The Hall of Fame, which honours top female business owners, this year includes founder of Dinosaur Designs – a design industry success – Louise Olsen.
March 10th, 2015
Officially launched on Tuesday 3 March in the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Hall of Fame celebrates Australian female business owners who have been exemplary in their industries, are trailblazers and demonstrate inspiring and aspiring business journeys.
The inductees of the ABN 2015 Hall of Fame are not all high profile businesswomen. Many are emerging entrepreneurs of small businesses or champions of the community sector.
Australia is experiencing a growth in the number of female business owners. According to AWCCI research there are over 1 million businesswomen trading in Australia. This number is growing and is likely being fuelled by a favourable start-up environment. A recent Gender-Global Entrepreneur and Development Index report research states Australia was listed as the second best place in the world to be a female entrepreneur.
ABN CEO Suzi Dafnis said, “The ABN Hall of Fame is designed to inspire Australian women with stories of entrepreneurial success and notable achievements from stand out female business owners. The aim is to shine a light on female entrepreneurs, a group that is underrepresented by other awards programs.”
“The women were chosen as Hall of Fame recipients because of their exemplary achievements and because they are shining examples for women who have started or are looking to start their own business.”
Every year the Hall of Fame inductees are asked to share their business story and success secrets. These insightful tips and strategies are included in a downloadable Keepsake Booklet and share the inductees’ combined wisdom with aspiring businesswomen.
Some of this year’s keys to success include: Surrounding yourself with great people; connecting with a purpose greater than yourself; and tapping into your passion. The Keepsake Booklet can be downloaded here.
The selection of the 2015 ABN Hall of Fame inductees is a diverse cross-section of established and emerging business owners and champions of the not-for-profit sector.
The 2015 ABN Hall of Fame inductees include:
• Abigail Forsyth, KeepCup – VIC
• Audette Exel, Adara Group – NSW
• Barb de Corti, ENJO – WA
• Camilla Franks, Camilla – NSW
• Cathie Reid, Epic Pharmacy – QLD
• Jean Madden, Street Swags – QLD
• Juliette Wright, GIVIT – QLD
• Kate Morris, Adore Beauty – VIC
• Kate Weiss, Table of Plenty – VIC
• Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs – NSW
• Mia Freedman, Mamamia – VIC
• Michelle Bridges, Michelle Bridges – NSW
• Narelle Anderson, Envirobank – NSW
• Natalie Archer, Bendelta – NSW
• Penny Spencer, Spencer Travel – NSW
• Pip Job, Little River Landcare Group Inc. – NSW
• Ulli Spranz, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek – SA
• Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines – WA
“The Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame aims to celebrate successful female business owners through sharing their stories, to inspire and empower other female entrepreneurs,” said Ms Dafnis.
The 2015 inductees join over 180 other women the ABN has previously recognised as outstanding female business leaders. Some of these women include Maggie Beer, Liz Davenport, June Dally-Watkins, Collette Dinnigan, Lisa Curry, Naomi Simson, Lisa McGuigan, Janine Allis, Kristina Karlsson and Lorna Jane.
For more information and to learn about the 2015 ABN Hall of Fame inductees, see here.
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!
According to Le Corbusier, the struggle for it underpins the history of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright described it as a “beautifier of buildings”. And Motoko Ishii famously equated it to life itself. Indispensable, life-affirming and metamorphic, light underpins all architectural and design efforts.
STACK’s intuitive agile working model for Tower provides flexible spaces for collaboration, defined by carpeting in custom colourways
GH Commercial presents the inherent softness, strength and thermal properties of wool to the Australian commercial flooring market with two new products – Natural Terrain and Natural Elevation.
CSIRO’s Synergy building entices scientists out of their labs and into open, collaborative spaces. It was an ambitious proposition from the architects, BVN, but in making the hypothetical a reality the team has created a workplace that is nothing short of award-winning having taken out The Work Space category at the 2018 INDE.Awards.
Fabricated to reveal an organic and sculpted form, Elfin oak melds from a convex to a concave curve as a seamless single gesture.
When the Changi Airport needed commercial doors throughout their new terminal, they knew they needed something secure, but also stylish – enter the Australian Trellis Door Company.
The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed
The auditorium was full, the vibe electric and the winners truly outstanding last night at the INDE.Awards Gala. Scroll the Indo Pacific’s most outstanding projects and people, here.
Workplaces are evolving and, in this year’s INDE.Awards, 12 shortlisted Work Space projects showcase just what is expected, with every amenity to sustain a working life.
Who’s moving up and joining forces in architecture and design? July saw a fresh wave of skilled professionals promoted, and two major mergers between firms.
Meet Daniel Boddam: Creative visionary of Daniel Boddam Studio. Gillian Serisier catches up with Daniel to talk about all things design.