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Qantas announces new awards night to celebrate women

Attention, ladies of travel! Well, travel and every other industry, really. The 100 Women of Influence Awards are ba-aaaaack.

That’s right, The Australian Financial Review has teamed up with new presenting partner, Qantas, to recognise the achievements of some of the most influential Aussie ladies.

Not unlike our own Women in Travel Awards in fact, which will celebrate inspirational women in travel! It’s held in late June and will have a captivating keynote speaker plus 19 well-deserving winners. Need we say more?

The 100 Women of Influence Awards also recognise and highlight the important contribution women make in creating a bold and diverse future for Australia – but this will be the first time they have been sponsored by Qantas.

The awards ran from 2012-2016 before taking a quick break in 2017.

So hold on to your hats, because entries will open soon – and there’s 10 categories to choose from: Arts, Culture and Sport; Board and Management; Business and Entrepreneur; Diversity and Inclusion; Global Innovation; Local and Regional; Public Policy; Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit; and Young Leader.

Vanessa Hudson, Qantas Chief Customer Officer and a member of the awards judging panel, said that Qantas was excited to celebrate women via these awards.

“As a company that greatly values diversity of thought and experience, Qantas is delighted to be working with The Australian Financial Review to highlight and celebrate the contribution women make every day.

“Together we look forward to paving the way to a more inclusive and contemporary Australia,” she said.

P.S: If you win one of these awards, you’re in excellent company. Past overall winners include Moya Dodd, Elizabeth Broderick, Professor Adele Green, Jan Owen and none other than Ann Sherry – last year’s Women in Travel Power List Winner!

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 will focus on quality and impact rather than the scale or seniority of a woman’s role, similar to the Women in Travel Awards.

The Australian Financial Review managing editor Joanne Gray, who will lead the judging panel for the awards, said that women who build each other up have a better likelihood of winning.

“This year, the judges will be 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,” she said.

“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.”

Entries and nominations for the awards open May 29 – and the gala awards night will be held in October.

The Women in Travel Awards will be held in Sydney at Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf on June 21. All other info can be found on the Women in Travel website here – but to lock yourself in, grab yourself an early bird ticket right here. Last year, the awards basically sold out – so we’d get on that, stat.

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