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Winners

Celebrating Australia's leading business women

A massive congratulations to our Telstra Business Women's Award winners, who have been recognised by our expert judging panel for changing business for the better. We wish them the best of luck as they continue towards their future goals.

National winner

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

2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

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

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.

NT

National category winners

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2016 Telstra Australian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award
NT

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

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.

2016 Telstra Australian Young Business Women's Award
VIC

Anna Ross - Kester Black

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

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.

2016 Telstra Australian Public Sector And Academia Award
QLD

Inspector Virginia Nelson - Queensland Police Service

"I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be." - Inspector Virginia Nelson

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.

2016 Telstra Australian Corporate And Private Award
NSW

Jackie McArthur - Martin Brower

"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

Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods where she worked 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.

2016 Telstra Australian Entrepreneur Award
SA

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

Jenny Paradiso is the co-founder and the managing director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. 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.

State winners

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2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
TAS

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

In 2013 Alicia Leis became the third female partner appointed to WLF Accounting & Advisory. 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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
NT

Andrea Moriarty - Killarney Homes (NT) Pty Ltd

"I believe I can make it a fantastic experience and one that can be a very affirming moment in their lives." - Andrea Moriarty

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.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
VIC

Anna Ross - Kester Black

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

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.

2016 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
NT

Carolyn Edwards - Henbury School

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

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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
ACT

Corinne Wallis - Arrow Facilities Management

"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

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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
SA

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

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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
VIC

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

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.

2016 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
SA

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

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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
TAS

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

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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner ACT

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

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.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
NSW

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

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.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
SA

Grace Lever - GraceLever.com

"I realised there was a need for someone to empower and equip them because no one else was doing it." - Grace Lever

Grace Lever is a passionate entrepreneur who started her first business when she was only 20. Her latest venture is GraceLever.com, a platform through which she works with other female entrepreneurs to help them create balanced, automated lifestyle businesses.

2016 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
QLD

Inspector Virginia Nelson - Queensland Police Service

"I enjoy being a mentor to younger officers to help them be the best they can be." - Inspector Virginia Nelson

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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
NSW

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

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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
State Winner NSW

Jackie McArthur - Martin Brower

"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

Jackie McArthur began her supply chain career at FJ Walker Foods where she worked 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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
VIC

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

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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner SA

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

Jenny Paradiso is the co-founder and the managing director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. 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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
NT

Karen Sheldon - Karen Sheldon Group

"My fulfilment comes from being able to use my career and life experiences to provide practical solutions that are assisting some of the people who first welcomed me to their country." - Karen Sheldon

Karen Sheldon heads up a unique enterprise. What initially started off as a hospitality business in 1982, expanded through a staff buy-in into a company developing diverse services that focus on addressing Indigenous economic and employment disadvantage.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
TAS

Melody Towns - Be Hers

"Be Hers asks every woman to use their freedom to fight for the freedom of others." - Melody Towns

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.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
ACT

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

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.

2016 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
QLD

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

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.

2016 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
TAS

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

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.

2016 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
QLD

Pixie Weyand - The Lost Collective

"As long as you are moving forward in some way, you are never going the wrong way." - Pixie Weyand

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.

2016 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
VIC

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." - Rowan Brookes

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.

2016 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
State Winner QLD

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

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.