Nominations Open for WACL's 'Future Leaders Award'
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, WACL’s 2016 ‘Future Leaders Awards’ is again open for nominations to the Communications’ industry’s female leaders of tomorrow.
Endorsed by major media, advertising & marketing companies, the women-only training bursaries seek to inspire & support early & mid-career women throughout the industry who possess high potential, but perhaps face hurdles in progressing to senior level.
Founded by Tess Alps, the Chairman of Thinkbox, the inaugural awards provide the industry’s brightest female minds with the opportunity to apply for bespoke training bursaries, with nominees welcomed from media, PR and communication agencies, to media owners both large and small, emerging digital businesses, charities & client businesses.
Designed to inspire a wave of motivation amongst women in the advertising & marketing realm, the awards offer up to 75% to a maximum contribution of £2250, to women who indicate budding leadership skills & the ability to exist as role models to fellow female peers in the industry.
Pippa Glucklich, WACL President & CEO, Starcom said: “WACL’s aim has always been to inspire, empower, and nurture the industry’s female talent & ultimately equip them with tangible skills, as well as increased confidence, to help them achieve their dreams and ambitions. The recent gender and diversity debate is something WACL has both welcomed & contributed to, & has inevitably further fuelled our desire to continue to support women to succeed at the highest levels of our industry. With only 30% of senior leadership positions in our industry today held by women, there is still a long way to go. Since it’s inception in 2005, WACL’s ‘Future Leaders Award’ is unique in recognising & rewarding upcoming female talent in order to make a relevant & lasting contribution to their careers. I can’t wait to see this year’s entries”
Last year’s cohort of winners comprised 14 women across organisations including Aviva, Barclays and Google as well as agencies Ogilvy, Starcom, Mother and MediaCom. Pilar Peace, a copywriter from Mother won the highest accolade, The Patricia Mann Prize.