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Inspiring and innovative Victorians recognised at the 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Among the 29 finalists from Victoria are academics, holistic health professionals, bankers and digital technology specialists, who are all dedicated to making a difference to the community and their respective industries.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive, Media, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Pollard said that Victorian women are changing business, one brilliant business woman at a time.

“Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards champion women from diverse industries, ensuring their achievements are given the recognition they deserve, and continue to raise the profile of women in business,” Ms Pollard said.

“The 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.”

Entrepreneur, Sheryl Thai, followed her passion and launched Cupcake Central from her kitchen and six short years later, her business is flourishing with five stores and she has self-published a cookbook. This entrepreneurial spirit is also seen in finalist Gabrielle Lim, who co-founded TRAPT, a unique entertainment business that locks participants in a room with 45 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and escape before time runs out. 

Dr Lauren Woodman established the women’s wellness festival, Seven Sisters Festival. It is held over three days and celebrates women through art, music and workshops. Elise Bialylew is also passionate about promoting holistic health through her initiative, Mindful in May, which has become a global mindfulness movement.

Finalist Dayle Stevens, is a co-founder of the Women in Technology Program at NAB, which aims to empower and demystify what it means to work in technology for women by providing strong leadership and gender equality initiatives.

There are six Telstra Business Women’s Awards categories in 2016: Entrepreneur, For Purpose and Social Enterprise, Public Sector and Academia, Corporate and Private, Young Business Women’s and, new in 2016, Business Woman in Asia.

“Telstra is a passionate advocate of women in business and we are thrilled to extend the Telstra Business Women’s Awards program into Asia this year to further recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women,” Ms Pollard said.

The 29 finalists join fellow Victorians as Telstra Business Women’s Awards Alumni.

Winners of the 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Dinner at Peninsula Docklands on Tuesday 18 October. State and Territory category winners will gather in Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering Gala Dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016. 

For information about the Awards and to purchase tickets to the Awards Dinners, please call 1800 817 536 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.                                 

Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are open year-round. If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate today:


Media contact:

Doug MacDougall, 0402 873 154
Reference: 124/2016

Finalists for the 2016 Telstra Victoria Business Women’s Awards are:

Entrepreneur Award
Sharyn Johnston, Australian Tea Masters, Geelong
Victoria Kluth, Araza, Melbourne
Jacqueline Savage, MedCorp Technologies Pty Ltd, Hawthorn
Gabrielle Harris, The Interchange, Fitzroy
Kim Westwood, Shopping Links, Richmond
Sheryl  Thai, Cupcake Central, Melbourne

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award
Dr Elise Bialylew, Mindful in May, Prahran
Karen Hart, The Youth Junction Incorporated, Sunshine
Ann-Maree Davis, Amicus Group Inc, Bendigo
Dr Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia, Carlton
Karen Mahlab AM, Pro Bono Australia, Melbourne
Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, Scope (Aust), Box Hill

Public Sector and Academia Award
Jo Mithen, Monash College, Melbourne
Professor Marcia Devlin, Federation University Australia, Ballarat
Dr Mirjana Prica, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Werribee
Dr Rowan Brookes, Monash University, Clayton
Dr Susan Delahunty, MCIE - Explore English, Melbourne
Madeleine McManus, Monash University, Clayton

Corporate and Private Award
Jac Phillips, Bank of Melbourne, Melbourne
Ingrid Filmer, Burgess Rawson, Melbourne
Anna Thomas, Stockdale & Leggo, Clayton
Dayle Stevens, National Australia Bank, Docklands
Liz Jones, Jo Fisher Executive, Melbourne
Diana Taylor, CT Management Group, Geelong

Young Business Women’s Award
Sarah Leung, Healthy Energy Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Centre, Glen Waverley
Gabrielle Lim, TRAPT, Melbourne
Dr Lauren Woodman, Seven Sisters Festival, Brighton
Jacqueline Savage, MedCorp Technologies Pty Ltd, Hawthorn
Melissa Bell, Mayko Hair, Mt Eliza
Anna Ross, Kester Black, Collingwood

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