Alumni Excellence Award

Kate Morris

2021 Alumni Excellence Award

Monash Business School engages in the highest quality research and education to have a positive impact on a changing world. Our alumni represent some of the foremost thinkers and brightest achievers across many diverse business disciplines.

The Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award celebrates graduates who are creating a positive impact on the world through outstanding professional contributions. This award particularly celebrates alumni who have achieved excellence in their profession or work life; who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in their particular field; who are a source of inspiration to students and pride to the Business School community and beyond; and who value and reflect the importance of their Monash education.

In 2021, we are delighted to award the Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award to Kate Morris, Co-Founder, Adore Beauty.

A university job on the cosmetic counters led Kate to realise that most women found department stores intimidating which inspired her to create a disruptive beauty shopping experience that empowered consumers. In 2000 at the age of just 21, Adore Beauty was born in her garage in Melbourne and the rest as they say is history!

Kate’s goal of ‘matchmaking’ consumers with the right beauty products led to a groundswell of interest and in 2009 Adore Beauty made the Smart50 for the first time, where it has featured many times since.  The company has grown to more than 260 brands, 10,800 products and a CY20 turnover of $165 million, along with an ASX listing in 2020.

Kate has received many awards and accolades, including Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year for Victoria in 2010, and the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014. She was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015 and in 2017 was the first woman to be awarded the Industry Recognition Award for online retail in the nine-year history of the StarTrack ORIAs.

As a proud Monash alumna, having completed a Bachelor or Business (Management) in 2002, Kate has been an active member of the Monash community and an inspiration to many young students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

She has given her time generously as a speaker, mentor and active board member on the Monash Business School Business Advisory Board from 2015 - 2018.