2020

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Nominations now open

Closing 29th December 2020
Winners Announced: 25th February 2021

This year’s awards celebrate how women have defined the year that was 2020 and will take us forward into the critical decade ahead. 

Once again these awards will elevate ‘emerging’ leaders who identify as female: those who get results by leading teams, businesses and agendas in a way that’s inclusive, collaborative, compassionate and courageous.

2020 Awards Categories

Please note, some categories require participation in online judging sessions. You can access our Q&A on the awards process below.

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a woman with at least a 40% share in a business that either started since July 2019 or has successfully made a significant pivot/transition during the 2020 period, in response to either the bushfires or COVID-19

Emerging Leader on Climate Action

Awarded to a woman who is driving significant action – through research, activism, engagement etc – on climate change, helping to position Australia and the world for the critical decade ahead.

Emerging Leader in the Private Sector

Awarded to a woman with at least a 40% share in a business that either started since July 2019 or has successfully made a significant pivot/transition during the 2020 period, in response to either the bushfires or COVID-19

Emerging Leader in the Public & University Sector

Awarded to an emerging leader in the public & university sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2020

Emerging Leader in the NFP Sector

Awarded to an emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2020

Emerging Leader in STEM

Awarded to an emerging leader in STEM who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2020

Emerging Leader in Health

Awarded to an emerging leader in the health sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2020. This award includes health research. 

Emerging Leader in Tech

Awarded to an emerging leader in the technology sector who can best demonstrate growth, disruption and inclusivity in her field since January 2020

Agenda Setter of the Year

Awarded to a woman who has set a key new agenda in 2020: leading to better outcomes for others and driving change on a significant issue.

Five Heroes from the Frontline!

We’ll be naming five female heroes as part of our 2020 Awards, celebrating women who led on the frontline during the pandemic and bushfires crisis. You’re invited to nominate female leaders here (and nominate yourself!) across any part of the frontline: including emergency services, healthcare, cleaning and sanitation, supermarkets, early childhood education & more. Please only include women based in Australia. 

Five Heroes from the Frontline!

We’ll be naming five female heroes as part of our 2020 Awards, celebrating women who led on the frontline during the pandemic and bushfires crisis.

You’re invited to nominate female leaders here (and nominate yourself!) across any part of the frontline: including emergency services, healthcare, cleaning and sanitation, supermarkets, early childhood education & more. Please only include women based in Australia. 

We’ll be selecting the five heroes based on nominations received here, and naming them as part of our awards ceremony. We’ll be aiming to recognise women across five different areas. There will be no finalists in this category, and those recognised will informed prior to our awards ceremony and invited to attend. 

 

Hall of Fame

This entrant is awarded to an inspiring female leader who has led on creating smarter and more inclusive organisations and a better planet for decades.

A Women’s Agenda panel will choose the recipient of this special award.

Judges

Our judging panel is chaired by Shirley Chowdhery, check back for the full panel.

2019 Winners

Mary Konstantopoulos

Mary Konstantopoulos

Sport

Advocate for women in sport, founder of online sporting blog LadiesWho, and host of two podcasts with ABC Grandstand.

Christina Hobbs

Christina Hobbs

Corporate Sector

Co-founder and CEO of Verve, Australia’s first ethical superannuation fund designed for women, by women.

Candice Yu-Kuin Lam

Candice Yu-Kuin Lam

Technology

Engineer and Technology Resource Management Partner at BHP where she’s working to shift the gendered culture of engineering.

Alex Grayson

Alex Grayson

Professional Services

Principal Lawyer who manages the Employment and Industrial Relations Practice of Maurice Blackburn’s Sydney office.

Olympia Yarger

Olympia Yarger

Entrepreneur

A trailblazer who started up a roaring success, and as a result, change the way the world handles waste management. 

Loren O’Keeffe

Loren O’Keeffe

Not-for-profit

Founder and CEO of Missing Persons Advocacy Network which supports the families of missing people and connects with corporate partners to promote the stories and faces of those missing.

Karlie Alinta Noon

Karlie Alinta Noon

Science, Medicine & Health

2019 Young Australian of the Year Finalist and the first Indigenous woman in Australia to graduate with a double degree in mathematics and physics.

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Science, Medicine & Health

infectious diseases physician, telehealth Clinical lead and Deputy Medical Information Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Amy Thunig

Amy Thunig

Public Sector

Associate lecture, undertaking a PhD in education at Macquarie University with a focus on Indigenous women in academia.

Narelle Underwood

Narelle Underwood

Public Sector

Surveyor General of New South Wales, where she is the leader and regulator of the land and mining surveying profession.

Hayley McQuire

Hayley McQuire

Change Maker

Co-founder and National Coordinator, National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition.

Dr. Cathy Foley

Dr. Cathy Foley

Agenda Setter

Chief scientist at the CSIRO, using her position to make Australia both globally competitive and sustainable.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q. Who runs these awards?
These awards are run by Agenda Media, the publisher of Women’s Agenda.

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Nominations now open

Closing 29th December 2020
Winners Announced: 25th February 2021