Vassallo beat six other short-listed finalists to take home the Australian HR Rising Star of the Year.
“Ashleigh has demonstrated strength in contributing to our people strategy by partnering with the business to deliver increased levels of recruitment and implementing new projects addressing the ongoing changes in the industrial relations landscape,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.
“It is terrific to see her recognised as the nation’s best up and coming HR professional.
“Our people remain at the heart of our business and underpin the success we deliver for our clients every day. We are immensely proud to have a highly effective, rising star business partner in Ashleigh who is as committed to our people’s growth and development as her own – helping to set them up for successful careers.”
ICC Sydney’s HR director Luke Fleming also praised Vassallo’s work.
“Since Ashleigh joined our ranks over a year ago, she has lived up to ICC Sydney’s values demonstrating great integrity, creativity and connection as she delivered our human resources programs for our expansive workforce,” he said.
“This national accolade is a testament to Ashleigh’s professionalism in her role as Business Partner and I could not be prouder of her achievement.”
Vassallo said she was “extremely humbled” to recognised with the Rising Star award.
“I am especially proud to have this acknowledgement of my contribution in creating a safe, efficient and welcoming work environment for our extraordinary team of professionals,” she said.
Brisbane Airport Corporation took home Employer of Choice in the 100-999 employees category, while Accor was shortlisted for best Workplace Flexibility Program and the hotel group’s Sara Maddison was shortlisted in the Rising Star category.