Recognising the outstanding community spirit, innovation and tenacity of women in business during a continuing global pandemic is the focal point of today’s opening of nominations for the Rubik3 Canberra Women in Business 2021 Awards. 

Members of the community and businesses themselves can now nominate for awards across six categories (see below), designed to recognise the outstanding achievements of women in business in our local region. 

President of Canberra Women in Business, Sheena Ireland, said there was no better time to shine a light on the incredible women in business we have here in the ACT. 

“While the Canberra community is currently in COVID lockdown there is a strong business community still working hard to support Canberrans in the best way they are able,” Ms Ireland said. 

“Many of these businesses are female-led and have shown strength and tenacity at a difficult time to keep their business alive for their staff, their community and their personal financial security. These business owners are pivoting once again to provide services and products virtually and via contactless delivery/collection; and at the same time are working to support other businesses doing it tough. 

“The tenacity to keep pushing ahead despite significant and repeated COVID setbacks continues to inspire me; and the unwavering community spirit is humbling. Canberra women in business continue to lead with heart and lift up others in our community in the face of adversity.” 

This sentiment was echoed by the awards’ naming rights sponsor, Rubik3. Rubik’s Chief Operating Officer, Nadia Pessarossi, said her organisation was delighted to again sponsor the CWB Awards. 

“This is our fourth year as a sponsor, our third as major sponsor for the CWB Awards; we really see this as an investment in women in Canberra’s business community,” Ms Pessarossi said. 

“Woman in business have really done it tough in recent times, managing shutdown periods, working from home, home schooling, managing staff and having tough conversations with staff—but so many have done it with a smile and willingness to help and support others. 

“We acknowledge for some it has forced the permanent closure of a business, which is heartbreaking; these awards allow us to recognise the achievements of women in our business community and support them at a time when there is so much uncertainty for our business community.” 

Welcoming the continued partnership with Rubik3, Sheena said: “As an organisation with a strong female lead and a deep community heart, we’re delighted to have Rubik3 as our awards partner”. 

Nominations will remain open until midnight, 17 September. 


Canberra Women in Business 2021 Gala Awards  Award Categories 

  • Business Woman of the Year 
  • Young Business Woman of the Year 
  • Indigenous Business Woman of the Year 
  • Small Business Woman of the Year 
  • Innovation Business Woman of the Year 
  • Social Impact Business Woman of the Year. 

Visit the CWB awards website to nominate: