After the success of last year’s inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia award, we’re going bigger and better in 2017.

For the second annual Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award, we’ll be expanding the criteria to not only include those in the corporate or private sector, but also female entrepreneurs and women from not-for-profit or social enterprises operating in Asia.

The opportunity to add female entrepreneurs to the awards line up is an exciting addition to the program, and follows on from our continued investment in innovation in Asia through our startup accelerator program muru-D, and our investments in emerging technology businesses throughout Asia via Telstra Ventures.

We spoke to the 2016 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award winner, Rituparna Chakraborty, Co-Founder of TeamLease Services Ltd from India, who shared her thoughts about what it meant to her winning the inaugural award in 2016.

As part of our ongoing commitment to gender equality at Telstra, we believe our Telstra Women’s Business Awards can have a positive impact on the industry as we continue to highlight some of the most successful women in leadership positions throughout Asia. While there is a long way to go, achieving equality regardless of gender is our ultimate goal, and we will continue to support this throughout Australia and abroad.

If you know of any woman in Asia who are inspiring, successful, and outstanding – nominate them for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award at Nominations are open all year round.

Entries for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards open Wednesday 26 April 2017 and close on Thursday 15 June 2017.