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Women entrepreneurs honoured

In the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has recognised a series of quiet achievers, high profile industry leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and champions of the community and NFP sectors as its 2017 inductees.

The 17 entrepreneurs inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2017 stem from industries as diverse as health and beauty to agriculture and farming, construction and mining to fashion and homewares. They include both established and emerging business owners and champions of the not-for-profit and burgeoning social enterprise sectors.

Bronwen Healy, founder of the Hope Foundation, which works with women seeking to exit the sex industry is among those honoured in this year’s awards.

Leanne Preston, whose work helped revolutionise treatment of head lice, is another.

“The collective influence that women entrepreneurs have on business in Australia has never been as cohesive and prominent as it is now,” said Suzi Dafnis, CEO of HerBusiness. “The women inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame are incredibly inspiring with stories of determination and passion that have set them on paths to success — paths that often have quite a few big bumps along the way.”

“Being a business owner is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences a woman can have. The Hall of Fame shines a light on Australia’s most talented women entrepreneurs and shares their authentic — stories that inspire other women to be bold and confident in business — even when the going gets rough or they lose their mojo. Successful women inspire other women to strive for success,” said Dafnis.

“One of the things that I took very seriously from day one was that I needed to access expertise and experience that I did not have. To counter that I formed a board that had expertise in areas such as corporate governance, law, finance, science and marketing. It was not an easy thing to do for a start-up company but I consider myself very lucky and have formed a great relationship and respect for my board members, commented Leanne Preston.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are:

1. Adina Jacobs, STM Brands

2. Bronwen Healy, Hope Foundation

3. Catherine Harris, Harris Farm Markets

4. Emily McWaters, SOL Group (Gifts Australia)

5. Grace Chu, Performics

6. Jane Lu, ShowPo

7. Jodie Fox, Shoes of Prey

8. Kelly Jamieson, Edible Blooms

9. Kim Liddell, NDEA

10. Leanne Preston, Wild Child

11. Liz Courtney, Unboxed Media

12. Marie Piccone, Manbulloo

13. Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture

14. Miranda Sharp, Melbourne Farmers Markets

15. Roslyn Campbell, Tsuno

16. Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef

17. Samantha Wills, Samantha Wills


From Shoes to Social Enterprise, Fashion to Farmers Markets – The Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame honours Australia’s top female business trailblazers for 2017 (PR Wire)

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