Exceptional Magazine : 2012 Exceptional Magazine
1. Women Matter --- Gender Diversity, a corporate performance driver. McKinsey & Company 2007 Women Matter 2 --- Female leadership, a competitive edge for the future. McKinsey & Company 2008 2. Women in leadership: Engaging Australian business. August 2010 3. Employment Type by Age by Sex --- Australia, 2006 Census Data, Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 With a mounting body of evidence1 showing that increased female representation at board and executive level improves fnancial performance2, female participation in most areas of business has come under closer scrutiny. Ernst & Young has continued to focus not only on its own diversity targets as an organisation, but also on increasing the number of female entrepreneurs participating in the Entrepreneur Of The Year program. With a third of all Australian owner-operated companies being run by women3, there is a great opportunity for a lot more women to participate in Entrepreneur Of The Year. "While there are many female entrepreneurs eligible for the program, anecdotal feedback suggests that women are often less willing than men to seek recognition for their achievements. That's something we really want to change," says Ernst & Young Sydney Offce Managing Partner Lynn Kraus. The inaugural Entrepreneurial Women workshop was held in October to help address this gap, celebrate the wealth of talent among Australia's female entrepreneurs, and identify some of the common challenges women face in creating and building their own businesses. "While there are many female networking forums available in Australia, most are targeted at the broader businesswomen audience," Kraus says. "Entrepreneurial Women was launched with the aim of complementing these other forums but also providing a specifc network for female entrepreneurs." The Entrepreneurial Women workshop was attended by an impressive group of women, including a number of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni, who are running businesses across industries as diverse as mining, energy, not-for-proft, retail and biosciences. Some of the entrepreneurial women who participated in the 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year program: Top to bottom: Marion Webster OAM and Renata Singer, Fitted for Work; Nikki Hager, PeepToe; Kim Parascos, iVolve; Angelique Boileau, Boileau Business Solutions; Gillian Franklin, Heat Group; Helen Logas, Travelcorp; Naomi Simson, RedBalloon; Cara Kirsten, Sound Diagnostic Radiology; Valerie Duncan, Energy Action; Dr Leanna Read, TGR BioSciences.
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