Gerringong's Kimberley Abbott - an influential woman

Kimberley Abbott said her inclusion on last year’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Awards list had come with many benefits

Kimberley Abbott said her inclusion on last year’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Awards list had come with many benefits

NAMED as one of Australia's 100 most influential women last year, Gerringong's Kimberley Abbott is encouraging people to nominate women who they think deserve to be recognised.

Ms Abbott was named on The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 2013 100 Women of Influence list and was also an award finalist in the Young Leader category.

Ms Abbott was recognised for her work in establishing Roka, a social enterprise venture based in India which aims to empower impoverished women with the means to turn the by-products from granite quarrying into high-quality jewellery.

The 24-year-old engineering graduate from the University of Wollongong said her inclusion on last year's list had come with many benefits.

"To be named on the list was pretty overwhelming and pretty humbling, there were women on there who I admire and really look up to, so it was amazing to be included," she said.

"But besides that it definitely had some great benefits, one was obviously the publicity that Roka received, and the other was that you're instantly part of a network with a hundred really talented people and you become friends and mentors and help each other out."

There are 10 categories.

Ms Abbott said people should not hesitate to nominate themselves or others.

Nominations can be made at the website 100womenofinfluence.com.au.

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