Women of the Future Awards

Poorna Bell

Awards Founder Pinky Lilani Reveals What She's Learned About Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Kicking off our March campaign Conversation Changers - which shines a spotlight on women who are helping to change the conversation to include women i...

2013: The Year of the Woman?

Helena Eccles | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

The most poignant reflection for me this month has been the celebration of some of the most successful women of 2013... Could we say then that perhaps 2013 has been The Year of The Woman?

Swapping Sweatpants for Suits, Russian for Rush Hour and Being Back at Big Blue

Helena Eccles | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

I have temporarily swapped slovenly student life for that of a suited city slicker. With my track record in high heels, "city-stumbler" would be a more accurate description. I identify with this term, a "Helena original", not only due to my distinct lack of work experience but also as a result of my natural clumsiness in the workplace.

Judging at WOF

Fiona Lambert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Lambert

I also am extremely thrilled to have been part of the panel judging Professional of the Year. Sarah Pierce was such a worthy winner. She is making such an impact on so many lives both within her career but also personally, with talent, energy, grace passion and a smile!

Young, Female and a Leader in Banking - Bucking the Trend? Part Two

Beth Stannard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Stannard

I think one of the most important lessons I've learnt in my career is to be myself. Don't get me wrong, I've learnt a huge amount from others but I've found that it's your uniqueness that makes you stand out.

Your World After the End of The World: An Experiment

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annalisa Sarasini

Two years ago, when I decided to leave my job as VP of Sales for a public company, many people told me "don't do it/that's the end of your career/such a risky move" because I didn't have another job lined up. They saw what I was doing as the end of my world, whilst for me it was the beginning of a new one.

Fly Beyond - Making the Impossible Possible

Dr Ling Ge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ling Ge

I dreamed of making world's first pure metal computer based on GMR technology. I dreamed of making a quantum computer that can have billions of times computing power as our desktop PCs.

Brogan Driscoll

Interview: 20-Year-Old Eliza Rebeiro, Founder Of Inspirational Campaign Lives Not Knives

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Although gangs are believed to be involved in 22% of all serious violence in the country, until the London riots of August 2011 the majority of Brits ...

Fifth Week Blues, Beetroot Soup and a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Helena Eccles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

As I trawl through my Russian grammar books, revelling in the complexities of the perfective and imperfective case, deciphering letters that look more like variations of stick men and desperately try not to sound like a Welshman when speaking the language, I take a moment to remember "Dare 2 B Different" and consider its future successes.

Inspiring Young Writers

Beth Reeks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Reeks

Through my writing and social media, I try and encourage girls to pursue the things they're interested in, whether it's a hobby they would like to make into a career - like writing - or whether it's an academic subject they want to study further, even if it's a STEM subject that's typically a male-dominated area. Girls need good role models and I am determined to be one of them.

Payday Lenders Have Their Place

Naomi Kerbel | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Naomi Kerbel

Even though the industry has been heavily criticised - Labour Leader Ed Miliband has said Wonga is "running riot through our communities" - there is clearly a huge need for access to small values for short periods.

Bucking the Trend?

Beth Stannard | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Stannard

During the 15 years in which I have worked in the financial services industry there have been several times when I have found myself in a minority. Early on in my career I was one of only a few Brits working on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Grand Cayman - a small island with amazing beaches, a large expat population and some very nice cocktails!

Creating Women Role Models in Games

Sophia George | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia George

Growing up, I was fascinated with computers and gaming, mostly due to encouragement from my parents who saw computing as being an increasingly relevant skill to learn. However, the only famous individuals in tech that I knew about were men like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. As a child I felt that it was strange that I was interested in computers, probably because I had no role models to look up to.

Women of the Future

Abi S. Wright | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

It is more than 30 years since women were granted the right to equal pay in the UK and it is generally accepted that there is still more work to be done to redress thousands of years of imbalance

Open-mouthed Feminism

Molly Case | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Molly Case

Without becoming too tangential to the centre of my discussion, I want to briefly identify that this is not a diatribe against Holly Willoughby, against somebody who is doing their job as a television personality, but rather she features since she is part of the show and thus, playing "the only game that exists."

Inspiring the Women of the Future, Today

Neev Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neev Spencer

When I was recently asked to speak at the annual Women of the Future Ambassadors event, I immediately knew I had quite a task on my hands. Being told I'm a 'role model' is one thing but actually getting up and offering guidance to the young ladies of tomorrow is quite another.

So What Does a British Diplomat Really Do?

Julie Chappell | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Chappell

It's fair to say that diplomacy is more of a lifestyle than a career choice. In 14 years with the Foreign Office, I have had 8 jobs and lived in 6 different cities (London, Amman, Baghdad, Washington DC, Addis Ababa and Guatemala City).

Diversity: Giraffes, Penguins and the Young Person in the Workplace

Helena Eccles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

The diversity of the workforce is currently a hot topic. The focus is often on ethnic, gender and geographic diversity, all of which are imperative to a company's ability to provide services to a broad range of clients.

Can You Build a Business Without Finance?

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

In the startup world of Tech City, Shoreditch everything seems to centre around finance. Budding entrepreneurs seem to spend as much time writing slide decks and pitching their offering as they do developing it.

What Do Women Entrepreneurs in Honduras and India Have in Common?

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Annalisa Sarasini

There are so many obvious answers to this question: they started a business, they want to make money, they live in developing markets, and of course they want to be successful. But what do we really mean by "to be successful"? Making a lot of money? Be famous? Own a huge house and be on holiday forever? Sometimes that's it, but not always... and not everywhere....

They Say Life Imitates Art and Art Imititates Life

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Imafidon

I remember the feelings of elation and camaraderie when arriving at the conference and seeing the ridiculously long queue of women at the registration desk. I remember the moments of belonging when hearing about the experiences of fellow women working in technology around the world.

Women, Sport and the Future

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Chalat

When we think of 'women and sport' - in the empowerment sense - many of us think of participation: how can we get more girls and women playing sport, utilising sport, using it as an opportunity to succeed? Gender equality in sport is important - that's a fact - and valiant efforts are going towards getting women's sport more coverage, more attention, and securing more resources towards providing opportunities for girls and young women to get access to sport.

What Makes a Woman of the Future?

Pinky Lilani OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pinky Lilani OBE

For me, the stand-out qualities of a 'Woman of the Future' are much more personal than just a list of achievements and career highlights. It is qualities such as kindness, warmth, integrity and ethics that really helps set candidates apart.

Why There Ought to Be More Women in Technology

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

As a female working in tech I find that day in day out I come across a large number of advantages for women over working in other areas, which makes the gap between how many women work in tech and how many women ought to be working in tech even more extreme.

Developing Products and Services Your Customers Will Love

Therese Sofie Kinal | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Therese Sofie Kinal

As we draw nearer to the Women of the Future Awards in association with Shell and eagerly await this year's line-up of groundbreaking women, I reflect on Unleash's 2nd year and what it really means to be an entrepreneur.