Western Sydney University could not have done better than name its inaugural Woman of the Western Sydney Business Award in honour of Jennifer Westacott AO, now the university’s first woman Chancellor.

Notoriously succinct, relevant and a tireless advocate for a more prosperous Australia, Ms Westacott’s Shepherd Oration Keynote Address typically titled ‘It’s the fundamentals, stupid’ was easily one of the most impactful business speeches I have heard in a while, which actually addressed the problematic climate small businesses are battling in with some key solutions.

The Jennifer Westacott AO Award is part the inaugural Women of Western Sydney Awards 2024, launched by Western Sydney University to honour the significant contributions made by women of all backgrounds who live and work in Western Sydney.

The awards cover the 13 Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, The Hills and Wollondilly.

Nominations close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 11 February 2024.

“The University is proud to provide a platform to highlight the dedication, advocacy and contribution that women make to the business and community sectors in Western Sydney,” said Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Advancement at Western Sydney University.

Nominations are open for six awards that will showcase the strength and diversity of women who have a meaningful impact on the development of the region:

  • Woman of Western Sydney (Arts),
  • Woman of Western Sydney (Community),
  • Woman of Western Sydney (Indigenous Leadership),
  • Woman of Western Sydney (Social Enterprise) and
  • Young Woman of Western Sydney (for women 18-28 years of age).

The winners will be announced at the inaugural Western Sydney University International Women’s Day Celebration, held in partnership with the Centre for Western Sydney, on Friday, 8 March 2024.

For more information including the award criteria and how to nominate, visit the Women of Western Sydney Awards website.