Inside the 2017 Women of the Future Awards

We've never seen so many powerful women in one room.

By Kate Wagner, Chloe Lal, Bella Brennan

The Australian Women's Weekly Qantas Women of the Future awards were established to seek out Australia's most inspiring young women; to celebrate women that will, in their own way, change the world.

Now in it's fifth year, the competition encourages young women aged between 18 and 34 with a great business idea, charity or creative venture to enter, and the panel was blown away by entries.

And the nominees will be in good company with a litany of other iconic Australians in attendance at the Langham Hotel in Sydney.

MC Lisa Wilkinson will be joined by Australia's first female Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop, tireless UNHCR campaigner Marta Dusseldorp, and hilarious political journalist, and fabulous baker, Annabel Crabb.

And we haven't even started on the phenomenal women in the audience...

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