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2018

THE 6th ANNUAL

Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

We received hundreds of nominations for these awards, so thank you to everyone who nominated.
And congratulations to all our finalists!
Join Women’s Agenda, our judges, finalists and a number of special guest speakers at our Leadership lunch on the 5th October 2018, where we’ll announce the winners of the Leadership Awards.
Thank you to all our incredible 2018 sponsors for making this program a reality. Your support enables us to celebrate women’s leadership, to bring all our finalists to our series of events in Sydney, and to continue producing the stories and news that we do every day on Women’s Agenda.
We’ll be calling on nominations for our 2019 program in July 2019. If you’re interested in sponsoring or supporting the program, get in touch via the form below.

OUR AWARDS ARE MADE POSSIBLE

WITH THE HELP OF OUR PARTNERS

Diamond Partner
Category partners

Some of our previous winners

Colette Grgic
Colette Grgic
Lucy Perry
Lucy Perry
Kristy McKellar
Kristy McKellar
Kristy McKellar
Bridget Loudon
Bridget Loudon
Bridget Loudon
Raji Ambikairajah
Raji Ambikairajah
Raji Ambikairajah
Professor Megan Davis
Professor Megan Davis
Professor Megan Davis
Jennifer Star
Jennifer Star
Gillian Triggs
Gillian Triggs
Beth Toon
Beth Toon
Anne Marie Elias
Anne Marie Elias

Award Ceremony

For the 6th year, Women’s Agenda is hosting an exclusive luncheon on Friday October 5 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
Friday 5th October 2018, 12.30pm-3pm

LOCATION
Sydney

This Years Speakers

Marina Go

Layne Beachley

Linda Burney MP

Tickets for this event SELL OUT every year. With a huge line-up of inspiring speakers, 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 2018 Judges

Neela Janakiramanan
Neela Janakiramanan
Reconstructive plastic surgeon
Jessa Rogers
Jessa Rogers
Indigenous research leader & Fulbright scholar
Suzy Nicoletti
Suzy Nicoletti
MD, Twitter Australia
Shirley Chowdhary
Shirley Chowdhary
CEO, GO Foundation
Paul Zahra
Paul Zahra
Chair, The Pinnacle Foundation
Kate Mills
Kate Mills
CEO & Creative thinker
Darren Saunders
Darren Saunders
Associate Professor in Medicine, UNSW
Pip Marlow
Pip Marlow
CEO Customer Marketplace, Suncorp
Marina Go
Marina Go
Leading board director
Jenny Roberts
Jenny Roberts
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), CSU
Nick Steiner
Nick Steiner
CEO adviser
Conrad Liveris
Conrad Liveris
Corporate adviser
Sally Loane
Sally Loane
CEO, Financial Services Council
Catherine Fox
Catherine Fox
Author and journalist
Nicole Brown
Nicole Brown
Financial services professional
Dai Le
Dai Le
Founder & culturepreneur, Dawn Network

Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a woman with at least a 40% share in a business started or acquired since July 1 2016 (in past two years)

Emerging Female Leader in the Professional Services

Awarded to the emerging leader in professional services (including law and accounting) who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2017.

Emerging Female Leader in the Government & Public Sector

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 2017.

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 2017.

Emerging Female Leader in Tech

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 2017.

Employer Gender Initiative of the Year

Awarded to the employer with the most innovative and game-changing initiative created internally to promote gender equality in the business.

Emerging Female Leader in Science, Medicine & Health

Awarded to the emerging leader in Science, Medicine & Health who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2017.

Agenda Setter of the Year

Awarded to the most inspirational 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.

Emerging Female Leader in Corporate & Finance

Awarded to the emerging leader in Corporate & Finance who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field during the 12 months from July 1 2017.

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Finalists announced

Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year

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Emerging Female Leader in the Private Sector

John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Government / Public Sector

John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the NFP Sector

John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Technology Sector

John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Legal Sector

John Smith

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Agenda Setter of the Year

John Smith

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Hall of Fame Entrant

John Smith

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Previous winners

Hall Of Fame

We have so far inducted five women into our Hall Of Fame. 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 2017/18 Financial Year, from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 (Extended to two years for Entrepreneurs). 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 individual award nominees must:

  • Meet the set industry requirements of the specific award entered
  • Be able to demonstrate significant change and growth over the 2017/18 Financial Year
  • Meet the definition of ‘Emerging’ (aside from those nominating for the Agenda Setter of the Year Award, or the  Employer Award) See definition above.
  • Be able to attend the judging session on the 4th of October as well as the awards ceremony on the 5th October. Our partners will help get you there
  • Be an Australian resident
  • Not be employed by Women’s Agenda

Employers nominating for the ‘Initiative’ Award

  • Must be able to demonstrate an initiative implemented in the two years until 30 June 2018, that has made a significant difference to promoting gender equality within the business, and consequently the careers and lives of employees
  • Must employ more than 15 staff in Australia
  • Must be able to send at least one representative to the Awards luncheon on the 5th October, at own expense, if named a finalist.
  • The judging in this category will be done by three of our independent judges according to the application submitted, parts of which may be published on 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 2017/18 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
  • We’re not looking for great writing in these applications, but rather clear examples of what you have done.

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, our finalists in the individual categories also receive:
* One ticket to attend the Awards luncheon ceremony on the 5th October
* The opportunity to become part of our awards alumni
* A life-changing 24 hours spent with a great lineup of judges and your fellow finalists
* Invitation to participate in a short much talked-about media workshop prior to the event, with Outspoken Women.
* Your story featured on Women’s Agenda, plus plenty of additional media opportunities
* The support on confidence to further your leadership career

In the Agenda Setter category, 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.

The Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards are run by the team at Women’s Agenda, a daily news publication for career-minded women published by Agenda Media Pty Ltd.

Agenda Media is a private Australian company.

It’s free! Yes, really. Thanks to the support of our incredible partners.

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. Your an also refer to our Privacy Policy

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 2018 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 2018.

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 run an in-person panel interview with finalists on the afternoon prior to the awards luncheon. These occur in Sydney, and must be attended.
  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.

The Employer Award will be judged by a panel of independent judges, based on the entry submitting. However, we may be in contact to clarify details and get further information.

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 5th October. Individual finalists are also provided with one free ticket to attend the luncheon. We have a limited number of accommodation options available and will do our best to support you.

In the Employer category, we ask employers to cover the cost of at least one representative to attend the Awards on the 5th October, if named a finalist.

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 on July 23!

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 to do with your team of clients. You don’t need to personally know the finalists to get involved. It’s an inspiring, fun and uplifting event.

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.

Below are the Terms & Conditions for entering the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards:

  • Entries for the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards open 23rdJuly and close at 6pm on the 16th August. Women’s Agenda may extend this deadline by up to three days, however Women’s Agenda DOES NOT guarantee a deadline extension will be announced.
  • Nomination forms must be accurate and true. Women’s Agenda reserves the right to check information provided.
  • Nominations must address achievement in the 2017/18 Financial Year – other than in the ‘Entrepreneur’ category, which should refer to a business that has been acquired or started in the 24 months until June 30 2018.
  • Finalists in the individual categories must be able to attend the in-person judging session on the 4thOctober in Sydney, as well as the awards luncheon on the 5thOctober in Sydney.
  • Where possible, Women’s Agenda will provide flights for interstate finalists to attend the judging session and awards luncheon. However access to such expenses are limited, and may not be able to accommodate everyone.
  • Joint entries will not be accepted, unless those applying can clearly demonstrate they are sharing the one role. Women’s Agenda can not cover expenses for two people to attend in this case.
  • Employers that are named finalists in the ‘Gender Diversity Initiative of the Year’ category must send a representative to attend the awards luncheon on the 5thOctober in Sydney, at employer’s expense.
  • The ‘Gender Diversity Initiative of the Year’ will be judged according to the entries provided by three independent judges. These finalists will not need to attend the in-person judging session.
  • All decisions on finalists and winners are FINAL and neither our judges nor Women’s Agenda will respond to or enter into correspondence regarding these decisions.
  • Those on the 2018 Judging Panel may not enter the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards
  • All judges will be asked to identify any potential conflicts of interest in the group of finalists named in the categories they are judging. Where conflicts are identified, judges will be removed from that category.
  • No employee of Women’s Agenda may enter these awards
  • Women’s Agenda is not responsible for any loss of entry forms.
  • All entry forms will be destroyed on the 31stOctober 2018.
  • Women’s Agenda has the right to disqualify any entrant who does not adhere to these terms.
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