National winner

2016 Telstra Australian
Business Woman of the Year

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

Andrea Mason has had a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, all focused on opening just and fair access to Aboriginal people, through employment, workforce planning, tenancy management and negotiating reconciliation action plans.

In 2009, she was made CEO of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council. For more than 20 years the NPY Women’s Council has been supporting its members through service delivery, advocacy, education and employment. All services are provided for women and their families to increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices, in the NPY tri-state region remote communities.

Due to the nature of the organisation, the range of services on offer and the geographical remoteness of the communities, Andrea has to be very adaptable in her role. On a day-to-day basis she can move from being a policy maker, to a social reformer, a negotiator, an advocate or an inspirational leader. She is also responsible for the 413 members of the Council, who are all women over the age of 16. As an Aboriginal woman herself, she says it is a career highlight to work in an Aboriginal women’s member-led organisation. 

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.
Andrea Mason

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

National category winners

2016 Telstra Australian
Corporate And Private Award

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

In 1994, Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods, and over the next seven years she continued in the logistics, food manufacturing and supply chain industry before she joined McDonald's Australia in 2001. By 2012, she was appointed Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain for McDonald's Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which included overseeing the entire supply function across 38 countries. 

Last year she returned to Martin Brower (previously FJ Walker Foods) as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, where she supervises the end-to-end logistics and supply chain for more than 1,100 McDonald's restaurants. Her cross-functional experience, from supply chain to real estate and construction to menu development and marketing, has provided her with the diverse skill-set required to excel in leadership. 

Driving a more diverse workforce, particularly in the male-dominated industry of transport and logistics, is a key passion of Jackie’s. Together with her colleagues, she is forging a new path of diversity in the organisation.

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.
Jackie McArthur

Martin Brower
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra Australian
Entrepreneur Award

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

Jenny Paradiso is the co-founder and the managing director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. Suntrix helps individuals and businesses save money on their electricity costs, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint. Operating as a predominantly cloud-based business means that Jenny’s 25 employees have the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time and can access the data they need from any mobile device.

The biggest challenge for Jenny was in 2014 when an unexpected disruption to their industry resulted in an 18-month period of uncertainty. Fortunately for Suntrix, it was through Jenny’s determination that the business was able to survive and even flourish into the multi-million dollar national company that it is today.

Suntrix was awarded the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.
Jenny Paradiso

Suntrix
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra Australian
For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

Andrea Mason has had a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, all focused on opening just and fair access to Aboriginal people, through employment, workforce planning, tenancy management and negotiating reconciliation action plans.

In 2009, she was made CEO of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council. For more than 20 years the NPY Women’s Council has been supporting its members through service delivery, advocacy, education and employment. All services are provided for women and their families to increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices, in the NPY tri-state region remote communities.

Due to the nature of the organisation, the range of services on offer and the geographical remoteness of the communities, Andrea has to be very adaptable in her role. On a day-to-day basis she can move from being a policy maker, to a social reformer, a negotiator, an advocate or an inspirational leader. She is also responsible for the 413 members of the Council, who are all women over the age of 16. As an Aboriginal woman herself, she says it is a career highlight to work in an Aboriginal women’s member-led organisation. 

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.
Andrea Mason

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra Australian
Young Business Women's Award

Anna Ross
Kester Black

In business my beliefs manifest in a drive for innovation and establishing sustainable, ethical options for the consumer.

Anna Ross
Kester Black

In 2009, Anna Ross founded Kester Black, a leading manicure and skincare brand built on beautiful design and uncompromising ethical values. Kester Black offers consumers sustainable, Australian-made, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty products. Anna is the sole proprietor and director of the start-up and is wholly responsible for the success of the business from strategy to execution.

An important aspect of her business is bringing the products to consumers who might otherwise be marginalised by the beauty industry, such as vegans and Muslim women. Devout Muslim women are unable to wear regular nail polish because of the washing involved in daily prayers however, Kester Black offers a water permeable nail polish, or ‘breathable polish’, which allows water vapours to pass through to the nail.

Anna is also dedicated to giving back to the community and is currently in a partnership with YGAP’s ‘Polished Man’ initiative to support ending violence against children. In addition, for every online sale, a dollar is donated to the customer’s choice of four partnered organisations. 

In business my beliefs manifest in a drive for innovation and establishing sustainable, ethical options for the consumer.
Anna Ross

Kester Black
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra Australian
Public Sector And Academia Award

Inspector Virginia Nelson
Queensland Police Service

Having been a police officer for more than a quarter of a century, I love the difference we make in the community. I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be.

Inspector Virginia Nelson
Queensland Police Service

Inspector Virginia Nelson has been a police officer for more than 26 years, having joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) at 18. She has served in regional and metropolitan locations and has worked in front-line policing, prosecutions, the bureau of criminal intelligence and the office of the state coroner. Now, as an inspector, she is in charge of a patrol group of more than 150 officers in the Capricornia Police District.

As a commissioned officer and senior leader, Virginia shapes strategic thinking in the organisation by inspiring a shared sense of purpose and direction for her patrol group. She builds organisational capability and ensures crime trends are identified and operational responses are delivered to the community. She is the single point of contact for operational, tactical and strategic activities within her patrol group.

Virginia is the only female commissioned officer in her area and she contributes significantly to developing the capability of women in policing and growing women in leadership within the organisation.

Having been a police officer for more than a quarter of a century, I love the difference we make in the community. I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be.
Inspector Virginia Nelson

Queensland Police Service
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Business Woman in Asia Award

Rituparna Chakraborty
TeamLease Services Ltd

My priority is to lead a highly motivated and empowered team who is equally committed to our vision of ‘Putting India to Work’ and making a difference to the lives of our youth.

Rituparna Chakraborty
TeamLease Services Ltd

Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Services Ltd. Established in 2002, TeamLease is one of India's leading providers of human resource services, with a vision of ‘Putting India to Work’ by enabling young workers to have a formal job, providing them with secure wages, social security and healthcare. 

As Executive Vice-President, Rituparna is responsible for managing the temporary staffing division, as well as India's first Public Private Partnership (PPP) apprenticeship program, National Employability Through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP). With an MBA in sales and marketing, she has been instrumental in growing the business through innovative sales and marketing, as well as the implementation of sophisticated web and mobile-based technology workflow, enabling scale and significant productivity gains for customers and staff. Rituparna says her proudest achievement has been to sustain a minimum of 25 per cent year-on-year growth in the business for the past five years.

Today, the company employs more than 1,000 full time staff across its eight regional offices, and currently has 115,000 temporary staff and 15,000 apprentices on its books. To date, TeamLease has provided employment to approximately 1.6 million people.

My priority is to lead a highly motivated and empowered team who is equally committed to our vision of ‘Putting India to Work’ and making a difference to the lives of our youth.
Rituparna Chakraborty

TeamLease Services Ltd
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State winners

2016 Telstra
South Australian Business Woman of the Year

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

Jenny Paradiso is the co-founder and the managing director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. Suntrix helps individuals and businesses save money on their electricity costs, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint. Operating as a predominantly cloud-based business means that Jenny’s 25 employees have the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time and can access the data they need from any mobile device.

The biggest challenge for Jenny was in 2014 when an unexpected disruption to their industry resulted in an 18-month period of uncertainty. Fortunately for Suntrix, it was through Jenny’s determination that the business was able to survive and even flourish into the multi-million dollar national company that it is today.

Suntrix was awarded the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.
Jenny Paradiso

Suntrix
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

Andrea Mason has had a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, all focused on opening just and fair access to Aboriginal people, through employment, workforce planning, tenancy management and negotiating reconciliation action plans.

In 2009, she was made CEO of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council. For more than 20 years the NPY Women’s Council has been supporting its members through service delivery, advocacy, education and employment. All services are provided for women and their families to increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices, in the NPY tri-state region remote communities.

Due to the nature of the organisation, the range of services on offer and the geographical remoteness of the communities, Andrea has to be very adaptable in her role. On a day-to-day basis she can move from being a policy maker, to a social reformer, a negotiator, an advocate or an inspirational leader. She is also responsible for the 413 members of the Council, who are all women over the age of 16. As an Aboriginal woman herself, she says it is a career highlight to work in an Aboriginal women’s member-led organisation. 

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.
Andrea Mason

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Business Woman of the Year

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

In 1994, Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods, and over the next seven years she continued in the logistics, food manufacturing and supply chain industry before she joined McDonald's Australia in 2001. By 2012, she was appointed Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain for McDonald's Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which included overseeing the entire supply function across 38 countries. 

Last year she returned to Martin Brower (previously FJ Walker Foods) as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, where she supervises the end-to-end logistics and supply chain for more than 1,100 McDonald's restaurants. Her cross-functional experience, from supply chain to real estate and construction to menu development and marketing, has provided her with the diverse skill-set required to excel in leadership. 

Driving a more diverse workforce, particularly in the male-dominated industry of transport and logistics, is a key passion of Jackie’s. Together with her colleagues, she is forging a new path of diversity in the organisation.

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.
Jackie McArthur

Martin Brower
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland Business Woman of the Year

Tracey Vieira
Screen Queensland

It wasn't until I walked into an organisation in crisis that I understood my own strengths and my love for transforming an industry.

Tracey Vieira
Screen Queensland

Tracey Vieira is passionate about the arts and has used her business acumen to turn this interest into a successful career. She spent a decade in Los Angeles as Executive Vice President of International Production for Ausfilm. While abroad, and in partnership with Screen Queensland, she has attracted more than $1.5 billion of production spend to Australia.

In 2014, she relocated her family to Australia to pursue the role of CEO at Screen Queensland. In this role, Tracey is responsible for growing the screen industry’s contribution to the economic and cultural wellbeing of Queensland.

Tracey is passionate about helping the industry transition into a contemporary screen environment as technology rapidly changes how audiences view content. Under Tracey’s guidance, Screen Queensland is now leading the way in Australia, developing stories and content in the digital environment.

Tracey is also a non-executive director of RSPCA Queensland, QMusic and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board. She also sits on the Board of Advisors for the US based organisation Australians in Film.

It wasn't until I walked into an organisation in crisis that I understood my own strengths and my love for transforming an industry.
Tracey Vieira

Screen Queensland
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian Business Woman of the Year

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald
Scope (Aust)

The disability service sector is undergoing transformative change. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to ensure the for-purpose sector remains a vibrant and sustainable choice for people with a disability.

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald
Scope (Aust)

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald has worked in the health, aged care, community and disability sectors throughout her career, spanning 34 years. During that time, she has honed her leadership and managerial skills and developed a strong understanding of the political and policy environment.

In 2012, Jennifer was appointed CEO of Scope, an organisation supporting people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays. With a team of more than 1,500 staff across Victoria, Scope provides services such as therapy, supported living, respite, community inclusion and education to more than 6,000 people.

In her role, Jennifer is responsible for successfully leading Scope through a time of substantial change as the disability service sector moves choice and control from government and provider to the individual. Jennifer says that this shift will shape a consumer-driven marketplace over the coming months. In preparing the organisation for this, she developed Scope 2020, an organisation-wide project that will ensure all people, systems, services and practices are aligned with the industry changes.

The disability service sector is undergoing transformative change. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to ensure the for-purpose sector remains a vibrant and sustainable choice for people with a disability.
Jennifer Fitzgerald

Scope (Aust)
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year

Dr Nicole Sides
Compass Fertility

I love what I do and that I have the chance to make a huge difference in people’s lives. It is a huge privilege I treat with great reverence and respect.

Dr Nicole Sides
Compass Fertility

Dr Nicole Sides believes everyone has the right to become a parent. She is the founder and managing director of Compass Fertility (formally ISIS Fertility) which is a boutique, inclusive, locally-owned and operated fertility clinic that gives hope to those who wish to start a family.

With an impressive list of qualifications and work experience, she is a well-equipped specialist medical surgeon in fertility and reproductive medicine. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She completed her Masters of Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales.

Compass Fertility uses leading medical services in IVF and encourages lifestyle changes to optimise the chances of becoming pregnant naturally. The clinic also provides genetic counselling for couples with a genetic pre-disposition to conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, to help conceive a healthy child.   

Through Compass Fertility, Nicole has also established the Refugee Fertility Assistance Programme. The program seeks to help refugees and vulnerable people who are struggling to become pregnant, many who have lost children in war zones.

I love what I do and that I have the chance to make a huge difference in people’s lives. It is a huge privilege I treat with great reverence and respect.
Dr Nicole Sides

Compass Fertility
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Bernadette Black
Brave Foundation

It is my mission to reduce stigma, build families and strengthen communities by building up the village of support and acceptance around anyone facing teen pregnancy and parenthood, turning the trajectory of generations.

Bernadette Black
Brave Foundation

There are approximately 24,000 teenage pregnancies in Australia every year and when Bernadette Black was 16 years old, she was one of them. Although now happily married with three children, Bernadette’s pregnancy experience inspired her to found the Brave Foundation in 2009, a charity that builds a community of support and acceptance around anyone facing teenage pregnancy and parenthood.

Brave Foundation is the first and only national charity in Australia that exists to provide access to support and education opportunities to pregnant and parenting teens and their loved ones who find themselves in this situation. Brave provides flexible educational opportunities and pathways, which helps to reduce lower socio-economic outcomes, as well as alleviate government economic burden. As a direct outcome of Bernadette’s hard work, more pregnant and parent teenagers are finishing secondary school, remaining in employment, establishing a happy and healthy family and having a positive impact on the community. 

Brave Foundation also has a comprehensive social media strategy and provides scholarship opportunities for secondary and tertiary education to assist with childcare, travel and the material costs of education.

It is my mission to reduce stigma, build families and strengthen communities by building up the village of support and acceptance around anyone facing teen pregnancy and parenthood, turning the trajectory of generations.
Bernadette Black

Brave Foundation
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State category winners

2016 Telstra
South Australian Corporate And Private Award

Darlene Mattiske-Wood
People's Choice Credit Union

I love what I do because it's about working with the psychology of people, staff and customers, to deliver commercial results and business success while maintaining a positive, aligned and engaged culture.

Darlene Mattiske-Wood
People's Choice Credit Union

Darlene Mattiske-Wood is the deputy CEO and chief strategy, members and people officer for People's Choice Credit Union, the second largest credit union in Australia. Working with the CEO, Darlene provides strategic leadership and guidance for the overall operation and long term growth of People's Choice.

Darlene has been responsible for the people strategy and implementation plan of every significant change undertaken while being employed at People's Choice, including the largest merger of two mutual organisations ever undertaken within Australia. She developed The People and Culture strategy, which supports the alignment of internal culture to the corporate strategy and vision. The strategy has successfully reduced turnover from 21 per cent to 11 per cent within five years. At the same time the strategy increased staff engagement from 67 per cent to 98 per cent by 2009 and even after one merger and two acquisitions, in 2016 staff engagement is back up to almost 90 per cent. In addition to this, in 2013/14 she implemented a Workplace Diversity policy which included setting and achieving objectives such as increasing the ratio of female part-time leaders from two per cent to 10 per cent.

I love what I do because it's about working with the psychology of people, staff and customers, to deliver commercial results and business success while maintaining a positive, aligned and engaged culture.
Darlene Mattiske-Wood

People's Choice Credit Union
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Corporate And Private Award

Andrea Moriarty
Killarney Homes (NT) Pty Ltd

Building a family home is often one of people’s most important decisions. I believe I can make it a fantastic experience and one that can be a very affirming moment in their lives.

Andrea Moriarty
Killarney Homes (NT) Pty Ltd

After spending 16 years working as a nurse, Andrea Moriarty, decided to steer her career in an entirely new direction. Wanting to work in a family-friendly environment, she joined her brother’s construction firm, Killarney Homes, which builds eco-efficient housing adapted to the Territory’s tropical climate. It was an opportunity for her to use her people and project management skills in a completely different way. 

In her role as the client services director, a fairly unique role in residential construction, Andrea is the interface between the client and the construction team. She ensures that the client understands the building process, as well as expected work and deadlines, and translates the client’s concerns back to her team.

Andrea sits on several industry boards in order to expand her business experiences, and to have the opportunity to influence the direction of construction at a high level.

Killarney Homes won the 2014 Telstra Northern Territory Medium Business Award.

Building a family home is often one of people’s most important decisions. I believe I can make it a fantastic experience and one that can be a very affirming moment in their lives.
Andrea Moriarty

Killarney Homes (NT) Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Corporate And Private Award

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.

Jackie McArthur
Martin Brower

In 1994, Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods, and over the next seven years she continued in the logistics, food manufacturing and supply chain industry before she joined McDonald's Australia in 2001. By 2012, she was appointed Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain for McDonald's Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which included overseeing the entire supply function across 38 countries. 

Last year she returned to Martin Brower (previously FJ Walker Foods) as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, where she supervises the end-to-end logistics and supply chain for more than 1,100 McDonald's restaurants. Her cross-functional experience, from supply chain to real estate and construction to menu development and marketing, has provided her with the diverse skill-set required to excel in leadership. 

Driving a more diverse workforce, particularly in the male-dominated industry of transport and logistics, is a key passion of Jackie’s. Together with her colleagues, she is forging a new path of diversity in the organisation.

All of the roles I have had were the result of someone believing in me being able to take a step outside of what I was good at. Someone has to believe in you enough to take a calculated risk. It is now my privilege to be able to do this for others.
Jackie McArthur

Martin Brower
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland Corporate And Private Award

Tracey Vieira
Screen Queensland

It wasn't until I walked into an organisation in crisis that I understood my own strengths and my love for transforming an industry.

Tracey Vieira
Screen Queensland

Tracey Vieira is passionate about the arts and has used her business acumen to turn this interest into a successful career. She spent a decade in Los Angeles as Executive Vice President of International Production for Ausfilm. While abroad, and in partnership with Screen Queensland, she has attracted more than $1.5 billion of production spend to Australia.

In 2014, she relocated her family to Australia to pursue the role of CEO at Screen Queensland. In this role, Tracey is responsible for growing the screen industry’s contribution to the economic and cultural wellbeing of Queensland.

Tracey is passionate about helping the industry transition into a contemporary screen environment as technology rapidly changes how audiences view content. Under Tracey’s guidance, Screen Queensland is now leading the way in Australia, developing stories and content in the digital environment.

Tracey is also a non-executive director of RSPCA Queensland, QMusic and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board. She also sits on the Board of Advisors for the US based organisation Australians in Film.

It wasn't until I walked into an organisation in crisis that I understood my own strengths and my love for transforming an industry.
Tracey Vieira

Screen Queensland
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian Corporate And Private Award

Diana Taylor
CT Management Group

By using a values based and innovative approach, I have worked with and pushed beyond the current market to diversify the business, while at the same time strengthening our integrity and governance practices.

Diana Taylor
CT Management Group

Diana Taylor graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and achieved admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2000. Following a successful career as a lawyer in firms and large corporate environments, in 2011 Diana became the executive director and regional manager for Victoria and Tasmania of the CT Management Group. 

CT Management Group is a national management consultancy business with its head office based in Geelong. Services are provided across the areas of organisational development, financial management, asset management, service planning, project and contract management and professional placements.

Diana’s role includes responsibility for every part of the business’ operations including marketing, strategic planning, business development and delivery of the annual budget. She is also the general counsel and company secretary for the business. 

Outside her professional role, Diana is also the first female president of the Melbourne Western Region Football League and in 2010 became a director of the Geelong Football Club. Diana also chairs the Geelong hospice and end of life care organisation Anam Cara House Geelong.

By using a values based and innovative approach, I have worked with and pushed beyond the current market to diversify the business, while at the same time strengthening our integrity and governance practices.
Diana Taylor

CT Management Group
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Corporate And Private Award

Corinne Wallis
Arrow Facilities Management

I am a strong advocate for women’s equality by creating a path for other women. Throughout my career I have frequently been the only female, and I am privileged to be a mentor and help other women navigate their own path within engineering.

Corinne Wallis
Arrow Facilities Management

Corinne Wallis is an MBA-qualified general manager with a technical background. She has more than a decade’s worth of experience in heavy industry, including manufacturing, offshore wind-farm construction and underground mining. She is also a licenced electrician and electrical engineer, which has seen her manage multi-million dollar projects in the steel and mining industry. 

For the past eight months, she has been general manager of Arrow Facilities Management, a certified supply nation services provider that specialises in national electrical commercial maintenance. Under her leadership, the company was able to achieve more than one million dollars in revenue within its first year of trading.

Corinne is passionate about sharing her skills. In 2015, she began volunteering for Engineers Without Borders Australia and currently sits on its board as a non-executive director. As a devoted volunteer, she also assists with the local ACT chapter who helps promote STEM skills through a school outreach program, and in 2015 she spent six months in Timor Leste initiating a professional skills development project for local engineers.

I am a strong advocate for women’s equality by creating a path for other women. Throughout my career I have frequently been the only female, and I am privileged to be a mentor and help other women navigate their own path within engineering.
Corinne Wallis

Arrow Facilities Management
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Corporate And Private Award

Alicia Leis
WLF Accounting & Advisory

My work directly leads to better practices, more engaged staff, stronger decision making at the executive level, and organisations who can deliver their objectives more effectively and efficiently.

Alicia Leis
WLF Accounting & Advisory

In 2013 Alicia Leis became the third female partner appointed to WLF Accounting & Advisory, a wholly-owned Tasmanian chartered accounting and advisory firm.  In response to the growing importance of risk management and governance, Alicia has built a new internal audit and risk service offering from the ground up and now leads the consulting and internal audit divisions of WLF.  

Since securing her first contract in 2012, Alicia has established a large portfolio of clients and secured revenue in excess of $2M in under five years. This new offering has positioned WLF as a leader in the Tasmanian market, and has contributed to WLF successfully navigating disruptive shifts in the accounting industry.  

Alicia is lead partner for marketing and spearheaded a full rebrand for the firm delivering a contemporary new identity and brand purpose.  Alicia is Vice Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors Tasmanian Chapter and is currently leading an initiative to embed a staff development framework across the business.  Using her professional skills, Alicia delivers governance and risk training to not-for-profit organisations at reduced rates or pro bono.

My work directly leads to better practices, more engaged staff, stronger decision making at the executive level, and organisations who can deliver their objectives more effectively and efficiently.
Alicia Leis

WLF Accounting & Advisory
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
South Australian Entrepreneur Award

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.

Jenny Paradiso
Suntrix

Jenny Paradiso is the co-founder and the managing director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. Suntrix helps individuals and businesses save money on their electricity costs, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint. Operating as a predominantly cloud-based business means that Jenny’s 25 employees have the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time and can access the data they need from any mobile device.

The biggest challenge for Jenny was in 2014 when an unexpected disruption to their industry resulted in an 18-month period of uncertainty. Fortunately for Suntrix, it was through Jenny’s determination that the business was able to survive and even flourish into the multi-million dollar national company that it is today.

Suntrix was awarded the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

I see myself as the mother of the business - always looking at the current and future welfare of her child, supporting and encouraging growth and independence and making sacrifices when needed.
Jenny Paradiso

Suntrix
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Entrepreneur Award

Irene Falcone
Nourished Life

I’ve created an ongoing solution for the health-conscious community, a solution for the environment and an opportunity for local mums wanting to return to the workforce.

Irene Falcone
Nourished Life

After spending 10 years in senior marketing roles for some the world’s largest companies, Irene Falcone created her own business to fill a gap she saw for trusted, environmentally-friendly beauty products. 

She created Nourished Life to provide sustainable, eco-friendly, natural personal care, beauty, home and lifestyle products  – all backed by substantiated information.

As a founder and CEO of Nourished Life, Irene sets the direction, vision and culture of the company. She leads, inspires and empowers her growing team made up of more than 20 working mums. As a 100 per cent owner, she is responsible for all management decisions from creative direction to financial planning. 

Irene’s proudest achievement so far has been to successfully take her online-only business to a bricks-and-mortar retail store with a large warehouse, office space, and on-site naturopathy service.

Irene was a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and Nourished Life was a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Business Awards.

I’ve created an ongoing solution for the health-conscious community, a solution for the environment and an opportunity for local mums wanting to return to the workforce.
Irene Falcone

Nourished Life
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland Entrepreneur Award

Patrice Brown
CQG Consulting

Growing up in remote Queensland I learnt early that every day presents new opportunities that are more likely achieved by optimism, team work and a desire to make a difference.

Patrice Brown
CQG Consulting

Patrice Brown is a woman of many passions: a business and commercial property owner, cattle producer, mother of three and advocate for the protection of environmental and cultural values and land rights. With qualifications in engineering, science and business she is passionate about the future of regional Australia and the need to trust science in the race to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Patrice established CQG Consulting which provides practical environmental planning, precision drone services and engineering professional advice to clients throughout Australia and Southeast Asia in the tourism, mining, agriculture, development and industrial sectors.

Patrice is also a director on the CQUniversity Council, the Gladstone Area Water Board, and a founding director of two start-ups. Northern Ventures is a company that supports Aboriginal groups to achieve economic independence and Fortitude Infrastructure Development a company formed to deliver green technologies. 

Growing up in remote Queensland I learnt early that every day presents new opportunities that are more likely achieved by optimism, team work and a desire to make a difference.
Patrice Brown

CQG Consulting
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian Entrepreneur Award

Jacqueline Savage
MedCorp Technologies Pty Ltd

I was told it was career suicide starting my own business without 10-15 years’ industry experience, but I’m proud that I backed myself and have developed a life-saving product that could revolutionise the medical treatment for high-risk patients.

Jacqueline Savage
MedCorp Technologies Pty Ltd

In 2013, Jacqueline Savage graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Product Design Engineering, specialising in Biomedical Engineering. She began working for Outerspace Design where she obtained invaluable experience and the confidence to establish her own venture, MedCorp Technologies in 2015.

MedCorp Technologies is an early-stage digital health company developing wearable technologies and devices for the healthcare industry. Recently, the company has successfully completed product trials of its core temperature-sensing platform: a wearable, non-invasive temperature monitoring system. The device is worn adjacent to the patient's skin providing continual 24-hour wireless data extraction and feedback to healthcare professionals, enabling the early signs of infection to be detected in at-risk patients. 

As founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies, Jacqueline is responsible for the development and growth of the company, including raising capital, commercialisation of products, manufacturing and distribution. 

I was told it was career suicide starting my own business without 10-15 years’ industry experience, but I’m proud that I backed myself and have developed a life-saving product that could revolutionise the medical treatment for high-risk patients.
Jacqueline Savage

MedCorp Technologies Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Entrepreneur Award

Dr Nicole Sides
Compass Fertility

I love what I do and that I have the chance to make a huge difference in people’s lives. It is a huge privilege I treat with great reverence and respect.

Dr Nicole Sides
Compass Fertility

Dr Nicole Sides believes everyone has the right to become a parent. She is the founder and managing director of Compass Fertility (formally ISIS Fertility) which is a boutique, inclusive, locally-owned and operated fertility clinic that gives hope to those who wish to start a family.

With an impressive list of qualifications and work experience, she is a well-equipped specialist medical surgeon in fertility and reproductive medicine. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She completed her Masters of Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales.

Compass Fertility uses leading medical services in IVF and encourages lifestyle changes to optimise the chances of becoming pregnant naturally. The clinic also provides genetic counselling for couples with a genetic pre-disposition to conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, to help conceive a healthy child.   

Through Compass Fertility, Nicole has also established the Refugee Fertility Assistance Programme. The program seeks to help refugees and vulnerable people who are struggling to become pregnant, many who have lost children in war zones.

I love what I do and that I have the chance to make a huge difference in people’s lives. It is a huge privilege I treat with great reverence and respect.
Dr Nicole Sides

Compass Fertility
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Entrepreneur Award

Dr Kirsten Connan
TasOGS - Tasmanian Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialists

My highest priority is to empower women who attend our practice, and with them their families, by educating them about their bodies while they receive their medical and surgical care.

Dr Kirsten Connan
TasOGS - Tasmanian Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialists

Growing up in Tonga, it was Dr Kirsten Connan’s passion for people that drew her to a medical career, and her love for educating and empowering women, that led her to her specialisation in women’s health.

Kirsten co-founded TasOGS – Tasmanian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialists - in January 2015, as the state’s first all-female specialist obstetrics and gynaecology practice, in answer to an unmet need for local women. TasOGS provides women’s health, pregnancy, birthing and surgical care in an environment that is respectful, inclusive, non-judgemental, and conveys clinical and business excellence. 

The practice assures women have access to not just a female obstetrician/gynaecologist, but an entire team of female specialists, midwives and allied health staff.

As a medical specialist, Kirsten shares clinical responsibilities with her co-founder, Dr Tania Hingston. She takes the lead in business matters, including strategic planning, recruitment, processes, and finances. In less than 18 months, the practice has grown from two doctors and a receptionist to seven staff, three allied health professionals, and a third doctor. 

My highest priority is to empower women who attend our practice, and with them their families, by educating them about their bodies while they receive their medical and surgical care.
Dr Kirsten Connan

TasOGS - Tasmanian Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialists
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
South Australian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Sarah Powell
Champions Academy

Sporting clubs are the pulse of the rural community and the young participants are next generation's leaders and regional advocates.

Sarah Powell
Champions Academy

Growing up in rural Australia, Sarah Powell, knows how vital regional communities are and has turned this insight into a social enterprise, Champions Academy.

Champions Academy partners with local sporting clubs to foster personal development through sport and mentoring. It teaches aspiring leaders how to lead by example, act with integrity, think selflessly and demonstrate commitment.

Starting her career as an office manager before transitioning into banking and accounting, Sarah has been constantly recognised for her outstanding contributions in both her work and community.

In 2005, she was appointed president of the Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce before transitioning into economic development. In this role, she was the inaugural CEO of Regional Development Australia Far North QLD and Torres Strait. Subsequently she launched her own consultancy, Shadowbox, and in 2013 she began developing a next gen leadership concept which became the Champions Academy initiative that is known today.

For her community work with Champions Academy she won the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women's Award for SA and went on to be named Australian Rural Women of the Year.

Sporting clubs are the pulse of the rural community and the young participants are next generation's leaders and regional advocates.
Sarah Powell

Champions Academy
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.

Andrea Mason
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council

Andrea Mason has had a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, all focused on opening just and fair access to Aboriginal people, through employment, workforce planning, tenancy management and negotiating reconciliation action plans.

In 2009, she was made CEO of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council. For more than 20 years the NPY Women’s Council has been supporting its members through service delivery, advocacy, education and employment. All services are provided for women and their families to increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices, in the NPY tri-state region remote communities.

Due to the nature of the organisation, the range of services on offer and the geographical remoteness of the communities, Andrea has to be very adaptable in her role. On a day-to-day basis she can move from being a policy maker, to a social reformer, a negotiator, an advocate or an inspirational leader. She is also responsible for the 413 members of the Council, who are all women over the age of 16. As an Aboriginal woman herself, she says it is a career highlight to work in an Aboriginal women’s member-led organisation. 

I love being the type of leader that I am because it means I can take communities with me on a journey.
Andrea Mason

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
New South Wales For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Anne Bryce
Achieve Australia

I support adults living with a disability to live valued and meaningful lives.

Anne Bryce
Achieve Australia

Anne Bryce has spent over 30 years working within the disability, human services and health sectors. Following a variety of management roles, she was appointed CEO of Hornsby Challenge in 2003 (later renamed Achieve Foundation) and led the organisation through significant growth and a merger with another equal-sized disability organisation in 2009.

Achieve Australia is a not-for-profit leader in the provision of disability services, with a vision of social inclusion for people living with a disability. Services include specialist disability accommodation, health and wellbeing support, social education and personal development for independence, and the development of skills for employment and volunteering opportunities. 

In 2014, Anne led the devolution of a large residential centre housing people with disability called the Crowle Home and closed the site. The project was undertaken in order to improve the quality of life of former residents and involved negotiations with multiple levels of government and stakeholders. 

In addition to her role at Achieve Australia, Anne is also a board member of National Disability Services (NDS), the industry peak body for non-government disability services organisations, as well as Chair of the NSW Division of NDS. 

I support adults living with a disability to live valued and meaningful lives.
Anne Bryce

Achieve Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Penelope Twemlow
Energy Skills Queensland

An organisation’s success depends on its people. Human capital is an organisation’s number one resource, so I enjoy making sure my team are consistently engaged and happy. Return on investment benefits all of us and the company.

Penelope Twemlow
Energy Skills Queensland

Penelope Twemlow’s career started in the Australian Defence Force, where she was involved in projects and deployments around Australia and Southeast Asia. After she left the Defence Force, she held senior positions in the mining, oil and gas sectors before being appointed CEO of Energy Skills Queensland, in 2015. 

Energy Skills Queensland is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing innovative solutions to enable a skilled and safe energy industry.

Penelope is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management, decisions and for implementing the company’s short and long-term plans. She is also accountable to the Board of Directors and communicates on behalf of the company to members, employees, government authorities, other stakeholders and the public. 

In addition, she has also recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently the founder and Chair of Women in Power, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and improves the electrical and electro-technology industry by the advancement of women within it. She is also the Chair of the Electrical Safety Education Committee and the Gladstone Energy and Maintenance Training Centre.  

An organisation’s success depends on its people. Human capital is an organisation’s number one resource, so I enjoy making sure my team are consistently engaged and happy. Return on investment benefits all of us and the company.
Penelope Twemlow

Energy Skills Queensland
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald
Scope (Aust)

The disability service sector is undergoing transformative change. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to ensure the for-purpose sector remains a vibrant and sustainable choice for people with a disability.

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald
Scope (Aust)

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald has worked in the health, aged care, community and disability sectors throughout her career, spanning 34 years. During that time, she has honed her leadership and managerial skills and developed a strong understanding of the political and policy environment.

In 2012, Jennifer was appointed CEO of Scope, an organisation supporting people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays. With a team of more than 1,500 staff across Victoria, Scope provides services such as therapy, supported living, respite, community inclusion and education to more than 6,000 people.

In her role, Jennifer is responsible for successfully leading Scope through a time of substantial change as the disability service sector moves choice and control from government and provider to the individual. Jennifer says that this shift will shape a consumer-driven marketplace over the coming months. In preparing the organisation for this, she developed Scope 2020, an organisation-wide project that will ensure all people, systems, services and practices are aligned with the industry changes.

The disability service sector is undergoing transformative change. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to ensure the for-purpose sector remains a vibrant and sustainable choice for people with a disability.
Jennifer Fitzgerald

Scope (Aust)
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Emma Macdonald
Send Hope Not Flowers

It has been a steep learning curve but it’s so rewarding to know that we’re making a positive difference in the lives of so many people.

Emma Macdonald
Send Hope Not Flowers

Emma Macdonald is an award-winning journalist and Associate Editor of HerCanberra by day, and a charity founder by night. Having dedicated more than 20 years to breaking news for The Canberra Times, five years ago, she followed her heart and co-founded the maternal health charity, Send Hope Not Flowers (SHNF).

SHNF aims to help more mothers survive childbirth in the developing world by delivering direct aid to mothers on the ground in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The charity is based on a simple idea - instead of sending flowers to celebrate a new birth, friends and family can go online and make a donation to a safe birth program through SHNF.

The majority of funds raised are used to train health workers, midwives and doctors. In addition, they also provide baby bundles to give to mothers when they present at health center for a supervised birth. Emma says one of the best things arising out of the charity's work is raising public awareness of the toll of maternal mortality on communities.

It has been a steep learning curve but it’s so rewarding to know that we’re making a positive difference in the lives of so many people.
Emma Macdonald

Send Hope Not Flowers
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Bernadette Black
Brave Foundation

It is my mission to reduce stigma, build families and strengthen communities by building up the village of support and acceptance around anyone facing teen pregnancy and parenthood, turning the trajectory of generations.

Bernadette Black
Brave Foundation

There are approximately 24,000 teenage pregnancies in Australia every year and when Bernadette Black was 16 years old, she was one of them. Although now happily married with three children, Bernadette’s pregnancy experience inspired her to found the Brave Foundation in 2009, a charity that builds a community of support and acceptance around anyone facing teenage pregnancy and parenthood.

Brave Foundation is the first and only national charity in Australia that exists to provide access to support and education opportunities to pregnant and parenting teens and their loved ones who find themselves in this situation. Brave provides flexible educational opportunities and pathways, which helps to reduce lower socio-economic outcomes, as well as alleviate government economic burden. As a direct outcome of Bernadette’s hard work, more pregnant and parent teenagers are finishing secondary school, remaining in employment, establishing a happy and healthy family and having a positive impact on the community. 

Brave Foundation also has a comprehensive social media strategy and provides scholarship opportunities for secondary and tertiary education to assist with childcare, travel and the material costs of education.

It is my mission to reduce stigma, build families and strengthen communities by building up the village of support and acceptance around anyone facing teen pregnancy and parenthood, turning the trajectory of generations.
Bernadette Black

Brave Foundation
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
South Australian Young Business Women's Award

Grace Lever
GraceLever.com

I love seeing what women are capable of and how rewarding they find it when they see that they have the ability to achieve success in their business. I realised there was a need for someone to empower and equip them because no one else was doing it.

Grace Lever
GraceLever.com

Grace Lever is a passionate entrepreneur who started her first business when she was only 20. She has since built six businesses from the ground up, all of which have been sold, rented or invested in. Her latest venture is GraceLever.com, a platform through which she works with other female entrepreneurs to help them create balanced, automated lifestyle businesses.

She holds regular "Doing Days", live workshops across the country which empower and equip female entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality. Grace also runs an online community, The Doing Academy, with more than 1,000 members, all passionate female entrepreneurs ready to stop dreaming and start doing in their business.

Grace is a firm believer in the power of digital marketing and Facebook is instrumental in her strategy. Every month, her brand is in front of more than one million entrepreneurs and she credits the social networking site for enabling GraceLever.com to grow from zero to six figures in six weeks, and a million dollar business in 10 months.

Grace was a 2015 Telstra South Australian Business Women Award finalist.

I love seeing what women are capable of and how rewarding they find it when they see that they have the ability to achieve success in their business. I realised there was a need for someone to empower and equip them because no one else was doing it.
Grace Lever

GraceLever.com
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
New South Wales Young Business Women's Award

Gina Lednyak
L&A Social

I love what I do because I get to create a positive environment where my team gets to express themselves, innovate, occasionally stumble, continually learn and create deep value for the clients we work with.

Gina Lednyak
L&A Social

Gina Lednyak was born and raised in the USSR. In 1991, political unrest forced her family to flee Belarus for New York City. Her ambition showed at an early age as she taught herself to speak English by reading books. This led her to being accepted to a prestigious technical high school where she studied engineering. Upon graduating, she undertook a degree in psychology at Boston University before relocating to Sydney in 2007.

She quickly recognised an opportunity in the local market and began L&A Social, a full service strategic social media and digital agency. It specialises in digital strategy and implementation with a strong focus on creative content execution, analytics and consumer behaviour. Over the past several years L&A has doubled in size and revenue each year, and today is composed of a dynamic team of 15 people, with more than 50 clients. 

As the founder and CEO, Gina is responsible for strategic business growth, finances, HR, team development and overall business strategy. The company is thriving under her leadership and is profitable enough to take on significant non-profit pro bono work.

I love what I do because I get to create a positive environment where my team gets to express themselves, innovate, occasionally stumble, continually learn and create deep value for the clients we work with.
Gina Lednyak

L&A Social
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland Young Business Women's Award

Pixie Weyand
The Lost Collective

Opening the café led me to where I am now. Everything is a stepping stone to the next thing. Every moment is significant as it leads you to the next one. It is up to you to channel these moments. As long as you are moving forward in some way, you are never going the wrong way.

Pixie Weyand
The Lost Collective

Two years ago, Pixie Weyand had nothing but a notebook, a whole head of ideas and the drive to do something with her life. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to create The Lost Collective, an umbrella for several businesses she is in the process of growing. These include: Lost Boys, a small, organic vegetarian, carbon-neutral café in Fortitude Valley; The Tree House, a bar offering local, natural, and organic drinks; The Zoo, an iconic live music venue; Feed Music, an app connecting touring musicians and local cafes and restaurants across the globe to provide healthy meals; and Zoo Tours, which aims to bring quality acts from overseas to Australia.

Pixie is responsible for guiding the businesses using innovation and direction. She oversees all elements of the business and is directly accountable for all the challenges, successes and downfalls that may happen. Through her journey, Pixie has learnt that having a genuine belief in herself meant that she could achieve anything. 

Opening the café led me to where I am now. Everything is a stepping stone to the next thing. Every moment is significant as it leads you to the next one. It is up to you to channel these moments. As long as you are moving forward in some way, you are never going the wrong way.
Pixie Weyand

The Lost Collective
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian Young Business Women's Award

Anna Ross
Kester Black

In business my beliefs manifest in a drive for innovation and establishing sustainable, ethical options for the consumer.

Anna Ross
Kester Black

In 2009, Anna Ross founded Kester Black, a leading manicure and skincare brand built on beautiful design and uncompromising ethical values. Kester Black offers consumers sustainable, Australian-made, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty products. Anna is the sole proprietor and director of the start-up and is wholly responsible for the success of the business from strategy to execution.

An important aspect of her business is bringing the products to consumers who might otherwise be marginalised by the beauty industry, such as vegans and Muslim women. Devout Muslim women are unable to wear regular nail polish because of the washing involved in daily prayers however, Kester Black offers a water permeable nail polish, or ‘breathable polish’, which allows water vapours to pass through to the nail.

Anna is also dedicated to giving back to the community and is currently in a partnership with YGAP’s ‘Polished Man’ initiative to support ending violence against children. In addition, for every online sale, a dollar is donated to the customer’s choice of four partnered organisations. 

In business my beliefs manifest in a drive for innovation and establishing sustainable, ethical options for the consumer.
Anna Ross

Kester Black
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Young Business Women's Award

Myfanwy Galloway
Functional Fitness Australia

I love what I do because I see first-hand the impact that our products and services have in the community.

Myfanwy Galloway
Functional Fitness Australia

Myfanwy Galloway was a professional cyclist racing in Europe before retiring and taking on roles in retail management and then in events and marketing. While working, she continues to complete dual Bachelors of Business and Professional Communications.

Myfanwy now holds a dual role as co-owner and business manager of Functional Fitness Australia, a brand of training facilities that is dedicated to improving each individual’s relationship with their body and how it moves to enable them to enrich their lives outside of the gym.

Myfanwy joined Functional Fitness Australia to assist in implementing a sound infrastructure to support and sustain the business through its rapid growth. Myfanwy has since consistently shown her ability to support others in turning their passions and ideas into a business.

Overseeing a team of 11 coaches, Myfanwy has implemented business systems and policies to support and encourage further growth for both the business and its team. She is responsible for managing all operations within the business including finances, HR, membership systems, class scheduling and other business offerings.

I love what I do because I see first-hand the impact that our products and services have in the community.
Myfanwy Galloway

Functional Fitness Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Young Business Women's Award

Melody Towns
Be Hers

My passion is to live a life of generosity. I strongly believe that it is impossible to out-give ourselves. Be Hers asks every woman to use their freedom to fight for the freedom of others.

Melody Towns
Be Hers

When Melody Towns first heard about the 27 million people that are currently enslaved by human trafficking around the world, she was holding her own daughter and couldn’t believe that other people’s daughters were kidnapped and raped multiple times a day until they either escaped or died. She couldn’t understand how only one per cent of victims were rescued and so decided to do something to address this global issue by founding Be Hers. 

Melody founded Be Hers on the premise that ‘She Matters’. She, being every woman and child that has had their basic human right of freedom stolen from them. She could be your daughter, sister or friend. She is the local woman, living in freedom that thinks to herself ‘How could I help’? She may be the victim of domestic violence, rape, or just caught in her own insecurities. Be Hers exists to place value on every woman and empowers her to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, those who are enslaved by the horrific sex slavery industry. 

Melody works in partnership with The A21 Campaign, a global anti-human trafficking organisation, to develop strategies and discuss how to best use their fundraising. All of Be Hers’ fundraising initiatives are donated to The A21 Campaign. 

My passion is to live a life of generosity. I strongly believe that it is impossible to out-give ourselves. Be Hers asks every woman to use their freedom to fight for the freedom of others.
Melody Towns

Be Hers
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
South Australian Public Sector And Academia Award

Dr Joanne Bowen
University of Adelaide

My approach to securing funding is to network as much as possible at conferences and events, as well as actively seek out new opportunities to collaborate both inside academia and with industry.

Dr Joanne Bowen
University of Adelaide

Since completing her PhD in 2006, Dr Joanne Bowen has played a key role in academic medical research at the University of Adelaide and is head of the Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology Laboratory. The lab is dedicated to better understanding the mechanisms and management of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, working to prevent some of the serious side-effects associated with cancer treatments.

Focused on training the next generation of medical researchers, Joanne is a manager and mentor for four research assistants and supervisor of five PhD and three honours students. Joanne collaborates with the private sector and other researchers, having merged her laboratory with two other groups in 2015, to form a larger laboratory called Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group. By partnering academia with the private sector, she ensures that new technologies are tested and effectively translated into useful clinical treatments.

My approach to securing funding is to network as much as possible at conferences and events, as well as actively seek out new opportunities to collaborate both inside academia and with industry.
Dr Joanne Bowen

University of Adelaide
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Northern Territory Public Sector And Academia Award

Carolyn Edwards
Henbury School

Each day is an opportunity for me to make a difference in a student’s life.

Carolyn Edwards
Henbury School

Carolyn is a devoted educator with more than 31 years of experience in the NT school system. Currently, she is the principal of Henbury School which is a comprehensive specialist high school in Darwin. The school focuses on advocating the rights of students with disabilities, assisting them to achieve autonomy and enabling their participation in the economic, civic and social life of the community.

Under her leadership, the school has transformed into an educational leader and focuses on creating individual pathways for every student. The school empowers students with special needs to pursue their hopes and dreams through an educational program tailored to their needs. 

Leading a team of passionate staff, the school also offers a Transition to Work program that helps provide a range of meaningful opportunities to students.

Each day is an opportunity for me to make a difference in a student’s life.
Carolyn Edwards

Henbury School
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Queensland Public Sector And Academia Award

Inspector Virginia Nelson
Queensland Police Service

Having been a police officer for more than a quarter of a century, I love the difference we make in the community. I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be.

Inspector Virginia Nelson
Queensland Police Service

Inspector Virginia Nelson has been a police officer for more than 26 years, having joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) at 18. She has served in regional and metropolitan locations and has worked in front-line policing, prosecutions, the bureau of criminal intelligence and the office of the state coroner. Now, as an inspector, she is in charge of a patrol group of more than 150 officers in the Capricornia Police District.

As a commissioned officer and senior leader, Virginia shapes strategic thinking in the organisation by inspiring a shared sense of purpose and direction for her patrol group. She builds organisational capability and ensures crime trends are identified and operational responses are delivered to the community. She is the single point of contact for operational, tactical and strategic activities within her patrol group.

Virginia is the only female commissioned officer in her area and she contributes significantly to developing the capability of women in policing and growing women in leadership within the organisation.

Having been a police officer for more than a quarter of a century, I love the difference we make in the community. I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be.
Inspector Virginia Nelson

Queensland Police Service
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Victorian Public Sector And Academia Award

Dr Rowan Brookes
Monash University

Re-thinking STEM education is one of the biggest challenges we face in Australia and globally. A science degree must be more than just an education. I want to build a strong understanding of scientific concepts whilst fostering capacity for enterprise, science, diplomacy and leadership.

Dr Rowan Brookes
Monash University

After leaving school at 15, Rowan Brookes was told that she would never accomplish anything with her life. She took it as a challenge and two decades later, she has re-written her life story from troubled teen to a successful academic and educator with a mission to inspire students.

As a mature student, she discovered a passion for learning which saw her earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a PhD. The real accomplishment, Rowan says, was discovering that she could light a fire in young people, something which has inspired her career.

As director of Education for the School of Biological Sciences and the course leader for the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges at Monash University, Rowan seeks to transform the way STEM education is taught to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow.

She does this by researching, designing, implementing and delivering science education. She reinvigorates curricula with employability, leadership and entrepreneurship skills in mind; she oversees education within the school, leads multi-disciplinary research projects to support best-practice teaching, and also continuously encourages her students to become life-long learners. 

Re-thinking STEM education is one of the biggest challenges we face in Australia and globally. A science degree must be more than just an education. I want to build a strong understanding of scientific concepts whilst fostering capacity for enterprise, science, diplomacy and leadership.
Rowan Brookes

Monash University
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2016 Telstra
Tasmanian Public Sector And Academia Award

Penny Terry
ABC

One of the things I value the most about working at the ABC is being able to tell stories and report on events simply because they are important to my audience.

Penny Terry
ABC

Penny Terry began her career in creative advertising at Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne, where at the age of 21, became the sole account manager for a high volume international account. She then went on to work abroad in tourism, hospitality and in-home aged care before beginning with the ABC in 2006. Since then, Penny has worked as a radio presenter and producer, journalist and rural reporter presenting to national, local and online audiences. 

As a public broadcaster, the ABC’s programs should “contribute to a sense of national identity and inform, entertain and reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community” (ABC Charter). Penny says she feels privileged to deliver the ABC’s strategy to help Australians better understand the place they live in and how changes in policy affect them, to empower them to be a part of the national conversation and to help connect people with similar interests. 

Penny’s main role is to present a two-hour, live radio program daily. She is responsible for researching stories, sourcing talent and finding innovative, creative and relevant ways to connect with her audience on air, online and on social media.

One of the things I value the most about working at the ABC is being able to tell stories and report on events simply because they are important to my audience.
Penny Terry

ABC
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