The head of a multi-million dollar national solar panel business took top honours at the 2016 Telstra South Australian Business Women’s Awards on Friday night.
Jenny Paradiso, the co-founder and managing director of Suntrix, was named South Australian Business Woman of the Year. She also took home the South Australian Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award. In 2013, Telstra named Suntrix the South Australian Business of the Year.
According to Joe Pollard, Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media, and Chief Marketing Officer, Paradiso “possesses strong CEO characteristics and values and has transformed her business through the clever diversification of products and markets”, while giving back to her industry, community and family in a meaningful way.
The other business women recognised at the awards included Sarah Powell from Champions Academy (For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award), Dr Joanne Bowen from the University of Adelaide (Public Sector and Academia Award), Darlene Mattiske-Wood from People’s Choice Credit Union (Corporate and Private Award), and Young Business Woman of the Year Grace Lever, who recently spoke to Dynamic Business about positioning herself as a brand to help other female entrepreneurs succeed. Lever was nominated in the same category last year.
Pollard described the winners of the 2016 Telstra South Australian Business Women’s Awards as ‘brilliant, passionate and courageous’ women.
“Not only do they have the courage to challenge the status quo in their chosen fields but they also demonstrate exceptional business acumen and strong leadership skills,” she said.
Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are Australia’s longest running women’s awards program in Australia. They recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women.
State and Territory category winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a glittering Gala Dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016.
For information about the Awards and to purchase tickets to the Awards Dinners, please call 1800 817 536 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.
Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are open year-round.