Inspiration from the Telstra Business Women awards

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When I entered the Telstra Business Woman Awards last Wednesday night, someone told me that the next day I would wake up feeling a complex mix of inspiration and extreme concern that I wasn’t doing enough with my life. They definitely hit the nail on its head.

Luckily I have been able to focus on the amazing energy that occurs when you find yourself in a room full of such amazing people! The quality of candidates across all categories, states and professions is more than impressive. As the achievements of the nominees were read out (and the catchy Telstra jingle played), it is safe to say that everyone in the room knew that our country is in safe hands.

You can read all about the winner, Anne Cross, CEO of UnitingCare Queensland in my piece published in Leaders in Heels – in addition to some great quotes from the night, I was lucky enough to score some exclusive career hints from Australia’s leading business woman herself earlier in the day. We will be posting more about the other finalists soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for that too!

Thank you to the lovely team at Telstra for having me, and reminding me why we must all work together to support our female leaders and each other to create our best careers yet.

My highlights from the night:

  • Careers are more like spider’s webs than ladders: we can go up it, round it and through it – there is room for everyone” – Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Private and Corporate Sector Woman of the Year, CEO and Managing Director of ASX50 property company Mirvac.
  • As a woman, we have more opportunities than ever before” – Tina Tower, Young Business Woman of the Year and owner of franchise tutoring business Begin Bright.
  • If you want to be in something for the long run, you need purpose – not just money” – Kate Weiss, Business Owner of the Year from Victorian food company Table of Plenty.
  • If gender equality is my birthright, why would I expect anything less” - the ever inspiring Elizabeth Broderick, who I hovered awkwardly behind at the end of the night like a complete fan girl. Luckily for me, Elizabeth was absolutely lovely and was open to sharing some of her wisdom with me!

Phoebe