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2020 Finalists

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Alison Covington

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Alison Covington is an innovator, social entrepreneur, founder and MD of Good360 Australia. Good360 is a matchmaker, helping re-purpose items of value by directing them to Australians most in need.

Passionate about equality and reducing waste, Alison founded Good360 Australia because she saw a gap in the market where businesses did not have a solution to donate surplus brand-new, non-perishable goods to charities and disadvantaged schools in a seamless way at scale. Australian businesses have an estimated $1.92bn of new goods to donate annually and required a system to create a positive impact on the environment by reducing waste.

Since 2015, Alison has been responsible for businesses donating $100M+ of goods, including BIG W, L’Oréal Australia, LEGO and Best & Less and matching 10 million items to over 1,500 charities and schools across Australia.

Alison’s goal is simple - deliver $1 billion of brand-new goods to Australians in need by 2025.

Anneke van den Broek

Anneke van den Broek

Anneke is a driven, successful entrepreneur with a genuine desire to make a difference. Following a successful management career in leading businesses Blackmores, Bonds and David Jones, Anneke launched her own pet care brand Rufus & Coco in 2008; at the same time as starting a family. Rufus & Coco is now Australia’s most awarded pet brand, offering eco-innovative solutions to daily consumer needs and selling 3.5 products every minute!

Rufus & Coco is a partner of the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation – working to reduce euthanasia in Australian pounds.

Anneke is a mentor and educator - mentoring five small business owners through the Entrepreneur’s Organisation (EO) business accelerator program.

Anneke is also a speaker and visionary – giving up her time to speak out on female entrepreneurship, animal welfare, and pet owner’s rights through platforms such as media, podcasts and conferences including the Run the World women’s event.

Sue Ismiel

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Founder, Director and Global Brand ambassador, Sue Ismiel captures the Australian hard-working spirit, who chose to go beyond the status quo and offer a solution for hair removal by creating Nad’s Natural Hair Removal Gel in her Kitchen in 1992. Her invention became a Global Success taking the world by storm and winning prestigious awards.

There are a lot of ways we can describe Sue, but some of the words that come to mind include courageous, dedicated, hard worker, tenacious, caring, innovative, philanthropist, mother and more.

In addition to her commitment to business, Sue is passionate about creating better futures for migrant and refugee communities. She volunteers at several organisations that provide support and business projects to the community. She supports a number of initiatives that support women better understand and advocate for their own needs.

Today, Sue’s Foundation is helping refugees start their own businesses in Australia.

Stephanie Reuss & Victoria Stuart

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In 2016, Victoria Stuart and Stephanie Reuss left behind corporate careers at Google and Gartner to start Beam Australia.

They were frustrated that so many highly capable professionals — many of them women — were dropping out of careers just because they couldn’t work full-time. At the same time, many companies were struggling to hire women, especially at a more senior level.

So Victoria and Stephanie created Beam, an online marketplace for career-worthy part-time roles — a place where part-time professionals could find roles with smart NSW employers like Car Next Door, Western Sydney University, Modibodi, The Growth Faculty and many more. In particular, they focussed on creating part-time leadership roles to help increase diversity at an executive level.

Today, Beam also provides consulting to some of Australia’s top organisations to help them unlock the benefits of flexibility — more productive, happier and inclusive workplaces.

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Last updated: 13 Feb 2020