About the Women in the City Future Leaders Award
Launched in 2010, the Women in the City Future Leaders Award recognises the achievements to date and the leadership potential of fast-track women in the early stages of their career. The Award is national and open to women working in the UK for organisations (private, public, third-sector) employing 250+.
Typically Women in the City Future Leaders Award applicants are at the transition point between a management and leadership role and will form the pipeline of women who will reach senior executive and Board positions.
At a relatively young age, they are making a contribution beyond their functional, technical or specialist area, are committed to their personal and professional development and have a heightened sense of self-awareness.
Many have post-graduate business qualifications and some global experience, either living in a number of countries and/or working in a range of territories.
Simply entering the Women in the City Future Leaders Award can have a significant impact on a Candidate’s career.
Many are nominated by senior executives and say that they are “surprised and pleased” when, for example, their CEO nominates them and realize that their contribution is being recognised. Others report the support they receive from colleagues through the Judging Process and the congratulations they receive from clients and customers on becoming a Women in the City Future Leaders Award Finalist or Winner.
Most Women in the City Future Leaders Award Finalists achieve a promotion or are given more stretching opportunities within six months of their award achievement and many attribute this not only to the internal and external exposure they gained, but the courage they gained from having competed for the award.
For example, within 2 years, the Women in the City Future Leaders Award Winner, 2011, Leire Jimenez of Mapfre moved from European Sales Director to Managing Director China to CEO Asia Pacific whilst Renee Hawkins moved from Client Principal to Head of Operations at Thoughworks and also fitted in some maternity leave following her Award success in 2012.
Chance to step back and reflect
Even those Future Leaders Award candidates who do not progress through the judging process report that they found the experience of stepping back and reviewing their career in order to complete the application form a valuable process that helped them more clearly identify their forward career path.
The 2017 Future Leaders Award Ceremony will happen in June 2017. It will be a celebration of our candidates, finalists and winner.
If you’d like to reach and engage with high potential leaders why not SPONSOR this award in 2017, to find out more contact Awards Manager Helen Marsters