It’s hard work championing diversity and inclusion for women in business, but worth it when you get dressed up and attend a prestigious luncheon and award ceremony at the beautiful Coombe Abbey Hotel!
I was there representing Jungle HR, having been nominated for the Women Who Achieves…. Change Champion for Women in Business, which was an honour in itself.
The Women Who Achieve Awards were set up three years ago but this was the first time I had been encouraged to enter the awards which are supported by the FSB (Federation of Small Business) who are great champions of Women in Enterprise.
The room was buzzing, full of inspirational women and big name sponsors from the academic and corporate world including Business Success magazine, Coventry Telegraph and Coventry University.
The event was hosted and compered by Dave Sharpe, MC & BBC Broadcaster, https://www.davesharpe.co.uk/testimonials/ and Louise Stewart former BBC Political Correspondent. We heard the amazing stories of the finalists and winners from all 17 categories. It’s a fair to say there’s a lot of very remarkable women out there!
The three keynote speakers all managed to impart some great tips and moving stories with great humour. Holly Matthews, Actress, speaker and mind set coach spoke about her 21 day online positivity course ‘The Happy Me Project’. Emma Heathcote-James, a successful entrepreneur shared her story of The Little Soap Company which she created as a hobby distraction from her writing and Media PR Consultancy. Whilst Business Woman of the Year 2017/18, Fleur Sexton MD of Pet-Xi, told us how she set up one of UK’s most successful training operations with faith, courage, perseverance and a lot of hard work.
The Singing Waiters provided some fun entertainment and a great distraction, but I was so nervous that I hardly ate anything of the delicious lunch.
Finally, it was my turn, and after a tense few moments I was amazed to hear that I had beaten the three other companies to win the award for Change Champion for Women in Business. As I collected my beautiful award I truly felt humbled to be a winner amongst so many women (and men, as this award category was open to both men and women) making a difference locally, nationally and even globally.
The whole event was a magnificent celebration of women who have overcome many barriers to become successful symbols of how far we have come in the world of business, education and training. My mission now is to be a beacon of possibility for women everywhere.