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The Women Leaders Awards 2020

This year’s awards are as important as ever, however our activities will reflect the times and our work will continue in a slightly different way.

2020 sees us reinvigorate our mentoring programme.  All nominees for the awards will be offered a place on our mentoring scheme and have the chance to work with local women leaders who will support them in their professional development.  Nominees will benefit from access to a range of CPD sessions, inspiring talks and promotion of them and their organisations through social media and local broadcast channels.

As in previous years the charity will support the promotion of STEM within the city and, although the MK Innovates event cannot take place physically, will develop access to a STEM fringe festival later in the year. Look out for details of MK Innovates Online.

New for 2020 we are particularly keen to welcome nominations of women in Milton Keynes who have shown leadership, resilience and tenacity during the COVID19 crisis.  In honour of the remarkable local response to the pandemic Women Leaders 2020 will welcome nominations for any women in our city who have stepped up and made things better.  The new Leadership Is Everywhere award is an open invitation to celebrate the best of MK.  Nominate yourself or others for any category.

Women Leaders Awards 2019

A huge thank you to all of our award winners, finalists and nominees. Watch the video and find out 

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Women Leaders' Covid-19 Statement

Coronavirus has turned the world upside-down for business.  Women leaders continue to lead and despite the unlikelihood that we will be able to meet in person to celebrate their success this year, it is still vital that we acknowledge and raise the profile of the women leaders in our city.

This year’s awards will be delivered differently but are no less valuable than they have been before.  Now is the time to shine the spotlight on the unique and creative ways in which women respond and lead through periods of significant change.

From our campaign to ensure women are enabled to lead through the crisis, to our culture of peer support, here are three ways we are responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

  1. Sharing the vast experience of our alumni to help local women stay buoyant and strong through change
  2. Giving access to world-class coaching and mentoring for women starting out in business or adapting to change during the pandemic
  3. Developed a programme of professional development opportunities through a series of talks, online workshops and well-being sessions

The deadline for nominations has been extended until Friday 31st July, with shortlisting on at the end of August and final judging in early October.  The announcement of our winners and presentation of the awards will follow soon after – watch this space for details!

Empowering women is at the heart of what we do – and there has never been a more important time for us to support each other than now. The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to highlight the many injustices that vulnerable people face across the country. But our local women leaders are stepping up to show love and support in their communities.

What are the Women Leaders Awards?

The Women Leaders’ awards recognise the achievements of remarkable women living or working within Milton Keynes. This respected accolade celebrates the very best of local female talent and has grown year on year to be a significant source of pride for the professional community.

Nominees in 16 categories will have contributed to the success of their industry sector, their organisation or the growth of the wider Milton Keynes community.

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Our Trustees work together to develop a clear strategy for the future of Women Leaders, and ensure that the work we do and goals of the organisation are in line with our vision. Trustees are appointed due to their commitment to to our charity and it’s objectives, and  we are incredibly grateful to them for giving their time, support, and knowledge.