McGrath Foundation CEO, Petra Buchanan has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. Petra Buchanan has been recognised in the Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit category for her contribution to leading the McGrath Foundation in its mission to fund McGrath Breast Nurses in communities around Australia, as well as for her work co-founding TuShare, Australia’s fastest growing sharing platform which helps products find their next owners, avoiding waste and landfill in the process.
The 100 Women of Influence Awards seek to recognise and highlight the profound ways influential women are driving change to create a more diverse future in Australia.
McGrath Foundation congratulates Ms Buchanan on this achievement. ‘Petra’s outstanding leadership and vision for the McGrath Foundation is commendable. Her passion for people and outcomes underpins her values-driven approach to leading this dynamic organisation,’ said John Conde AO, Chairman McGrath Foundation.
‘I am honoured to be recognised alongside so many interesting and inspiring women. The McGrath Foundation is an amazing cause that motivates me every day to do more and to do better in fulfilling our commitment to help every family in Australia experiencing breast cancer ensuring they have access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation.’
Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.
Ainslie van Onselen, Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion at Westpac, said: ‘The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2015 is truly incredible. It is a privilege to recognise and celebrate the remarkable contribution these women are making to our society.
‘Women have countless opportunities to be a driving force for change in Australia and shape our nation’s future through their respective fields. Petra Buchanan is a shining example for how women can be truly influential in their career and have a profound impact on long term outcomes. She joins an illustrious group of Australian women as part of the Women of Influence alumni, which continues to grow each year with diverse and exceptional talent.’
Joanne Gray, Australian Financial Review Boss Editor, said: ‘The array of influential women who have been recognised this year display many great capabilities and skills, but chief among them are energy and drive and a commitment to something bigger than themselves. The Women of Influence awards impress upon us yet again how vast is the pool of female talent in this country. The awards continue to bring to light extraordinary women, who despite their achievements and because of their humility, might otherwise have remained in the shadows.’
There are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Culture and Social Enterprise. The Category winners and overall winner will be announced on 15 October 2015.
For further information please visit: www.100womenofinfluence.com.au.