100 Women of Influence Awards

We are proud to present The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards, which recognise the achievements of Australia’s most influential female leaders for 2018.

The awards are designed to increase the visibility of women’s leadership and highlight the important contribution of women in 10 categories: Arts; Culture and Sport; Board and Management; Business and Entrepreneur; Diversity and Inclusion; Global Innovation; Local and Regional; Public Policy; Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit; and Young Leader.

Vanessa Hudson, Qantas Chief Customer Officer and a member of the awards judging panel, said “As a company that greatly values diversity of thought and experience, Qantas is delighted to be working with The Australian Financial Review to highlight and celebrate the contribution women make every day. Together we look forward to paving the way to a more inclusive and contemporary Australia.”

The Australian Financial Review managing editor Joanne Gray, who will lead the judging panel for the awards, said “This year, the judges will be looking for women who invest their time and energy into helping other women make the most of their potential. These women will advocate for change every day – in their workplace, their community, their peer group and wherever decisions are made. These women confront unfairness and don’t take no for an answer. They identify what needs to be done and roll up their sleeves to do it. These are women who use their skills and talents to help change the status quo and create a more equitable society.”

About the awards

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards, presented by Qantas, will officially launch on 29 May at a special event at the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists will be announced on 4 September, ahead of a gala awards night at Sydney’s Town Hall on 17 October, where 10 category winners and an overall winner will be crowned.
Nominations for the awards open Friday, 29 May 2018, and close on 10 July 2018. 

Diversity and inclusion at Qantas

We value diversity of thought and experience and believe that our inclusive and collaborative culture contributes to our success. We’re a diverse workforce that reflects contemporary, multicultural Australia. We celebrate and promote this diversity as a strength of our business.

We're committed to:

  • treating people with dignity and respect
  • developing inclusive leaders who value and have a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion, and the capability to build inclusive teams and working environments
  • delivering programs and providing support services that enable all employees to feel that they belong and are valued individuals who can reach their full potential
  • communicating our progress towards diversity and inclusion across the Group and externally; and
  • identifying and cultivating partnerships and supplier relationships that promote and improve diversity and inclusion within Qantas, for our customers and in the community.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is a member of the Male Champions of Change InstituteOpens external site in a new window, a network of influential leaders that seek to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality.