MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – September 29th, 2009 – Karen Cariss, CEO of leading Integrated Talent Management solutions provider, PageUp People, has been selected as a Victorian finalist in the 2009 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Cariss was named as one of 4 finalists in the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Category. Finalists were selected based on their business acumen, financial success, work life balance, leadership qualities and a commitment to being the best they can be.

As a business owner Cariss has realised significant success, having built the company over 12 years ago to today having an $8 million turnover, offices globally and supporting some of the world’s largest organisation’s HR practices.

Cariss noted the process as being very positive and noted how extremely privileged she feels to have been able to build such a successful company from the ground up.

“It is very humbling to be named as a finalist in these awards amongst such good company.”

“I am ecstatic at the huge growth PageUp People has achieved and believe the key factors of the escalation of the business have been a combination of partnering with clients, smart business operations and surrounding myself with talented and inspiring people.”

PageUp People has received numerous accolades in the last few years, including being listed on the BRW fast 100 for three consecutive years, receiving the B3000 Innovation Award, SmartCompany50 Awards, Anthill Cool Company Awards and Karen has personally been listed on the BRW Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs and recognised as the 2009 Ernst and Young – Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award finalists are now in the running to win the Telstra Business Women’s Award in their category and possibly become the Telstra Victorian Business Women of the Year to be announced to be announced Tuesday 6 October 2009 at a luncheon at Crown Casino.

Cariss joins an impressive list of Victorians in the Business Owners category including Sharon Thurin of Slim Secrets, Marlene Tham of Melbourne Weight Loss and Sue Shepherd of Shepherd Works Pty Ltd.