We received our biggest response ever for these awards, now in their seventh year, with hundreds of nominations and entries received making for an extremely competitive process.
The finalists listed below come from all over Australia, cross a huge range of industries and are leading on major initiatives, teams and organsiations that are changing how we live and work.
They include female entrepreneurs, women working across science, medicine and tech, as well as women rising up the ranks in the corporate and government sectors, professional services, sport and the not for profit sector.
In our Agenda Setter category, we’ve got a line up of women who are cutting through the noise to get heard on an issue they’re passionate about.
Meanwhile in our new category, the ‘Emerging Change Maker Award’, our list of finalists have achieved change on everything from campaigns that advocate for new laws, to empowering women to escape domestic and family violence, and developing workshops to ensure Indigenous youth are heard on education.
We’re so proud to have been able to keep entry to these awards free, and our massive leadership luncheon free for our finalists to attend. It’s all thanks to the incredible support we’ve received from our awards sponsors, including our diamond partner Charles Sturt University, which is supporting this program once again. We’re also working with CSU on the Mentee’s Manifesto, the guidebook for all things mentoring that’s updated weekly.
And we’re extremely grateful for the help of our category sponsors, with SEEK supporting our Tech award for the third year, NNT Workwear supporting the Science, Health & Medicine category for the second year and the Australian Institute of Company Directors coming on board again after multiple years with us, to support the Emerging Leader in Corporate Award.
This year we have a number of new sponsors including FairVine Super, supporting the entrepreneur category, Uber supporting the Agenda Setter Category and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, supporting the Government and Public Sector Category.
Thank you to everyone who nominated a woman for these awards, and to those who entered. We were overwhelmed by the incredible calibre of talent out there — talent that extends well beyond this list of finalists alone. We hope to be able to follow up with more on those who were nominated in the coming months, as there are so many stories and names that need to be shared.
But in the meantime, expect to hear more from these finalists in the coming weeks as we share more from them on Women’s Agenda.
And get to know their names, as they’ll be making waves in Australia for years and decades to come.
Tickets to the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards are selling fast, but still available here. Hear from our leadership panel and celebrate the finalists of these awards.
Emerging Leader in Science, Health & Medicine
Founder, Franklin Women.
Karlie Alinta Noon
Student/science communicator, ANU and CSIRO.
Co-founder, Sciltions Pty Ltd. And University Student/Inventor.
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer/ Telehealth Clinical Lead.
Dr. Sonia Sonia
CEO and Founder A One Dental Care Pty
Emerging Leader in Sport
Founder at Ladies who League.
Head of Female Engagement, Cricket Australia.
Deputy Commissioner of the World Surf League, VP of Tours and Events, Chair of the Women’s Initiative @ World Surf League.
Chief Human Resources Manager – Queensland Rugby Football League
Emerging Leader in the Tech Sector
Candice Yu-Kuin Lam
Partner for the Technology Minerals Australia East Coast
National Business Development Manager, Wisr
Head of Talent Acquisition, Microsoft Australia
Managing Director – Accenture.
Head of Venture Communities, Reinventure Group
Emerging Leader in the NFP Sector
CEO, Gidget Foundation Australia
Yvonne Keane CEO,
Early Childhood Intervention Australia & Chair, The Sanctuary (The Hills Women’s Shelter)
Founder and CEO, Young Australians in International Affairs
Founder – OiOiOi Mateship Inc.
Loren Bree O’Keeffe
Founder and CEO, Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN)
Emerging Leader in the Corporate Sector
Lee de Winton
Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Metro Airports.
Head of Innovation, Ericsson Australia & New Zealand.
Managing Director and Founder at Skye Capital Advisory.
Stella Petrou Concha
CEO, Reo Group.
CEO, Verve Super.
Emerging Change Maker Awards
Founder of Australia’s first leadership and entrepreneurship conference by women of colour for women of colour and allies.
Co-Founder and National Coordinator, National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition.
Head of Strategy, Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank.
Founder & CEO of MZB Empowerment.
Community leader and active volunteer within the Muslim community
Dr Manjula O’Connor
Founding and Executive Director Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health.
Emerging Leader in Professional Services
Senior Associate, King and Wood Mallesons.
Principal Lawyer – Employment & Industrial. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Associate Director, People and Change, KPMG
Director, Management Consulting, PwC
ANZ Comms, Media & Tech (CMT) Consulting Lead, Accenture
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
BindiMaps, an indoor navigation app that provides independence to people with vision impairment
Universal Village International Pty Ltd, creator of Eloments Organic Vitamin Tea
Leor In Home Early Learning, placing qualified early childhood educators into family homes to deliver tailored learning programs to children aged between 6 weeks and 12 years.
Goterra, redefining landfill using autonomous, robotic insect farms to manage food waste
Phantom Realities, tech startup focused on developing simple 3D communications mobile application to support the explosive use of 3D information across many fields.
Emerging Leader in the Government or Public Sector
Inspector, State Intelligence and Covert Services Command, Queensland Police Service.
Education academic and PhD candidate
A.Prof Dr Abeer Alsadoon
Academic & research scientist
Surveyor-General of NSW
Pharmacist and advocate for Indigenous healthcare
Agenda Setter of the Year
Author, writer, and advocate, led on the #ConsentLawQLD campaign to get Queensland’s consent and ‘mistake of fact’ laws referred to the Law Reform Commission
Dr Shireen Morris
Public commentator and advocate for Indigenous constitutional recognition and the concept of a First Nations voice in the Constitution .
Dr Cathy Foley
Leads across all of CSIRO’s science, co-creator of CSIRO’s Decadal Science Plan bringing researchers together to identify future questions and challenges across science and tech.
Teela May Reid
A grassroots campaigner for the Uluru Statement from the Heart to enshrine a First Nations Voice and establish a Makarrata Commission, while also working as a full-time criminal defence lawyer
CEO of Settlement Services International, ensuring people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.