Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

Life Education NSW CEO finalist in Telstra Business Awards

Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane was named a finalist in the coveted 2017 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards.

One of four finalists in the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category, Ms Sloane was nominated for her work in delivering innovative health education solutions to NSW children.

A former TV presenter, Ms Sloane made the change to the not-for-profit sector in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

“I came to this role as a mum of three beautiful boys aged 9 and 7 and 4,” Ms Sloane said. “Modern parenting is fraught with new dangers like cyberbullying. 30 per cent of children are overweight or obese. Drugs are easier and cheaper to access. Modern media and the internet are influencing young minds.

“Families and communities and schools need us more than ever.  At Life Education we work hard to ensure NSW children have programs to help them navigate the journey to adulthood.”

Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane with her husband and son at the 2017 Telstra Business Awards

Ms Sloane said she was thrilled with the outcome, which recognised the hard work done by all Life Education NSW educators and staff.

“I stand strong on some pretty amazing shoulders,” Ms Sloane said. “While I went through this long interview/evaluation process and am personally thrilled with the outcome – another part of me is embarrassed to be singled out because the success of Life Education has more to do with the people I have appointed – and surround myself with – and rely on – than an individual CEO.”

The experience was so uplifting. When I went up on stage to collect my nomination certificate there was a huge cheer for Harold. It was my highlight of the night.

Kellie Sloane, Life Education NSW CEO

The 24 finalists of the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Women’s Awards spanned a diverse spectrum of industries and professions, from the creation of hi-tech underwear, to driving job creation across the state, and delivering innovative healthcare solutions.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media and Chief Marketing Officer, Joe Pollard, said that the New South Wales finalists are exceptional women who deserve to be celebrated.

“The role of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards is to shine a light on women’s achievements as business leaders and celebrate the positive results of inclusive leadership, which include better organisational performance, increased competitive advantage and, at a macro level, a thriving economy,” Ms Pollard said.

“The 2017 finalists have followed very different paths to business success but they have all shown determination, innovative thinking and exceptional leadership to deliver real business impact.”

Now in its 23rd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary business women and the contribution, support and participation of everyone in pursuit of this goal.

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    Life Education NSW

    For over 35 years, Life Education's specially trained educators have visited schools around Australia.