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Women of influence defy stereotyping

29 September 2016

Clover Moore  Lisa Wilkinson

What do Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore (above left) and the Executive Chair of Hancock group of Companies Gina Rinehart have in common?

How do Natasha Stott Despoja and TV’s Today show host Lisa Wilkinson (above right) fit the same picture?

They are four of the 100 women celebrating their inclusion in our 2016 The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence list and they all defy stereotyping.

Other winners include White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davis; Vimy Resources Chairman Cheryl Edwardes; Rio Tinto Group Human Rights Advisor Vanessa Zimmerman, and Ellie Cole OAM, Paralympian, Australian Paralympic Committee.

You can view the full list of 100 Women of Influence in The Australian Financial Review

Westpac’s Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion, Ainslie van Onselen, describes this year’s list as proof of the fact that you can’t typecast a Woman of Influence: “On the list are introverts and extroverts, reserved and gregarious personalities, women that you notice as soon as they come into a room and women whose influence creeps up on you - evident in their results and actions.

“We are very proud of our involvement in the Awards, and the role it plays in supporting, promoting and uncovering women who are leading and contributing to a better future for Australia.

“As part of the judging panel, the distinguishing factor in the applications for me was leadership – people leadership, results leadership, thought leadership and self-leadership.

“The applications also told so many stories of women leading full and busy lives who are taking the time to mentor younger women, ensuring that we create a pipeline of confident future leaders who feel supported and empowered.

“I was inspired by the women in this year’s list who are going above and beyond their day jobs to lead research and innovation in their chosen fields that will change lives.”

Judges assessed entrants on their ability to demonstrate innovation, vision, leadership and action in their fields, noting that winners have common defining traits: “courage, resilience, positivity, perseverance, agility, intellect and the ability to think outside the square.

“They are change creators not change followers and, above all else, they are visionary. It is an honour to be able to recognise and reward the incredible work these women do nationally and internationally through these awards.”

In its fifth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Culture and Social Enterprise.

A gala awards evening celebrating these inspirational women and our past winners will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The 10 category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.

For further information, please visit 100 Women of Influence. 



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