The Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) launched its 2014 Hall of Fame, an initiative that recognises the achievements of 17 female Aussie entrepreneurs from industries as diverse as food, finance, motorbikes and education.
Each year, the ABN Hall of Fame honours and celebrates Australian female business owners who have performed exemplary in their industries, are trailblazers and who demonstrate inspiring and aspiring business journeys.
ABN CEO Suzi Dafnis said that the ABN Hall of Fame recognises the notable achievements of Australia’s stand out female business owners – while also highlighting that female entrepreneurs don’t receive as much recognition as their corporate counterparts nor their male peers.
“Of the two million people in Australia who own or operate a business, 33 per cent are women aged between 35 and 44, according to research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics,” Dafnis said. “But the lower numbers don’t reflect the impact these businesses have on the country’s wealth. Sadly, we just don’t see public recognition of their success.
“The ABN Hall of Fame has been running since 1998 and we never fail to find more than enough women to celebrate. It’s an important program to ensure these successful women are given a stage and honoured for their contribution to the economy and the business community.”
The 17 inductees into the 2014 ABN Hall of Fame consist of high profile and long-serving businesswomen, as well as emerging entrepreneurs of small businesses and champions of the community sector. The 2014 ABN Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Maggie Beer, Maggie Beer Products.
- Liz Davenport, Liz Davenport.
- Dr Catriona Wallace, Fifth Quadrant.
- Kristina Karlsson, kikki.K.
- Tammy May, MyBudget.
- Barbara Etter, BEtter Consulting.
- Lisa McGuigan, Lisa McGuigan Wines.
- Saskia Havekes, Grandiflora.
- Chandra Clements, One Legacy.
- Helen Summers, Helen Summers Optometrist.
- Eve Mahlab, Australian Women Donors Network.
- Carol Schwartz, Trawalla Foundation.
- Sam Sheppard, The Buildmore Group.
- Viv White, Big Picture Education.
- Sonja Cameron, Cameron’s Nursery.
- Robbie Sefton, Sefton & Associates (pictured above).
- Christine Kris Macauley of Robbo’s Motorcycles.
“The ABN Hall of Fame aims to celebrate successful female business owners through sharing their stories, to inspire and empower other female entrepreneurs,” Dafnis said. “The women in our Hall of Fame this year were chosen because of their remarkable success and because they are all excellent role models to other aspiring female business owners.”
To read more about each of this year’s ABN Hall of Fame inductees, and to find out more about the ABN Hall of Fame itself, visit www.abn.org.au/halloffame.
BUSINESS TIPS FROM 2014 AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSWOMEN’S NETWORK INDUCTEERS
Here are some of the ABN 2014 Hall of Fame inductees’ strategies for business success:
1.Be resilient – Dr Catriona Wallace of Fifth Quadrant, Flamingo and ACA Research: “Embrace failure, embrace criticism, keep getting back up and just do it.”
2.Define your values – Tammy May of MyBudget: “Define your values and let them guide all of your strategies. Your core values should act as pillars and assist with decision-making and problem solving from the top down.”
3.Build a great team – Lisa McGuigan of Lisa McGuigan Wines: “Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. They aren’t a threat because a collaboration of experts in their field will create a better overall outcome for you.”
4.Follow your passion – Kristina Karlsson of kikki.K: “Do something you’re truly passionate about. If you have a real passion for what you do in your business life, you will always inherently enjoy it.”
5.Treat others with respect - Chandra Clements of One Legacy: “People always remember how you made them feel well before they remember your name or your role. Make people feel worthwhile and help change the world.”