Thursday, November 12th, 2009
Australian technology identity Sonja Bernhardt known for her sometimes controversial intervention programs such as $Million Babe (, Screen Goddess ( and “Doing IT Around the World ( has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to supporting and encouraging other women into science, engineering and technology.

Queensland Minister for Women Karen Struthers presented the Our Women, Our State Awards during a ceremony in Brisbane.

Sonja Chief Executive Officer of software development house, ThoughtWare, was named the winner of the Industry or Business Award.

“It is wonderful to see women with such a passion not only excelling in their own careers, but offering their time and energy to support others to get involved.” Ms Struthers said.

The Our Women, Our State Awards were presented across eight categories recognising and rewarding Queensland girls and women who have made positive contributions to advancing women in traditionally male-dominated industries.

Sonja, who was selected from a highly competitive field of nominees and finalists from across the State, received $3000 in prize money, a trophy and certificate.

The Industry or Business Award was sponsored by IMBcom and The Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

On this occasion Bernhardt has decided to ‘be selfish’ and put the money towards a well deserved holiday.

Other recent award recognition for Bernhardt are:
• She was awarded the ICT Outstanding Achievement Awards – sponsored by Optus, at a glamorous 1920’s themed evening at the Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane (late August 2009).
• Her company and aged care software solution i.on my care ( was triple recognised at the Aged Care Technology Awards in Sydney. (Late May 2009).

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Non traditional careers supporting and encouraging other women into science, engineering and technology.


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