The Businesswomen's Hall of Fame

the Businesswomen's Hall of Fame

A Message From Suzi

For the past 19 years, HerBusiness (formerly The Australian Businesswomen’s Network) has recognised and profiled Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs through the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

Over that time, over 200 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame – some quiet achievers; others high profile leaders of industry; some emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners; others the champions of the community sector.

Each one an inspiration to women in business everywhere. I hope you'll enjoy and be inspired by their stories.

“Through the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame we shine a light on female entrepreneurs – their success; their insights and their wisdom.

And telling the stories of these amazing women also inspires and encourages other women to pursue their passion, follow their instincts and create the business and life they love.”

Suzi Dafnis

CEO, HerBusiness (formerly Australian Businesswomen’s Network)

The Businesswomen's Hall of Fame Alumni

The Businesswomen's Hall of Fame
Celebrating Women in Business Since 1998

Meet our Amazing Alumni

History of the Businesswomen's Hall of Fame

Established in 1998, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has recognised the success of over 200 female business owners.

We started this program with a desire to inspire women in business with stories of individual success from high-achieving peers… and to provide a much-needed forum to honour women who are achieving their business goals.

Originally an exhibition held in cities around Australia, the online Businesswomen's Hall of Fame launched in March 2012.

Our Alumni include well-known female entrepreneurs, such as fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, Janine Allis of Boost Juice, athletic-wear entrepreneur Lorna Jane and Kristina Karlsson of Kikki K and as well as other inspiring role models such as Jean Madden of Street Swags, whose goal is to change the face of homelessness and eradicate entrenched poverty; Abigail Forsyth of KeepCup, whose purpose is to give the world a more environmentally sustainable way to serve food; and Pip Job of Little River Landcare Group, who is working directly with farmers to encourage sustainable farming practices.


Awarded annually in March, in line with International Women’s Day, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has been featured extensively throughout the HerBusiness community of more than 30,000 women and in the media, including; Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, Food Magazine, Pro Bono Australia, Women's Agenda, The Weekend Australian, My Business and Australian Traveller.


What is the criterion for the Hall of Fame?

Inductees are founders or business owners who have demonstrated they are:

  • Exemplary in their field
  • Making new pathways
  • Mentors amongst mentors of other women
  • Demonstrating inspiring and aspiring business journeys
  • Trailblazers
How are the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame Inductees chosen?

Women are nominated by Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame Alumni, industry and business groups and the HerBusiness Advisory Board. A highly respected Selection Panel featuring a diverse mix of women in business, the media and government, is responsible for the selection process and review.

How often are women inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame?

Women are inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of fame once a year, in line with International Women’s Day.

When the Hall of Fame Inductees are announced, their profiles are added to the prestigious list of Hall of Fame Alumni and their strategies shared with women all around the country, as well as through HerBusiness’ extensive membership database and social media networks and mainstream media, such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age and the Financial Revew as well as industry publications related to the inductees line of business..