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Tiffany Loh
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Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

Tiffany Loh
Smarter Writer

Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

A heart disease prevention awareness campaigner, a founder of English language school, and a wine exporter are among the finalists in the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards.

While this year’s Telstra WA Business Women’s Awards finalist list was dominated by representatives from the mining and resource sector, as we travelled down to South Australia we saw the industry playing field level out.

Among the finalists is Dr Amanda Rischbieth, who led Heart Foundation South Australia’s successful Lock in the Love’ installation campaign. Inspired by the padlocks or ‘love locks’ secured to Paris bridges, the goal of the initiative was to raise awareness about premature death from heart disease.

Representing the state’s wine industry is Kathy Drogemuller, who started the successful wine producer and export business Paracombe Premium Wines with her husband Paul on Ash Wednesday bushfire effected farmland. 

Civil engineer and former Vietnamese refugee Van Tang, whose role in the delivery of major Defence and private sector projects saw her appointed this year as Manager SA of engineering firm GHD, is also vying for top honours.

Other 2014 finalists from SA’s Community and Government sector include Bonnie Cothren, founder of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at Flinders University which helps improve the language and teaching skills of Indonesian and Japanese teachers, and St John Ambulance SA CEO Sharyn Mitten, who launched their First Aid in Schools program which 20,000 primary students take part in each year.

Young Business Women’s Award finalists include Emma Clark, publican of the Cummins Hotel on Eyre Peninsula, and former GMH manufacturing engineer Jo Schneider, who runs sustainable growth advisers DVE Business Solutions.

Andrea Robertson posing for photograph
The diversity of our 2014 South Australian finalists shines a light on Australian business women whose innovations and leadership are changing the industries and communities around them.

- Kate McKenzie, Telstra

Kate McKenzie, Telstra Chief Operations Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador said, “The diversity of our 2014 South Australian finalists shines a light on Australian business women whose innovations and leadership are changing the industries and communities around them.

“The 2014 South Australian finalists join a long list of incredible alumni who have inspired us with their individual achievements, and done so much collectively for the promotion of women in the Australian business world,” she said.

See the full list of 2014 Telstra South Australian Women Business Awards finalists below:

Business Owner Award

Sandra Berry, Sandra Berry Real Estate, Hahndorf
Kathy Drogemuller, Paracombe Premium Wines, Paracombe
Dr Andrea Robertson, Southside Osteopathy and Xtend Barre Southside and Eastside, Unley
Dr Rebel Skirving, Gambier Vets Pty Ltd, Mount Gambier
Lisa Twyford, Clear Decisions, Blackwood

Private and Corporate Sector Award

Cathy Main, Westfield West Lakes Scentre Group , West Lakes 
Mirella Morizzi-Tambakis, T.I.M.E. Pty Ltd Training, Innovation, Management & Enterprise, Mile End
Van Tang, GHD, Adelaide

Community and Government Award

Bonnie Cothren, Community for Global Communication, Intensive English Language Institute, Bedford Park
Sharyn Mitten, St John Ambulance Australia South Australia, Unley
Dr Karen Nelson-Field, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Erma Ranieri, Office for the Public Sector (Department of the Premier and Cabinet), Adelaide
Dr Amanda Rischbieth, Heart Foundation South Australia, Adelaide
Rosemary Stehbens, Australian Kabuki Syndrome Association Inc., Erindale
Dr Michelle Stone, Girl Guides South Australia, Norwood

Business Innovation Award

Dr Karen Nelson-Field, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Erma Ranieri, Office for the Public Sector (Department of the Premier and Cabinet) , Adelaide
Dr Amanda Rischbieth, Heart Foundation South Australia, Adelaide

Young Business Women’s Award

Eszter Agocs, Future Footprints Conductive Education, Mile End
Emma Clark, Cummins Hotel, Cummins
Rebecca O'Rourke, O'Rourke PR, Upper Sturt
Jo Schneider, DVE Business Solutions, Adelaide
Astrid Varga, We Create Brands, Adelaide

National awards announcement

Winners of the 2014 Telstra South Australian Business Women’s Awards were announced on Tuesday 14 October in Adelaide. The South Australian winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November.

For finalists across Australia the awards offer a chance to 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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