Telstra announces introduction of the “Telstra Business Women’s Awards” in Asia to recognise business women in the region.
Kate McKenzie, Telstra Chief Operations Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, said the new category is a reflection of Telstra’s growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region and it will provide finalists and winners the opportunity to expand their networks and build valuable relationships.
Telstra is committed to promoting parity for women in business in the Asia-Pacific region. The recent McKinsey ‘Women Matter’ report has found that in China on an average, women account for eight per cent of seats on corporate boards and nine per cent of those on executive committees.
Meanwhile in India, Japan and South Korea, executive committee participation rates for women are less than five per cent. A lot of work has to be done to nurture and support women to excel in their profession and industry.
The new Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award will be the sixth awards category, alongside Entrepreneur, For Purpose and Social Enterprise, Public Sector and Academia, Corporate and Private, and the Young Business Women’s Award, under Australia’s longest running and most esteemed women’s award program.
“The Asia-Pacific region is an economic powerhouse and presents great growth opportunities. In addition to celebrating brilliant women across the region, this new award will offer our Award Alumni the opportunity to foster valuable connections with business women in Asia and develop a greater understanding of how they are succeeding in this dynamic environment,” said McKenzie.
To be eligible for the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award, nominees must work in the corporate or private sectors and reside in Asia.
Entries for the 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards open Monday 2 May 2016 and close on Monday 20 June 2016.
Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are open all year round and can be made on https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/nominate/