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Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito - Finalist for National Entrepreneur Awards 2021

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

AUSTRALIA - Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito of Women’s and Breast Imaging in Cottesloe Western Australia has been named as finalist for the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards in the following categories:





The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognize 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 recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Vanessa is an overseas-trained Specialist Radiologist from the Philippines who undertook her sub-specialty fellowship training in breast imaging, interventional and vascular radiology, musculoskeletal and paediatric radiology in Western Australia.

She leads the team at Women’s and Breast Imaging (WBI) as a business owner, clinical director, and principal breast imaging specialist. She is committed to creating a positive, healthy, inclusive workplace environment for her staff and patients. WBI is a 40-year-old business which she took over in 2014.

It is a boutique breast imaging centre based in Cottesloe, the only private imaging centre in Western Australia which offers a one-stop-shop dedicated in screening and diagnosis of breast diseases in women, including paediatrics and men.

Vanessa is married with a son and daughter and contributes actively to her community in numerous ways.

She enjoys completing triathlon, half ironman, cycling and marathon events. She is also a member of a Filipino-Australian church choir (San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir).

Vanessa is delighted to be named a finalist with the Women's Business School and is proud of her achievements. In particular, her academic appointments as Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer, Examiner and Clinician-Student Mentor at Curtin Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia Medical School.

Balancing Business and Motherhood

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Vanessa explains:

When I was working as a doctor in the government hospital, I had a fixed full-time work week. In addition, I had the responsibility to work after-hours, weekends, public holiday roster. I missed significant events in my kid’s life.

Now as a business owner, I have a choice to attend to important family matters.

I have the privilege to take time-off from work to attend my kids school assemblies, concerts, academic awards, sporting competition events and doctor’s appointments.

I enjoy being an “Uber-mum” for my kids, loving our bonding moments during the commute to and from school and after school extra-curricular activities. Going away on holidays are also easier compared to being a full-time employee.”

It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Vanessa gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise.

Always remind yourself your “WHY”.

Learn to develop your POSITIVE MINDSET.”

Read more at The winners of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September.


Editor : Dr Renee Ralph, Co-Founder, The Brilliant Foundation

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