EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR WINNER
An entrepreneur, leader, mentor, public speaker and published author; Penny Spencer, managing director of the Spencer Group of companies, is an omega-level professional and an all-around legend. She’s regularly recognised as one of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs, with regular accolades that include being placed as a finalist in last year’s Telstra Women in Business Awards, making the Women in Travel in Powerlist in 2017 and 2018, and being ranked in SmartCompany’s Top 30 Female Entrepeneurs for the last three consecutive years.
While her group of travel businesses have also featured in Australia’s Fortune Top 500 Private Companies, she’s also an advocate for fair-dinkum workplace culture and regularly shares her passion as an events speaker, including Travel Weekly’s Travel Daze conference. A passionate advocate for mentoring, Spencer founded the not-for-profit Travel Industry Mentoring Experience (TIME) in 2009, aiming to develop the future leaders of the Australian travel industry, and has worked tirelessly ever since to realise her aspirations.