By Andy Young

Winemaker and founder of Laurance Wines, Dianne Laurance has been named as a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards.

Laurance, who was recognised by US President Bill Clinton for her commitment to empowerment and rights of women, is among 33 finalists who come from a broad range of sectors.

Laurance has also worked with the Indigenous women artists of the remote TJUKURLA community in the Gibson Desert and is a member of the prestigious Women's Leadership Board at Harvard. 

"The best compliment I have ever been given was when a friend said I am the most non-judgmental person they have ever met. I wear this badge with pride and lead by example," Laurance said.

Telstra chief operations officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards ambassador, Kate McKenzie, said: “Now in their 21st year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards not only celebrate women who have the courage to start their own business and lead their industries, but also offer them a platform to encourage others to challenge the status quo and think differently,” Ms McKenzie said.

“The 2015 Western Australian finalists join a long list of successful business women, whose unique and innovative approaches to leadership at state and local community levels, and in some cases, globally, continue to impress and inspire the Awards judges.”  

Winners of the 2015 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards will be announced on Friday 9 October in Perth. The WA winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 November.

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