Staff and alumni recognised in 100 women of influence awards

2 October 2014

Five Macquarie University staff members and alumni have been recognised in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014, across the Public Policy, Young Leaders and Global categories.

Professor Emerita Ann Henderson-Sellers from the Department of Environment and Geography has been recognised in the ‘Global’ category for her contribution to climate change research.

Professor Rosalind Croucher from Macquarie Law School (currently on leave as President of the Australian Law Reform Commission) has been recognised in the ‘Public Policy’ category.

Alumnus Christine Nixon was also recognised in the ‘Public Policy’ category, for her role as Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance and Monash College.

Alumni Stephanie Lorenzo, CEO of Project Futures, and Jennifer Star, CEO of Tara.Ed, have also been recognised in the ‘Young Leader’ category.

‘To be selected as one of 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is a fantastic honour which I feel recognises not only my contribution but also that of all women in science, engineering and technology,” says Professor Henderson-Sellers. “Women can and do influence society every day – we need to applaud their, our, input and help girls and younger women succeed in non-traditional areas and roles.’

Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia.

There are ten categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.

Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.

“It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards.

“With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational women every day. We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia.

Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making.

“Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.”
On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.

For further information visit: www.100womenofinfluence.com.au.

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Professor Emerita Ann Henderson-Sellers, Professor Rosalind Croucher and alumni Christine Nixon, Stephanie Lorenzo and Jennifer Star have been recognised in the 100 Women of Influence awards.

Professor Emerita Ann Henderson-Sellers, Professor Rosalind Croucher and alumni Christine Nixon, Stephanie Lorenzo and Jennifer Star have been recognised in the 100 Women of Influence awards.

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