Fourteen finalists for the 2013 Westpac Outstanding WomenAwards were unveiled by Westpac Bank yesterday atthe Sponsor’s Media Beunch.
The event was part ofthe women’s networking activity and an added opportunity to get to knowthe sponsors ofthe five different categories.
WestpaPNG’s Acting Managing Director Donald Hallam saidthe Award was all about creating equality inthe work place and he was delighted to see such a high caliber of finalists.
“They say when you educate a woman, you educatethe whole family…so we want to see that grow in all societies,” said Hallam.
The fourteen finalists were chosen from an initial forty nominees. Out of this final fourteen, only five will be recognised winners ofthe five award categories.
Winners of each category will be determined by a senior judging panel and will automatically qualify as nominees to be recognised asthe overall winner ofthe Westpac Outstanding Woman Award.
The categories arethe PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Sector Award,the Steamships Public Sector Award,the SP Brewery Entrepreneur Award, Trukai Community Award, andthe IBeM Young Achievers Award.
Mr. Hallam acknowledgedthe immense support of allthe sponsors.
Each category award winner will also be offered a K5, 000 education grants to complementtheir professional mentoring.
The overall Westpac Outstanding Woman ofthe Year will receive a trophy and a trip to attend an Australian Executive Womenrsquo;s LLeadersip Symposiums events next year.
The five outstanding women achievers will be recognised tonight at Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.
Meanwhile, Kay Cottee,the first woman to sail solo aroundthe world in her yachtois expected to make a special appearance.
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