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2019

THE 7th ANNUAL

Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards!
We’re on the hunt for some of Australia’s most talented emerging female leaders, across a diverse range of categories.
This is your chance to nominate a friend, colleague, family member, mentor or mentee who you believe deserves more recognition for her incredible leadership work.
It’s also your chance to nominate yourself!
Nominations close July 24. Scroll down for full category lists and entry forms.
This year’s award categories include:
EMERGING FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN THE GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SECTOR
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN THE NFP SECTOR
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN TECH
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN SPORT
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN SCIENCE, MEDICINE & HEALTH
EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN CORPORATE
EMERGING CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR
2019 AGENDA SETTER OF THE YEAR

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 7th year, Women’s Agenda is hosting an exclusive luncheon on Friday September 13 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 13th September 2019, 12.15pm-2:45pm

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 2019 Judges

Neela Janakiramanan
Neela Janakiramanan
Reconstructive plastic surgeon
Suzy Nicoletti
Suzy Nicoletti
MD, Twitter Australia. Board of Ovarian Cancer & Ambassador Dress for Success
Pip Marlow
Pip Marlow
CEO Customer Marketplace, Suncorp
Marina Go
Marina Go
NED, West Tigers, Seven Eleven, Walkleys, Super Netball Commission, Juggle Street
Jenny Roberts
Jenny Roberts
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, CSU
Dai Le
Dai Le
Founder & culturepreneur, Dawn Network
Andy Cleary
Andy Cleary
Executive Manager, Qantas Loyalty
Chris Bath
Chris Bath
Journalist, TV & Radio host; host of ABC Evenings, ABC
Holly Kramer
Holly Kramer
Board director, Australia Post, Woolworths, GO Foundation, UWS, Abacus Property Group, Southern Telco
Susan Yazbeck
Susan Yazbeck
General Manager, Tribal Warriors
Shivani Gopal
Shivani Gopal
CEO, The Remarkable Woman
Linda Soars
Linda Soars
Clinical Associate Director, NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation
Liam Timms
Liam Timms
Fund Manager, Lendlease International Towers Sydney
Gill Callister
Gill Callister
Professor (Practice), Associate Dean, Australia New Zealand School of Government
Jenny Brockie
Jenny Brockie
Host of Insight, SBS
Justin Moses
Justin Moses
In House Counsel, AIME Mentoring
Mikaela Jade
Mikaela Jade
Cabrogal Environmental Biologist & CEO, Indigital
Jason Glanville
Jason Glanville
Executive Director, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity; Chair Indigenous Governance Institute & PWC's Indigenous Consulting; National Australia Day Council; National Australia Day Council; Indigenous Advisory Group of the Art Gallery of NSW; Indigenous Advisory Council to the AFL

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 THREE years) who can best demonstrate how her leadership has delivered an innovative new product or service to the market.

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 since January 2018.

Emerging Female Leader in the Government & Public Sector

Awarded to the emerging leader in the public sector who can best demonstrate growth and inclusivity in her field since January 2018. This award covers those working in government departments, politics and local government. (Supported by ANZOG)

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 since January 2018. (supported by AICD)

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 since January 2018. (Supported by Seek)

EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN SPORT

Awarded to the emerging leader working in sport who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2018. Athletes, ambassadors, coaches and women working in sports administration (including on boards) are invited to apply.

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 since January 2018. (Supported by NNT Workwear)

EMERGING FEMALE LEADER IN CORPORATE

Awarded to the emerging leader in the corporate sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2018.

EMERGING CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the woman who is rising up as a changemaker, and has used her leadership to achieve demonstrable change on an issue she cares passionately about since January 2018 (Supported by Uber).

AGENDA SETTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the most inspirational woman who has raised her voice above the noise to set a new and improved agenda on an important issue over the past year. The Agenda Setter of the year can be an emerging or established female leader. (This award is judged virtually, with a panel including Shirley Chowdhary, Marina Go, Suzy Nicoletti and a representative from Women’s Agenda)
(Supported by CSU)

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Finalists announced

Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year

John Smith

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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 past 18 months, from 1 July 2018 to June 2019 (Extended to three 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.

Age, job title, level of experience or background does not determine a leader’s ‘emerging’ status in these awards. Rather, we ask nominees to specifically highlight what their leadership has achieved over the past year and evidence, and they have influenced positive change and how they have grown during that period – since January 2018 until 2019.

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 past 18 months
  • 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 12th of September as well as the awards ceremony on the 13th September in Sydney. (Finalists in the Agenda Setter category will be interviewed separately to this judging session)
  • Be an Australian resident
  • Not be employed by Agenda Media.

Entry Tips

We look for emerging leadership that’s change-making, aids growth and is inclusive.
Offer clear and specific examples relevant to the designated awards assessment time period – the past 18 months.

  • 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 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 13th September
* The opportunity to become part of our awards alumni
* The opportunity to meet an excellent line-up of judges and finalists
* Your story featured on Women’s Agenda, plus plenty of additional media opportunities

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 judges will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before seeing the finalist nominations. All nomination information will be destroyed by the 20th September 2019. Your can also refer to our Privacy Policy

You can nominate a female leader within five to ten minutes. However, if you are nominating yourself — or providing more information after being nominated by someone else — we recommend you spend a little more time on your application.

Yes. Previous award winners and finalists will not be treated differently during the 2019 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 over the past 18 months

Changing jobs does not make your award invalid as we ask you to address your work over the previous 18 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 will then be 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 will be assigned a panel of external judges. Each of our judges are asked to assess between one and three Awards.
  4. The list of finalists will then be sent to our external judges for assessment. We will 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, on the 12th September. 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 Agenda Setter Award will be judged independently from the other awards, and finalists will not need to attend the session on the 12th September. Finalists will be interviewed over the phone on another date, but will still need to attend the awards luncheon on the 13th September.

We want all our finalists to be there on the day. Women’s Agenda encourages your employer to assist with flights and accommodation, but has a limited number of flight vouchers and accommodation options available for those who don’t have this opportunity. All finalists are also provided with one free ticket to attend the luncheon.

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

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

They are on sale right now! You don’t have to be a finalist or even know a finalist in order to attend and get a lot out of this event.

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.

After you nominate a leader, our team will get in touch with your nominee to ask her to confirm her nomination, and ask if she would like to provide any further information. If your nominee does not confirm her nomination within a reasonable amount of time, we will be unable to progress her to the next stage.

Yes. If we are able to get in contact with your nominee, she will receive the information you have provided and will then be asked if she would like to provide further information. You can, however, select to have your name remain anonymous.

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

  • Entries for the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards open 24th June and close at 6pm on the 17th July 2019. Women’s Agenda may extend this deadline by up to two 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 past 18 months, from 1 January 2018 – other than in the ‘Entrepreneur’ category, which should refer to a business that has been acquired or started in the three years until June 30 2018.
  • Finalists in the individual categories must be able to attend the in-person judging session on the 12th September in Sydney, as well as the awards luncheon on the 13th September in Sydney, however there may be some extenuating circumstances (such as illness) where we will permit absentees and enable finalists to participate via Skype. Finalists in the Agenda Setter category will not need to attend the judging session, and will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview separately to this date.
  • 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 the event in this case.
  • We will endeavour to contact women nominated for these awards, however if we do not hear back within a reasonable amount of time, we will be unable to see her progress to the next stage.
  • 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 2019 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, seven days after the awards luncheon
  • Women’s Agenda has the right to disqualify any entrant who does not adhere to these terms.
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