Business award winner calls for for women in leadership
SUNSHINE Coast Business Woman of the Year 2015 Roz White says that without "putting too fine a point on gender", there are not enough women working in leadership positions in the supermarket industry.
"It's about balance - women bring a different perspective and if more women were involved at a leadership level, it'd create more balance," she said.
Mrs White is on the boards of IGA stores at a state level, on working committees, and owns IGA stores at Bli Bli, Mooloolah and Mount Coolum, and has drawn on her insights through these forums to make good business decisions at her stores.
She said it had been a "great honour" to find out she'd been nominated for the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network award.
When she woke yesterday morning after the awards ceremony on Saturday night and remembered she'd won the overall award, she was "totally overwhelmed".
"Just to be in the presence of such an accomplished and successful room full of people was an honour in itself and to be standing there in front of them as the recipient of the award was just amazing," she said.
She said she was proud to be an active part of a community that worked hard together to serve the needs of Sunshine Coast people, and found enormous reward in working with other women.
A recent collaboration with celebrated local cook and book author Kim McCosker, of 4 Ingredients, was a case in point, Mrs White said.
Mrs McCosker's cook books are now sold at the IGA stores Mrs White operates and Mrs McCosker has provided in-store demonstrations.
"What her product provides is quick, easy meals for busy people and those busy people are coming into our store looking for quick, easy meal solution," she said.
Mrs White has been in business for 22 years, since she and husband Michael bought their first store at Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore.
"We've grown our business over time, worked hard and built our team, and gradually built our business with a continual improvement approach."
- Young Business Woman of the Year: Courtney Aspland, of TAFE Queensland EastCoast.
- Corporate Business Woman of the Year: Jodi Chapman, of Advanced Wellness and Behavioural Centre.
- Professional Business Woman of the Year: Angela Miles, of RACQ Care Flight Rescue.
- Micro-Small Business Woman of the Year: Denise Ladwig, of Advanced Women's Imaging.
- Sustainable Business Woman of the Year: Sam Spunner, of Sinchies.