Cherie Blair launches Women of the Future Awards recognising young talent

The Awards, whose headline sponsor is Aviva, are open to women aged 35 or under and celebrate rising talent across business, culture, media and more.

Each year the WOF Awards unearth and recognise women across the UK who will make up the leaders of tomorrow. Previous winners include, writer & television presenter Dawn O’Porter; Women’s Editor at the Daily Telegraph, Emma Barnett; co-founder Holly Tucker; and Olivia Garfield, Chief Executive of Severn Trent.

All women shortlisted for a WOF Award are invited to join the WOF Ambassadors Programme, connecting award-winning women with sixth-formers; the WOF Network, which is set up for members to connect and build business relationships; and to participate in the WOF Summit.

This year’s Awards winners will be announced on 27 October, 2015 to coincide with the WOF Summit, held in London. The Summit, now in its fourth year, is an annual forum for future women leaders to come together from across the globe and involves discussions on the economic and business issues of the day, as well as opportunities for networking, collaboration, insight, and celebration.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future: “When I founded WOF ten years ago I could not have imagined the incredible momentum that has built up around them today. As well as recognising these successful women on the evening, WOF has built the capacity for women to mentor students, discuss the topics of the day at the Summit, and network directly at our events. I can’t wait to see the nominations for this year’s Awards.”

Aviva Group CEO, Mark Wilson, said: “Never has it been so important to celebrate young female talent in Britain. We’ve come a long way in the last few years. More women are reaching senior positions, their talents realised and the unquestionable benefits this brings for business and society is being recognised. From our own experiences, we know that diversity across our business brings about better decision making, more innovation and stronger relationships with our customers. Put simply – it makes good business sense. But there is much more to do.

“We believe more needs to be done to recognise and encourage female talent earlier on in their careers – and that is why Women of the Future is so crucial and why Aviva is honoured to support these awards.”