Pioneers Recognised by induction to Hall of Fame

Pioneers Recognised by induction to Hall of Fame

Sustainability front runner, fashion business champion and social justice pioneer inducted into The New Zealand Hall of Fame For Women Entrepreneurs

Fashion Week founder, Dame Pieter Stewart, Untouched World founder, Peri Drysdale MBE and entrepreneur and prolific director, Mavis Mullins MNZM have been inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs, instigated by leading female business organisation, Co.OfWomen at an annual ceremony held this evening.

Entrepreneur and founder of Co.OfWomen, Tara Lorigan, says the Hall of Fame celebrates the significant business achievements and generosity of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and creates explicit, diverse examples encouraging women working on their own success.

“The commercial drive, matched with a desire to make a difference features strongly in female success and this years inductees are eminent examples. Our country and economy is all the better for their endeavours” said Tara.

The women inducted were selected in an open nomination process launched by Co.OfWomen during Women Entrepreneurs Week each year (March 5-11).

Chosen for induction by a panel of their peers, these women were selected for their significant achievements in business, impact on their industries, support for other women and for their philanthropic activities.

Co.OfWomans founding Chair and Patron, Dr Lee Mathias said; “Co.OfWomen works with female entrepreneurs right across the spectrum from early stage right through to experienced, enabling them to harness their commercial potential and leverage the influence and experience of the extensive, growing community. Pieter, Mavis and Peri have paved the way for others in their chosen industries setting potent examples for woman who want to go far, as well as for those women who want their small business to be the best it can be.”

Female owned businesses make up more than 35% of New Zealand business, according to Statistics New Zealand, and the number of women opting for business ownership over employment continues to grow.

The number of female-owned businesses continues to grow, in particular by attrition from the corporate world where many women find the limitations of employment impacts on the level of flexibility supportive of family life.

"It's about working on being a great mum, and businesswoman."

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