Australian business women urged to follow in famous footsteps

Media Release, 07 June 2013
4 June, 2013 – Successful Australian business women can follow in the famous footsteps of Carolyn Creswell, Janine Allis and Margot Spalding, the founders of nationally-recognised retail brands Carman’s Fine Foods, Boost Juice and Jimmy Possum, by entering the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Now in their 19th year, the awards have celebrated a cavalcade of inspirational and influential women that include Diana Williams, pioneer of women’s fitness centres Fernwood, Denise Goldsworthy, Managing Director of Rio Tinto subsidiary Dampier Salt, Naomi Simson, founder of Red Balloon, Maggie Beer, celebrated cook and writer and Kristina Karlsson, owner of kikki.K.
Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, strongly encouraged Australian women to get their entries in before the closing date of 25 June.
“Finalists and winners agree the entry process is a very worthwhile investment of time and is in itself rewarding as you review your business and personal journey and reflect on your career achievements.
“We urge women who have been nominated this year to complete their online submissions for the opportunity to join the illustrious list of awards alumni from the past 18 years.”
Lee De Winton, currently Base Commander of the Multi National Base Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan, was a 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Award winner when she was managing the Australian Defence Force’s busiest airfield at Williamtown in NSW. She is also urging women to follow in her footsteps and participate in the awards this year.
She said: “I found the whole process personally and professionally rewarding. Completion of the in-depth submission allowed me to reflect on my work and experiences and review my accomplishments with pride and satisfaction - that alone was reward in itself.
The personal benefits for me will be forever enduring. I regard my success in the awards as one of the highlights of my career and I was humbled by the support I received. I took great pride in the fact that my work in the Royal Australian Air Force was recognised for its importance alongside so many other talented and successful women.”
Nominations for the state and territory awards can be made at Entries for the 2013 Awards can be submitted until Tuesday 25 June.
The awards are open to business owners, women in the private and corporate sector, and the government and community sectors. There are also awards that recognise business innovation and young business women.
For winners across Australia the awards offer a share in $200,000 in cash and prizes.
Winners of state and territory awards will be announced in Queensland on 17 September, Northern Territory on 20 September, Western Australia on 24 September, South Australia on 27 September, the ACT on 9 October, Tasmania on 11 October, Victoria on 15 October and New South Wales on 18 October.

The announcement of the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year will be made in Melbourne on 14 November.