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 thirteenth 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.
Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia
The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, now in their second year, aim to build a platform to showcase regional emerging leaders, who are tomorrow’s game-changers, disrupting stereotypes and driving positive impactful change. This initiative is an integral part of our vision to build a global, collaborative network of women. Nominations are open to all women aged 35 and under, who are citizens and residents of the 11 countries in the Southeast Asia region.
This campaign will showcase 50 leaders building a new status quo, impacting others through kindness. We will share their stories and leadership styles, and the affect they have on their organisation and industries. We want their stories to inspire others, and to help to recast the perceptions of ‘strong’ leadership. We want kindness to be seen as a strength in leadership, as a quality and a currency that empowers change. Nominations open in May, 2019 and the 50 Leading Lights will be announced on World Kindness Day, November 13.
Our Events in Action
The Awards, now in their 14th year, celebrate the most innovative, determined and talent young women from every corner of the UK and in every field. From media to science, from sport to mentorship, the awards showcase this country’s trail-blazers. Learn more about their stories and watch the video!
The agenda for the 2018 Summit was “Harnessing the power of trust”. Speakers included Elif Shafak, Author, Dr Tara Swart, Neuroscientist and Author, Marina Mahathir, Activist and Writer, Ed Williams, CEO, Edelman’s UK&I and Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE, former Specialist Military Unit Officer. 300 delegates attended globally, with representatives from 44 different countries.
WOF Ambassadors Reception
The 2018 reception was hosted at the U.S Embassy in London. 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.