Charlestown’s Lauren Haskins has won the 2020 AusMumpreneur Award for Service Based Business in NSW/ACT.
The Newcastle Weekly spoke to the Director of A Growing Understanding Speech Pathology in August on her nomination.
The awards ceremony was held online via Zoom, with thousands of talented business mums tuning in from all over the country.
Lauren eagerly awaited the results in her living room, and was genuinely surprised by the announcement.
“I just couldn’t believe it. There I was in my living room, hearing the names and watching the pictures of the amazing women I was up against,” she said.
“As my daughter peeked her head around the corner of the room, as they do when you are on a Zoom call, I realised they just said my name. I was the winner!”
The AusMumpreneur Awards, presented by The Women’s Business School, were created to celebrate Australian mums in business who achieved success in a range of areas.
As a mother of two, Lauren has endured the rollercoaster of building a business.
She opened her own clinic while juggling her children and job as an early intervention clinical specialist in speech pathology for NSW Health.
“I believe mums make sacrifices every day, whether they are building a business or not”, Lauren said.
“It’s these sacrifices, big and small, that make us strong, passionate, and dedicated to achieving our goals, regardless of what they may be.”
When the practice opened in 2016, Lauren was the sole clinician with minimal appointments each week.
In just four years, the practice has grown significantly, offering 10 speech pathologists and three client experience officers who work out of three locations – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Port Stephens.
“Celebrating your success and supporting those around you has never been more important,” Lauren said.
“I am profoundly grateful to receive this award, and hope it inspires others, particularly within the speech pathology profession, to strive for their version of ‘success’ and take a chance on their dreams.”