Director of Dubbo NSW based Regional Enviroscience, Juliet Duffy was this week named in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence – an Australia-wide initiative, chosen from a record 850 entries.

The AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards presented by Qantas, encompasses ten categories, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of women championing change in business and society.

Juliet was selected in the local and regional category for her work with her company Regional Enviroscience, her mentorship and promotion of women in STEM and her efforts as Chair of the Western Regional Research Institute.

As founder and director of Regional Enviroscience, an occupational health and safety consultancy based in regional NSW, Juliet has built this business from a garage in a rental property 10 years ago to employing over 25 people in four regional locations, providing the opportunity for a serious career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) for both young and mature-aged regional workers.

Unfortunately, Juliet is in a minority – despite women comprising 47 per cent of Australia’s workforce, they make up only 16.5 per cent of CEOs, according to the latest Workplace Gender Equality Agency statistics. Plus, women today own almost 40 per cent of Australia’s small businesses, contributing to a 46 per cent increase in the number of female business operators in Australia over the past two decades.

Jacqueline Gillespie, senior client partner at Korn Ferry, and a judge at the awards says  “We often say we don’t have enough women running organisations, but they’re there and sometimes we’re just not seeing them,” Ms Gillespie said, adding “These women are resilient, agile, have an ability to meet people and a strong sense of purpose that drives them and enables them to influence others.

Earlier this year, Juliet was named as the 2018 NSW Regional Woman of the Year and was recently promoted from Deputy Chair to Chair of the Western Regional Institute. She has also formed strategic research partnerships this year with Sydney University (Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, Sydney Medical School) and University of New South Wales (School of Materials Science and Engineering) in product development.

The 100 Women of Influence were selected with the help of executive search firm Korn Ferry and a highly respected panel of judges, including Ann Sherry, executive chair of cruise company Carnival Australia, Moya Dodd, lawyer and soccer official, Mark Scott, secretary, NSW Department of Education, Barry Irvin, executive chair, Bega Cheese, Paul Zahra, retail adviser and diversity advocate, Sam Mostyn, director of Sydney Swans, Vanessa Hudson, chief customer officer of Qantas, Financial Review Chanticleer columnist Tony Boyd, Financial Review managing editor Joanne Gray and Sally Patten, editor of AFR BOSS magazine.

The winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 17.

Thank you to those friends who celebrated in Juliet’s Win.