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Queensland women lending a hand to help others succeed

From those in the health and disability space to university professors and accountants, the 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards this year recognises 23 finalists from Queensland who are all dedicated to helping others succeed.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive, Media, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Pollard said that Queensland 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 Queensland 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.”

University academic, Professor Hilary Winchester is Provost and Acting Vice-Chancellor at CQUniversity Australia and champions widening participation in academia through the universities programs in regional Australia.

From the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Anita Lee Hong is the Director of the Oodergoo Unit, which is the centre for the university’s activities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, studies and research.

Meagan Cross founded the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics Australia after her daughter was diagnosed with the rare genetic disease which is characterised by global developmental delays, lack of speech and seizures. Her mission is to increase awareness about Angelman Syndrome and is dedicated to funding research to find treatments, and ultimately a cure.

Another finalist, who is dedicated to helping those in need is Galila Abdelsalam who founded the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc.Galila’s organisation provides services to support people with a disability, the elderly and newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Tanya Titman, founder of accounting firm Consolid8, runs a program called Acceler8 which specifically aims to help business women to improve their financial literacy.

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 23 finalists join fellow Queenslanders as Telstra Business Women’s Awards Alumni.

Winners of the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 14 October. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016.

For information about the Awards and to purchase tickets to the Awards Gala 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: 124/201 

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

Entrepreneur Award
Melissa Marsden, Marsden Collective, Fortitude Valley
Patrice Brown, CQG Consulting, Rockhampton
Tanya Titman, Consolid8, Upper Mt Gravatt

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award
Galila Abdelsalam, Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc, Springwood
Meagan Cross, Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics Australia, Manoora
Penelope Twemlow, Energy Skills Queensland, Toowong
Rae Priaulx, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Buderim
Rochelle Courtenay, Share the Dignity, Sandgate
Vicki Batten, FSG Australia, Gold Coast

Public Sector and Academia Award
Professor Anita Lee Hong, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Professor Hilary Winchester, CQUniversity Australia, North Rockhampton
Professor Jan Thomas, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
Professor Jenny Martin, Griffith University, Nathan
Inspector Virginia Nelson, Queensland Police Service, Rockhampton

Corporate and Private Award
Dr Elaine Stead, Blue Sky Alternative Investments, Brisbane
Kathrina Bryen, Aurizon, Brisbane
Rebecca He, Good Price Pharmacy, Tingalpa
Tracey Vieira, Screen Queensland, Newstead
Teena Pisarev, Icon Cancer Care, Brisbane

Young Business Women’s Award
Evette Hess, Makeup Cartel Pty Ltd, Southport
Jen Geale, Mountain Bikes Direct, Palm Beach
Jessy Cameron, Molten Store, Fortitude Valley
Pixie Weyand, The Lost Collective, Fortitude Valley

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