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From food to phones, pets to publishing, these are the 2016 Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame inductees

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In the lead up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, HerBusiness, formerly known as the Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) has announced the 2016 inductees to the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

“The Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to inspire Australian women through the stories of their high-achieving peers. More than 200 businesswomen from diverse backgrounds and industries have been profiled since its launch. It has given emerging businesswomen the courage to persevere despite the ups and downs of starting a business,” says Suzi Dafnis, CEO of HerBusiness.

“The Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame recognises prominent Australian female business owners that have achieved notable success in their field and inspire others. These women demonstrate exemplary entrepreneurship and provide shining examples for their peers and other women considering starting their own business,” says Suzi Dafnis.

Who are the 2016 Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame inductees?

Twenty entrepreneurs have been inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2016, all considered a trailblazer in industries as diverse as construction, mining, fashion, media and innovation.

Kym Clark (QLD), She’s Empowered

Kym Clark
Kym Clark

Nicole Eckels (NSW), The Sapphire Group

Nicole Eckels
Nicole Eckels

Maud Edmiston (WA), Miss Mauds

Maud Edmiston
Maud Edmiston

Melanie Gleeson (VIC), Endota Day Spa

Melanie Gleeson
Melanie Gleeson

Beverley Honig (VIC), Greenville Developments & Honeylight Enterprises

Beverley Honig
Beverley Honig

Anna Hooper (SA), Cape Jaffa Wines

Anna Hooper
Anna Hooper

Maxine Horne (QLD), Fone Zone/Vita Group

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Amantha Imber (VIC), Inventium

Amantha Imber
Amantha Imber

Hetty Johnston (QLD), Bravehearts

Hetty Johnston
Hetty Johnston

Isobel Knight (NSW), ProAgtive

Isobel Knight
Isobel Knight

Laurie McDonald (ACT), Canberra Furnished Accommodation

Laurie McDonald
Laurie McDonald

Lisa Messenger (NSW), The Messenger Group

Lisa Messenger
Lisa Messenger

Bianca Monley (NSW), Eat Fit Food

Bianca Monely
Bianca Monely

Anna Shepherd (NSW), Regal Home Health

Anna Shepherd
Anna Shepherd

Christine Taylor (QLD), Aussie Pooch Mobile

Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor

Jude Turner (QLD), Spicers Retreats

Jude Turner
Jude Turner

Sue Hollis (NSW), TravelEdge

Sue Hollis
Sue Hollis

Anneke Van Den Broek (NSW), Rufus & Coco

Anneke van Den Broek
Anneke van Den Broek

Leona Edmiston (WA), Leona Edmiston

Leona Edmiston
Leona Edmiston

Stephanie Alexander (VIC), Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander
Stephanie Alexander

How did they get here?

The most common strategies for success that the inspiring women have named are:

1. Be goal oriented

“Articulate your goals. Get specific with timeframes and forecasts.” – Kym Clark, She’s Empowered.

2. Make the most of support networks and mentors

“Someone you admire and look up to, who can also become a sounding board for hurdles along the way. There are plenty of business owners who would love to help you.” – Bianca Monley, Eat Fit Food.

3. Don’t fall victim to the Imposter Syndrome

“I believe that confidence removes the need for us to feel as if we ‘lack’ in areas of our life and in who we are. It makes us fearless, not fearful.” – Melanie Gleeson, Endota Day Spa.

4. Commit to ongoing learning and training

“Always keep learning – striving for excellence!” – Leona Edmiston.

5. Don’t be afraid to do things differently

“Dream big, dream often and let yourself run wild for inspiration and accept that sometimes crazy ideas can make your dreams come true.” – Lisa Messenger, The Messenger Group.

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