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Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

The highest-ranked woman in the 114-year history of Tasmania Police was named the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year.

Assistant commissioner Donna Adams, who also won the Community & Government and Business Innovation Awards, joined the Tasmania Police at age 19, working in uniform, criminal investigation, training, and internal investigations before being appointed as assistant commissioner in 2011.

During her 26-year career, she received a Commissioner's Commendation for her service after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre; has been awarded an Australian Police Medal for Distinguished Service; received a Tasmania Police Service Medal for diligent and ethical service; and she was recognised by the Australasian Council of Women in Policing as an outstanding investigator.

While the Business Innovation Award recognised her work championing a strategy to support frontline police in budget-constrained times through the introduction of mobile data tablets on the beat, Donna is also committed to the challenge of inspiring more women to senior positions in Tasmania Police.

“I often listen to junior female officers talking about the difficulties they experience when competing for opportunities or promotion − for example, having a career gap because of maternity leave, juggling shift work while raising young children and the cultural issues associated with working in a male-dominated profession,” says Donna.

Donna Adams at the podium
These perceived barriers are all issues I previously encountered and successfully overcame. Hopefully through my success other women will feel empowered to face the challenges so they can also achieve great things.

- Donna Adams, 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Kate McKenzie, Telstra chief operations officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards ambassador said assistant commissioner Adams’ ability to overcome hierarchical structures that can stifle innovation was testament to her positive attitude and outstanding leadership.

“Her leadership is very inclusive and collaborative and she believes uniform and public servants to have equal status. Her innovation was initiated out of the adversity of funding cuts,” says Kate.

Other 2014 winners include Dixie Emmerton, founder of the Centre for Tasmanian Industry, who won the Business Owner Award; and Allison Clark, general manager of marketing at Houston’s Farm, who was named Private & Corporate Award winner.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards:

2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams, Tasmania Police, Hobart

Business Owner Award

Dixie Emmerton, Centre for Tasmanian Industry, Bellerive

Private & Corporate Sector Award 

Allison Clark, Houston’s Farm, Cambridge

Community & Government Award

Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams, Tasmania Police, Hobart

Business Innovation Award

Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams, Tasmania Police, Hobart

Young Business Women’s Award

Rebecca Owens, Mizzle, Hobart

National Awards Announcement

The Tasmanian winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November. For finalists and winners across Australia the awards offer a share in $650,000 in cash and prizes.

Be inspired by incredible Australian business women.

 For more information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards click here.

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