What We Do
The Women of the Future (WOF) programme is a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of young women, through the WOF Awards, WOF Summit, WOF Ambassadors and WOF Network. WOF was founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE DL and Cherie Blair is Awards patron. WOF is a movement focused on collaboration in the workplace, galvanising a community of influential women to work together as a new generation of talent across business, media, culture and public service. 2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of Women of the Future.
Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Our Founder & Chairman
Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is responsible for a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of women including the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and the Women of the Future Awards, Summit, Network and Ambassadors Programme.
Find out more about Pinky Lilani CBE DL by visiting her website.
Our Events & Initiatives
Women of The Future Ambassadors Programme
The WOF Ambassadors Programme connects our alumni and supporters with school sixth-formers to provide students with mentors and role models and so strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. The programme hosts an annual reception, connecting 100 successful women with 100 sixth form students. Throughout the year, our Ambassadors also devote time to inspiring the next generation, through school visits, taking part in careers days, and other school events.
Women of The Future Awards
The WOF Awards are a platform for successful young women in Britain, open to all women aged 35 and under. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the UK’s pipeline of female talent. Now in their eleventh year, the awards continue to unearth the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. Nominations for the awards open in June, we hope you will look to share your inspirational stories with us.
Women of The Future Network
The WOF Network is an active network of high achieving women. Based within the wider WOF Programme, the Network allows the WOF women to have a space to come together, share experiences and build their own networks. Annually we organise a series of events for the network – these vary from intimate bespoke business lunches to large all-member drinks receptions. Membership is by invitation only.
Women of The Future Summit
The Summit is a global forum for women leaders, assembling a unique community of dynamic, current and future leaders. Our mission is to address and discuss key issues faced today and to consider how progress can be made. At our Summit we do so through the lens of a new generation of leaders, exploring how shifts in culture and leadership style reflect global challenges in a different light and thereby creating new ideas and opportunities.
Our Events in Action
WOF Awards 2015
The 2015 Awards celebrated women who have carved out a successful niche in their careers, whether working their way up through an existing organisation or setting out on their own. Learn more about their stories and watch the video!
WOF Summit 2015
The agenda for the 2015 Summit was “Harnessing the power of collaboration”. Speakers included Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Xavier Rolet, Judith McKenna, Nicky Morgan and Caroline Daniel. 300 delegates attended globally, with representatives from 33 different countries.
WOF Ambassadors Reception 2016
The 2016 reception was hosted at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Students were invited to a series of networking, leadership and motivational talks followed by networking. 100 of our Ambassadors joined us to share their stories with the students and highlight to them the many career opportunities open to them.