Push! Leadership and Business Training - Empowering Women

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Company: Push! Leadership and Business Training, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Company Description: Push! is the leadership and business coaching arm of Vidotto Group, a family run consultancy established in 2000, supplying training, mentoring and team building services to companies both internationally and throughout Australia. The Push! Team believe that leadership is the single greatest contributor to success in leading organisations.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Women Helping Women – Business

Nomination Title: Empowering Women

Describe for the judges the nominated individual's activities and accomplishments that provided support and assistance to other women since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Alison Vidotto is a writer for HerBusiness (Australian Businesswomen's Network), an organisation focused on supporting women in business. The HerBusiness community currently reaches more than 30,000 women from around the world. Alison's leadership and business articles are published fortnightly and rank in top five readership. In January 2016, Alison was announced as 2015 Member of the Year. “Alison’s support of the community and her willingness to contribute, to take chances, to ask questions, are the exact attributes that we value here at the Australian Businesswomen’s Network and it’s a great pleasure and honour to have Alison in our community.” explained ABN CEO Suzi Dafnis.

Alison also writes for CBA Women in Focus, Leader in Heels and has been interviewed by other organisations that support women in business.

This year, Alison also joined the Australian Institute of Management 2016 Member Exchange program as a voluntary mentor. Alison’s focus is directed solely towards women in business who are in need of guidance and support.

Alison provided mentoring support to female candidate in the program, who works at one of Australia's biggest private insurance companies. The mentee was having difficulties to keep up with the fast paced and demanding environment she was exposed to and also lacked the communication and leadership skills necessary to deal with senior staff members across the company. Alison's practical advice not only covered all the pain points presented by the mentee, but also equipped her with skills that will make the difference throughout her entire career. By the end of the six month program significant results had been achieved.

Earlier this year, Alison met with local authorities in Vanuatu to discuss different approaches to increase training, networking and employment opportunities for disadvantaged women in Vanuatu. The ultimate goal is to increase their resilience, confidence and independence. Figures provided by the head of the program indicated that women who don't have access to education or a job are more likely to suffer domestic violence. Alison's leadership expertise was highly regarded as a strong tool to combat this issue; making these women active members of their community is the first step in changing people's mindset about their role in their society.

Alison is also the CEO and head trainer of Push! Leadership Business Training. As such, Alison is aware of the important role leadership plays in people's personal and professional lives. As a dynamic business woman who is also a mother of six, Alison experienced firsthand the challenges working women face. In October last year, Alison developed a leadership workshop dedicated to women in business; the LeadHERship program. The sessions were designed to work with female business owners and managers to develop their own authentic leadership style and increase their leadership skills. A variety of leadership and management theories relevant to women were covered such as leadership presence, assertive communication, impostor syndrome, emotional intelligence and others.

Alison also attends voluntary monthly meetings with women from the 2014-2015 Push! Roundtable program. The meeting agenda includes discussing the main progress these women have had since the end of the program and the current challenges they face.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):

Alison Vidotto is an award winning author, professional speaker, CEO of Vidotto Group, Leadership trainer, Founder and Managing Director of the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam.

As a mother of six and a successful business woman for over twenty years, Alison has earned her strong business and teaching reputation. While raising her family, Alison engaged in professional development and tertiary education studies, as well as running her own small business. She has also been involved in a number of boards and played an active role in her industry and community.

Alison has a passion for leadership and development, both within herself and in other women. The lessons Alison learned during her journey she now shares through her keynote speaking, leadership and training courses.