Energy company AGL has come on board as headline sponsor of The Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future (WoTF) awards for 2018.
The Women of the Future campaign celebrates women making a difference to Australia’s future across a variety of industries. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Women of the Future awards will once again recognise women aged 18-to-35 with a business, innovation or charity idea, competing for an overall prize pool of $200,000. This year’s award categories are Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneur and Business, and Community Health and Charity.
The 2018 judging panel includes returning judges The Hon. Julie Bishop; MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ita Buttrose, Lisa Wilkinson and The Australian Women’s Weekly Editor in Chief Nicole Byers, along with new judges Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education and Training Shadow Minister for Women, Lisa Harrington; Executive General Manager, Stakeholder Relations, AGL and Ronni Kahn; founder and CEO, OzHarvest Australia.
The partnership with Women of the Future is an extension of AGL’s commitment to gender equality, while the 2018 Awards play a key role in Bauer Media’s overarching Female Futures initiative.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with AGL on the Women of the Future initiative,” said Australian Women’s Weekly Editor in Chief, Nicole Byers. “These awards showcase The Weekly’s long-standing engagement to support and promote the leaders of tomorrow, and with AGL’s work to create a future of equality, the partnership makes perfect sense. We’re also very pleased to welcome Tanya, Lisa and Ronni to the judging panel.”
AGL’s focus on driving a brighter future for women through various gender equality initiatives has been anchored by its commitment to place women in 40% of senior leadership roles this financial year – a goal the business has already reached. AGL also has an employee network that champions equality in the workplace, a mentoring program to prepare female leaders for senior roles, as well as offering support internally and externally to victims of family and domestic violence.
“AGL is leading the way in employment equality, and while 41% of all of our senior leadership roles are filled by women, there is still work to do,” says AGL General Manager Product & Marketing, Alison Wild. “Australian Women’s Weekly’s Women of the Future is a fantastic recognition of the younger female generation’s innovation, so AGL could not be more pleased to be a collaborator with this prestigious program.”
The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Women of the Future initiative follows the announcement of Bauer’s Female Futures strategy in February and will contribute to the Bauer wide promise to deliver 10 Million Words across its brands by 2019.
Nominations for The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Women of the Future Awards were announced in the June 2018 issue, on sale now.