The annual, national search for Britain’s most inspirational younger women is under way with the launch of the 2013 Women of the Future awards.
The Women of the Future Awards, in association with Shell, are the largest national programme to recognise talented women aged 35 and under who are role models for the next generation.
Now in their seventh year, the awards recognise women across nine industries; they also recognise mentors and organisations that promote their own younger women.
Women of the Future supporters include patrons Cherie Blair and Princess Badiya Bint El Hassan, as well as Master of the Royal Household Sir David Walker, BBC “Dragon” James Caan and double Olympic gold medal-winner Dame Kelly Holmes.
Winners in 2012 included Lindsay Goldsbrough, the Middlesbrough-based checkout girl who became manager at Asda’s top-performing store worldwide; doctor-turned entrepreneur Kate Hersov, who founded the world’s first medical education company for children, Medikidz; pioneering businesswoman Nicola Elliott, who built the organic fragrance and body care brand, Neom Organics; and 18-year-old Hannah Blyth who discovered two asteroids during a work experience placement.
Pinky Lilani OBE said:
“In a changing economy and society in which many institutions suffer from a lack of trust, our most talented younger women are taking the responsibility for inspiring and supporting the next generation.
“It’s they who keep calm and carry on. The Women of the Future awards, and wider network, is a mutually supportive network of women who have the power to change Britain for the better.
“Every year, I am amazed at the unique talents we unearth, and their capacity for kindness and generosity. I urge organisations, and individuals, to nominate their own ‘women of the future’ for the 2013 awards.”
“Programmes like this give confidence to the next generation. The Women of the Future awards is an increasingly influential network that showcases the talent of our younger women.
“Shell is not only proud to have supported these awards since they began; we see it as our responsibility to champion the achievements of future outstanding talent”.
“Role models will play a vital role in the global economic recovery. The Women of the Future inspires the entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and business people of tomorrow.”
The closing date for entries is Wednesday September 11, 2013. The awards ceremony takes place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Wednesday November 13, 2013.
For information on how to enter the awards, visit: