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Sydney businesswomen breaking the glass ceiling

Up and coming businesswomen are continuing to challenge the boardroom power structure and a program from the Australian Businesswomen’s Network helping them to do so has received high acclaim at this year’s City of Sydney Business Awards.

This years awards saw 640 businesses nominated and almost 67,000 votes cast over the 22 categories.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated every business on playing a crucial role in making Sydney the cultural, creative and economic powerhouse it is today.

“It’s really exciting to see such a diversity of successful small businesses celebrated in this year’s program,” she said.

The Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) has now seen over 20,000 members join its community, and it’s continuing to grow. Founder Suzi Dafnis is a marketing expert and entrepreneur who’s been offering emerging women networking, education and mentoring opportunities, since 1995.

“The Australian Businesswomen’s Network has allowed me to bring my passion for education and my love of technology together to create an organisation that provides education and inspiration to women in business. They’ve truly earned their win in this year’s awards in the Education and Training category,” said Dafnis.

Members of the ABN are offered web-based training, mentoring opportunities, virtual networking events, publications, a business directory, an informative website and business forums.

Dafnis said that the education category award is most meaningful because it acknowledges the years of work that have gone into the organisation and its principles.

“We believe that with the right education, anyone can achieve their dreams and goals.”

Dafnis also focuses a great deal of work into her passion for supporting the health and wellbeing of working women in Australia and overseas, regularly donationing to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Smith Family and micro-lending programs in developing countries like Indonesia and India.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore thanked them “for their incredible contribution to the life of our fantastic city.”

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