Selena Cartwright from Baldwin Cartwright Lawyers was awarded the Businesswoman of Excellence on Monday night.
Selena Cartwright from Baldwin Cartwright Lawyers was awarded the Businesswoman of Excellence on Monday night. David Crossley

Women's business for awards

IT was an unusual Monday evening and for the few men who were there a little daunting, perhaps.

Gathered in one room on International Women’s Day were some of this community’s most inspirational women. They were selected by their peers for the nominees of the inaugural Women’s Excellence in Business Awards together they celebrated their own and each other’s success.

After the winners were announced in 10 categories, it was hats off to Lee Tomkins for organising such an event for business women of the Gympie region.

And in turn, Lee was extremely proud of the calibre of women representing Gympie’s business’ achievements.

She said the reason behind the awards night was to acknowledge women who had made a difference in the Gympie region.

“All the women nominated were absolutely amazing. The winners were well deserved and picked from an outstanding group of nominees.

“The judges were very committed and gave everything to make sure the decision was right.”

Judges Cr Rae Gaté, Kerry Anderson and Judith Leslight had one week to decide the winners, conducting interviews and reading essay-style answers to a series of questions written by each entrant.

Held at The Phoenix, it was a well-supported event.

As MC for the night, Mark Piepers held the audience in the palm of his hand.

An enjoyable three-course meal was presented in the area decorated by Wendy Algie and music was by Offenbach Strings.

After success in the Telstra Women in Business Awards, Selena Cartwright of Baldwin Cartwright Lawyers took out the top award for Businesswoman of Excellence. Donna Groves from Live It Up was awarded the Innovation Award.

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