Media Release
3pm AEDT Thursday 6 March 2014
2014 NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards
WINNERS Announced
For interviews wi...
Women’s Agenda received hundreds of nominations for the awards, with Editor and event
host Angela Priestley saying the cal...
MENTOR of the Year
* Lynn Kraus Sydney Office Managing Partner, EY (Sydney, NSW)
Di Ryall Managing Director, Xplore for Su...
Whilst forging her own impressive corporate career Sherry has championed the importance
of gender equality.
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Eme...
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The Agenda Setter Award
Awarded to the most inspirational and successful woman who makes a difference, provides...
solutions to rectify the imbalance of women in leadership positions. The Institute has
developed programs to increase the ...
Nareen Young, Australian Employment/Governance Diversity Leader; Board Member,
Netball Australia, Indigenous Business Aust...
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NAB Women's Agenda Leadership Awards Australia 2014

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  • 1. Media Release 3pm AEDT Thursday 6 March 2014 2014 NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards WINNERS Announced For interviews with winners and event photos, please contact Samantha Dybac - Sammway e: sjdybac@sammway.com.au p: +61 411 251 373 Ann Sherry AO was inducted into the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony in Sydney today, where hundreds of men and women gathered to celebrate emerging female talent as well as those passionate about helping women achieve. Other category winners included EY Sydney managing partner Lynn Kraus, who was named “Mentor of the Year”, and Sageco general manager Allison Monroe, named the 2014 “Agenda Setter”. In the “emerging talent” categories, Bridget Loudon from Expert360 was named “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year”, while Matthews Folbigg Lawyers’ director Fay Calderone was named “Emerging Leader in the Private Sector”. See below for the full list of winners and finalists. Former Queensland Premier and now CEO of YWCA NSW, The Hon. Anna Bligh spoke about resilience at the event, and congratulated all the finalists on dealing with their own ups and downs in reaching their goals. “Coming from the tumultuous world of politics, I know how hard it is to keep going, to push through the difficult times and dust yourself off and get back up; only to face another stumbling bock or someone else telling you, ‘You can’t do it’”, Bligh said. “There are so many examples of women who have forged the path that we now walk whose achievements may not have been recognized and we salute them for their courage, their tenacity and their resilience. I congratulate every woman who has made the short list for the awards and every person who took the time to nominate someone they thought deserved recognition for their achievements.”
  • 2. Women’s Agenda received hundreds of nominations for the awards, with Editor and event host Angela Priestley saying the calibre of entrants exceeded expectations. “Just getting to the finalist stage is an incredible achievement given the number and quality of nominations received.” Major partner for the second year running, NAB, will continue its involvement with the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2015, with Jacinta Carboon, Project Director, Women and Money, NAB, saying: “Since launching the inaugural Awards in 2013, we have and will continue to share with the Women’s Agenda team a passion for seeing women succeed and helping them feel empowered economically. It is through these Awards that we can together help unearth amazing talent, who are an inspiration to us all”. Full List of Award categories, finalist and winners (*) (winners detailed below) EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR of the Year Jane Wright/ Lauren Barel, Work Dynamic * Bridget Loudon, Expert360 (Sydney, NSW) Lorraine Murphy, The Remarkables Group EMERGING LEADER in the Not-for-Profit Sector Lisa Dempster Director/CEO, Melbourne Writers Festival Anita Peiris Program Manager, Kalparrin * Rachelle Towart, CEO, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (Canberra, ACT) EMERGING LEADER in the Private Sector Edyta Torpy, Diversity & Inclusiveness Leader,Oceania, EY Tharani Jegatheeswaran National Director, NFP, Deloitte * Fay Calderone, Director, Matthewsfolbigg lawyers (Parramatta, Sydney, NSW) REGIONAL/RURAL ENTREPRENEUR OR MANAGER of the Year Tanya Dupagne, Camp Kulin Manager, Camp Kulin (Shire of Kulin) Yvette Pietsch, Managing Principal, Central West, Crowe Horwath * Zoe Waters Director, Volunteer Services, Barwon Health (Geelong, Melbourne, VIC) AGENDA SETTER Kate McClymont, Investigative Journalist, Fairfax * Alison Monroe, General Manager, Sageco (Sydney, NSW) Juliet Willetts, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University ofTechnology, Sydney Lisa Messenger Founder & Director, Renegade Collective EMERGING LEADER in the Public Sector Jane Polak Scowcroft Manager, Web and Social Media, James Cook University Karen Webb Commander, State Surveillance Branch, NSW Police Force * Michelle Bennetts Executive GM, Aviation Rescue & Fire Fighting, AirservicesAustralia (Canberra, ACT) BEST EMPLOYER initiative * Caltex Rice Warner
  • 3. MENTOR of the Year * Lynn Kraus Sydney Office Managing Partner, EY (Sydney, NSW) Di Ryall Managing Director, Xplore for Success Penny Munro Director of Allied Health, SA Health MALE OR FEMALE CHANGE CHAMPION of the Year David Overall Chief Executive Officer, Downer EDI Mining Andrew Brewer Manager Kurnell Refinery, Caltex Kurnell Refinery (Sutherland Shire, Sydney, NSW) (highly commended) Amanda Mostyn Group Executive Human Resources, ASX * Carol Schwartz AM Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute Australia (Melbourne, VIC) Major event sponsor: NAB Other event sponsors included; Audi, The Darling, Paspaley Pearls, Moet Hennessy Australia, Revlon, My Agenda, Megan Dalla-Camina. ENDS For hi-res event images, Winner interviews or further information, please contact Samantha Dybac e: sjdybac@sammway.comn.au p: +61 411 251 373 LIST OF CATEGORIES & WINNERS WITH BRIEF DESCRIPTION Hall of Fame Entrant Awarded to an inspiring woman who has made a significant and long-term business contribution Ann Sherry, AO is a successful and highly effective business leader who has actively promoted gender equality throughout her career. She is currently the chief executive of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and prior to this spent 12 years working for Westpac. Arriving at Westpac in the 1990s Sherry was asked by the then chief executive Bob Joss, an American who had arrived and asked where all the women were, what could be done to make the bank an employer of choice. Her answer was simple: offer paid maternity leave. Less than a year later, under her leadership, Westpac did and it created a domino effect in corporate Australia, with other big businesses racing to introduce their own policies. Countless Australian women are indebted to Sherry for her perseverance and courage in successfully introducing what was a bold and ambitious policy. Taking that risk paid off as it lifted her profile within Westpac as a leader capable of driving cultural change. She eventually became chief executive of Westpac in New Zealand where she stayed until 2007 and commenced with Carnival Australia. Before joining Westpac, Sherry was the First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programmes to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights. In 2004, Sherry was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community through the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
  • 4. Whilst forging her own impressive corporate career Sherry has championed the importance of gender equality. ---------- Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award Awarded to a woman who has established a new business or significantly progressed an existing business in the last 12 months Bridget Loudon ExPERT360 was working at global management consulting firm Bain & Company when she realised how many businesses -- of all sizes – needed to engage expertise to complete certain projects. More often than not, finding flexible talent to provide that expertise in house was difficult and expensive. She also noticed there was a growing pool of quality executives who were working freelance in search of flexibility, mobility and diversity of work. So she conceived a platform to connect the two parties safely, efficiently and enjoyably. That platform went live in July 2013 and is now her business called Expert360. ---------- Emerging Leader in the Not-for-Profit Sector Awarded to an emerging leader in the not-for- profit sector who has demonstrated a positive and measurable impact in her field of expertise Rachelle Towart CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP CENTRE Rachelle Towart is leading the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) to help turn the tide of disadvantage. Since joining AILC in 2007, Towart has tripled revenue and more than doubled the number of course places available to Indigenous people, without compromising quality. She has developed strong partnerships with major Australian corporations and government departments, and has leveraged those relationships to improve governance, strategic planning and efficiency. ---------- Emerging Leader In the Private Sector Awarded to an emerging leader in the private sector who has demonstrated a positive and measurable impact in her field of expertise Fay Calderone DIRECTOR, MATTHEWSFOLBIGG LAWYERS Fay Calderone was a founding member of MatthewsFolbigg Lawyers workplace relations team. In 2010, she was promoted to director and rebranded the practice group as Workplace Solutions in 2013. In the same year, at the age of 35, Calderone was made one of 10 equity directors in the business. Under her leadership the Workplace Solutions group has experienced extraordinary organic growth, resulting in a 220% increase in top line revenue. This is attributed to Calderone’s unique and innovative approach to managing people, clients and budgets. ---------- Regional/Rural Entrepreneur or Manager of the Year Award Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur or manager who runs her own business or business unit in a regional or rural location, and makes a contribution to the local community Zoe Waters DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER SERVICES, BARWON HEALTH Zoe Waters has been instrumental in creating major change in the volunteer sector. The director of volunteer services for Australia’s leading regional healthcare service, Barwon Health, she successfully lead are brand of their volunteer program, working with a network of 1000 volunteers who contribute the equivalent of $1.5 million in paid work. Her team managed to recruit 220 new volunteers in 2013, most under the age of 60.
  • 5. ---------- The Agenda Setter Award Awarded to the most inspirational and successful woman who makes a difference, provides real solutions in the world today and is instrumental in building a smarter planet Alison Monroe GENERAL MANAGER, SAGECO Alison Monroe co-founded Sageco in 2004 to redress the age balance in the workforce and create an optimum late career and transition to retirement experience for older workers. Monroe’s tireless efforts in the area of mature age employment have resulted in more organisations taking action to tackle age balance in the workforce and remove barriers to employment participation for older workers. Monroe is also the president of NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioners’ Association and a board member of HRExL. ---------- Emerging Leader in the Public Sector Award Awarded to an emerging leader in the public sector who has demonstrated a positive and measurable impact in her field of expertise Michelle Bennetts EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER, AVIATION RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING, AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA Michelle Bennetts has lead over 850 members of the ARFF group through an unprecedented period of change. Joining the ARFF in 2012 she encountered a workforce that was passionate but disillusioned. Since commencing the role there is now a single, cohesive management team and staff who are engaged and committed to their organisation and a more empowered management team. As a non-uniformed female with no fire-fighting training or experience leading a uniformed male-dominated workforce, Bennetts established the Operational Capability and Advisory committee to ensure members of the Air services were able to drive initiatives and remain committed to improving the organisation. ---------- Best Employer initiative for Women Award Awarded to the organisation that can best demonstrate how a new or reinvigorated gender diversity initiative is supporting the recruitment, retention and advancement of women. Caltex Caltex introduced its Baby Care package in late 2012, which is in addition to providing three months’ paid parental leave, which has been company policy since 2007. Caltex pays a 3% bonus each quarter to a primary carer once they return to work up until their child’s 2nd birthday. Employees can access five “emergency child care” sessions per annum, valued up to $300 each. New parents are connected with external providers to help them locate childcare before their return to work. The company also provides nursing mothers’ facilities at key workplaces to provide privacy for employers needing to breastfeed or express milk. ---------- Male or Female Change Champion of the year Award This Award recognises the significant contribution of a man or woman whose determination, commitment and dedication has changed the landscape for women within their organisation or more broadly across Australian society Carol Schwartz AM FOUNDING CHAIR, WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA Carol Schwartz formalised her ambitions and advocacy for Australian women through the creation of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia in 2010. The organisation has been highly influential in shaping public debate as well as implementing high-level practical
  • 6. solutions to rectify the imbalance of women in leadership positions. The Institute has developed programs to increase the number of women on boards, boost the visibility of women in the media, provide executive education to potential female leaders and ensure more women are considered for honours. Schwartz continually seeks to challenge public perceptions to raise awareness of the benefits of gender diversity in leadership. Highly Commended Award Andrew Brewer MANAGER KURNELL REFINERY, CALTEX KURNELL REFINERY Andrew Brewer is an engineer and manager who continually advocates for the success of women at Caltex. He has actively challenged the recruitment processes to ensure female talent is considered for all managerial positions, he sponsors several female leaders and potential leaders and champions policies and initiatives to better support women at work. His initiatives have tripled the number of female superintendents (mid-level supervisory level managers) at the refinery. He is a founder and an active steward of the Kurnell Women’s Network, which is now a vibrant and thriving support network for females on site. ---------- Mentor of the Year Award Awarded to a woman who issuing her achievements, experience and high profile to mentor or sponsor other women, and help more women to excel in their careers Lynn Kraus SYDNEY OFFICE MANAGING PARTNER, EY As one of the most senior women within EY in Oceania Lynn Kraus is regarded as a role model for many women inside EY and actively mentors as many up and coming females as possible. In addition to mentoring Kraus leads by example; she is a mother of two who has attained and maintained seniority whilst working flexibly. She is willing to share her experiences to help women in her organisation and has been a staunch advocate of women’s advancement in the workplace. ---------- Judging Panel - NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards 2014 Janine Allis, Founder and Managing Director, Boost Juice Bars Mark Britt, CEO, mi9 Jacinta Carboon, Project Director, Women and Money, NAB Sharon Cook, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York; Chair, SCEGGS Darlinghurst Dr Judith MacCormick, PhD, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; Visiting Fellow, AGSM; Chairman, Queenwood; Facilitator, Australian Institute of Company Directors Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia; Board Member, World Green Building Council; Deputy President, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council; Member, National Sustainability Council Climate Futures Reference Group Wendy McCarthy AO, Chair, headspace, Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund; Board Member Goodstart Early Learning Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Bentham IMF Limited (Hall of Fame Winner 2013) Julie McKay, Executive Director, UN Women Australia Tara Moss, Novelist; TV Presenter; Journalist Sam Mostyn, Non-Executive Director, Citibank Australia, Transurban, Virgin Australia; Board member, Diversity Council of Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Volunteers International; Member, National Sustainability Council; Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission, Australian Football League Carol Schwartz AM, Founding Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia; Non-Executive Director, Qualitas, Yarra Capital Partners; Founder, Trawalla Foundation, Chairman Our Community
  • 7. Nareen Young, Australian Employment/Governance Diversity Leader; Board Member, Netball Australia, Indigenous Business Australia, Institute for Cultural Diversity Peter Strong, Executive Director, Council of Small Business of Australia Women’s Agenda is the digital destination for career-minded women, where women (and men) help women achieve. We support women in business, women on boards, women in media, women in leadership and all aspirational women in the workplace. Editor, Women’s Agenda, Angela Priestley http://www.womensagenda.com.au Women’s Agenda is a digital publication of Australia’s leading independent digital publisher, Private Media. http://www.privatemedia.com.au CEO Marina Go Chairman Eric Beecher

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