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BORDER women are climbing the
corporate ladder in many ways. Some
have smashed straight through
the glass ceiling, while others say
they've never noticed it.
Ten of our best and brightest shared their
story of getting to the top of their field with
Enterprise. They say hard work and a willingness
to take risks, as well as being damn good at
their jobs has given them the edge to succeed.
Statistics show these women are among the
minority. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the
Workplace Agency says women hold only 7 per
cent of key management personnel positions.
The EOWA 2008 Australian Census of Women
in Leadership shows the number of female
executive managers in the ASX200 has dropped
to 10.7 per cent from 12 per cent in 2006 and
11.4 per cent in 2004.
It found that 54.5 per cent of ASX200
companies have at least one woman in an
executive management position, which is lower
than the US (85.2 per cent), Canada (65.6 per
cent), UK (60 per cent) and South Africa (59.3
Our 10 Border women share their secrets to
success and the challenges they've met along
The view from the top for them is ever-
But doing their absolute best in all facets of
their lives is what makes them happy and they
wouldn't have it any other way.
JULIANA Phelps was pregnant
and about to go on maternity
leave when she applied for the
chief executive officer position at
She got the job and the rest is history.
"I have always said that when an
opportunity presents then grab it with both
hands, it might sound like a cliché but it is so
true,'' she said.
The well-liked and effervescent working
mother is providing a positive role model
for other professional women within the
"I have a great support network, part-
icularly from my partner, and I work for a very
understanding council which understands
the importance of family,'' she said.
Educated on the Border and graduating as
a chartered accountant, Ms Phelps went on
to manage a local industrial packaging plant
as one of her first jobs.
A promotion and move to Melbourne
followed before the familiar call of home
beckoned and Juliana moved back to Albury.
She returned to take on the role of Director
of Corporate and Community Services and
has been with Towong Council for more than
10 years, now serving in the top job.
"Being CEO here, it is important for me to
set the scene for my staff and demonstrate
the importance of a work, life balance,'' she
"People make choices in life and I am here
leading a fabulous team of staff.
"I encourage people to work hard and to
be the best they can be.''
As well as steering the Towong Council
forward and doubling as a busy mother of
two children aged three and one, Juliana
said it was important that working mothers
realised that they couldn't be everything.
"I know that in all sorts of ways, there are
things that I will miss out on today but be
able to do later on,'' she said.
"I have only learned in recent times that it is
ok to be human and admit that you can't do
"But the things that you are doing, ensure
you are doing them to the best of your ability,
and be the best you can.''
Chief executive officer at
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