Finalists relishing chance to network

LAUNCESTON women Diana Butler, Julia Ralph and Luci Mills are heading to Sydney on Wednesday to compete for top titles in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards.

The women say they are not too concerned with winning - they are more excited to meet and network with other businesswomen from around the country.

``I find it really inspiring meeting and socialising with inspirational women,'' Mrs Butler said.

She is in the running to win the national White Pages Community and Government award.

Mrs Butler is the executive director of The Care for Africa Foundation and a nurse at the Launceston General Hospital.

Mrs Mills, equity partner of Camerons accounting, is in the running for the title of Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, as well as competing in the Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award.

``I'm up against some tough competition for businesswoman of the year, like Therese Rein, Kevin Rudd's wife,'' she said.

Newstead Hair owner Mrs Ralph will be trying to bring the Marie Claire Young Business Women's and Nokia Business Innovation awards home to Tasmania.

``I'm really excited for the awards . . . I have already been in contact with the New South Wales winner and I feel like there are some good friendships going to come out of this,'' Mrs Ralph said, who was a finalist in the awards in 2004.

The women are three of four Tasmanians who won their categories at a state level to progress to the national final.

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