A Griffith Business School graduate has a date with the Prime Minister or more precisely the 2019 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Penelope Twemlow, who completed a Certificate in Risk Management with Griffith in 2010, has been nominated as a finalist in the Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for her role as founder and chair of Women in Power, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on advancing and empowering women in industry.

Starting out as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, Penelope worked her way up to Navy Chief of Staff, also holding position as a Police Investigator for the Australian Defence Force.Now, a successful executive, she is also CEO of Energy Skills Queensland, and chairs the Queensland Electrical Safety Committee.

“I am so grateful for the recognition of the work that I have done and continue to do in all facets of my work and life. I am so thankful that I have found my ‘calling’ and have been able to work in areas that I am passionate about,” Penelope said in 2017 when she was awarded Griffith Business School’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Although she has many remarkable achievements, Penelope says there are a few of which she is most proud.

“I have been incredibly fulfilled by the work that I have done in the domestic violence, gender equality, homelessness and mental health arenas, and I have received great pleasure in providing training and employment to disadvantaged personnel across the state.

GBS Gala Dinner 2017 - Award Winners LR

2017 GBS Alumnus Awards Barry Thomas, Kim McCosker, Penelope Twemlow and Bob Chua.

The PM’s Veterans’ Employment Awards highlight the innovative ways businesses are attracting, recruiting and retaining veterans, recognising and celebrating Australian organisations that support the successful transition of veterans into civilian careers and appreciate the value veterans bring to business.

The Awards will be held at the Great Hall in Parliament House on March 5.