LeadHers Awards shortlist 2023

13 November 2023

The LeadHers Awards showcases and celebrates 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 celebrate women who are leading to create positive change. The LeadHers Awards will celebrate these successful women leaders from across the state.

Congratulations to all the incredible women who were nominated. We received an overwhelming number of nominations for outstanding women making a positive impact and doing amazing work in their communities. UQ Ventures are excited to announce the following shortlisted finalists for each category.

Student Award

This award recognised a current student enrolled at The University of Queensland who has demonstrated leadership capabilities in a job or volunteer role.

  • Andrea Frederick
  • Hemanshi Galaiya
  • Mika Kato
  • Mikki Doonan
  • Prianka Indla
  • Tatiana Briody

Entrepreneurship Award

This award recognised a woman (or women) who has developed an innovative and entrepreneurial venture.

  • Bec Wilson
  • Echo Impact Group (founders Ishara Sahara & Susanne Bransgrove)
  • Fiona Holmstrom
  • Ashley Baxter
  • Melita Smith
  • Prue Bauer
  • Sorkunthika Srour

Community Award

This award recognised women leaders making a positive impact in their community.

  • Clare Mahon
  • Dr Kiera Buchanan
  • Marie Boden
  • Natasha Winters
  • Shelly Mills

The winners will be announced at the upcoming LeadHers Rise event, celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Friday 17 November.

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Best of luck to all the shortlisted finalists.

Thank you to our generous donor, Dr Jessica Gallagher, for making this initiative to support both emerging and established women leaders possible.