Involvement in Australian Financial Review and Women of Influence Awards is a blast
THE hunt is on for women who have excelled in their fields as part of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.
CMOC-Northparkes Mines managing director Stefanie Loader and member for Orange Andrew Gee drummed up support for the awards yesterday.
Ms Loader was named in the national list in 2013, and last year she mentored Cancer Care Western NSW’s Jan Savage and the NSW Business Chamber’s Ellie Brown.
“I think women still need a leg up - hopefully we won’t need these awards in the future, but the platform is not as big as it could be,” she said.
“I’m passionate about setting an example because, as I go through my career, I look around for role models and think I need to create my own because I’m very proud of being a miner, I’m very proud of being a mum, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my career.”
Joining Ms Loader as a mentor this year is Mrs Savage, who won the philanthropy category.
“We’re entering an era now where the government can’t supply everything that we need,” she said.
“We have a very diverse rural population separated by vast geographical miles, so the way to overcome those lack of services is by communities working in partnerships.”
There are 10 categories - board/management, public policy, diversity, business enterprise, young leader, global, local/regional, innovation, social enterprise and not-for-profit, and culture.
Mr Gee said Orange women were excelling in traditional and non-traditional fields but might not receive the attention metropolitan women did.
“That’s one of the key points that Jan raised during the awards process, people were interested in what’s actually happening over the great divide,” he said.
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