AND's CEO’s diversity achievements recognised in Women of Influence Awards

Wed 6 November 2013

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group recognised a new generation of female high achievers in business and society in its recent announcement of the 100 Women of Influence awards.

The judges assessed a range of criteria, including a nominee’s personal and career achievements, their contribution and their ­mentoring and support for other women.

Australian Network on Disability’s CEO, Suzanne Colbert AM, was recognised in the Diversity category. Ms Colbert’s shortlisting acknowledges her ability to influence outcomes in relation to employment of people with disability in Australia, and reflects her many achievements over the years.

Ms Colbert’s achievements include: the commissioning of unique research that proves the financial benefit to Australia of employing people with disability; the establishment of AND’s innovative Stepping Into internship program for students with disability; and her success at ensuring that potential providers for government contracts include measures to include people with disability in their recruitment and selection practices. 

Ms Colbert was shortlisted with other game-changing leaders in the Diversity field, including the Federal Department of Health’s Samantha Palmer, who is a former board member of AND. The Diversity award was won by Group captain Deanne Gibbon for her ongoing work to encourage women into a range of non-traditional roles in the ADF. Skin cancer researcher Adele Green was named the overall winner of the awards for her work in convincing Australians of the value of sunscreen.

“The judges had an extraordinarily difficult job this year, narrowing it down to just 100. We have seen women making an impact in all parts of Australian life, busting stereotypes,” says the co-chairman of the judging panel, Narelle Hooper.

See full story at AFR.

 

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