The 12th outing of the First Women Awards is drawing closer, having served as a benchmark for recognition of senior-level business women over the last decade, with the aim of unearthing those whose achievements and individual actions have helped and are helping to remove barriers and open up opportunities for others to follow.Previous winners at the First Women Awards have included the entrepreneurial duo behind notonthehighstreet.com and Thea Green of Nails Inc. The awards have also brought together female luminaries such as Juliet Davenport of Good Energy, author Annabel Karmel, former Dragons’ Den investor Hilary Devey and MITIE Group CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith. The chance to be among those recognised during the 2016 First Women Awards will come to an end on 15 April, when the deadline for nominations closes. Nominations for the First Women Awards can be made by the woman herself or by a professional colleague. So if you know an inspirational, trailblazing woman, or believe you’ve conquered industries yourself, then nominate yourself – or someone else – for the First Women Awards. The awards will span 13 categories – plus a lifetime achievement award. Successful candidates will then be invited to meet an illustrious judges panel populated by business leaders early May before the award ceremony takes place on 22 June at the Lancaster London Hotel. The First Women Award movement has also been further extended with the inaugural First Women Summit. Featuring discussions ranging from boardroom quotas to female entrepreneurship, the summit featured speakers including confused.com founder Sara Murray and Amadeus Capital Partners CEO Anne Glover. Read more from the First Women Summit:
- Are quotas bad for business?
- Flexible working requires a cultural change to work
- Educating girls on under-represented sectors is key to future economy
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