Announcing the finalists of the 2018 Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

Announcing the finalists of the 2018 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards

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We are pumped for our upcoming Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, especially given this incredible line-up of talented finalists announced today.

The Leadership Awards lunch takes place on the 5th October in Sydney, and we’re preparing a range of excellent of speakers including Senator Kristina Keneally, reconstructive plastic surgeon and regular Women’s Agenda contributor Neela Janakiramanan, former Australian cricket captain, Alex Blackwell and #CelebratingWomen founder and our Judging Chair, Dr Kirstin Ferguson.

This year, we received a record number of nominations for these awards, with hundreds of women entering proving there is no shortage of female leadership talent available in Australia. Every single woman who entered deserves her own recognition for the work she’s achieved — as such, getting to this shortlist was a very challenging process.

The majority of our awards aim to recognise emerging female leadership talent, which presents an excellent opportunity for a new crop of female leaders to be recognised, celebrated and profiled. While they don’t need to be ‘young’ or even in the early stages of their current careers, they do need to demonstrate just how they have emerged as a leader in the past 12 months.

So, below is the shortlist. Congratulations to all our finalists, and we’ll be sharing more from them in the coming weeks.

You can grab your tickets to the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards here. We also have corporate tables of 10 available, for those looking for something special for their teams or clients to attend.

Stay tuned for more from our finalists, as we’ll be sharing more on their work in the weeks to come.

Emerging Leader in Science and Medicine

Professor Renae Ryan
Academic Director, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Program at the University of Sydney

Professor Dianna Magliano
Laboratory Head, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Monash University

Dr Nicole Seebacher
Researcher, University of Sydney

Dr Caroline Ford
Group Leader & Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Professor Elizabeth New
Associate Professor and Westpac Research Fellow, The University of Sydney

Emerging Female Leader in Corporate and Finance

Kelly Morton
Founder, Skye Capital Advisory

Jorden Lam
General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA Super

Katherine Gobbi
CEO, EMLife Pty Ltd

Jo Higgins
Integrated Marketing Lead, IAG

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Melissa Goffin
Co-founder, Red Gum BBQ

Arani Satgunaseelan
Co-founder, Vollardian

Jodi Geddes/Kate Pollard
Co-founders, Circle In

Ros Harvey
Founder and Managing Director, The Yield

Emerging Female Leader in the Public sector

Billie-Jo Barbara
Director, Business Partnering,
Department of Planning and Environment (NSW government)

Claire Beattie
Director, Strategic Communication, Department of Education

Sally Hasler
Manager, International Engagement,
Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

Gemma Carey
Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW

Emerging Female Leader in Professional Services

Bec Brideson
Founder, Bec Brideson

Andrea Michaels
Managing Director, NDA Law

Pallavi Sinha
Principal, Lawyers with Solutions

Kylie Legge
CEO & Founder, Place Partners

Emerging Female Leader in Tech

Amy Foo
Vice President, Finance and Operations APAC, Zendesk

Christy Laurence
Founder + CEO + Director of Product, Plann

Sally Browner
General Manager, Coder Academy

Jennifer Mumford
Global People Development Lead, SafetyCulture

Amber Cordeaux
Partner/Co-founder, Extreme Digital Ventures/Women in AR/VR

The 2018 Agenda Setter of the Year

Tracey Spicer
Journalist, and NOW Australia

Melissa Griffiths
Transgender advoate

Vanessa Zimmerman
Chair, Human Rights Leadership Group, Global Compact Network Australia

Rosie & Lucy Thomas
CoCEOs, Project Rockit

Saba Vasefi
Writer, academic, poet and filmaker

Carrie Kwan
Founder, Mums & CO

Emerging Female Leader in the Not-for-profit sector

Hannah Wandel
CEO & Founder, Country to Canberra

Andrea Goddard
CEO & Founder, Stars Foundation

Anna Linke
Founder & CEO, Seaside Scavence

Manita Ray

CEO, ygap

The 2018 Employer Initiative of the Year for Women

Leor in Home Early Learning

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