The founder and CEO of Inspired Adventures, Justine Curtis, has won a Telstra Business Women’s Award and a Gold Stevie, Liz Henderson reveals.

Justine CurtisJustine Curtis, the founder and chief executive officer of Inspired Adventures, has won a Telstra Business Women’s Award for Business Owner NSW after being named a finalist in two categories. The awards celebrate brilliant business women in Australia. “I was humbled to have received a nomination,” Curtis said. “To become a finalist and eventually win an award was an honour.”

That acknowledgement in October was then followed by the announcement in November that Curtis had earned a Gold Stevie for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – recognising the achievements of women in business in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Curtis was inspired at age 15 by Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, who she says was one of the first women to create a business for social good.

2014 marks the 10th year since Curtis established her charity challenge company, hoping to give ordinary people like herself the opportunity to do something extraordinary. On the night she received her Telstra Business Women’s Award, she dedicated it to her team, the charities Inspired Adventures had partnered with and the Australians who had taken part in challenges.

“Running my business has been my very own inspired adventure,” she told guests. “One of the biggest challenges I have faced was having the confidence to create my own company.

“From my humble beginnings working in my living room, creating a business plan on the back of an envelope,” she added, “I could never have envisioned having raised $14 million for charities, creating 400 fundraising adventures across 10 countries, and engaging 4,000 incredible Australians, trekking, running, cycling and running marathons for so many amazing Australian challenges.”

Watch Justine receiving her Telstra Business Women’s award:

Liz Henderson is the editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.

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