Woman of Achievement Award
Supporting the progress of women 2007 – 2015
When we introduced the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award in 2007 there was a perception (both real and imagined) that many women in senior positions were themselves a barrier to the progression of other women in their organisations. Having broken through the so-called Glass Ceiling themselves, they were described as having “pulled up the drawbridge” to prevent others following.
In establishing the Woman of Achievement Award, we set out to recognise senior level women who were actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women. And although women are making progress, numerous reports highlight that women still believe there are insufficient senior-level role models and still consider that there are barriers to their progression to senior roles. The Women of Achievement Award, therefore, is still relevant and still recognises women who are championing the progress of others.
This national Award open to women working in the UK for organisations (private, public, third-sector) employing 250+ ran until 2015.
Candidates for this Award already hold leadership positions and are typically C-suite, Partners or Senior Managers. They have demanding roles and have a significant sphere of influence within and beyond their organisations. Their commitment to championing the progress of women is in addition to their main role and for this reason women working in HR or Diversity & Inclusion are not eligible to be nominated for this Award.
Importantly, women nominated for this Award should be initiating activities, not simply enacting corporate diversity programmes.
Although working at senior level, many of our Woman of Achievement Award Finalists and Winners were surprised by the attention they received both within their organisations and beyond.
Although working at senior level, our Award Winners aren’t often measured on whether or not they are championing the progress of women – although this is changing! Often just being nominated is validation in itself; being a Category Finalist or Category Winner provides additional validation of their commitment.
- One Category Winner, a Partner in an accountancy firm, received over 80 letters of congratulations from clients.
- Another, working for a US bank was invited to meet the American Leadership Team on her next visit to the New York offices.
Even senior-level women are looking for their next career step and it’s surprising how many of our Woman of Achievement Award Finalists and Winners are head-hunted or gain promotion within 12 months of winning our Award.
- Sacha Romanovitch, our 2009 Winner is now CEO Grant Thornton
- One Category Winner moved from Partner at BDO to Chair, Forensic Accounting at KPMG.
- The Woman of Achievement Award Winner’s Academic Prize gives the Winner access to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni network – amongst the finest and furthest-reaching in the world.
Our Woman of Achievement Award Winners and Finalists receive significant media attention both within and beyond their organisation and industry sector.