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Australia’s top female business trailblazers for 2017

In the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has recognised quiet achievers; high-profile industry leaders; emerging entrepreneurs; and champions of the community as its 2017 inductees.

Now in its 19th year, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame has recognised Australia’s female business trailblazers. The 2017 inductees include viticulturist Mary Retallack – who joins more than 200 women previously inducted into this respected community.

Retallack is a third-generation viticulturist, who, across the past two decades has worked in a wide range of practical, extension and consultancy roles in the wine sector both in Australia and overseas.

She has tertiary qualifications in conservation and park management, natural resource management, education, arbitration and viticulture. Mary is currently managing director of Retallack Viticulture, which offers a broad range of viticultural consulting services throughout Australia. She is also a Wine Australia board director and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide studying the use of native insectary plants to boost beneficial arthropod populations in vineyards.

Retallack was the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation ‘Rural Woman of the Year’ in 2012 and a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2014.

She is one of 17 entrepreneurs inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2017, from industries including health and beauty, construction and mining, fashion and homewares. They include both established and emerging business owners and champions of the not-for-profit and burgeoning social enterprise sectors.

“The collective influence that women entrepreneurs have on business in Australia has never been as cohesive and prominent as it is now,” said Suzi Dafnis, CEO of HerBusiness. “The women inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame are incredibly inspiring with stories of determination and passion that have set them on paths to success — paths that often have quite a few big bumps along the way.”

“Being a business owner is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences a woman can have. The Hall of Fame shines a light on Australia’s most talented women entrepreneurs and shares their authentic — stories that inspire other women to be bold and confident in business — even when the going gets rough or they lose their mojo. Successful women inspire other women to strive for success,” said Dafnis.

HerBusiness is an online membership community that supports 30,000 female business owners through business mentoring and training that is designed to teach women the skills to start, manage and grow their business. HerBusiness, formerly known as The Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) has been honouring women since its start, more than 25 years ago.  

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