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Visionary finalists announced in 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards

The 24 finalists of the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards span a diverse spectrum of industries and professions, from the creation of hi-tech underwear, to driving job creation across the state, and delivering innovative healthcare solutions.

Kristy Chong’s brainchild, Modibodi, has completely reinvented underwear and feminine hygiene. A stylish range that provides women with attractive, functional and environmentally friendly underwear. Following its 2014 launch, the business grew 20-fold in just eight months. 

Karen Borg is the inaugural CEO of Jobs for NSW, a public sector organisation that looks to drive job creation across the state.  Managing a budget of $190 million in funding and a team of 60, Karen used her experience in public and private industry to launch a 20-year vision for New South Wales, which aims to create a sustainable economy with one million new roles.

Janine Epere. After overcoming addiction, Janine created a residential life-skills program, Destiny Haven. The holistic program is designed to help women with life-controlling issues to overcome their challenges and realise their true potential.

Now in its 23rd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary business women and the contribution, support and participation of everyone in pursuit of this goal.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media and Chief Marketing Officer, Joe Pollard, said that the New South Wales finalists are exceptional women who deserve to be celebrated. 

“The role of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards is to shine a light on women’s achievements as business leaders and celebrate the positive results of inclusive leadership, which include better organisational performance, increased competitive advantage and, at a macro level, a thriving economy,” Ms Pollard said.

“The 2017 finalists have followed very different paths to business success but they have all shown determination, innovative thinking and exceptional leadership to deliver real business impact.”

Winners of the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Sydney, on Friday 27 October. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, followed by a celebration dinner on the night of Tuesday 21 November.

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. 

The finalists of the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards are: 

Entrepreneur Award

Marcella Romero, Rehab Management, Sydney

Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Love To Dream, Waterloo

Natalie Chapman, gemaker, Sydney

Penny Spencer, Spencer Group of Companies, Sydney

Kristy Chong, Modibodi, Sydney

Petra Playfair, PLAYFAIR Visa and Migration Services, Sydney

For Purpose and Social Enterprise

Violet Roumeliotis, Settlement Services International Limited  , Sydney

Janine Epere, Destiny Haven, Brookfield

Kellie Sloane, Life Education NSW, Colyton

Di Westaway, Wild Women On Top, Brookvale

Public Sector and Academia

Simone Constant, NSW Treasury, Sydney

Kylie Hargreaves, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Sydney

Prof Robin Stonecash, University of Sydney, Sydney

Dr Rachna Gandhi, Service NSW, Sydney

Karen Borg, Jobs for NSW, Sydney 

Corporate and Private

Allison Yeoland, Secure Parking, North Sydney

Belinda            Tumbers, Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd, Sydney

Sarah Hunter, Virbac Animal Health, Sydney

Amy Brown, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sydney

Young Business Women's Award

Nicole Buskiewicz, Advoc8, Sydney

Sarah Battenally, Royal Australian Navy, Sydney

Suzi Jamil, Think Inc., Earlwood

Sara Kahlau, icare (Insurance & Care NSW), Sydney

Gen George, tamme, Sydney

Media contact:

Michelle Zydower, 0423 028 564

michelle.zydower@team.telstra.com

Media Reference: 113/2017

 

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