Cox Automotive Australia, in partnership with Girls in Automotive, has offered the primary Barbara Cox ‘Lady of the Yr Award’ and a $5000 prize in direction of the winner’s private improvement.
Eleni Mitakos is Australia’s first recipient, the award offered at Cox Automotive Australia’s ‘Girls with Drive’ occasion, to have fun Worldwide Girls’s Day in Melbourne on March 8.
Mitakos based Galmatic, an organisation which runs automotive 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 dad or mum firm within the USA, the award goals to recognise and reward girls who reveal a dedication to innovation, management, or group throughout the Australian automotive business.
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 business sectors all through the nation.
“The 4 shortlisted women must be tremendously pleased with their achievements,” says Cox Automotive Australia individuals options head Silvia Balovcikova.
“All of them amply reveal the qualities we have been searching for in our candidates; inspiring management, a dedication to innovation and contributing to their business and their communities.”
Congratulating Mitakos, Balovcikova says the winner impressed the judging panel together with her drive and dedication to empower girls and youngsters to equip themselves with life abilities to make sure secure automobile practices and upkeep since she established Galmatic in 2007.
“In addition to educating college students in her college applications, she additionally works with native councils to supply automotive upkeep workshops to girls locally,” Balovcikova provides.
“Together with the NSW Schooling Division she was a part of a pilot program ‘Pushed to Succeed’ the place Galmatic travelled by regional NSW and labored to show regional women to see the automotive business as an apprenticeship possibility.
“Following this program there was a rise of 20% within the quantity of feminine apprenticeships taken up throughout the areas. The impression Eleni has made during the last 15 years is unbelievable and she or he is a very 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 technique we’re exhibiting our dedication to equity, range, and inclusion within the automotive sector.”
Girls in Automotive supervisor Dr Imogen Reid says the award “gives a chance to showcase the unbelievable however typically neglected contribution girls make to the automotive business – in any respect ranges”.
“It’s so encouraging to see the award generate so many entries in its first yr and we look ahead to supporting the award and seeing the way it grows in future years.”
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