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2017

THE 5th ANNUAL

Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

These awards celebrate women who’re disrupting the status quo through inspiring leadership. This program focuses on EMERGING leadership talent. We’re looking for the household names of tomorrow, women who are leading teams and ideas that will change the world. Women who deserve national recognition. ENTRIES CLOSE 6PM on Thursday the 24th August 2017.

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Award Ceremony

For the fifth year, Women’s Agenda is hosting an exclusive luncheon on Friday October 6 to announce the winners of the Leadership Awards and celebrate emerging female talent. This is your opportunity to applaud the winners, hear from a number of inspiring female leaders and network with judges, finalists and the Women’s Agenda community. Enjoy a two-course meal at a stunning location, and celebrate women’s leadership success.

DATE & TIME
Wednesday 5th October 2016, 12.30pm-3pm

LOCATION
Hyde Park Doltone House, 181 Elizabeth St, Sydney

This Years Speakers

Marina Go

Layne Beachley

Linda Burney MP

Tickets for this event sold out in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the event of the year.

Meet our 2017

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

See the list of 2017 finalists by clicking below.

Meet our 2017 Judges

Chair of the Judging Panel

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a leading Australian company director and sits on the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, SCA Property Group, Layne Beachley’s Aim for the Stars Foundation and Hyne. She also sits on the Advisory Panel of SheStarts and is the creator of the widely acclaimed #CelebratingWomen campaign. Kirstin is an international authority in health and safety leadership and corporate governance, and sought after keynote speaker and MC.

SALLY LOANE

Sally Loane joined the Financial Services Council as CEO in December 2014. Prior to this Sally spent 9 years in the corporate sector, and 25 years in the media as a broadcaster and journalist. Sally is a published author and a NED of VenuesNSW, Waratahs Rugby and the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation; a Governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney, Ambassador for Business Events Sydney and a member of Chief Executive Women. Sally chaired the Salvation Army’s Doorknock Appeal and was a Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst.

PIP MARLOW

Pip is the CEO Strategic Innovation at Suncorp. She spent 21 years at Microsoft, including six as Managing Director of Microsoft Australia. Pip is a Director of the ARU, sits on the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board and is a member of CEW and BCA’s Innovation Taskforce. Pip is passionate about diversity and education. She promotes a vibrant, collaborative and flexible workplace that empowers people through trust and accountability. Pip is mother to two teenage daughters.

JULIET BOURKE

Juliet leads Deloitte Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Consulting practice and co-leads the Leadership practice. She has over 25 years’ experience in human capital, management and law. Juliet’s latest book is the AICD best seller “Which two heads are better than one?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions”. She sits on a number of boards and award panels, such as the Telstra Business Awards, Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board, and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Diversity Council. Juliet’s own awards include Women Lawyers Association of NSW (Achievement Award), University of NSW (Alumni Award) and Centre for Leadership for Women. A highly engaging public speaker, Juliet has keynoted at hundreds of global conferences, including TEDx.

MADONNA KING

Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and authors, having worked at senior levels at News Limited and the ABC, where she presented the Mornings program in Brisbane for six years. A Fairfax columnist, she has authored seven books, including the recently-released Being 14: Helping fierce teens become awesome women. She serves a a mentor for young female journalists, and sits on an education not-for-profit board.

MARINA GO

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Office Brands, a non-executive director of Energy Australia and Autosports Group and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016.

KATE MORRIS

Kate Morris is the Founder and CEO of Adore Beauty. From its inception in Kate’s garage in 1999, Adore Beauty is now Australia’s leading online beauty store, winning multiple awards and picking up an investment from retail giant Woolworths in 2014. Kate is a two-time winner at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and a passionate advocate for gender diversity in leadership.

NICOLE BROWN

Nicole has had a varied career that has taken her from Perth to London and Dubai, and now to Sydney, where she works at CommBank. Nicole is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, both within her workplace and in the community, where she is a volunteer director on the board of not-for-profit, Dress for Success Sydney, which supports women’s employability. Nicole is also an avid open water swimmer and has used this passion to raise money for mental health.

SUZY NICOLETTI

Suzy is Twitter Australia’s Managing Director, responsible for local operations including its advertising business and operations. Suzy is passionate about helping brands integrate new digital technologies to achieve their business objectives in innovative ways. A Silicon Valley native, Suzy has spent the last eight years in Australia. Prior to joining Twitter, Suzy had a distinguished career at Google. In her most recent role she was the Industry Manager for the Education team, responsible for sales strategy and commercialisation for Google’s product suite across Australia’s education institutions. Mother to two under two, Suzy is a keen swimmer who competes in the Australian open water series, and is a Surf Lifesaver for North Steyne SLSC. You can find her on Twitter @suzynicoletti

LARISSA BEHRENDT

Larissa Behrendt is has the Chair of Indigenous Research at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a lawyer, novelist and film makers. She hosts Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

NICOLA HAZELL

Nicola is one of Australia’s leading voices on gender equality and social innovation.
After a decade working in media and public affairs in the community sector, politics and television news, in 2016 Nicola took the leap into tech, joining BlueChilli to lead the development of Australia’s first venture-backed accelerator designed specifically for female-led startups. The SheStarts program has now invested $1 million in female founders, launched a documentary series to change the face of startups, and attracted international attention as best practice in inclusive entrepreneurship.

EMMA ALBERICI

Emma is the host of Lateline on ABC TV. Previously she was the ABC’s Europe Correspondent based in Britain – the first mother to be assigned to an overseas post in the Corporation’s 76 year history. Emma arrived in London as the global financial crisis was taking shape. Given she had spent most of the previous 20 years as a business journalist, it was a case of right place, right time. She began her time at the ABC as the anchor of Business Breakfast and was then 7.30’s Finance Editor. Emma started her career as a cadet on Melbourne’s Herald Sun and worked at Channel Nine as a reporter and presenter. She has a BA in Journalism Economics and Italian

ANASTASIA CAMMOROTO

Anastasia is the Chief Information Officer for the Consumer Bank division in the Westpac Group and has held executive roles in the financial services technology industry for many years. She is a passionate advocate of STEM skills and the careers they can lead to, was recognised as a Westpac Group Woman of Influence for her work in Gender Diversity and one of Australia’s Top 50 CIOs.

PAUL ZAHRA

Paul Zahra is a board and company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian Retail Industry for over 30 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia’s premium department store, David Jones Limited as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
Paul advises Boards and Companies in areas including retail (both traditional and startups), leadership, transformational change and diversity.

CONRAD LIVERIS

Conrad Liveris is a corporate adviser on workforces and risk. He is recognised as one of Australia’s expert on employment and workplaces. A longtime fan of Women’s Agenda, he has written extensively on diversity and gender equality at work. Each year he releases a Census of Women in Leadership, where he frustratingly finds that there are more men named Peter, Michael and David in corporate management than women.

NICK STEINER

Nick is a consultant with global executive search firm Egon Zehnder. Nick specialises in CEO, executive and board search for the digital, technology, telecommunications and media sectors as well as technology and marketing positions across all industries. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Nick was Chief Operating Officer, Digital Publishing at Fairfax Media. Nick is the proud father of three young children, two daughters and a son.

KENDRA BANKS

Kendra joined SEEK in 2015 as Marketing Director, where she leads marketing initiatives across the Australian and New Zealand Employment business to drive engagement with hirers and candidates. Prior to SEEK, Kendra has held a series of senior marketing roles within the retail sector, most recently at Coles where she was General Manager, Customer Insight & Coles Brand. Before this Kendra was based in London where she spent seven years at Tesco, with her final role as Price & Promotions Director. Kendra commenced her career in strategy as a consultant with McKinsey. Kendra holds a Masters in European Politics at the College of Europe, where she was a Fulbright scholarship recipient.

STEPHEN CONRY

Stephen Conry is an International Director and the CEO of JLL, Australia’s largest commercial property services firm and the first global property firm to establish Australian operations. JLL acts for Investors, Corporate Occupiers, and Governments globally. Stephen is also a Board Member of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Property Male Champions of Change Committee.

GEORGIE DENT

Georgie Dent is a journalist, editor, MC, speaker and advocate for women. She is the contributing editor of Women’s Agenda.

Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Awarded to a woman with at least a 40% share in a business started or acquired since July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in the Private Sector

Awarded to the emerging leader in the private sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in the Government/Public Sector 2017

Awarded to the emerging leader in the public sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in the NFP Sector

Awarded to the emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in the Technology Sector

Awarded to the emerging leader in the technology sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in the Legal Sector

Awarded to the emerging leader in the legal sector (including private practice and within an in-house legal team) who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Emerging Female Leader in Design/Architecture

Awarded to the emerging leader an architecture or design field who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2016.

Agenda Setter of the Year

Awarded to the most inspirational and successful woman who makes a difference, provides real solutions in the world today and is instrumental in building a smarter planet. The Agenda Setter of the year can be an emerging or established female leader.

Hall of Fame Entrant

Awarded to an inspiring woman who has made a significant and long-term business contribution to creating smarter and more inclusive working environments. We are not calling on nominations for this category as a Women’s Agenda panel will choose the recipient of this special award.

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Finalists announced

Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year

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Emerging Female Leader in the Private Sector

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Emerging Female Leader in the Government / Public Sector

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Emerging Female Leader in the NFP Sector

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Emerging Female Leader in the Technology Sector

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Emerging Female Leader in the Legal Sector

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Agenda Setter of the Year

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Hall of Fame Entrant

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Previous winners

Hall Of Fame

We’ve inducted four women into our Hall Of Fame, and will announce a fifth as we unveil the finalists in September 2017. All of these women have contributed significantly as leaders in business and the community, and have helped create more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.

Awards Criteria

Our awards celebrate leadership provided over the 2016/17 Financial Year, from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. Please ensure your application is specific to this time period and offers clear and specific examples of what your leadership has achieved.

Emerging leaders are rethinking existing paradigms regarding how we live and work. They’re determined to reshape their industry and create a smarter and more inclusive future. Their leadership is disruptive, inclusive and inspires growth.

Please note, nominations for the ‘Agenda Setter’ award do not need to meet our ‘Emerging’ criteria. This award is open to emerging and established female leaders.

All award nominees must:

  • Meet the set industry requirements of the specific award entered
  • Be able to demonstrate significant change and growth over the 2016/17 Financial Year
  • Meet the definition of ‘Emerging’ (aside from those nominating for the Agenda Setter of the Year Award) See definition above.
  • Be an Australian resident
  • Be available for an interview with our judges on the afternoon of the 5th October (if selected as a finalist). This can be done over Skype if necessary.
  • Not be employed by Women’s Agenda

Entry Tips

We look for emerging leadership that’s disruptive, aids growth and is inclusive.
Offer clear and specific examples relevant to the designated awards assessment time period – the 2016/17 Financial Year

  • Get to the point quickly: Your story is important, but it’s the results you can demonstrate that will ultimately see your application shine
  • Demonstrate what you have disrupted, how your leadership is facilitating change
  • Demonstrate the growth your leadership has created
  • Indicate how you’re advocating for a more inclusive culture
  • Proven revenue and growth figures will aid your application – please note, these may be checked and clarified by our judging team

FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards are below. Please contact us if you still have any questions here.

Aside from national recognition, finalists also receive:
* One ticket to attend the Awards luncheon ceremony
* Return economy airfares to attend the luncheon (transfers and incidental expenses excluded)
* The opportunity to become part of our awards alumni
* Certain awards do carry additional prizes, as presented by our award partners
* Invitation to participate in our media training workshop and to network with other finalists

Yes. While it’s not a numbers game, multiple quality nominations will give the judges more material to work with when determining the list of finalists and later the winners. However, you do not need to enter yourself more than once.

All nominations are confidential and nominees are welcome to cancel their nomination at any time. The Women’s Agenda team will contact all finalists to let them know they’ve been shortlisted for the Awards before announcing any such list publicly. Finalists are welcome to let us know at this point if they do not wish to proceed.

Yes. Each award is judged independently. However, we do encourage you to consider which category best represents your work.

All our external judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before seeing the nominations. Our external judges will only see the nomination forms of finalists. All finalists will be contacted prior to this information being sent through to these judges or being made available on the Women’s Agenda website.

Once you have the information you require on hand we recommend you spend at least one hour preparing your entry.

Yes. Previous award winners and finalists will not be treated differently during the 2017 judging process and we encourage all nominees to enter again. However, we remind all nominees that judges will be considering information provided that’s relevant to their work in 2017.

Changing jobs does not make your award invalid as we ask you to address your work over the previous 12 months and we judge finalists and winners based on this period. However, should you have a change of organisation, job, position or contact details we ask you to get in contact contact@womensagenda.com.au so we can update our records.

There is a two-tiered approach to judging these Awards – firstly involving a Women’s Agenda working panel and then our list of external judges – and a number of steps we undertake before determining our overall winners.

 

  1. As we receive hundreds of nominations, a Women’s Agenda working group will determine our short-list of finalists according to the criteria provided for each award.
  2. All finalists are then contacted by Women’s Agenda to let them know they’ve been shortlisted for the Awards, and to verify details provided in their nomination forms. This may involve a short (10 to 15 minute) telephone interview and reference checks.
  3. Each award is assigned a panel of external judges. Each of our judges are asked to assess between one and three Awards.
  4. The list of finalists is then sent to our external judges for assessment. We ask our judges to inform us of any potential conflicts of interest in the list of finalists they’re provided. Should there be a conflict, the judge will be removed from that award category.
  5. Our judges also run an in-person panel interview with finalists on the afternoon prior to the awards luncheon. These occur in Sydney, however we can make arrangements for this to occur on Skype, if the interviewee can’t get to Sydney.
  6. Our external judges are asked to independently assess each award according to the set criteria we ask nominees to address.
  7. Winners are NOT informed they have won prior to the Awards luncheon. All finalists are invited to prepare a short speech should they be the overall winner on the day.

We want as many finalists there on the day as possible. Women’s Agenda will provide flights for interstate finalists to attend the luncheon in Sydney on the 6th October. Finalists are also provided with one free ticket to attend the luncheon. Unfortunately, we can not cover accommodation and incidentals.

A Women’s Agenda representative will be in contact to let you know if you’re a finalist and to schedule a phone interview.

Unfortunately as we expect to receive hundreds of nominations, it will not be possible to obtain feedback after the judging process has been completed.

Tickets for the Awards luncheon will go on sale in August 2016 and are available through this website.

As many tickets as you like, as long as they’re available! Please note that our event has previously sold out.

We offer special rates and benefits for corporate tables. The Awards luncheon is a great event to attend if you’re looking for something interesting.

Absolutely not! The Awards luncheon is a great event to attend if you’re looking for something interesting and/or inspiring to do with a team – or if you’re simply looking for an excellent networking opportunity.

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