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And the winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award is…

Telstra News

Posted on December 5, 2017

3 min read

Last night I had the pleasure of announcing Valerie Tereshchenko as the 2017 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner.

As we celebrated another year of this fantastic program, we recognised Valerie for her exceptional talent and outstanding achievement, and awarded her with a $20,000 cash prize to help her catapult her career even further.

Spending her early childhood in Kiev, Ukraine, it wasn’t until Valerie’s family immigrated to Australia when she was six that they could finally afford to enrol her in her first ballet class.

Joining The Australian Ballet in 2015, her fascination and passion for the art form accelerated when she took her first class with Amber Scott, former Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner and now Principal dancer at The Australian Ballet.

Valerie was selected following a judging process throughout the year looking at her contributions to the company, both on and off the stage. This year’s judging panel included David McAllister (Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet), Cynthia Whelan (Group Executive New Business, Telstra), Libby Christie (Executive Director, The Australian Ballet), Cecily Ryan (Features Editor, The Daily Telegraph), Tory Maguire (Editor-in-Chief, Huff Post) and myself.

We also announced the $5,000 Telstra People’s Choice Award which was decided by an online public vote.

To help the public decide who should win the People’s Choice Award in 2017 we created a series of short films showcasing each of our finalists, their talents and what it takes both mentally and physically, to perform so beautifully on stage.

Using their intimate, physical, and emotional relationship with mirrors, the films revealed the two sides of each dancer. Highlighting the stories of what happens beyond the dance, the 5000 hours it takes to perfect a routine and the 120 pointe shoes a dancer goes through before lacing up the final, pristine pair.

The 2017 Telstra People’s Choice Award went to Jake Mangakahia. Jake joined The Australian Ballet in 2012. In 2014 he took a two-year break to fulfill his life-long dream to serve as a Christian missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints. Whilst Jake was away he trained on his own for six hours a day and upon his return to The Australian Ballet he performed the lead in Nijinsky.

We were thrilled to see a record number of votes for the People’s Choice Award as a result of our short film series this year – and we are incredibly pleased for our winner Jake who captured the attention of many fans during the voting period.

To both of our winners, we say a huge congratulations on their outstanding achievements.

One of the greatest successes in our 33-year partnership with The Australian Ballet has been the establishment and legacy of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, which now in its 15th year is dedicated to supporting the growth and future of The Australian Ballet’s rising stars.

We look forward to helping ballet dancers to thrive in their careers and helping audiences to connect with the wonder of Ballet in new and innovative ways for many more years to come.

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Business savvy not-for-profit leader takes out Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

Telstra Business Women's Awards Business and Enterprise

Posted on November 23, 2017

3 min read

The 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year is Violet Roumeliotis, of Settlement Services International Limited (SSI).

As CEO of SSI, Ms Roumeliotis utilises her strong business acumen and experience gained in leadership roles, within major not-for-profits over the past 30 years.

In her role since 2012, Roumeliotis has grown SSI’s revenue from $9 million to $110 million over the past four years. And, in the last 18 months, they have assisted 1185 people to gain employment. A three-year pilot of SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative helped 66 refugees successfully establish a business, and the majority of participants to move off Centrelink payments.

 

Violet didn’t have a typical upbringing. From humble beginnings, the daughter of migrants decided she was going to change her future, and the futures of others in the same circumstances. Her vision is to give a voice to vulnerable Australians and raise awareness of the economic value of migration.

“Violet has demonstrated resilience and ingenuity in finding new revenue streams to keep the mission alive and make an impact, and has pioneered new initiatives including the Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative which facilitates entrepreneurship among refugees and asylum seekers,” said Joe Pollard, Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media and Chief Marketing Officer.

“Ms Roumeliotis is a leader among leaders in her sector, dedicated to lifting people out of their circumstances of vulnerability and disadvantage.

“Not only is her mission to celebrate human potential inspiring, but she also demonstrates business acumen, with strong financial performance, an adoption of technology, and an astute understanding of competitors,” Ms Pollard said.

Of her Award win, Violet has said, “The Awards give us an opportunity to elevate the narrative around refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. I think I have an obligation through the work that I do, to talk about the lived experience of people and to bring out the humanity, because I know Australians are very generous and good people, they are very supportive.”

The National winners of the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Award are:

Business Woman in Asia Award: Saskia Groen-in’t-Woud, Damco

Entrepreneur Award: Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Love to Dream

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award: Violet Roumeliotis, Settlement Services International Limited

Public Sector and Academia Award: Prof Leah Bromfield, Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia

Corporate and Private Award: Jennifer Franceschi, Fresh Produce Alliance

Young Business Woman of the Year Award: Elise Apolloni, Capital Chemist Wanniassa

Australian Business Woman of the Year: Violet Roumeliotis, Settlement Services International Limited

If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition nominate today for the 2018 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

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Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards a feast for breakfast boss

Telstra Business Women's Awards

Posted on October 28, 2017

2 min read

Last night, we recognised Belinda Tumbers from Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd as the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year, after she also took home the Corporate and Private Award.

Belinda’s career in marketing began at an advertising agency, where she worked her way up from entry-level receptionist to account executive. Now, nearly two decades on, she is the managing director of Kellogg in Australia and New Zealand – the first female to have held the position in the company’s 90-year history down under.

Passionate about inciting cultural change, Belinda is committed to continuing WK Kellogg’s founding mission: to provide families around the world with accessible nutrition.

“I love a challenging situation and live by the motto ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,’” Belinda said.

Belinda’s commitment to putting together a team with an equal representation of men and women has not only been responsible for influencing real cultural change, but it has also resulted in a dramatic financial turnaround for her company.

Jackie McArthur, Belinda Tumbers, Felicity Wilson, Joe Pollard
Jackie McArthur, Belinda Tumbers, Felicity Wilson, Joe Pollard

 

Also recognised at the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Award were:

  • Entrepreneur Award winner: Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Director, Love To Dream
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award winner: Violet Roumeliotis, Chief Executive Officer, Settlement Services International Limited
  • Public Sector and Academia Award winner: Simone Constant, Deputy Secretary, Financial Risk Management and Transformation, NSW Treasury
  • Young Business Women’s Award winner: Gen George, Managing Director, tamme

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:

telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/nominate/

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Avocado Pioneer, Jennifer Franceschi, announced 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year

Telstra Business Women's Awards

Posted on October 26, 2017

2 min read

I’m pleased to announce Jennifer Franceschi, from Fresh Produce Alliance, was last night named the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year, after also taking home the Corporate and Private Award.

Jennifer has been immersed in the avocado industry ever since she took on her first summer job, working in her family’s commercial orchard.

More recently in 2016, Jennifer founded a processing facility, Fresh Produce Alliance, alongside her husband and two other growers.

The business champions a sustainable agriculture ecosystem and uses innovative technology such as high-pressure processing and individual quick-freeze to produce “naturally healthy, delicious, real food that people love.”

Jennifer’s career in the avocado industry spans four decades, and has seen her open her own orchard, become involved with the state association and industry board for avocado growers, and launch an avocado packing facility.

“As a pioneer of our industry in WA, I believe the contribution I have made over many years has made a real difference to the people I represent,” she said.

Jennifer stands out as a genuine, authentic, country business woman with a world class vision. She lives to create a sustainable future through intergenerational farming, sustainable working, long-term job opportunities and reduced agricultural wastage.

Julie Adams, Jennifer Franceschi, Simone McGurk and Janet Barnes.
Julie Adams, Jennifer Franceschi, Simone McGurk and Janet Barnes.

Also recognised at the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Award were:

  • Entrepreneur Award winner: Dr Anh Nguyen, Director/Owner, Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon Medispa & Wellness Clinic
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise winner: Jahna Cedar, Executive Officer, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
  • Public Sector and Academia Award winner: Michelle Fyfe, Assistant Commissioner, State Crime Portfolio, Western Australia Police Force
  • Young Business Women’s Award winner: Maitri Patel, Founder and Creative Director, Bolly Active

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:

telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/nominate/

 

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Property entrepreneur, Karinda Gill, takes top prize as 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year

Telstra Business Women's Awards

Posted on October 24, 2017

2 min read

Congratulations to Karinda Gill from Abode New Homes, who was named the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year, last Friday, after also being announced as the Entrepreneur Award winner.

As director of four companies, shareholder of two others and the business manager for one more, Karinda is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the last few years building a $50 million empire.

Her primary business, Abode New Homes, is a residential construction company focused on helping first-time buyers succeed within the property market.

With a constant eye on innovation, Karinda set up Abode New Homes with a clear vision:

“Improving the industry, setting benchmarks and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture,” she said.

Karinda’s mission to educate others about property and money management demonstrates a clear ambition to make a positive contribution to her community.

Nicole Walsh, Karlene Dagg, Karinda Gill, Erica Gibson and Carley Scott
Nicole Walsh, Karlene Dagg, Karinda Gill, Erica Gibson and Carley Scott

Also recognised at the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Women’s Award were:

  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise winner: Carley Scott, CEO, Developing East Arnhem
  • Public Sector and Academia Award winner: Erica Gibson, Sergeant, Northern Territory Police
  • Corporate and Private Award winner: Nicole Walsh, Marketing Manager, Yeperenye
  • Young Business Women’s Award winner: Karlene Dagg, Owner, HK Holistic Health Klub

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:

telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/nominate/

 

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