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Championing women of the future

Hayley Greensmith
Hayley Greensmith
23 September 2019


The Hon. Dame Quentin Bruce AD CVO, alongside The Weekly Editor -in-Chief Nicole Byers have announced the three winners of The Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards for 2019.

For the past seven years, these awards have helped recognise exceptional women aged 18 - 34 who have created a great business venture, charity or innovation.

Like last year, AGL’s Lisa Harrington, Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations joined the likes of Lisa Wilkinson and Julie Bishop to decide on winners across three categories: Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneur and Business and Community Health and Charity.

This is the second year AGL has been the major sponsor of these awards.

Why did we offer our support again this year?

It’s simple. These awards closely mirror our focus on transformation for the future, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Energy is a rapidly evolving industry and we’re always striving to think and innovate for what’s next.

We also know that greater diversity – not just in terms of gender, but across culture, experience and education – inspires better conversation, greater innovation, and better business outcomes. The future will be better for all, with greater diversity.

And like The Australian Women’s Weekly, we want to empower women and ‘change normal’.


So who won?

There were nine finalists across three categories, and the winners were…

Entrepreneur and Business award winner: Courtney Holm, 33 from Geelong for her work and mission to reform the wasteful fashion Industry by taking responsibility for every garment her label A.BCH creates, ensuring it’s ethically crafted and then able to be recycled.

Innovation and Technology award winner: Macinley Butson, 18 from Wollongong for her SMART (Scale Maille Armour for Radiation Therapy) Armour invention at a Sydney Hospital. This armour protects women’s healthy breast during radiotherapy.

Community Health and Charity award winner: Madeleine Buchner 26 from Melbourne, for her work supporting and recognising young carers through the launch of ‘Little Dreamers Australia. The only non-for-profit supporting young carers.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees. These inspiring women make our future look bright.