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2016

THE 4th ANNUAL

Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

Celebrating women who’re disrupting the status quo through inspiring leadership.
This year, our focus is on emerging leadership talent. We’re looking for the household names of tomorrow, women who’re leading teams and ideas that are set to change the world and deserve national recognition. We’ve introduced a number of new categories to help uncover this talent, including awards for emerging leaders in the legal and technology sectors. ENTRIES CLOSE 6PM on the 24th August

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Award Ceremony

For the fourth year, Women’s Agenda is hosting an exclusive luncheon on 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
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 2016

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

See the list of 2016 finalists by clicking below.

Meet our 2016

Meet some of our judges

Janine Allis

Janine Allis is the founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo. Executive Director at Retail Zoo, Salsa’s Fresh Mex, Cibo Espresso and Hatch.

Marina Go

Marina Go is GM of the Bauer/Hearst brands: Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and Cosmopolitan, a board director and Chair of the West Tigers. Her career began as a news journalist, before taking on the roles of Editor of Dolly, ELLE, Australian Good Taste and Sunday Life. She was the founding publisher of Women’s Agenda.

Wendy McCarthy AO

Wendy McCarthy is a teacher, author, entrepreneur, mentor, change agent, consultant, company director and campaigner for the rights of women and children

Craig Donaldson

Craig Donaldson is the Editor of Inside HR magazine. He’s been a journalist and editor for 15 years, specialising in HR and business publications, with a focus on driving effective organisational results through people.

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Financy a finance publication for women. She has written for the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age; as well as a number of digital programs.

Sarah O'Carroll

Sarah O’Carroll is a Director with Power Ink Media and an Associate Publisher with Women’s Agenda. She’s a journalist, strategist and the former business editor of news.com.au

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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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

John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Government / Public Sector

John Smith

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John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the NFP Sector

John Smith

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John Smith

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John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Technology Sector

John Smith

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John Smith

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John Smith

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Emerging Female Leader in the Legal Sector

John Smith

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John Smith

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Agenda Setter of the Year

John Smith

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John Smith

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Hall of Fame Entrant

John Smith

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Previous winners

Hall Of Fame

We’ve inducted three women into our Hall Of Fame, and will announce a fourth as we unveil the finalists in September 2016. 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 2015/16 Financial Year, from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. 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 2015/16 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
  • Not be employed by Women’s Agenda or Power Ink Media

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 2015/16 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 2016 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 2016.

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 external judges are asked to independently assess each award according to the set criteria we ask nominees to address.
  6. 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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