Cox Automotive Australia, in partnership with Ladies in Automotive, has offered the primary Barbara Cox ‘Lady of the 12 months Award’ and a $5000 prize in the direction of the winner’s private growth.
Eleni Mitakos is Australia’s first recipient, the award offered at Cox Automotive Australia’s ‘Ladies with Drive’ occasion, to have a good time Worldwide Ladies’s Day in Melbourne on March 8.
Mitakos based Galmatic, an organisation which runs automobile upkeep workshops and college incursions for women and since 2007 has since taught and influenced greater than 1,000,000 females.
Named after the late Barbara Cox who served as director of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive’s mum or dad firm within the USA, the award goals to recognise and reward ladies who display a dedication to innovation, management, or neighborhood throughout the Australian automotive trade.
The award is sponsored by Cox Automotive and Andrew Parry-Okeden, Barbara Cox’s grandson and Cox Automotive Australia non-executive director, who’s the native patron.
Mitakos was chosen because the winner from greater than 25 nominations from all automotive trade sectors all through the nation.
“The 4 shortlisted women needs to be tremendously happy with their achievements,” says Cox Automotive Australia folks options head Silvia Balovcikova.
“All of them amply display the qualities we have been on the lookout for in our candidates; inspiring management, a dedication to innovation and contributing to their trade and their communities.”
Congratulating Mitakos, Balovcikova says the winner impressed the judging panel together with her drive and dedication to empower ladies and youngsters to equip themselves with life expertise to make sure protected automobile practices and upkeep since she established Galmatic in 2007.
“In addition to instructing college students in her faculty packages, she additionally works with native councils to supply automobile upkeep workshops to ladies locally,” Balovcikova provides.
“Along side the NSW Schooling Division she was a part of a pilot program ‘Pushed to Succeed’ the place Galmatic travelled by means of regional NSW and labored to show regional women to see the automotive trade as an apprenticeship choice.
“Following this program there was a rise of 20% within the quantity of feminine apprenticeships taken up throughout the areas. The affect Eleni has made over the past 15 years is unbelievable and she or he is a really worthy winner of the inaugural Barbara Cox Award.”
The three finalists have been Honda Australia director Carolyn McMahon, Mycar Australia state supervisor (WA, SA, NT, TAS and ACT) Sandy Cikara, and Ventura heavy automobile mechanic Tayla McIlwain.
Balovcikova says: “The Barbara Cox award is a method we’re exhibiting our dedication to equity, range, and inclusion within the automotive sector.”
Ladies in Automotive supervisor Dr Imogen Reid says the award “supplies a possibility to showcase the unbelievable however usually ignored contribution ladies make to the automotive trade – in any respect ranges”.
“It’s so encouraging to see the award generate so many entries in its first yr and we sit up for supporting the award and seeing the way it grows in future years.”
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