INSPIRING leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries including personal development, mining and health are among 20 finalists for the 2016 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards.
Two Kalamunda business women have made the final shortlist.
In the Purpose and Social Enterprise category, Rachel Davies Burrows’ creation, The Joy Sanctuary, is in the running.
And in the Young Business Women’s Award, Sandra Searle of Elvi Design in Kalamunda is a contender.
Telstra spokeswoman Jo Pollard said these women were changing business, one brilliant business at a time in WA.
Other WA finalists are Kim Gentle, who has developed an equine therapy workshop program to help young Aboriginal people, and Anya Stephens, a psychologist who co-founded People Sense which provides holistic injury management, counselling employee assistance programs.
Several finalists have come from the oil and mining sector, including Jane Macey, an accomplished engineer for Fortescue Metals Group, who currently manages the Firetail plant and Solomon train loading facility, and Teresa Soanes, the General Manager and Director of Swire Oilfields Services.
Katherine Roberts, co-founder of This Little Pig Went to Market, created a company that reflects her ethos of farm-to-table, honouring and supporting local farmers.
Her business creates gourmet food boxes and diet-approved recipes, delivered to the door.
The 20 finalists will join other West Australians as alumni in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Winners will be announced at a dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, October 7.
State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a dinner on Wednesday, November 16.