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Gunnedah-based Glenise Anderson has won a bronze award in the “Best new Website or Blog of the Year” category at the finals of the world’s top awards for businesswomen.
Glenise, whose company Self Confident Women encourages women of all ages to take charge of their lives, was one of seven finalists at the annual Stevie awards which recognises female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organisations they run.
Her business was nominated in the website section of the awards. The Awards which more than 1400 entries across 90 categories. Self Confident Women is the only regional Australian finalist in its category, others being from the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and Sydney.
Glenise travelled to New York to attend the presentation ceremony (Friday, November 13) and had the opportunity to meet and network with other businesswomen from around the world, an experience she said was invaluable.
Self Confident Women was established in 2010 after Glenise perceived a gap in the market for a venture that helped women reclaim and build their self confidence. Since then she has coached women of all ages from stay-at-home mums to professional women and teenage girls become more confident and increase their skills in areas such as time management, goal setting and communication.
Glenise’s work path has taken her up and down Australia’s east coast where she worked her way up from secretarial roles to office manager, executive assistant and finally project management. The idea for Self Confident Women was born partly from the relative isolation she found when living in mining communities where her husband had been posted.
“I needed a portable business so this was the ideal solution as it combined all my skills. I started coaching women on how to cope when you hit a brick wall, how to re-enter the workforce and build self confidence. I noticed these issues kept recurring among women I met,” she says.
In addition to her website and online advice, Glenise travels widely from her north west NSW base to conduct workshops and coaching for individuals and businesses. Recent work has been in partnership with Brisbane-based charity Dressed for Success, a global not-for-profit organisation that assists disadvantaged women enter the workplace.