In announcing the winners to a packed Sydney Town Hall, the awards judges said that the 10 women were part of a new generation of leaders making their mark in their chosen fields and on the national stage.
Judge Robert Wood, from the Melbourne Business School, said the breadth of achievement of this year’s finalists and winners astounded him.
“None of these women are people who have just achieved in one domain or have just been outstanding in one career.
“These were women who in some cases have made major innovations that reshaped the way industry has thought about things, or they have had a breadth of application across many different domains. They are outstanding corporate citizens as well as social or private citizens”.
Corboy, who was appointed to the Netball Australia Board in February 2014, has been recognised on the influential list before but this year won the Board Management category, thanks largely to her work at superannuation fund HESTA.
A vocal champion of retirement adequacy for Australian women, Corboy has run the $29 billion HESTA super fund for 16 years, overseeing significant growth over that time on behalf of its 80% women members.. She said it was an exciting evening.
“There were over 600 people at the event and there was a real energy and positive vibe in the room; I found it very inspirational.”
Corboy said she has always sought to promote women’s interests in a variety of settings, and sees a strong alignment with the values of netball and the work it does to help women and girls thrive. She acknowledged that no matter what your walk of life, there are traditional male power structures in place that need to be challenged.
“All my working life, I have advocated and worked for improvements in conditions for women in different fields, whether it be working conditions, wages, maternity leave provisions and the things associated with that, like superannuation and retirement savings.
“Sport is no different. All the winners came together for a round table the day after the event and we were asked ‘what’s next?’; I said that my focus was going to be women and sport, and the lack of promotion and funding that it currently receives.
“It’s about how we increase women’s voices.”
The 100 Women of Influence Awards are in their third year and 300 high achieving women have now been honoured.
The other category winners of the 100 Women of Influence Awards were:
Overall Winner and Diversity: Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
Business Enterprise: Dr Alex Birrell, CEO, Paftec
Global: Prof Ann Henderson-Sellers, Professor Emerita, Macquarie University
Innovation: Director, Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health
Local / Regional: Linda O’Brien, Principal Granville Boys High School, Sydney – NSW Dept. of Education
Philanthropy: Janette Savage, Regional Coordinator & Funding Chairperson, Cancer Care Western NSW Inc.
Public Policy: Prof Jane Halton, Secretary, Department of Finance
Social Enterprise: Jo Cavanagh OAM, CEO, Family Life
Young leader: Genevieve Clay-Smith: Co-founder, Bus Stop Films & Taste Creativ