRINCIPAL
Shelley Penn Architect
GED KEARNEY
President
Australian Council Trade Unions
ROSALIND CROUCHER
President
Australian Law Reform Commission
MONICA BARONE
Chief Executive Officer
City of Sydney
ALEX SHEHADIE
Director
Defence Cultural Reform, Australian Human Rights Commission

PHILANTHROPY

Category Winner


Janette Savage
Regional Coordinator/Funding Chairperson
Cancer Care Western NSW Inc

Janette has spent 14 years volunteering in rural health and is dedicated to fostering regional partnerships and empowering women to work for what they want and for what communities need. She has raised $5.4 million to build the Western Care Lodge in Orange, NSW, for cancer patients. This was achieved through engaging regional communities in fundraising, meeting and speaking with local government and service clubs, and creating partnerships. Janette has received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship and the Rotary Community award and doesn't take no for an answer when it comes to raising money for health.

Winners


ANDY DINAN
Gallery Founder
Self-Employed
SALLY CROSSING
Chair, Cancer Voices
Voluntary Health Consumer Advocacy
SUSAN BARTON
Founder/Director
Lighthouse Foundation
JANE VADIVELOO
CEO
Children's Ground Limited
HELEN WISEMAN
Director
Imalia

BOARD/MANAGEMENT

Category Winner


Anne-Marie Corby
CEO
Hester Super Fund

As CEO of HESTA, a super fund with significant female membership, Anne-Marie has been a champion of improving women's financial security in retirement for more than 16 years. She has been a pioneer in many areas of female leadership and provided opportunities for women to be influential figures in her organisation. In addition to her role at HESTA, Anne-Marie is currently a director of Industry Super Australia, Netball Australia and The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

Winners


KIRSTIN FERGUSON
Non-Executive Director
Leighton Holdings Ltd, SunWater Ltd, Hyne Pty Ltd, Queensland Theatre Company
DIANE SMITH-GANDER
Chairman
Transfield Services Limited
AYNE HRDLICKA
CEO
Jetstar Group Qantas Airways Limited
JULIE SHUTTLEWORT
General Manager
Cloudbreak Mine Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
REBECCA MCGRATH
Company Director
Oz Minerals Ltd, CSR Ltd, Goodman Group, Incitec Pivot Ltd
JANE NEEDHAM
President
New South Wales Bar Association
Self Employed Barrister
CATHERINE ROBERTS
Director General
Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition and Sustainment Royal Australian Air Force
SUSAN LLOYD-HURWITZ
CEO & MD
Mirvac Group
KATHRYN FAGG
Board Member
Reserve Bank of Australia

GLOBAL

Category Winner


Ann Henderson-Sellers
Professor Emerita
Macquarie University

Ann is a pioneer and international leader in climate science, spearheading the description and prediction of many aspects of people's interactions with climate systems. She has championed the scientific need for action to mitigate and adapt to climate change for more than 40 years. She is an elected Fellow of Australia's Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia in 2003 and, in 2013, became a Medallist of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She continues to communicate to the widest community about climate and to work for ethically valid research.

Winners


CAPTAIN JENNIFER WITTWER
Director
National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security Department of Defence
NADIA BADAWI
Medical Director
Grace Centre for Newborn Care at Westmead
SUSAN HARRIS RIMMER
Director
Australian National University, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy
SANDRA CAPRA
Professor of Nutrition
University of Queensland
MOYA DODD
Executive Committee Member, FIFA
Partner Gilbert+Tobin
ANDREA MYLES
CEO
China Australia Millennial Project
MOLLY HARRISS OLSON
CEO
Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand
CATHERINE BURKE
CEO
The Hunger Project Australia

INNOVATION

Category Winner


Rebecca Ivers
Director, Injury Division
The George Institute for Global Health

Rebecca is a researcher whose pioneering work to prevent injury in high risk and disadvantaged populations is saving lives around the globe. With a passion for equitable health care and a commitment to building community capacity, Rebecca's research provides governments with the evidence to guide injury policies. Her work encompasses the most critical aspects of injury and producing research outcomes with health and policy impacts. She also works with colleagues at the World Health Organisation, where she sits on their Injury Prevention Mentoring Advisory Group, and is on the board of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network International.

Winners


AMANDA SALIS
Associate Professor
The University of Sydney, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders
VANESSA GARRARD
CEO
E3 Style
PIA WAUGH
Director of Gov 2.0 Australian Chief Technology Officer
Department of Finance
JACKIE FAIRLEY
CEO
Starpharma Holdings Limited
ELIZABETH SCARR
Program Leader
CRC for Mental Health
SALLY DUNWOODIE
Head of Embryology Laboratory
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
MAREE TEESSON
Professor
UNSW
LISA KEWLEY
Associate Director/Professor
Australian National University
AMANDA DAVIS
COO
Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health Division

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Category Winner


Jo Cavanagh
CEO
Family Life

Jo is a tireless leader in Australia's not-for-profit sector who has earned accolades in the 35 years she has worked with government, business and community organisations. At Family Life she has led a program of change to promote community involvement in the prevention of child abuse and family violence. In 1998, Jo published the Through the Eyes of the Child report, which advocated a whole-of-family approach to preventing family violence. This research led to an Australian Heads of Government, Australian Family Violence Prevention Award. In 2013, Jo was awarded an OAM for service to the community.

Winners


NAZHA SAAD
CEO
St George Community Housing Limited
MELODIE POTTS ROSEVEAR
Founder and CEO
Teach For Australia
MARIA DEVESON CRABBE
CEO
Marie Stopes International Australia
LIZZIE BROWN
CEO
Engineers Without Borders Australia
VICKI CLARK
Co-chair
Reconciliation Victoria
BETTY KITCHENER
CEO
Mental Health First Aid Australia
ROBYNNE QUIGGIN
CEO
Australian Indigenous Governance Institute
AMANDA MCKENZIE
CEO
Climate Council of Australia

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100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS


Overall Winner - Professor Adele Green AO

It sounds so obvious now, but Adele Green has played a crucial role in ­convincing Australians that putting on ­sunscreen is a good way to fight skin cancer. She was among the first to identify the skin cancer epidemic in Australia and then a landmark study of the disease in the Queensland town of Nambour helped identify the best ways to fight it. She is now a senior researcher at QIMF Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

BOARD/MANAGEMENT

Category Winner


Belinda Hutchinson
Chancellor
The University of Sydney

Her role as chairman of insurer QBE makes Hutchinson arguably the most successful female boardroom operator in Australia. She is one of only a few females chairing one of the ASX's top 20 companies, overseeing a company that operates in 46 countries with more than 75 per cent of its business overseas. It has come with its fair share of controversy after an over-ambitious expansion caused the stock price to drop sharply last year. Hutchinson, who took the job in 2010, oversaw a change in chief executives and has made a start winning back market confidence, promising a “more consistent and aligned approach". Hutchinson, who has worked for Macquarie Bank, ­Citigroup and numerous government and private boards, said in her application she hopes more women like her will “aim hopefully for roles in insurance".


Rebecca Dee-Bradbury
Non-executive director
BlueScope Steel

Her company makes Vegemite, but Dee-Bradbury is passionate about finding new products that can be made here and sold to Asia. The president of developed markets Asia Pacific for Mondelez International, the spinoff that took over non-US sales of brands from Kraft Foods and Cadbury is an outspoken advocate for the idea that Australian food manufacturers should take advantage of booming demand from the region. She has even set up a centre of excellence for chocolate, based in Victoria, to hothouse new marketing ideas and products. At the same time she has carried her firm through the restructure and Mondelez Australia's results for 2012 showed a 64 per cent jump in profits of $2 billion.

Winners


ELANA RUBIN
Non Executive Director
Various
ANNE-MARIE CORBOY
CEO
HESTA
TERESA HANDICOTT
Partner & Chair
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
STEFANIE LOADER
General manager
Northparkes Mines
CHERYL BART AO
Company Director & Lawyer
Various Boards
PEGGY O'NEAL
President
Richmond Football Club
PAULINE VAMOS
CEO
The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited
MARGARET DREYER
Partner
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
ANNE WARD
Company Director
Various
SALLY EVANS
Head of Aged Care
AMP Capital
PRU BENNETT
Director Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment APAC
BlackRock

PUBLIC POLICY

Category Winner


Professor Marian Baird
Professor of Employment Relations
The University of Sydney Business School

If you are enjoying some paid time off after you have a child, thank Baird, the first ever professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney and director of the Women and Work Research Group. Her personal experience of losing entitlements every time she shifted jobs to follow her husband or care for her children convinced her public policy needed to change. Her response was to undertake pioneering research over a decade which showed that more than 50 per cent of women had no access to paid maternity leave and only public servants had more than a few weeks. For that work, she has been described as the “intellectual firepower" behind the campaign that resulted in the creation of the national paid scheme in 2011 and encouraged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to offer his own scheme.

Winners


JUSTINE GREIG
Director General People Strategies and Culture Branch
Department of Defence
MARIE JOHNSON
Managing Director
Centre for Digital Business
TANYA DENNING
NITV Channel Manager
SBS
LESLIE LOBLE
Chief Executive, Office of Education
NSW Department of Education & Communities
PROFESSOR KAREN THORPE
Director of Research, School of Psychology and Counselling
Queensland University of Technology
SARAH JONES
Project Director
National Transport Commission
MS GILL CALLISTER
Secretary
Department of Human Services
DALE FISHER
Chief Executive
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
TANYA HOSCH
Deputy Campaign Director
Recognise
SHEREE VERTIGAN
President
Australian Secondary Principals Association

DIVERSITY

Category Winner


Group Captain Deanne (Dee) Gibbon
Director Implementation Team – Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force
Australian Defence Force (Royal Australian Air Force)

Group Captain Gibbon won the diversity award for her ongoing work to increase the diversity of Air Force and the wider Defence Force. Dee has a particular interest in increasing women's representation in non-traditional roles within Defence, such as piloting and technical trades. To this end, Dee and her team in Air Force have created a range of recruiting and retention products designed to attract and retain higher numbers of women in ADF flying roles. One of these products is a guide called 'Flying Solo' which offers advice on how women can succeed in the masculinised field of Air Force aviation. Dee was nominated for the award by the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, in recognition of her current work to improve the gender diversity of the Australian Defence Force, through the improved recruitment, retention and progression of women in all areas of the ADF. 'I think people are often surprised by the rich diversity and workplace flexibility that exists within the ADF' she stated, 'it has been a true privilege actively participating in the ADF's current cultural reform journey'. 'The ADF is working hard to position itself as an employer of choice for all Australians, irrespective of their gender, cultural background, sexuality or age and I am hoping that this awards helps to showcase some of the excellent progress the ADF has made towards achieving this goal'.

Winners


MICHELLE DESHONG
Managing Consultant
Michelle Deshong consultancy
SABINA SHUGG
Head of Mining
Momentum Partners
CAROL SCHWARTZ
Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute Australia
Women's Leadership Institute Australia
SALLY MACINDOE
Partner and Global Head of Diversity
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
PROFESSOR MEGAN DAVIS
Professor of Law and Director
University of New South Wales, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Law Centre
ELLENI BEREDED-SAMUEL
Manager, Community Development, Office for Knowledge Exchange
Victoria University
BRONWYN BANCROFT
Artist
Self-employed
SAMANTHA PALMER
First Assistant Secretary Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Department of Health and Ageing
MERILYN CHILDS
Dr, Associate Professor of Digital Futures
ustralian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland
MELISSA FULLER
Deputy CEO
Rice Warner
SUZANNE COLBERT AM
CEO
Australian Network on Disability

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR

Category Winner


Catherine Harris AO PSM
Commissioner, NRL, Chairperson, Harris Farm Markets
Various

The chairwoman of food retailer ­Harris Farm Markets, which operates 23 stores across NSW, is famous for many things, including her role as a commissioner of the National Rugby League and her tough approach as head of the Affirmative Action Agency in the 1990s. But this award honours her toughness and smarts in building up a business that has challenged Coles and Woolworths on their home turf. The company she founded with her husband David in the '70s has been through tough times. She went back to work to support the family after the firm almost collapsed in the '90s. It is now a market leader in social media marketing and fresh produce, and provides jobs to the excluded. “The legacy of Catherine's success in business is one of not only successful management and competitive business strategy, but also of a social conscience," her sister wrote in her application.

Winners


TENILLE BENTLEY
Managing Director
Socialite Media & The Global Good Foundation
CATHIE REID
APHS Managing Partner & APHS Packaging Founder
APHS
WENDY SIMPSON
Chairman
Wengeo
CARMEN PAVLOVIC
CEO
Global Creatures
TERRI JANKE
Solicitor Director
Terri Janke and Company
KRIS LLOYD
CEO / Head Cheese maker
Woodside Cheese Wrights
SKIPP WILLIAMSON
Managing Director
Partners in Performance

YOUNG LEADER

Category Winner


Sophie Ryan
CEO
Sony Foundation

At 27, Ryan has already worked in some of the toughest gigs around. After a brief career as a lawyer, she went to Sudan and helped start Pads4Prisons, an aid program that allowed female prisoners to make their own sanitary napkins. It has now spread to Afghanistan. Back in Australia, she helped launch Tooth Mob, which sends volunteer dentists to remote aboriginal communities. For the past three years she has been the chief executive of the Sony Foundation. Her work there has included promoting music ­therapy in hospitals and building youth ­cancer centres.

Winners


KRISTA MCMEEKEN
Lawyer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
KIMBERLEY ABBOTT
Engineer
Thales Australia
KATIE MCINNES
Human Resources Manager
Rio Tinto
ANGELA BARKERR
Volunteer Ambassador
Summer Foundation Ltd (voluntary basis)
VIV BENJAMIN
CEO
The Oaktree Foundation
PHOEBE WILLIAMS
Doctor; Lecturer; Professional Member of The Guardianship Tribunal of NSW; Founder www.handsofhelp.org
Sydney Children's Hospital / Guardianship Tribunal of NSW / Hands of Help

GLOBAL

Category Winner


Dr Julia Newton-Howes
Chief Executive
CARE Australia

It all started for the chief executive of Care Australia with her childhood in Rhodesia where she saw “how poverty discrimination and opportunity can come down to the lottery of birth". Newton-Hughes was one of those who left and rebuilt a life, first as an engineer and scientist in Britain. After coming to Australia 30 years ago she returned to her childhood passion and worked for AusAID, then the World Bank, where she played a crucial role in convincing global donors to take seriously Papua New Guinea and the neglected island countries of the Pacific. At Care Australia she has doubled government funding but also achieved a 30 per cent rise in private donations. A key policy has been targeting its programs at women in the developing world because it is “the best way to bring lasting change to poor communities".

Winners


GENEVIEVE NELSON
Executive Director
Kokoda Track Foundation
JANE SLOANE
Vice President, Programs
Global Fund for Women
JOANNA HAYTER
CEO
IWFCI
CATHERINE HAMLIN
Obstetrician and gynaecologist
Hamlin Fistula International
KIRSTY WRIGHT
Senior Lecturer
Griffith University, Nathan
KAREN MCFADZEN
Vice President, Technical Services for the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region
Cisco
MINA GULI
CEO
Thirst
KATHERINE (KATERINA) KIMMORLEY
Co-founder/ Director
Pollinate Energy
DR DANA CORDELL
Research Principal
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
DR SUE SHEPHERD
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Shepherd Works
DEBORRA LEE FURNESS
Executive Director
Multiple: Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Laughing Man

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Category Winner


Su McCluskey
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute
Regional Australia Institute

A background running a cattle property near Yass in NSW, an accounting degree and a natural ability to talk about complicated issues in a simple way have kept Su McCluskey at the centre of debate on rural and small business issues. A stint at the Tax Office as a spokesman for the GST reforms put her on a path that led to work cutting small business red tap with the Productivity Commission. Now director of the Regional Australia Institute, she has just helped developed a regional competitiveness index to help identify where opportunities and problems exist. “My story shows that you don't necessarily have to know what success looks like – you can navigate through life and still make a difference," she says.

Winners


MONA HATWAL
Team Leader Employment and Training Services
Interact Australia
JUDITH (JUDY) ANNE VERLIN AM
Chair
Committee for Ballarat
JULIE TONGS OAM
Chief Executive Officer
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
SALLY MARTIN
Sheep Genetics Consultant
Sally Martin Consulting
ELIZABETH ANN MACGREGOR OBE
Director
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
LINDY HUME
Artistic Director
Opera Queensland
AMANDA QUEALY
CEO
The Hobart Clinic
NIEVES MURRAY
CEO
IRT Group

INNOVATION

Category Winner


Professor Adele Green
Senior Scientist
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

It sounds so obvious now, but Adele Green has played a crucial role in ­convincing Australians that putting on ­sunscreen is a good way to fight skin cancer. She was among the first to identify the skin cancer epidemic in Australia and then a landmark study of the disease in the Queensland town of Nambour helped identify the best ways to fight it. She is now a senior researcher at QIMF Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Winners


SUSAN M POND AM
Adjunct Professor
United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
DR ANNE ALY
Research Fellow
Curtin University
WINTHROP PROFESSOR FIONA WOOD
Director & Chairperson
Department of Health, UWA, Fiona Wood Foundation
DR KATHERINE WOODTHORPE
Chief Executive
AVCAL
DR MARLENE KANGA
Engineers Australia National President
Engineers Australia
MARNIE BLEWITT
Laboratory Head
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
LYNN CORCORAN
Laboratory Head
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
DR BIDDA JONES
Chief Scientist
RSPCA Australia
DR NATASHA CICA
Director
Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society, University of Tasmania

PHILANTHROPY

Category Winner


Sam Meers
Executive Director
Nelson Meers Foundation

A background in media law gave Sam Meers a fresh insight that has allowed her to play a subtly transformative role in Australian philanthropy. With her father Nelson Meers, she cofounded in 2001 the first official private charity fund, where philanthropists retained control over how their money was spent. She then pioneered a shift away from a traditional soft charity focus to a more ­professional, business-like assessment of projects. And rather than the traditional anonymity of giving, she has also encouraged “conspicuous philanthropy" where givers strategically use their prestige to promote projects. Her influence has spread from the culture and arts world where she began through the not-for-profit sector. She is now vice-chairman of Philanthropy Australia and on boards such as the Climate Institute and the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council at the University of NSW.

Winners


EVE MAHLAB AO
Chair and Co-Founder
Australian Women Donors Network
SUSAN ALBERTI
Managing Director
DANSU
LOUISE DAVIDSON
ESG Investment Manager
Cbus Super Fund

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Category Winner


June Oscar
CEO
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation

June Oscar has not just fought, but won. The women of the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation, of which she is chief executive, successfully campaigned against the alcohol industry to ban the sale of full-strength beer, which was ruining lives in the town of Fitzroy Crossing in Kimberley. She won an order of Australia for that and the range of her achievements is extraordinary. She is director of community corporations, has made presentations to the United Nations and done pioneering research on living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. She has also worked as a station cook, dental assistant and typist. “I am a community grounded and driven individual," she said in her personal statement. “I am a woman who is continuously trying to bring about change through positive actions and programmes from within my community." A speaker and promoter of the Bunuba language, she is currently working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on a choral version of the story of Jandamarra, a Kimberley man who fought white invasion in the 1890s.

Winners


JENNI MACK
Chair
Choice
HETTY JOHNSTON
Founder & Executive Director
Bravehearts Inc
KATE DENBOROUGH
Creative Director
KAGE
JANELLE WHITEHEAD
Chief Executive Officer
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Ltd
RACHELLE TOWART
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
DR DIANNE WINKLER
CEO
Summer Foundation Ltd
KIM MCKAY AO
Managing Director
Momentum2 Pty Ltd – social and sustainability marketing
LYN WHITE
Campaign Director and Investigator
Animals Australia
DR ERIN LALOR
CEO
National Stroke Foundation
SHELLEY REYS AO
Chairperson / Managing Director
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Arrilla
GABI HOLLOWS
Founding Director
The Fred Hollows Foundation

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100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS


Overall Winner - Jan Owen OA

As CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, Owen's mission is to help young people unleash their brilliance and be change agents for the future. She is a former executive director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector and has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia. In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people.

BOARD/MANAGEMENT

Category Winner


Sam Mostyn
Director
Virgin Australia, Transurban and Citi Australia; AFL commissioner

A company director, diversity and sustainability adviser, her extensive involvement in Australian business life at senior levels is indicative of her expertise and reflective of personal preoccupations. Before serving on the senior executive teams at Optus, Cable & Wireless, and Insurance Australia Group, she worked for a number of years in Federal Government policy advisory roles. Sam is on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban and Citibank Australia; is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League; on the National Mental Health Commission, and National Sustainability Council. She chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Council of CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship, serves on the board of Climateworks Australia, Australian Volunteers International, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australia Council and is a member of the NSW Climate Change Council.


Winners


RACHEL ARGAMAN
CEO
Various
ANNE-MARIE CORBOY
CEO
Toga Hospitality
LYN COBLEY
Group Treasurer
CBA
SHARON COOK
Managing Partner
Henry Davis York
REBECCA DEE-BRADBURY
CEO
Kraft Foods Australia
MARIANNE FOLEY
Principal
Sydney Office Leader Arup
HELEN GILLIES
General Manager
Risk SKM and Corporate Counsel
CASSANDRA KELLY
Joint CEO
Pottinger
BECKY LUMLOCK
Vice President
QGC Asset Management, BG Australia
ROMILLY MADEW
CEO
Green Building Council of Australia
KERRIE MATHER
Chief Executive
Sydney Airport
JANET MATTON
Vice President Operations
IBM Australia/NZ
VIKKI MCFADDEN
Director
Skilled Group
KAREN MOSES
Executive Director
Finance and Strategy, Origin Energy
BRENDA SHANAHAN
Director
DMP Asset Management Ltd
EVA SKIRA
Chairman & Deputy Chancellor
Water Corporation & Murdoch University
NICOLA WAKEFIELD-EVANS
Partner
King & Wood Mallesons, Director Toll Holdings Group Ltd
JENNIFER WESTACOTT
CEO
Business Council of Australia
JANET WHITING
Partner
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
JANE WILSON
Director
Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Universal Biosensors Inc, CathRx Ltd.
LYN MCGRATH
Executive General Manager
Retail Sales, CBA
JILLAN SEGAL
Director
NAB Ltd, ASX Ltd

PUBLIC POLICY

Category Winner


Carmel McGregor
Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy
Department of Defence

McGregor has long been an agent for change in the public sector. She was due to retire mid 2014 from her most recent role in the Department of Defence where she oversaw significant cultural change for the Australian Defence Force and its workforce. McGregor lead a major change program with specific emphasis on gender equality, shared services reforms and overhaul of human resource practices in a distributed network with global footprint. She received the Public Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours list.


Michele Bruniges
Director-General & MD
Education and Communities & TAFE, NSW

Bruniges has been an important instigator of major reforms in education. Their roles have the potential to make a big difference in challenging circumstances.

Winners


LEAH ARMSTRONG
CEO
Reconciliation Australia
DAWN CASEY
Director
Powerhouse Museum
CASSANDRA GOLDIE
CEO
Australian Council of Social Service
JACKY HODGES
Regional Director WA
Australian Bureau of Statistics
MEGAN HOUGHTON
CEO
CitySmart Pty Ltd
JUDY RAPER
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Wollongong
FIONA REYNOLDS
CEO
Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
KIM RUBENSTEIN
Director
Centre for International and Public Law, ANU
MARGARET SHEIL
Provost
University of Melbourne
HELEN SILVER
Secretary
Dept Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
MARGARET STAIB
Former Commander & incoming CEO
Joint Logistics Australian Defence Force & Air Services Australia
MELANIE STUTSEL
Director
Health, Safety, Environment and Community Policy MCA

DIVERSITY

Category Winner


Nareen Young
CEO
Diversity Council of Australia

As head of the Diversity Council of Australia, Young led a discussion that goes beyond box-ticking, emphasising the social and economic importance of diversity. As chief executive from 2007-2014, Nareen led the transformation of the Council into a important independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to business with significant influence and expertise. She now works as a consultant and is also a director of Netball Australia. “We really need these awards. They are rigorous; they are not a shallow, fluffy, 'you go girl' talkfest," she says. “Measuring women's achievement is in its early stages and it's important to have awards that are in our terms and are very, very serious and rigorous."

Winners


MARGARET BEAZLEY
Judge
NSW Court of Appeal
NADINE FLOOD
National Secretary
CPSU
FELICITY HARLEY
Editor
Women's Health
RACHELLE LEWITAN
Judge
County Court of Victoria
RUTH MEDD
Joint Founder and Chair
Women on Boards
FRAN RAYMOND
Director & General Manager (COO and CFO)
Defence Bank and UN Women & Rural Industries and Research Development Corporation
MIRIAM SILVA
Former GM Commercial Operations & Deputy chair
Elders & SA Training and Skills Commission

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR

Category Winner


Christine Cameron
Co-owner and director
Rockcote Enterprises

Cameron has been a champion for sustainable business practices as well as a mentor and supporter for women in the construction and manufacturing industries. Over the past 25 years she and her husband Bob have grown Rockcote from a small business into a multi-million dollar, award-winning national company. The Queensland-based national manufacturer of premixed coloured renders, textures and environmentally friendly paints. Cameron pioneered a pre-vocational course in solid plastering with TAFE to attract more women into the construction industry among a range of initiatives to help support women in non traditional areas.

Winners


LIZ DAVENPORT
Managing Director
Liz Davenport Pty Ltd
CATHERINE (KATE) GUNN
Founder and Director
Balance! Healthcare Pty Ltd
TAMMY MAY
Director
MyBudget
LEANNE PRESTON
CEO
Wild Child (WA) Pty Ltd
GAI WATERHOUSE
Horse Trainer and Businesswoman
Gai Waterhouse Stables
KRIS LLOYD
CEO / Head Cheese maker
Woodside Cheese Wrights
ANNA WHITLAM
Director
Anna Whitlam People Pty Ltd

YOUNG LEADER

Category Winner


Marita Cheng
Founder and Director
Robogals

Born in Cairns, Queensland, Cheng has taken a systems approach to a classic supply issue – the lack of young women coming through maths, technology and science and engineering. While at university in 2008 she founded Robogals, a student run not for profit organisation that introduces young women at school to engineering and technology and makes it fun. Robogals has grown to 18 chapters worldwide, has taught over 16,000 girls robotics and has been internationally recognised for its achievements in encouraging young women into engineering and technology careers. Cheng was also recognised as a Young Australian of the Year. The group runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering. Cheng has transitioned to the board and has completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. She is currently working on a hardware startup.


Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Founder & President
Youth Without Borders

Born in the Sudan, Abdel-Magied moved to Australia at the age of two. At age 16, Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, a forum to empower youth to work together for positive change within their communities, locally and internationally. A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), she currently works as an oil and gas field engineer. She is an active member in the community and sits on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council.

Winners


FELICITY BRIODY
Water Resources Engineer
AECOM
SAMANTHA CRAN
CEO
One Disease at a Time
APRIL LONG
National Manager
National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy
BIANCA ORSINI
Territorial Oasis Schools Liaison
The Salvation Army
HOLLY RANSOM
Business Analyst
Rio Tinto

GLOBAL

Category Winner


Serafina Maiorano
CEO
Advance

As CEO of the Advance network for Australians Serafina Maiorano has helped build Australia's global innovation network. Advance connects innovators with global thinkers and doers, and shares the stories of Australians around the world. She has lived in Australia, Italy and Dubai, and has developed projects in London, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Singapore, China and India. Her current work has her in Brooklyn, New York.

Winners


MOYA DODD
Vice-President & Partner
Asian Football Confederation & Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers
SUZANNE DVORAK
CEO
Save the Children
AUDETTE EXEL
Founder and CEO
ISIS Group
BARBARA JINKS
Vice-Chair Gas marketing committee
International Gas Union
SHIRLEY KAYE RANDELL
Founder and Director
Centre for Gender, Culture and Development (KIE) Rwanda
GEMMA SISIA
Founder and Director
The School of St Jude
VANESSA TORRES
VP Group Planning
BHP Billiton

LOCAL/REGIONAL

Category Winner


Fiona Shewring
Founder and President
Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen

A painter and decorator teacher from Wollongong, Shewring was determined to get more women into the trades. She founded the not-for-profit organisation SALT to provide support and networking opportunities to women who want to get into non-traditional trades. Changing attitudes is one of the central objectives behind SALT which she founded in 2009. Shewring sees the way forward as promoting balanced workforces and having men support and nurture young women who enter. The Facebook-centric SALT group has grown from a handful of women who work in male-dominated trades – electricians, welders, plumbers, concreters, carpenters, painters – to more than 1000, including male members. Based in Wollongong in NSW, it has extended to other states.

Winners


MAGGIE BURNS
Co-Founder and Director
Appin Hall Children's Foundation
DEBORAH CONWAY
Artistic director and musician
Do-Ré-Mi
ELIZABETH EASTLAND
Director Commercial Research and Tech Transfer
University of Wollongong
LESLEY FITZPATRICK
CEO
Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
JUSTINE HANSEN
Promotion Co-ordinator
Women's Health Service (Tom Price)
ALANA JOHNSON
Founder
Rural Women's Network
MELANIE RAYMOND
Chair
Youth Projects Ltd
CLARE THOMPSON
Director
Aboriginal Women's Legal Education Trust
JANELLE WHITEHEAD
CEO
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Ltd
DEB WILKES
Executive Manager Community Development
Shire of Ashburton

INNOVATION

Category Winner


Megan Clark
CEO
CSIRO

Clark has led the nation's iconic science and industry research agency since January 2009 and pushed for a more collaborative and open environment and greater co-operation with business. Perth-born Clark began her career as a mine geologist in the 1980s, at a time when it was still illegal under the Mines Act for women to work underground on mine sites. At one point she ran up against the law. “Up until then as long as you weren't caught they turned a blind eye but that day I was the most senior person on site and it was my job to take the inspector down into the mine." The inspector accused her of flouting the law and she was prosecuted. Luckily she obtained an exemption from the Queen via the Governor General so the prosecution could not proceed. Before joining the CSIRO, she was a vice-president in technology at BHP Billiton and before that, a director at financial advisory group NM Rothschild and Sons. Clark was named a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in mid 2014 for eminent service to scientific research, recognised for fostering innovation, for bolstering science administration through strategic leadership roles, and for developing public policy for technological sciences.

Winners


JANE BURNS
CEO
Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
SUZANNE CORY
President
Australian Academy of Science
ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
Professor of Paediatrics and Child Healthbr> University of Sydney
JANE VISVADER
Joint head, Division of Stem Cells and Cancer and the Breast Cancer Laboratory
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Category Winner


Jan Owen
CEO
Foundation for Young Australians

As CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, Owen's mission is to help young people unleash their brilliance and be change agents for the future. She is a former executive director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector and has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia. In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people.

Winners


CAREY BADCOE
CEO
Australian Business and Community Network
SHARON CALLISTER
CEO
Salvation Army Aged Care Plus
MERINDA DONNELLY
Indigenous program officer
Australia Council for the Arts
ELIZABETH HONOR LLOYD
Member
Ministerial Council of Asylum Seekers, Chair of Violence Against Women Advisory Group
RONNI KAHN
Founder
Oz Harvest
KAREN MAHLAB
CEO
Pro Bono Australia
KIRSTIE PARKER
Managing Editor
Koori Mail
REBECCA SCOTT
Founder
CEO STREAT
JODIE SIZER
National Director
Ingenuity Australia
NATALIE WALKER
CEO
Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council

PHILANTHROPY

Category Winner


Jeanne Pratt
Co-founder & Chair
The Pratt Foundation & The Production Company

Jeanne and her husband Richard Pratt who ran the packaging empire Visy, established the Pratt Foundation in 1978. Since then it has given away more than $200 million to charities and arts projects. Her billionaire husband died in 2009 but Jeanne remains an active community participant. Theatre groups in Melbourne, art, schoolchildren around the country and doctors in Africa have all benefited from their philanthropy and the family's historic family home Raheen, in the Melbourne suburb of Kew is often opened up in support of causes.Of her long commitment to philanthropy, Pratt jokes: “I'm not a shopper" and urges other Australians to be more generous in helping others: “Philanthropy is fun – try it," she says.

Winners


LAYNE BEACHLEY
Founder
Aim for the Stars Foundation
ANNABELLE CHAUNCY
Co-founder and Managing Director
School for Life Foundation Ltd
ANNIE CRAWFORD
Founder and Director
Can Too Run and Swim
DEBBIE DADON
Director & Executive Officer
Highpoint Property Group & Besen Family Foundation
TANYA HOSCH
Consultant and director
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Elizabeth Broderick's official address launching the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015


Thank you Larke, Brian and Westpac, Greg and Fairfax for conceiving and sponsoring these awards. The Women of Influence awards not only lift the visibility of female leaders, but provide a critical platform for women to expand their influence – and in so doing create a more gender equal Australia. For that I am very grateful. Thank you.

I was so excited and honoured to be named the winner last year – and to stand beside so many talented and accomplished women – influential leaders in their own right. Today I wish to acknowledge the leadership of Alex Birrell, entrepreneur and CEO of a medical technology company; Linda O'Brien, an innovative educator and principal of Granville Boys High; Genevieve Clay-Smith, an accomplished documentary maker unafraid to tackle hard societal issues; Jane Halton the first female secretary of the Dept of Finance and a trail blazer in government; Janette Savage an incredible fund raiser and advocate for cancer care; Anne Marie Corboy CEO of Hesta Super and a strong advocate for women's economic independence; Anne Henderson-Sellers an international thought leader in climate science; Rebecca Ivers whose pioneering work to prevent injury in high risk and disadvantaged populations is saving lives around the globe; and Jo Cavanagh a leader in the not for profit sector who is promoting innovative approaches to ending child abuse and family violence. What an incredible group of women! It's an honour to stand with them.

I remember the awards night last October vividly – much excitement and positive energy in the room, a diverse range of women – from entrepreneurs to teachers, public servants to film makers, health professionals to financial services leaders, community workers to women in the military, CALD women, indigenous women, women with disability and men (one half of humanity supporting the other).

What was noticeable was the shared understanding that it is women who lift up societies and propel economies; that when we support female leaders, particularly over 100 of them, everyone benefits.

As I said when I accepted the award – with acclaim comes great responsibility – a responsibility to speak when I see unfairness, to disrupt the status quo, to create opportunities for other women, to raise my son to believe that equality is the only path, to have courage and compassion, to stay connected to my heart.

So what have I done as the 2014 Women of Influence and more importantly what did I learn?

The first thing I learnt and I learnt this on the night of the awards is – you have to be in it to win it. Like me, some of you here this morning may already have opportunities for profiling that others don't. Others may be thinking well 'I could never be competitive with all those successful women". But remember if you are to have impact and create opportunities for others then being involved in awards like this is so very important.

I have learnt that you don't have to be extraordinary to be a woman of influence. I'm certainly not. As one woman in the United Nations recently told me when explaining how change happens. She said "She did what she could, when she could and that's how she changed the world."

As many of you will know, much of my work this year has been spent listening to strong women, courageous women – women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse in the military, pregnancy discrimination, extreme exclusion and victimisation. So the second lesson I have learnt is that whilst on occasion it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge – to lose faith in the possibility of change, it is the individual stories that build a commitment to take action. I have learnt just how important it is to hold your compassionate and courageous self with your strategic self. To put it more clearly, you can't be bowed down by the deep sadness you might feel on hearing the stories. When you are moved by what you witness you must hold that shared suffering – not let it overwhelm you – but use it to exert influence at a systemic level.

You must harness your compassion and the deep connections created through the story telling to build closer human relationships with key sponsors – those people who will join you in the pursuit of a better future. What women of influence have is the strategic capability to build strong relationships with those who hold the levers of power – those who can be influenced to create a more just world.

My final example consolidates my view that to have influence – to create change – we must engage both the head and the heart. Around the time of the Awards last year the blight of domestic violence was quite appropriately gaining a higher national profile. You may remember that part of my work has been in driving the male champions of change strategy – a strategy to engage men to step up beside women on gender equality. For the last few years we have focussed solely on addressing women's under-representation in leadership. Last year the men decided they wanted to learn more about gender based violence and why workplaces needed to be part of the solution. With this in mind I brought the men together to listen to the stories of two courageous survivors of domestic violence – Rosie Batty and Kristy McKellar. The men heard from Rosie and Kristy about the "pieces that are taken from you that can never be reclaimed", such as the "the joy of parenting and watching your son grow up".

The men started to understand at a human level what it is like for many women – robbed of dignity, living in fear in the very place they should be safe – in their own home.

And they also started to understand that domestic violence is a serious workplace issue. They heard from Kristy and Rosie about struggling to hold down a job when you are living with domestic violence. For Kristy, a senior manager with over 200 staff, it meant having to hide the bruises; find that her husband had sawn the heels off her shoes because he didn't like that she was taller than him – the difficulty of finding her car keys or mobile phone when her husband had hidden or destroyed them.

Since then, we have seen some great initiatives emerging within organisations across Australia including the male champions of change organisations – paid domestic violence leave for employees, as well as a range of support services. Most importantly there is now a space for women to discuss domestic violence and seek support.

I have learnt that one of the most important contributions we women of influence can make is to give voice to those who have been silenced and disempowered.

Women lie at the heart of creating a more gender equal world but to make progress we must amplify their voice. As Rosie Batty said when she spoke to the men "Prior to Luke's death no-one wanted to hear my story of living with violence. Now everyone does."

As Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, it saddens me that when women living with violence speak, the system doesn't listen.

So in summary what have I learnt as the 2014 winner of the Women of Influence Awards?

I have learnt that as a woman of influence I must have a strong belief in myself; that it is as vital for women to be powerful and influential as it is for men.

I have learnt that you don't have to be extraordinary, but you must:

  • Meet people where they're at – acknowledge each individual's contribution to the existing structures and systems before you seek to change them
  • Listen to learn
  • Have a deep and abiding belief in equality
  • Place respect and dignity at the core of every interaction
  • Engage others through both the head and the heart
  • Navigate hostile situations with compassion and respect
  • Share the stories and lived experiences of women with those who have the capacity to create change
  • Find courage
  • And finally, always remember that progress does not come in one giant leap but rather in many small intentional steps.

Every week I hear examples of how the system has failed women, and yes it's not perfect, but it is these imperfections that teach us to make better decisions, to encourage others to join us in our quest for a more gender equal Australia. As Dag Hammarskjold, previous Secretary General of the United Nations once said "the future is the horizon but it is also the first step we take tomorrow". With every failure we are one step closer to perfection.

So how will I continue to use my influence?

I will use my influence to create an Australia that welcomes women, that cherishes their voice and eagerly awaits their wisdom. I will use my influence to create a world where a woman's value does not decrease because of another's inability to see her worth. A world where vulnerability is power, where difference is celebrated, where those who struggle are supported, where leadership is shared equally between men and women and where each half of humanity embraces and supports the other.

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App category: News & Media
Updated: April 12, 2016
App Publisher: Fairfax Media
Compatible with: iOS 6+, Android 4+, Blackberry 10+ and Windows Phone 8+.
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