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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Meet some of our winners
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
Hyde Park Doltone House, 181 Elizabeth St, Sydney
This Years Speakers
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 2018 Judges
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.
Neela Janakiramanan is a reconstructive plastic surgeon who spends most of her time playing with power tools to fix hands and wrists, while accidentally teaching, mentoring, writing, and fighting the patriarchy as a regular contributor to Women’s Agenda and other publications. Shecompleted her medical degree at Monash University in 2003, immediately commenced surgical training and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2014.
Dr Jessa Rogers is a Wiradjuri woman, Fulbright scholar and is currently leading the Indigenous Research and Education Strategy at the University of New England. Dr Rogers sits on the Federal Expert Reference Group on English Language Learning for Indigenous Children [ELLIC], the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Women, and the Management Committee of Future Earth Australia, Australian Academy of Sciences, recently completing her 3-year term on the National NAIDOC Committee. Dr Rogers was 2016 ANU Postgraduate Scholar of the Year, QUT Young Alumnus of the Year, and was recognised in the 2016 ACT Young Woman of the Year awards.
Suzy is Twitter Australia’s Managing Director, responsible for leading the strategy, revenue and operations across the organisation. Previously, Suzy ran Twitter Australia’s online sales business for almost three years which experienced strong growth under her leadership. Suzy is passionate about helping Australian businesses and brands integrate new digital technologies, currently focussed on helping them understand the value of Twitter as the best place to see what’s happening in the world.
Shirley is the CEO of the GO Foundation and the Deputy Chair of YMCA NSW.
Shirley began her career with the New York law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and as Regional Counsel for JP Morgan Investment Management. After 8 years in Japan and Asia, she returned to write a biography for a WW2 POW and led a number of community initiatives. Prior to joining GO, Shirley was Counsel for Treasury at Westpac.
Paul Zahra is a board and company advisor, a non-executive director 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 CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
Paul is the Chair of PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and is also Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation, a not for profit which assists marginalised LGBT+ youth with scholarships and mentoring.
Kate is the CEO of the Financial Executives Institute, a mentoring and networking organisation for ASX 100 CFOs. She was previously the Editor at CFO Magazine and BRW Magazine. She left Fairfax to set up ProfessionalMums.net, an online community of highly skilled women looking for flexible work opportunities or to return to work. Kate sold this business to a client in 2017.
Her passions are gender diversity and creative thinking and she leads creative thinking initiatives through her website www.thebusinessmills.net and is currently studying for her MA in Creative and Critical Thinking.
Darren is a research scientist and Associate Professor in Medicine at UNSW. He undertook post-doctoral training at the Garvan Institute and University of British Columbia and has held fellowships from the US Dept. of Defense and Cancer Institute NSW. Darren is secretary of Science and Technology Australia and Senior Research Advisor to Elizabeth Broderick and Co. He is a regular commentator on television and radio, resident scientist on ABC TV’s The Drum and his written work covers everything from science, to policy, masculinity and gender equity.
Pip Marlow is Chief Executive Officer Customer Marketplace. She is responsible for driving customer focus into all aspects of Suncorp’s business including strategy, customer care, partnerships and innovative solutions that add value for customers.
Prior to joining Suncorp in 2016, Pip was the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia for six years.
Pip is a non-executive director of the Rugby Australia, sits on the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS and is a member of Chief Executive Women, an organisation committed to supporting and growing women in executive positions.
Pip enjoys working in a vibrant, collaborative environment, and is an advocate for flexible and diverse workplaces that empower people through trust and accountability.
Born, raised and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Pip lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and her two daughters, Sophie and Lucy.
Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Office Brands and Juggle Street, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders.
Jenny has 22 years’ experience in the higher education sector with her career dedicated to expanding educational opportunities across regional Australia. This dynamic senior leader is passionate about students and ensuring their journey with CSU is insightful, inclusive, inspiring and impactful.
Jenny joined the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Team in November 2017 from CQUniversity Australia in Rockhampton. She brings with her a wealth of senior leadership experience overseeing student support services and governance within a multi-campus regional university.
Nick Steiner leads Egon Zehnder’s Digital and Technology practices in Australia and works with Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies across sectors. He advises the CEOs and boards of disruptors and those being disrupted on appointments including CEO, Board, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Digital and Technology Officers, and general management roles. He also provides leadership development and board advisory services within private equity, media, telecommunications, digital pure-play and technology.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Nick was Chief Operating Officer of the Digital Publishing group at Fairfax Media in Sydney.
Conrad Liveris is a corporate adviser on workplaces and risk. His commitment to gender equality spans years and crosses business, politics and community spheres.
Each year he releases “Gender Equality at Work”, a report which provides an overview of gender equality in Australia from education outcomes through to the peak of business.
Sally Loane joined the Financial Services Council as CEO in December 2014.
Before this Sally was a senior executive at Coca-Cola Amatil for nine years. Her first career was in the media, where she spent 25 years as a broadcaster and journalist across radio, television and print. Sally is also a published author.
Sally is a Director of Venues NSW, Destination NSW and the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. She is also Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney, Governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Sally was the first female director of Waratahs Rugby, a Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst and chaired the Salvation Army’s Sydney East Doorknock Appeal from 2008-2011.
Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she had a long career at the Financial Review where she wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column, and has published four books, including her latest “Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth), which was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; and is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.
Nicole has had a varied career in financial and professional services, energy and law 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 an experienced not-for-profit board director.
Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Emerging Female Leader in the Private Sector
Emerging Female Leader in the Government / Public Sector
Emerging Female Leader in the NFP Sector
Emerging Female Leader in the Technology Sector
Emerging Female Leader in the Legal Sector
Agenda Setter of the Year
Hall of Fame Entrant
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.
Elizabeth Broderick is an absolute inspiration. Her work has touched and changed the lives of women across the world, and has significantly raised the benchmark for gender diversity across Australian workplaces. When she officially stepped down as Sex Discrimination Commission in 2015, we knew she absolutely had to be the next woman inducted into our Women’s Agenda Hall of Fame. Broderick’s work supporting women hasn’t stopped. She’s still speaking all over the world, still convening the Male Champions of Change group that she founded, and still offering advice and knowledge to those who’re willing and determined to commit to making change within their own communities and workplaces.
Following a long and successful legal, business and public sector career, Helen Conway joined the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency where she pioneered a number of programs in improving diversity outcomes across Australian workplaces.
All of these women have contributed significantly as leaders in business and the community, and have helped create more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.
Ann Sherry has cracked numerous glass ceilings, played an instrumental role in developing paid maternity leave in corporate Australia and fought for gender equality all through her career. We’ve all benefitted from her decades of work.
Wendy McCarthy’s had a groundbreaking career in business and community leadership, and has for decades committed to helping women achieve. She’s pioneered on a number of firsts, including as founder of the Sydney Women’s Electoral Lobby, and been a passionate advocate for education and empowering and mentoring women to achieve career success.
All of these women have contributed significantly as leaders in business and the community, and have helped create more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each award is assigned a panel of external judges. Each of our judges are asked to assess between one and three Awards.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our external judges are asked to independently assess each award according to the set criteria we ask nominees to address.
- 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.