On 14th October 2016 the headline sponsor of the Women of the Future Awards, Aviva, hosted a fantastic Judging Day.
At the Judging Day, our shortlisted candidates for the Women of the Future Awards 2016 had the chance to meet, network and talk to the judges, to the Founder of the WOF Programme Pinky Lilani and to the Chair of the Judging Panel Sir John Peace.
Our shortlist this year includes an Olympic diver, the brain behind the app Digimeal, an exploration geoscientist and a TV anchor from Bloomberg.
Rosie Davis, who is the Agency Director of the London Fashion Agency and has been shortlisted for the WOF Media Award this year, recounts her experience of the Judging Day:
“Before I even made it upstairs to the Women of the Future judging I met someone in my industry that I had been following on social media for a while. We have now planned to meet up to discuss and support each other further.
When entering the common area before the judging everyone was so welcoming. Pinky and John were so interested and supportive when hearing about nominees ventures which put me completely at ease.
My interviewers were so interested in the business I ran and my background story. Their kind approach made me forget I was being interviewed and conversation flowed. Thank you so much Women of the Future for a wonderful morning.”
Another finalist, Julia Paykin, shortlisting within the MBA Star category and student at London Business School, said:
“The Judging day must have been the most pleasant interview I ever had. I had the opportunity to meet some incredible women in the waiting room, while enjoying beautiful views over London. The judges were fantastic. They knew my entire story and were fully invested. They had prepared questions targeted specifically for me, which made the entire process seem that much more personable. The interview was over before I knew it, though it felt like we all wanted to stay and chat for the rest of the day.”
You can browse the tweets from the day here: storify.com/WOF/judging-day.
The winners of the Women of the Future Awards 2016 will be announced on November 16 at London Hilton on Park Lane. To book your place and join us for this exciting and inspiring evening, please click here: awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk/book-now-2