Winners of the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards were announced last night at a Gala Dinner in Canberra.

I’m pleased to announce Elise Apolloni from Capital Chemist Wanniassa cleaned up on the night, winning three Awards, including 2017 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year, the Entrepreneur Award and the Young Business Women’s Award.

As managing partner for Capital Chemist Wanniassa, Elise’s vision for the business is to make a positive impact on the health of the community. Every day, 350 Australians are helped by Elise and her team to improve their health.

Elise says she wishes to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra.

“I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues that can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions,” she said.

Elise is also passionate about better informing her community about mental health issues. She volunteers as a telephone crisis support worker at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists’ Support Service. In addition, she is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid.

As an industry leader, Elise’s passion helps her make a real difference within her community, showing innovative spirit when faced with challenges. Her professional development outside of the pharmacy, such as volunteering for Lifeline Canberra, is highly commendable.

The ACT Gala Dinner space at the National Gallery Australia
The ACT Gala Dinner space at the National Gallery Australia.

Other category winners recognised at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Women’s Awards were:

  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award winner: Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward, CEO of Australian College of Nursing
  • Public Sector and Academia Award winner: Daryl Karp, Director of Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
  • Corporate and Private Award winner: Ayesha Razzaq, General Manager Retail at ActewAGL

State and Territory winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a Gala Dinner on the night of Tuesday 21 November.

If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate today: