The Ripple Effect

By Olivia Ruello, Business Chicks CEO | Feb 16, 17 12:14 PM

Do you know someone who deserves a nomination for a Telstra Business Women's Award?

I’m not really a competitive person, I admit it. I’m that person who wants every kid to get a ribbon on sports day and I truly believe that when other women win in business and life, we all win. 

Looking back, this is probably one of the reasons I found it so hard to judge the Telstra Business Women’s Awards last year! How do you choose one extraordinary woman, when every single one of them is doing such good for the world? 

At the end of the day, there has to be a winner (just like at sports day!) but what I love most about these awards is the platform it creates for its finalists and winners to tell the stories that matter to them. More often than not, those messages are about diversity, hope, inclusion and change. It’s a platform that creates unity and awareness and there is no better example of someone who is using that opportunity than 2016 winner, Andrea Mason.  

Andrea Mason is the CEO of The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjnatjara Women’s Council, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bridging the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. In our interview with Andrea for the next issue of Latte magazine, speaking on the award and the platform it had given her, Andrea proudly declared: “It’s time for us to take on that opportunity.” 

We have no doubt that Andrea’s voice will only be amplified by the award and that her profile will only lead more of us to think of the women we know whose work deserves greater recognition. 

Now more than ever, it’s so important for us to hear more stories of women doing remarkable things; we need stories of bravery and courage and stepping out of comfort zones, because it’s through these stories that we all grow. If you know someone who is deserving of more, we’re urging you to nominate them for a Telstra Business Women's Award. That woman might work in the community sector, she might be a leader, maybe she’s a self starter, or maybe just starting out. Maybe she’s you!  

If nothing else, do it for the platform it will give them, the important stories they will be able to tell, and the ripple effect that it will inevitably create. 

To nominate someone you know for a Telstra Business Women's Award, head here. 

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