Australia’s Recipients of First 100 Women of Influence Awards Named

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | October 12, 2012 6:20 PM EST

What do Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott, Origin Energy Chief Operating Officer Karen Moses, Kraft Foods Chief Rebecca Dee-Bradbury, philanthropists Layne Beachley, Carol Schwartz and Debbie Dadon, and Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Leah Armstrong have in common? These strong-willed and leadership-capable women have been included in the first ever conducted 100 Women of Influence awards by the Australian Financial Review newspaper and Westpac Bank.

Handpicked from a list of 350 nominees, the final 100 were chosen based on their attained success in their chosen careers, plus influence in trying to shape up a better and improved Australia, not just economically but also socially. The finalists were selected from across the economy by a panel of leading Australians, the AFR reported.

"Influence often seems so wishy-washy when compared with the assumptions that power is absolute," Wendy McCarthy, judge and director of the 100 Women of Influence awards, said. "Influence is what women can have when they do not have power. If we want to change the world we need both . . . influence can be powerful and change culture."

The women were judged based on 10 categories, including board/management, innovation, public policy, business entrepreneur, diversity, young leader, global, social enterprise, philanthropy and local/regional.

"Women to date haven't spoken out with an open voice in the community and the awards are part of the pathway of encouraging women to be active," Jillian Segal, ASX Director and one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence, said.

"Women are often criticised for not putting their hands up for recognition and are often too busy keeping their heads down doing their job. There are more and more models out there to show women can and need to play a significant role in society."

"It's part of having a dynamic and mature society to have women, who represent half the population and the majority of decision-makers as consumers, to have a voice and play a leading role in different fields and seek to shift society for the benefit of all," Ms Segal noted.

The overall 2012 Woman of Influence as well as the winners of the 10 categories will be revealed on Friday at a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney .

Category

Woman of Influence

Title

State/Country

Young Leader

Abdel-Magied, Yassmin 

Founder, President, Youth Without Borders

QLD

Board & Management

Argaman, Rachel 

CEO, Toga Hospitality

NSW

Public Policy

Armstrong, Leah 

CEO, Reconciliation Australia

NSW

Social Enterprise

Badcoe, Carey 

CEO Australian Business and Community Network

NSW

Philanthropy

Beachley, Layne

Founder, Aim for the Stars Foundation

NSW

Diversity

Beazley, Margaret 

Judge, NSW Court of Appeal

NSW

Young Leader

Briody, Felicity 

Water Resources Engineer, AECOM

QLD

Public Policy

Bruniges, Michele 

Director-General Education and Communities, MD TAFE, NSW

NSW

Innovation

Burns, Jane 

CEO, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

VIC

Local/Regional

Burns, Maggie 

Co-Founder and Director, Appin Hall Children's Foundation

TAS

Social Enterprise

Callister, Sharon 

CEO, Salvation Army Aged Care Plus

NSW

Business Entrepreneur

Cameron, Christine 

Co-owner and director, Rockcote Enterprises

QLD

Public Policy

Casey, Dawn

Director, Powerhouse Museum

NSW

Philanthropy

Chauncy, Annabelle

Co-founder and Managing Director, School for Life Foundation Ltd

NSW

Young Leader

Cheng, Marita 

Founder and Director, Robogals

VIC

Innovation

Clark, Megan 

Chief Executive CSIRO

NSW

Board & Management

Cobley, Lyn 

Group Treasurer, CBA

NSW

Local/Regional

Conway, Deborah 

Artistic director and musician

QLD

Board & Management

Cook, Sharon 

Managing Partner, Henry Davis York

NSW

Innovation

Cory, Suzanne 

President, Australian Academy of Science

VIC

Young Leader

Cran, Samantha 

CEO, One Disease at a Time

NSW

Philanthropy

Crawford, Annie

Founder and Director, Can Too Run and Swim

NSW

Philanthropy

Dadon, Debbie 

Director, Highpoint Property Group and Executive Officer, Besen Family Foundation

VIC

Business Entrepreneur

Davenport, Liz 

MD Liz Davenport Pty Ltd

WA

Board & Management

Dee-Bradbury, Rebecca 

CEO Kraft Foods Australia

VIC

Global

Dodd, Moya 

Vice-President, Asian Football Confederation, Partner, Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers

NSW

Social Enterprise

Donnelly, Merinda 

Indigenous program officer, Australia Council for the Arts

NSW

Global

Dvorak, Suzanne 

CEO, Save the Children

VIC

Local/Regional

Eastland, Elizabeth 

Director Commercial Research and Tech Transfer, University of Wollongong

NSW

Innovation

Elliott, Elizabeth 

Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney

NSW

Global

Exel, Audette

Founder and CEO, ISIS Group

NSW

Local/Regional

Fitzpatrick, Lesley 

CEO, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

ACT

Diversity

Flood, Nadine

National Secretary, CPSU

NSW

Board & Management

Foley, Marianne 

Principal, Sydney Office Leader Arup

NSW

Board & Management

Gillies, Helen 

General Manager, Risk SKM and Corporate Counsel

NSW

Public Policy

Goldie, Cassandra 

CEO, Australian Council of Social Service

NSW

Business Entrepreneur

Gunn, Catherine (Kate) 

Founder and Director, Balance! Healthcare Pty Ltd

NSW

Local/Regional

Hansen, Justine 

Promotion Co-ordinator, Women's Health Service (Tom Price)

WA

Diversity

Harley, Felicity 

Editor, Women's Health

NSW

Public Policy

Hodges, Jacky 

Regional Director WA, Australian Bureau of Statistics

WA

Social Enterprise

Honor Lloyd, Elizabeth 

Member, Ministerial Council of Asylum Seekers, Chair of Violence Against Women Advisory Group

ACT

Philanthropy

Hosch, Tanya 

Consultant and director

SA

Public Policy

Houghton, Megan 

CEO, CitySmart Pty Ltd

QLD

Global

Jinks, Barbara 

Vice-Chair Gas marketing committee, International Gas Union

QLD

Local/Regional

Johnson, Alana 

Founder, Rural Women's Network

VIC

Social Enterprise

Kahn, Ronni 

Founder, Oz Harvest

NSW

Board & Management

Kelly, Cassandra 

Joint CEO Pottinger

NSW

Diversity

Lewitan, Rachelle 

Judge, County Court of Victoria

VIC

Young Leader

Long, April 

National Manager, National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy

NSW

Board & Management

Lumlock, Becky 

Vice President, QGC Asset Management, BG Australia

QLD

Board & Management

Madew, Romilly 

CEO Green Building Council of Australia

NSW

Social Enterprise

Mahlab, Karen 

CEO, Pro Bono Australia

NSW

Global

Maiorano, Serafina 

CEO, Advance

US

Board & Management

Mather, Kerrie 

Chief Executive, Sydney Airport

NSW

Board & Management

Matton, Janet 

Vice President Operations, IBM Australia/NZ

VIC

Business Entrepreneur

May, Tammy 

Director MyBudget

SA

Board & Management

McFadden, Vikki 

Director Skilled Group

NSW

Board & Management

McGrath, Lyn 

Executive General Manager, Retail Sales, CBA

NSW

Public Policy

McGregor, Carmel 

Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy, Department of Defence

ACT

Diversity

Medd, Ruth 

Joint Founder and Chair, Women on Boards

NSW

Board & Management

Moses, Karen 

Executive Director, Finance and Strategy, Origin Energy

NSW

Board & Management

Mostyn, Sam 

Director Virgin Australia, Transurban, Citigroup Australia, AFL Commissioner

NSW

Young Leader

Orsini, Bianca 

Territorial Oasis Schools Liaison, The Salvation Army

NSW

Social Enterprise

Owen, Jan 

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

VIC

Social Enterprise

Parker, Kirstie 

Managing Editor Koori Mail

NSW

Philanthropy

Pratt, Jeanne 

Co-founder, The Pratt Foundation, Chair The Production Company

VIC

Business Entrepreneur

Preston, Leanne 

CEO, Wild Child (WA) Pty Ltd

WA

Global

Randell, Shirley Kaye

Founder and Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development (KIE) Rwanda

NSW

Young Leader

Ransom, Holly 

Business Analyst, Rio Tinto

WA

Public Policy

Raper, Judy 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) University of Wollongong

NSW

Diversity

Raymond, Fran 

Director, Defence Bank and UN Women, General Manager Corporate (COO and CFO) Rural Industries and Research Development Corporation

ACT

Local/Regional

Raymond, Melanie 

Chair, Youth Projects Ltd

VIC

Public Policy

Reynolds, Fiona 

CEO, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

VIC

Public Policy

Rubenstein, Kim 

Director, Centre for International and Public Law, ANU

ACT

Philanthropy

Schwartz,Carol  

Chairman, Qualitas and director Stockland

VIC

Social Enterprise

Scott, Rebecca 

Founder, CEO STREAT

VIC

Board & Management

Segal, Jillan 

Director NAB Ltd, ASX Ltd

NSW

Board & Management

Shanahan, Brenda 

Director

VIC

Public Policy

Sheil, Margaret 

Provost, University of Melbourne

VIC

Local/Regional

Shewring, Fiona

Founder and President, Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen

NSW

Diversity

Silva, Miriam 

Former GM Commercial Operations, Elders; Deputy chair SA Training and Skills Commission

SA

Public Policy

Silver, Helen 

Secretary Dept Premier and Cabinet, Victoria

VIC

Global

Sisia, Gemma 

Founder and Director, The School of St Jude

Tanzania

Social Enterprise

Sizer, Jodie 

National director, Ingenuity Australia

VIC

Board & Management

Skira, Eva

Chairman, Water Corporation; Deputy Chancellor, Murdoch University

WA

Public Policy

Staib, Margaret 

Former Commander Joint Logistics Australian Defence Force; incoming CEO Air Services Australia

ACT

Public Policy

Stutsel, Melanie 

Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community Policy MCA

ACT

Local/Regional

Thompson, Clare 

Director, Aboriginal Women's Legal Education Trust

WA

Global

Torres, Vanessa 

VP Group Planning, BHP Billiton

VIC

Innovation

Visvader, Jane 

Joint head, Division of Stem Cells and Cancer and the Breast Cancer Laboratory, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

VIC

Board & Management

Wakefield-Evans, Nicola 

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Director Toll Holdings Group Ltd

NSW

Social Enterprise

Walker, Natalie 

CEO Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council

NSW

Business Entrepreneur

Waterhouse, Gai 

Gai Waterhouse Stables

NSW

Board & Management

Westacott, Jennifer 

CEO, Business Council of Australia

VIC

Local/Regional

Whitehead, Janelle

CEO, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Ltd

NSW

Board & Management

Whiting, Janet 

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

VIC

Business Entrepreneur

Whitlam, Anna 

Director, Anna Whitlam People Pty Ltd

VIC

Local/Regional

Wilkes, Deb 

Executive Manager Community Development, Shire of Ashburton

WA

Board & Management

Wilson, Jane 

Director Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Universal Biosensors Inc, CathRx Ltd.

QLD

Diversity

Young, Nareen 

CEO, Diversity Council of Australia

NSW

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