3 August, 2023

Local businesswoman named as a finalist for national awards

Chantelle Venter of Pillar Consulting Group has been named as a finalist for the AusMumpreneur Awards in two categories, ‘One To Watch’ and ‘Consulting Services’.

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The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Chantelle is a proud mum and owner and director of Pillar Consulting Group Australia, starting out in 2020 to bring a modern safety approach to business.

Since she was 22, Chantelle has had a business, fulfilling her lifelong goal of self-employment. Growing up in a family of successful entrepreneurs, at a very young age Chantelle was instilled with empathetic values by her widowed mother.

She was inspired to make a change in people’s lives after working in human resources and recruitment for many years, where she witnessed firsthand gaps in organisations’ health and safety systems. She has lived and worked in four countries which gives her global in-depth experience. Chantelle is driven by a strong work ethic, challenge and change and continues her passion to make a genuine effort to improve people’s lives.

covid had a rapid impact on Chantelle personally from the get-go. She was isolated from family and felt like she was disconnected from her purpose.

“I’ve always had immense concern for the wellbeing of others. My mother instilled a strong sense of responsibility and concern of individuals, and starting Pillar allowed me to actively contribute to creating a safer environment for my clients,” she said.

Chantelle’s background allowed her a deeper understanding of the importance of wellbeing and psychosocial risk at work, and she can now leverage her existing knowledge and skills to help businesses implement effective safety and wellbeing programs.

Since Covid, the demand for support in health and wellbeing at work has risen significantly and Pillar Consulting is providing meaningful support to businesses and employees out there.

Chantelle is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly that we have delivered safety programs to a range of industries and as a small business we have supported a couple of large-scale complex businesses in the transport and logistics and education sectors.

“We have had continued success with retaining clients who’ve supported us since our inception and have returning clients supporting us,” she said.

“There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood. I wanted to build a brand and business that support women in business, working mothers, allows me flexibility while pursuing a meaningful career and the ability to bring my whole self to business and work.”

It can be challenging to be a successful businesswoman while raising a family, and Chantelle gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise.

“It doesn’t matter how often you fall; what matters most is that you stand up every time. Never forget why you started! I’ve had many moments of giving up or taking the easy way out. I’ve learned that when you stay true to your purpose, you’ll always succeed, no matter the obstacle, challenge, or roadblock you are facing. Adapt, persevere, communicate, delegate, learn and always strive to be better than today.”

The winners of the AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in September.


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