Teresa Boughey MBCCA Winner

A Diversity and Inclusion specialist who has made it her mission to help over 10,000 companies create an inclusive workplace has been announced as the Winner of the Most Influential Business Woman of the Year at the Midlands Business and Community Charity (MBCC) Awards.

Teresa Boughey, founder and CEO of Jungle HR and Inclusion 247, was up against tough competition at the MBCC Awards, with 6 other individuals who look to inspire others and demonstrate authority in their field of expertise.

Upon announcing the winner of the Most Influential Business Person of the Year category guests learnt that, for the first time, there had been an equal tie, therefore the judges decided to award Most Influential Business Man of the Year to Bobby Singh, Co-Founder of Love your Postcode ™ Estate Agents, and Most Influential Business Woman of the Year to Teresa.

With a media focus on gender equality, gender pay reporting and numerous initiatives such as the Hampton Alexander Review aimed at creating a more equal workplace, Teresa has been in high demand this year. She has spoken at several conferences including the IoD Regional Diversity and Inclusion conference and is a regular media commentator on issues such as gender balance and workforce equality generally.

Teresa said: “The MBCC awards is a truly inspirational event and Zoe Bennett and all the team put in an amazing amount of effort to recognise unsung heroes from across the business and community sector.

“I was thrilled and humbled to be announced as one of two winners of the Most Influential Business Person of the Year as the category was packed with hugely talented and inspiring individuals. I devote a lot of time to being a role model and promoting the benefits of an inclusive society where everyone feels respected and valued for their unique difference. My vision is to be a beacon of possibility for others and I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported me.”

Award winners for the 12 categories of the MBCC Awards were announced at a black-tie event for over 450 guests at Aston Villa Football club on Saturday 16 November 2019.

Teresa is the creator of the tribe5 Diversity & Inclusion Methodology™ which provides a framework to help organisations assess and progress on their Diversity and Inclusion journey.  Earlier this year, Teresa’s book ‘Closing the Gap – 5 steps to creating an Inclusive Culture’, based on the tribe5 principles, reached Amazon Number One Bestseller in three categories – HR and Personnel Management, Business and Finance Reference (Kindle Store) and Human Resource Management.

As a bestselling author, TEDx and keynote speaker Teresa is now seen as a key person of influence particularly in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She has been a judge at the UK Business Awards, keynote speaker at the Festival of Global People and has spoken at the BCCC Women in Business launch event and the inaugural Shropshire Council’s Leadership Conference. Teresa has also recently launched a podcast – Inclusion247’ where she aims to widen the dialogue around Diversity and Inclusion and educate and inspire others to take action.

Earlier this year Teresa won the “Woman Who Achieves – Change Champion for Women in Business” Award for the second year running. In January she was listed as one of the top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in the peak b’s f:Entreprenurs list and became a Regional finalist in the Midlands Female Entrepreneur in the Forward Ladies National Awards.