LeadHers Awards announced for top Queensland women leaders

29 November 2023

The LeadHers Awards showcase and celebrate outstanding leadership capabilities demonstrated by women in entrepreneurship.

From women founders and student leaders to those making a positive impact in their community, these awards are open to women and gender diverse people who are creating positive change.

Clare Mahon standing in front of a LeadHers neon sign
Community Award recipient Dr Clare Mahon

Entrepreneurship at The University of Queensland (UQ), received over 45 nominations in the 3 categories of Community, Entrepreneurship and Student leadership.

Dermatologist and community leader in cancer prevention, Dr Clare Mahon, won in the UQ Ventures LeadHers Awards category, Community Award.

As Director of not-for-profit charity Ubuntu Through Health, Dr Mahon helped establish cervical cancer screening and provide uterine prolapse surgeries for women that the Nepalese government does not subsidise. This project continues today, and fundraising events have raised over $10,000 annually towards this initiative.

Dr Mahon works part-time on her Master of Philosophy at UQ investigating how to predict melanoma earlier in pregnancy and clinically part-time in dermatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

She also volunteers on an Australian-wide research project, where she performs skin checks alongside total body photography. Dr Mahon has engaged over 1,000 hours in this project and has performed skin checks and imaging for over 800 people. 

Dr Mahon firmly believes that celebrating women and gender diverse entrepreneurs and leaders is crucial. 

“Firstly, it acknowledges the significant contributions and often sacrifices that women must make to achieve equally to their male counterparts,” Dr Mahon said.

Hemanshi standing in front of a LeadHers neon sign
Student Award recipient Hemanshi Galaiya

“Women are still facing stereotypes and biases in most fields, and events such as this continue to break down barriers, promote inclusivity and
encourage women to be proud of their work and seek out leadership roles.

“Wonderful events such as the UQ Ventures LeadHers Rise gives women an opportunity to network and share experiences of their unique challenges.

“These events are about inspiring the next generation of women to pursue their careers with confidence and determination.”

LeadHers Awards 2023 winners

Community Award
Dr Clare Mahon
Master of Philosophy student and Director of not-for-profit charity Ubuntu Through Health

Entrepreneurship Award
Ashley Baxter
Founder of Monty Compost Co.

Student Award
Hemanshi Galaiya
Global Change Scholar at UQ, and founder of social enterprise delivering hands-on STEM education in Kenya

The LeadHers Awards recognising both emerging and established women leaders was made possible by the generous donation from Dr Jessica Gallagher.

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