On Dec. 3 at the LCC Events Centre in Prestons business leaders gathered to celebrate 10 years of the Altitude Awards. The Altitude Awards launched in Nov. 2012 by business leader and award winning entrepreneur Andrea Turner-Boys. Turner-Boys is the Founder of Women With Altitude, a business community and network that spans across NSW and the ACT.
Who were the bright spots of the 2022 edition?
The Commonwealth Bank and Judge Accountants are major sponsors for the Awards. Often past winners return to sponsor the category they won. Like Lorna Hollinger from the Australian Tapping Institute who won an Altitude Award in 2017 and sponsors the same category. Winning the Award helped lift Lorna’s brand, helping her take her business global.
This year’s winners represent business communities from across New South Wales and the ACT. Melissa Woodward of Fearless Health is based in Dubbo, NSW. Fearless Health help women heal their relationship with food, exercise, and health. Melissa won the Purpose Driven category and was named the Inspiring Individual of the Year. Melissa has been part of the Women With Altitude community since 2018, when she first entered the Altitude Awards.
Earlier this year her and husband moved their young family from Campbelltown to Dubbo. They moved for the cost of living benefits that come with a tree change to rural NSW.
“Small business is hard work, especially with the challenges of the past 3 years. It’s difficult to see the positive impact you are making when you are in the trenches,” said Woodward.
“The Awards process gives you the opportunity to reflect on what you have been able to achieve in spite of all of the challenges. Then you come together, to celebrate your achievements, in a room of people who understand the ups and downs of business, and the importance of supporting each other. Winning these awards has boosted my confidence! I’m grateful that my hard work and passion in women’s health is seen and acknowledged”.
Why are these awards integral to business women?
“At the Altitude Awards we love shining a spotlight on business women. I am amazed by the diversity of industries and businesses who enter the Awards,” commented Turner-Boys.
“When I launched Women With Altitude in early 2012, I noticed a number of our members struggling with their self-belief, motivation, and confidence. I was often in awe of the obstacles these business women had overcome, and as an outsider I could see how much they had progressed. I decided to create the Altitude Awards to give them encouragement.”
“I am so grateful that we celebrated 10 years of the awards. It was a delight to celebrate with foundation and current members, as well as others new to our community. I love that the awards raise the profile and currency for all our Finalists and Winners,” said Turner-Boys.
“It is humbling when people want me to speak about my work. I prefer to keep the spotlight on the inspiring women in our community and keep encouraging them to achieve their goals.”
“It’s difficult to measure the full impact that the Altitude Awards has had on business women and their communities across Australia over the last 10 years. Now more than ever, it is vital that our grass root businesses are seen, valued, and known. It is an honour for the Altitude Awards to provide this platform for so many, and I look forward to leading our impact across the Aussie business community as the Awards continues to grow,” added Turner-Boys.
Who were the winners for 2022 Altitude Awards?
At each Gala Ball a charity is chosen to fundraise for. This year over $1700 was raised on the night for the Canberra based charity Adamas Nexus. Adamas Nexus provides post crisis for women across Australia who have been the recipients of violence, abuse, or intimidation.
The Awards began as a small local program in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Initially the Awards received only a few submissions for each category, enabling all entrants to be Finalists. Now Turner-Boys relies on an independent judging panel to shortlist the dozens of entries they receive from across Australia. To date there has been 261 Award Winners and 1,300 Finalists in the Altitude Awards. The 2022 Altitude Award winners are:
- Adele Haussmann & Kirsten Smith, Her Smile – Two Peas Partnership
- Angela Gauci, Total Workforce Solutions – Excellence in Professional Services
- Cassandra Faro-Borg, Plant With Cass – Soaring Solo
- Cassandra May, Affordable Web Solutions – Climb Every Mountain
- Karin Lee, Florapeutic – Created in Australia
- Kylie James, Kylie James Coaching – On My Way
- Martin Wren, NOVA Employment Ltd – Excellence in Ability & Inclusion
- Naomi Stockman, Turn Key Receptionist Pty Ltd – Business Excellence Award
- Cassandra Jensen, Unity Studios – Revolutionary Achievement
- Kate McConville, Enjo – Community Connector
- Melissa Woodward, Fearless Health – Purpose Driven
- Rebecca Di Noia, Soap de Villa – Emerging Leader
- Debbie Roberts, Debbie Roberts Consulting – Brave Award
- Erin Bailey, Her Healing Hub – Brave Award
- Holly Diggle, Dance Northside – Brave Award
- Kellie Evans, Central West Media – Brave Award
- Phil Voysey & Cheryle Yin-Lo, Cultural Connexions – Brave Award
- Sharon Alva, Discover Photography Courses – Brave Award
- Tahera Nassrat, T&R Accountants Pty Ltd – Brave Award
- Victoria Pearce, Endangered Heritage – Brave Award
- Candace Coughlan, Wild Health Hub – Women With Altitude Member of the Year
- Melissa Woodward, Fearless Health – Inspiring Individual of the Year