Telstra WA Business Women’s Awards Finalists

The 21 finalists of the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards are striving to challenge some of the state’s most ingrained perceptions. And now in their 23rd year, the Telstra WA 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, and Group Executive, Media, and Chief Marketing Officer, Joe Pollard, said that the Western Australian 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.”

The finalists of the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards are:

Entrepreneur Award

Caroline Monet, Carolines Skincare, Hamilton Hill

Gemma Tognini, gtmedia, Perth

Peta Slocombe, Vital Conversations, Subiaco

Dr Anh Nguyen, Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon Medispa & Wellness Clinic, Perth

For Purpose and Social Enterprise

Asha Bhat, Southern Aboriginal Corporation, Albany

Kim Eckert, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group, Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Jahna Cedar, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, East Perth

Bourby Webster, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Swanbourne

Public Sector and Academia

Charlotte Mills, Racing and Wagering Western Australia, Osborne Park

Rhonda Hardy, City of Kalamunda, Kalamunda

Michelle Fyfe, Western Australia Police Force, Perth

Corporate and Private

Anna Dartnell, Bis, Osborne Park

Dhakshi Weerwardena, BHP, Perth

Jennifer Franceschi, Fresh Produce Alliance, Manjimup

Deanne Watts, GE Group Australia, Geraldton

Derry Simpson, 303 MullenLowe Group, Perth

Julia Schortinghuis, Lighthouse Capital, Perth

Young Business Women’s Award

Dhakshi Weerwardena, BHP, Perth

Maitri Patel, Bolly Active, Victoria Park

Hannah Mills, WestCoast Fireworks, Bunbury

Jessica Williamson, Ete Swimwear, Perth

Katherine Roberts, This Little Pig Went to Market, Bassendean

Winners of the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Perth, on Tuesday 24 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.

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