Emerg­ing tal­ent

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TOWNSVILLE psy­chol­o­gist Kylie Lavers who founded the city’s Psy­lu­tion Worx prac­tice has pipped the field to take out the Bendigo Bank North Queens­land Busi­ness Woman of the Year award.

Ms Lavers was named win­ner in the Emerg­ing Busi­ness Woman cat­e­gory, one of six con­sti­tut­ing the awards from whose win­ners the Busi­ness Woman of the Year is se­lected.

Nine fi­nal­ists were cho­sen from more than 60 nom­i­nees for the awards, staged at Ry­dges South­bank on Satur­day night and run by Townsville Busi­ness Women’s Net­work.

Net­work pres­i­dent Pene­lope-Ann Sullivan said i t was un­usual for an Emerg­ing cat­e­gory win­ner to take the top ac­co­lade, but judges thought Ms Lavers was out­stand­ing i n her achieve­ments.

‘‘ We will be nom­i­nat­ing Ms Lavers for other busi­ness woman awards and we en­cour­age her and other win­ners not to be hes­i­tant in putting them­selves for­ward,’’ she said.

‘‘ Each year, our judges are as­tounded by the qual­ity of the nom­i­nees and many win­ners have gone on to re­ceive recog­ni­tion at na­tional awards.’’

Ms Lavers said the win had come as a shock.

‘‘ To be re­viewed by one’s peers is a fan­tas­tic process and it made me think about what I have done,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ To be se­lected as a fi­nal­ist from among a tal­ented group of women made the process ex­cit­ing. The re­view and the awards have given me the con­fi­dence and courage to go for­ward. Also, the awards are great ex­po­sure for busi­ness women and for my busi­ness.’’

Ms Lavers be­gan her work­ing life in 1999 at age 16, join­ing the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and qual­i­fy­ing as a diesel me­chanic.

Later, at­tracted to psy­chol­ogy, she un­der­took her de­gree part-time at James Cook Univer­sity with the s up­port of the Def e nce Force, com­plet­ing her stud­ies in 2001 and join­ing the pri­vate sec­tor some time later. She has worked for Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices at Townsville’s Stu­art jail, JCU’s Ca­reers Coun­selling Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre, Queens­land Rail in its Em­ployee As­sis­tance Ser­vice and Queens­land Health.

Ms Lavers est ab­lished Psy­lu­tion Worx in Septem­ber 2008 and a year later es­tab­lished a prac­tice at Mount Isa. Psy­lu­tion Worx fo­cuse son meet­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional, de­vel -op­men­tal, ed­u­ca­tional and cor­po­rate needs. Win­ners were: Cor­po­rate: Roslyn Dal­ton, Queens­land Nickel; Owner: Natasha White­side, Vista Homes & De­sign; Part­ner: Glenda Wood­ford, BNG Sports; Judges’ Enc ourage­ment Award : Kirsten Gadsby, Bizrich; Ali­son Wenck Com-mu­nity Lead­er­ship Award: Kelly May, AECOM.

Photo: MO­MENTS IN LIFE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

PER­FORM­ERS: Bendigo Bank North Queens­land Busi­ness Women’s Awards win­ners Kirsten Gadsby, Glenda Wood­ford, Roslyn Dal­ton, Kylie Lavers, Natasha White­side and Kelly May with their awards at Ry­dges South­bank on Satur­day night

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