AWARDS

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards presented by Qantas encompasses ten categories, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of women championing change in business and society. We want to uncover and promote Australian women who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day.

These are women who confront unfairness and don’t take no for an answer; who identify what needs to be done then roll up their sleeves to do it, and who use their skills and ability to help change the status quo to a more equal, more diverse, and vibrant society.

We congratulate the 2018 100 Women of Influence finalists and winners and welcome them as Women of Influence alumni.

If you have any queries please email us afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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2019 DATES COMING SOON

Arts, Culture and Sport

Arts, Culture and Sport

Women involved in furthering Australia’s artistic and cultural institutions or sporting, organisations. Entries are invited from women including but not limited to performers, writers, athletes, curators, or those involved in advocacy for, or administration of, initiatives across areas such as the creative arts, sport, media and entertainment, both locally and globally.

 Board and Management

Board and Management

Women working on a board or in management in public or private companies, or who are running a team, a key project, or developing strategy within an organisation. Their influence extends beyond their formal role to personal support, mentoring and networks.

 Business and Entrepreneur

Business and Entrepreneur

Women who have founded, own, or run a business. This category recognises women who have substantially developed a business, or led its strategy and direction, and remain actively involved in its operation.

 Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Women who have dedicated themselves to consistently advocating for a more diverse workforce or diverse representation on community, government and business entities and who have helped make the change happen. This includes advocacy in the boardroom, in government, lobby groups, in small or large businesses or the community.

 Global

Global

Women whose work is making a mark on the global stage, including through offshore business expansion, projects that originate in areas outside Australia, or international collaborations. Entrants are invited from a broad range of sectors, and they may be based overseas or in Australia.

Innovation

Innovation

Women who are driving innovation and entrepreneurship, within a business or workplace, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, technology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management. This category also recognises innovative ways of tackling community and social issues and improving inclusion.

 Local and Regional

Local and Regional

Women who are having a positive impact in their community at a local, rural or regional level. This may be across business, community, the not for profit sector, the arts or in government.

 Public Policy

Public Policy

Women working in the public sector at either local, state or federal level. This may include those working in agencies or in an advisory role to influence and change public policy, for instance, to support better social inclusion and equity.

Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit

Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit

Women working in a range of capacities to support social change as entrepreneurs or in community projects or campaigns in the not for profit sector. This may cover a range of areas including health, education, domestic violence, indigenous programs, financial literacy or cultural programs.

Young Leader

Young Leader

Young women aged up to and including 30 years (as of 10 July, 2018) who demonstrate a capacity to influence and act as catalysts for change. This new generation of leaders is advocating for and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns.

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2018 JUDGES

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

Women with Australian citizenship or Australian residency. Women living outside of Australia are eligible in every category, but must have Australian residency. Those entering the Young Leader category must be aged 30 years or younger as at Friday 13 July 2018.

Is there a fee for entering?

There is no cost associated with entering the awards.

What are the key dates for the awards?

Nominations and entries open

Tuesday 29 May 2018

 

Entries close

Tuesday 10 July 2018

 

Finalists announced

Tuesday 10 September 2018 or Tuesday 4 September

 

100 Women of Influence Awards gala night – Sydney Town Hall

Wednesday 17 October 2018

I’m worried I won’t select the right category for my entry.

We understand that sometimes it is difficult to choose the correct category.  

If you have been nominated by someone else, you will be able to change the category you wish to enter into should you not agree the nominated category is the best fit for you.

If you are self nominating, choose the one that fits best and complete your entry.  If the judges think the entry is better suited to another category – they will move it to that new category.

Can I enter myself in more than one category?

Yes – an individual can enter in more than one category. If you enter multiple categories, you must submit separate entry forms for each category, but only submit one entry within one category.

If someone has previously received an award, can they enter again?

Past entrants are welcome to enter again apart from entrants who have been selected as the overall winner in any past year who are ineligible to enter or be selected again. Entrants who have been selected as category winners may enter again but only in a different category.

What are the judges looking for?

Judges are looking for women who invest their time and energy into helping other women make the most of their potential. These women will advocate for change every day – in their workplace, their community, their peer group and wherever decisions are made. These women confront unfairness and don’t take no for an answer.  They identify what needs to be done and roll up their sleeves to do it. These are women who use their skills and talents to help change the status quo and create a more equitable society.

We are looking for the special women who didn’t set out to become role models but truly are, and who can tell us why they make a difference.

Entries need to include a clear and focused description of the impact and results of the nominee’s efforts, as well as a succinct story about how they got to the position the are in.

We particularly want to know how they used their influence to make change happen: the lobbying, the fund-raising, the mentoring and support of others, the networks established, the causes they support.

Don’t be afraid to enter yourself.

Our nominees come from all ranks and roles, and from all sectors, and no efforts are too small to be included.

The awards are intended to encourage the widest possible range of women to enter or be nominated, and show their contribution. To do that, judging focuses on quality and impact rather than the scale or seniority of a woman’s role.

Even if you have never entered an award program before, and feel uncomfortable about the attention, remember this is a chance to really extend your influence well beyond your own remit, on what matters to you.

How can I find out more about the entry process and what information is required?

Download the nomination pack.

How does the entry process work?

If you have been nominated by someone else and/or self nominating and you wish to submit an entry, you must create a login by registering your details then creating a profile. Via this process, we will be asking for your contact information should we need to contact you in relation to your entry. You will be sent a verification email to the email address provided.

You then need to click ‘Start nomination’. Select from the drop down ‘Self nomination’, then select from the next drop down the category you are entering into and your name. Click ‘Save + next’, you will then be moved directly through to the entry submission form to complete your entry

Your entry does not have to be completed in a single session. You can work on the entry and review and edit sections until it is ready to submit. Information must be included as specified in the mandatory sections of the online form.

After the entry is submitted you will receive confirmation of your submission. Once submitted, an entry cannot be changed. If you have any questions about your entry, please email us at afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

To download the entry pack, click here.

Can I have extra time to complete an entry, after the close date?

As a rule, we don’t offer extensions beyond the close date, to make it fair to all entrants.

How can I check my entry has been received?

After an entry is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation of your submission, please email afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au with your name and the category which you submitted the entry for.

Why do we ask for referees?

If you are submitting an entry you will be asked to provide a referee/s to enable a reference check to be conducted. The referee will be asked to verify the content of the submission and that all facts are true and correct for each entrant.

What is the judging process?

All entries received are shared with a 3rd party impartial consultancy partner for vetting. The vetting process narrows down the entries by comparing their compatibility to a profile created for each category. The short list of entries are then reviewed by our judging panel who come to a unanimous decision on category winners and the overall annual Woman of Influence.

Who can be nominated?

Women with Australian citizenship or Australian residency. Women living outside of Australia are eligible in every category, but must have Australian residency. Those being nominated for the Young Leader category must be aged 30 years or younger as at Friday 13 July 2018.

Can I nominate somebody else?

Absolutely. We encourage you to nominate as many women as you would like that you believe are influential in their field.

To nominate someone else, you need to have their name and email address. Once you have nominated someone else, they will receive an email notifying them they have been nominated and encouraged to submit an entry.

Can I self nominate?

Absolutely. We encourage you to nominate yourself to be part of the 100 Women of Influence awards.

Is there a fee for nominating?

There is no cost associated with entering the awards.

What are the key dates for the awards?

Nominations and entries open

Tuesday 29 May 2018

 

Nominations close

Friday 6 July 2018

 

Entries close

Tuesday 10 July 2018

 

Finalists announced

Tuesday 10 September 2018 or Tuesday 4 September

 

100 Women of Influence Awards gala night – Sydney Town Hall

Wednesday 17 October 2018

I’m worried I won’t select the right category for my nominee.

We understand that sometimes it is difficult to choose the correct category.  

If you are nominating someone else, they will be able to change the category they wish to enter into.

If you are self nominating, choose the one that fits best and complete your entry.  If the judges think the entry is better suited to another category – they will move it to that new category.

What if someone else nominates the same woman I nominate?

The nominee will be notified of a nomination every time she is nominated. It will be up to the person nominated to submit an entry.

How does the nomination process work?

To nominate somebody else, you must create a login by registering your details then creating a profile. Via this process, we will be asking for your contact information should we need to contact you in relation to your nomination. You will be sent a verification email to the email address provided.

You then need to click ‘Start nomination’. Select from the drop down ‘Nominate someone else’, then select from the next drop down the category you are nominating the person into, their name and their email address. You will need to tell us, in 500 words or less, why you are nominating this person.

The person you have nominated will receive an email notifying them of the nomination and encouraged to enter. Nominations cannot be changed once submitted. If you have any questions about nominating, please email us at afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

To download the nomination pack, click here.

How can I check my nomination has been received?

After a nomination is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation of your submission, please email afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au with your name and the category which you submitted the nomination for.

If someone has previously received an award, can they be nominated again?

Past entrants are welcome to be nominated again. Entrants who have been selected as the overall winner in any past year are ineligible to be nominated, enter or be selected again. Entrants who have been selected as category winners may be nominated and enter again but only in a different category.