A submarine and shipbuilding company executive, the head of the State s peak food body and a Riverland winemaker are among 19 leading business women named as finalists for the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business Women s Awards.
With more than 20 years experience in the defence industry, Dr Margaret Law is the manager of Future Submarine Capability at Osborne-based ASC Pty Ltd, where she is responsible for fostering scientific and engineering innovation. She is one of six finalists for the Private and Corporate Sector Award.
Another is Catherine Barnett, the Chief Executive of Food South Australia Inc. She has been at the forefront of establishing a unified peak body to advocate for manufacturers and processors in the State s food sector, while forming strategic alliances with growers, service providers, allied businesses and all distribution channels and supporting the showcasing of local products.
Glossop winemaker Jenny Semmler, proprietor of the 919 Wines label which specialises in organic fortified wine and table wine, is among the finalists for the Business Owner Award, along with Leigh McClusky, Company Principal of public relations firm McClusky & Co, and Olivia Harvey, owner and centre manager for Dogcity Daycare.
Two women are finalists for both the Young Business Women s Award and the Community and Government Award they are are Nicole Graham, Chief Executive of the Spastic Centre of South Australia, and Carmen Garcia, Director of Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc.
Taryn Sexton, Chief Executive of the Local Government Managers Australia SA Division, and Rebecca Clarke, Principal of Walford Anglican School for Girls, are also among the finalists for the Community and Government Award.
Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing and Ambassador of the Telstra Business Women s Awards, said the Awards celebrated the hard work and determination of business women in South Australia.
For 19 years we ve run the Awards to inspire leading business women to realise their potential and celebrate their success. We believe the 2013 South Australia finalists are entrepreneurs, innovators and managers who can inspire our nation and the following generation, Ms McKenzie said.
CommBank s Women in Focus program, which opens doors to opportunity for women across Australia, is an Official Partner of the Telstra Business Women s Awards.
Karen James, General Manager, Women in Focus and Affiliate Business Banking said: Partnering with the Telstra Business Women s Awards for the fifth year is vital to our purpose. The Alumni inspire the womeninfocus.com.au community through speaking at our events, sharing their story and expertise online, and mentoring women in the community.