Aussies win 18 awards at New York Stevies for women

Aussies bring home 18 Stevies from New York

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Aussie companies and entrepreneurs and executives bagged 18 awards at New York’s Stevie Awards for women in business last week.

Of them, three won the highest category Gold Stevies:

  • Genevieve Nelson, Executive Director, Kokoda Track Foundation, Sydney, for being the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand – All other Industries. Nelson’s foundation aims to develop a self-sustaining eco-adventure trekking industry for the Kioari and Orokaivean people who live along the Kokoda Track.
  • Chandra Clements, Director, One Legacy Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, for being Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand – Business Services and Diversified Services. One Legacy is a consultancy and keynote speaking service.
  • RedBalloon, Sydney, for being the Company of the Year – Consumer Products or Services. RedBalloon is an online gift retailer.

Sydney-based online jobs platform OneShift and its 23-year-old founder Genevieve George picked up three Silver Stevies. The company won one each for being the New Company of the Year and the Most Innovative Company of the Year, while George won the third in the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year category.

George, 23, was a winner of Anthill’s 30 Under 30 this year. She started OneShift with the goal of replicating dating-style match-making for jobs. Like a dating site, OneShift automatically matches a job seeker to a job post based on the seeker’s location, availability and skills.

Today, OneShift has over 160,000 job seekers and close to 5,000 business entities signed up to find workers.

Also winning multiple awards was Naomi Simson, RedBalloon’s founder. Besides winning the Silver Stevie for Company of the Year for consumer products and services, she won a lifetime achievement Silver.

The awards are the brainchild of Michael P. Gallagher, an American businessman. He established these in 2002 as a way of recognising good business leaders and to “restore public confidence and investor trust” in the wake of the Enron scandal in the United States. The awards went internations in 2003.

This year, more than 1,200 entries were submitted in more than 90 categories. The finalists were picked by more than 140 business professionals worldwide before five final judging committees consisting of about 90 members determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie awards.

Here are the Aussie winners:

Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Products – 10 or Less Employees

Bronze Stevie – Natrice Grosvenor, Founder, Marli and Mo Online Marketplace, Brisbane, QLD

Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand – Business Services and Diversified Services
Gold Stevie –
Chandra Clements, Director, One Legacy Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, QLD

Silver Stevie – Maria Smith, Founder, Bounce Consulting, Maryborough, VIC

Bronze Stevies – Lynne Stephens, CEO and Managing Director, Australasian Leadership Academy, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Natalie Chapman, Managing Director, gemaker, Sutherland (Sydney)

Janine Garner, Founder & CEO, Little Black Dress Group, Sydney

Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand – All other Industries
Gold Stevie Genevieve Nelson, Executive Director, Kokoda Track Foundation, Sydney

Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year – All Other Industries
Silver Stevie Genevieve George, Founder and Managing Director, OneShift, Sydney

Lifetime Achievement – Business – All Other Industries
Silver Stevie Naomi Simson, Founder, RedBalloon, Sydney, NSW

Women Helping Women – Business
Silver Stevie Chandra Clements, Director, One Legacy Pty Ptd., One Legacy Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, QLD
Woman of the Year – Business Services
Silver Stevie
Denise Meyerson, Managing Director & Founder, Management Consultancy International, Sydney, NSW

Bronze Stevie – Chandra Clements, Director, One Legacy Pty Ltd, One Legacy Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, QLD

Company of the Year – Business Services – 10 or Less Employees
Bronze Stevie Clear Decisions, Adelaide, South Australia

Company of the Year – Consumer Products or Services
Gold Stevie RedBalloon, Sydney, NSW

New Company of the Year
Silver Stevie OneShift, Sydney, NSW
Most Innovative Company of the Year – 10 or Less Employees
Silver Stevie One Legacy Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, QLD
Most Innovative Company of the Year – More Than 10 Employees
Silver Stevie OneShift, Sydney, NSW
Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Internal Communications
Bronze Stevie Bounce Consulting, Maryborough, VIC

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