Wednesday 8th March 2017 saw the return of the Power of Women Awards by Dress For Success. As I entered the CBI building on Cannon Street and proceeded up to the 4th floor in the superb glass lifts, wearing my can’t go wrong little black dress, I could just FEEL that I was in for a treat when I go to the top!
Greeted with smiles from a bunch of beauties taking my name and my coat I was happy with the reception and immediately felt comfortable. I then turned into the event to see a room filled to the absolute brim with beautiful women of all shapes, sizes and colours; what a sight. I was immediately inspired to get in there and be a part of the positive energy buzz although I have to admit I was also just a little nervous about attending alone and entering this room with an absolute ocean of faces that I didn’t yet know!
Luckily, I found my feet and walked straight in anyway and that daunting feeling of “I don’t know anyone and I’m alone” immediately melted away once my eyes adjusted to the room and the familiar faces started to come to light. Familiarity is always a comfort to us all.
The first person I spotted was Lucy Choi, owner of the fabulous shoe line Lucy Choi London. I had done some press at a previous event of hers and had featured her on the ‘She Inspired Her blog’ before via 2Inspire Network – she looked flawless and of course her feet were sparkling happily in a red pair of Lucy Choi’s! I then spotted Magic Radio and Magic Soul Presenter Angie Greaves looking equally fab and standing out in her gorgeous deep green ensemble, there to host and moderate the evenings panel discussion. I also later found Miss Jade Bennett from Jade PR whom had invited me to the prestigious event and she too was a fabulous woman and a credit to herself and her business. I settled in nicely and as the night rolled on I was in a bubble of happy networking bliss as I bumped into old friends and associates and made new ones. It really was a room filled with the best of women in life and women in business alike and was hands down one of the best events for networking that I have been to in a long time!
The night rolled on and after the endless champagne, cocktails canopes and networking, the award ceremony commenced, hosted by Juanita Ingram, Founder and Chair of Dress For Success.
Here is a selection of the awards that were distributed on the night:
Awardee for the Power of Women in Radio
Baroness Joanna Shields
Awardee for the Power of Women in the Public Sector
Dr. Margaret Johnson
Awardee for the Power of Women in Medicine
Awardee for the Power of Women in Finance
Awardee for the Power of Women in Television and Media
Dame Anne Johnson
Awardee for the Power of Women in Women’s Health Research
Awardee for the Power of Women in Music
Awardee for the Power of Women in Retail Banking
Awardee for the Power of Women in Philanthropy
Awardee for the Power of Women in Entrepreneurship
Awardee for the Power of Women in Law
Gay Huey Evans
Awardee for Power of Women in Financial Services
Awardee for Power of Women in Investment Banking
Awardee for Power of Women in Film and Entertainment
All the women who won awards were in attendance on the night and it was really both inspiring and motivating to watch them being recognised for their contributions to the world of business within their respective sectors and to hear their acceptance speeches glittered with elements of their journeys and their stories.
Next was the panel Panel Discussion, hosted and moderated by Magic FM Radio Show Host Angie Greaves, who was joined on the panel by proudly self-made Shoe Mogul Lucy Choi (who is also the niece of Jimmy Choo) , Vanessa Vallely MD of We Are The City and Author of ‘Heels of Steel’, and Creator, Executive Producer and Star of Bravos Reality TV series ‘Married To Medicine’ Mariah Huq. What a panel!
A silent auction which took place on the night raised over £4,000! Items auctioned included: VIP tickets to Adele The Finale tour, Framed art work, various 4 and 5 star hotel stays across Europe and Asia, Experience Days (private fine dining, cooking experience, yoga for two and an Ascot Box for 16 people, Spa Days, Wine Tasting at Harrods) and more!
The Power of Women Award Ceremony was created to celebrate the accomplishments of women in a variety of sectors such as politics, finance, technology, media, radio, television, medicine, education etc., and to discuss various aspects of empowerment for women. This year’s event was sponsored by and took place at CBI, Cannon Street and other key sponsors included Salesforce, Legg Mason, Collect+ and George Jenson.
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