'It's for all of us'
Raytheon Australia executive receives women's leadership award
Sarah Valentine, the leader of Raytheon Australia’s communications office, has received a prestigious business award for women from the telecommunications company Telstra.
Valentine, who joined Raytheon Australia more than a decade ago, was named Telstra’s 2015 Corporate and Private Business Woman of the Year for the Australian Capital Territory.
“What's so pleasing about both this honour and this moment is that it belongs to so many more women than just me,” Valentine said in her acceptance speech. “It's for all of us who know that our success is in no small part due to the hard work and passion of our wonderful teams.”
Valentine and her team promote Raytheon Australia as a leader in technology and innovation. They are responsible for corporate affairs and communications in Australia, Japan and South Korea.
The Telstra award “acknowledges every woman who is proud to play their part in defending Australia and its national interests,” Valentine said, as well as “those who recognise the importance of diversity of thought in all that we do.”
As part of her role, Valentine oversees Raytheon Australia’s corporate social responsibility efforts, including its support of Special Olympics and its partnership with Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. She made reference to those initiatives in her acceptance speech.
“The award also honours those of us who believe that businesses that succeed by doing their best work have responsibility to share the results of those efforts,” she said.
As the award recipient for the Australian Capital Territory, Valentine is nominated for the national award. That ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 18 November 2015.