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Congratulations to Kate Sykes – founder of CareerMums and new Telstra ACT Business Woman of The Year

I was thrilled to receive Kate’s email yesterday announcing she had taken out the ACT Telstra Businesswoman Award for 2010.  Many of you know Kate Sykes – she has been a speaker at Ascend – and CareerMums, that seeks to help parents
re-enter the workforce.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Kate is a worthy recipient of this top honor, as well as a fabulous advocate for working women, and her recognition with this award further reinforces the rising priority for business to find and keep the best women on their teams.

CareerMums is a national 
jobs board and careers centre that advertises job opportunities for
working parents and provides employers – including some of Australia’s
leading companies – with a pool of specialist candidates.

Other winners of the sixteenth Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards,
announced today in Canberra, were Canberra Southern Cross Club General
Manager Carol Sawyer, Property Council of Australia (ACT) executive
director Catherine Carter, ACT Health executive Brenda Ainsworth and
owner of hair and beauty salon CJ’s Style, Carly-Jane Tozer.

Our congratulations go out to all of you!


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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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