Media Release: @FinancialReview & @Westpac announce #100WomenofInfluence for 2016 #100WOI #techgirls #STEM


12 October 2016



The Australian Financial Review and Westpac announce the 100 Women of Influence for 2016

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016. Dr. Beekhuyzen has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution to advocacy for women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

This is a great honour to be named among so many passionate and successful women. As I was nominated for the award by a mother of one of our tech girl competitors, I take the opportunity to influence our next generation of leaders very seriously”.

A gala awards evening celebrating these inspirational women and the resounding impact they have had within their chosen field will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday, 27 October 2016.The 10 category winners and overall winner for the year will be announced on the evening. 

In its fifth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Social Enterprise/Not-for-profit. 

Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of well-regarded judges and have been recognised based on their exceptional ability to demonstrate innovation, vision, leadership and action in their fields. 

Ainslie van Onselen, Westpac’s Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion said: “Influence is the power to make change, and women across Australia are using this power to transform the country and to make an impact abroad – and we saw this in the calibre of this year’s nominees. It is an honour to be able to recognise and award the incredible work these women have made ongoing to our society.

“We know that women have the power and expertise to influence change. This year’s Women of Influence winners, such as Dr. Beekhuyzen, are an example of how women are not waiting for change; they are backing themselves and acting now to make a real impact.”

Joanne Gray, The Australian Financial Review BOSS Editor, said:  “It’s not just a senior job title that confers influence – the women chosen as winners this year have gone above and beyond their roles to create a positive legacy. We are thrilled to be recognising this fresh cohort of extraordinary women.” 

Australian women were nominated for the 2016 Awards in recognition of their outstanding work in their respective fields and ability to inspire those around them. The 2016 winners join an alumnus of 500 of Australia’s most inspiring women. 

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100 Women of Influence Award Categories:


Public Policy


Business Enterprise

Young Leader




Arts, Culture and Sport

Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit

Entry and Judging Criteria

Candidates were judged on their demonstrated vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their field; their impact and how it was achieved. The judging panel gave consideration to:

Personal, academic, professional and community achievements.

Demonstrated performance in their field.

Demonstration of collaboration within and beyond their field, and a wider circle of influence than their direct role. 

How their influence has contributed to women’s social and economic advancement.

Involvement and contribution to Australian communities through collaboration and mentoring. 

Extent to which their contribution was achieved in new and creative ways.

Key Dates

Winners announced in The Australian Financial Review on 29 September 2016

Category winners and overall winner announced – Thursday, 27 October 2016 at a gala event held in Sydney’s Town Hall

For more information about the 2016 100 Women of Influence Awards, please visit