In the lead, up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on 2 March and recognised Australia’s female business trailblazers.
Now in its 19th year, the 2017 inductees joined more than 200 women previously inducted into this respected community.
Marie Piccone, Managing Director of Manbulloo, was one of 18 ladies inducted, along with women from the health and beauty, construction and mining and fashion and homewares industries.
“Being inducted into the HerBusiness Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame is wonderful recognition that is staying true to my vision. ‘Never giving up’ and building great relationships and a great team are cornerstones to the success of my business Manbulloo. My induction makes me very proud that I am a ‘woman in business’ especially in a horticultural business. I hope that my journey might encourage other people to follow their dream, ‘hang in there’, or take the next ‘calculated risk’,” Marie said.
Suzi Dafnis, Chief Executive Officer of HerBusiness said, “The collective influence that women entrepreneurs have on business in Australia has never been as cohesive and prominent as it is now.
“The women inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame are incredibly inspiring with stories of determination and passion that have set them on paths to success—paths that often have quite a few big bumps along the way.
“Being a business owner is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences a woman can have. The Hall of Fame shines a light on Australia’s most talented women entrepreneurs and shares their authentic stories that inspire other women to be bold and confident in business—even when the going gets rough or they lose their mojo. Successful women inspire other women to strive for success.”
Marie said her key to success was paying it forward and that her mentors have provided amazing insights and experiences that have gifted her with great guidance and more knowledge.
“When times have been really tough, they have believed in me and the future of the business and have also given me very honest and relevant feedback when I’ve needed it most. They have all variously provided me with mental strength and carried me forward for an hour when I have been exhausted by the enormity of some of the challenges that I have faced. I know that Manbulloo would not be in as strong a position if I had not had mentors. There are a few situations that I wonder whether Manbulloo would have survived without them,” said Marie.
The criteria for the Hall of Fame requires inductees to be founders or business owners who have demonstrated they are exemplary in their field, making new pathways, be mentors amongst mentors of other women, demonstrate inspiring and aspiring business journeys and trailblazers. Women are nominated by Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame Alumni, industry and business groups and the HerBusiness Advisory Board. A highly-respected selection panel, which features a diverse mix of women in business, the media and government, is responsible for the selection process and review.
For more information please visit http://herbusiness.com/hall-of-fame/.