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Celebrating women leaders: Meet the 2023 Australian awards recipients

The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership have celebrated the outstanding achievements of women leaders across various states and territories in Australia. 

These recipients have made significant contributions in their respective fields and have inspired others with their leadership and accomplishments. One of the most prestigious awards presented was the 2023 National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, which was bestowed upon Karen Mundine, the CEO of Reconciliation Australia

She was recognized for her exceptional work in advocating for the rights of First Nations people across Australia and her unwavering commitment to gender equity.

Karen Mundine has been an exceptional leader throughout her career, working tirelessly to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

As the CEO of Reconciliation Australia, she has played a vital role in driving meaningful change, raising awareness of the issues facing First Nations communities, and promoting reconciliation across the nation.

The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership are a highly sought-after annual event that recognises the exceptional achievements of women leaders across various industries. The nominations for these awards are open to members of the public, and candidates are evaluated based on their leadership skills, contributions to their industry, and commitment to gender equity. The winners are chosen by a panel of experts from Women & Leadership Australia, who are highly regarded in their respective fields.

Among the notable winners was Rochelle Courtenay, the founder of Share The Dignity, who was recognized in Queensland for her work in raising awareness of menstrual poverty and providing free sanitary products to women in need.

In the Australian Capital Territory, Natasha Bullock, the Assistant Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Gallery, was recognised for her leadership in the arts sector. 

Georgie Harman, the CEO of Beyond Blue, was recognised in Victoria for her exceptional leadership in mental health. Tu Le, a lawyer at Marrickville Legal, was recognized in New South Wales for her leadership in the legal sector and her advocacy for social justice.

In South Australia, Moya Dodd, a lawyer and former Vice-Captain of The Matildas, was recognized for her contributions to women’s sport and her work in promoting gender equity in football.

Aunty Pat Anderson AO, the Chair of the Lowitja Institute, was recognised in the Northern Territory for her leadership in the health sector, and her efforts to promote Indigenous health and wellbeing. 

Zahra Al Hilaly, a youth advocate, speaker, and author, was recognised in Western Australia for her leadership in empowering young people.

Finally, in Tasmania, Commissioner Donna Adams APM, the Commissioner of Tasmania Police and Secretary of the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, was recognized for her leadership in law enforcement and her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the Tasmanian Police force.

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Yajush Gupta

Yajush Gupta

Yajush is a journalist at Dynamic Business. He previously worked with Reuters as a business correspondent and holds a postgrad degree in print journalism.

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