Last year’s inaugural Women Leaders Awards event provided a platform to showcase the skills and talents of women in Milton Keynes – those who have excelled in their specific field at work or achieved extraordinary greatness in their community.
All these women are self-effacing in how they conduct themselves; kind, generous and altruistic. And this year’s nominees are equally as talented, inspiring and self-sacrificing in their goal to be the best for their team, company or bring their community together.
Galvanising resources and people to achieve specific goals, that are not always financially-led, is a common trait among inspiring women leaders and a skill that is often, actually consistently, over-looked in the boardroom, even today.
Women can influence and achieve goals through open-communication, motivation, nurture (as in kindness) and passion. And it is these skills that sees not one but two women contenders for the role of our future prime minister.
The qualities of two future women leaders
Teresa May, was elected to Parliament in 1997 as the MP for Maidenhead and joined the shadow cabinet in 1999 as shadow education secretary. In 2002 she became the party’s first female chairman.
In her current role as Home Secretary (one of the longest-serving home secretaries in British history) she has demonstrated to her colleagues (the majority of them men) her ability to remain calm, level-headed; dealing with criticism with actions rather than excuses or self-appreciating rhetoric for previous tasks well done.
That said, she is not without her critics, particularly on her stand on immigration which, ironically being part of Europe, meant she had little influence or control.
Teresa is a particularly inspiring woman, having risen through the ranks at the Bank of England to become head of the European Affairs Unit of the Association for Payment Clearing Services and more recently having to manage type 1 diabetes in her daily life. She therefore has both the business and political experience required to unite a nation and manage our exit from Europe.
Meanwhile, Andrea Leadsom, the current Energy and Climate Change Minister (and least known of the five contenders) came to our attention by presenting an elegant and rational argument for the ‘Leave Campaign’ during the Brexit campaign. She remained calm and her responses considered yet passionate and, as a result, has the backing of many of her contemporaries, including former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
A staunch supporter of Andrea, Johnson has publicity stated that: “Andrea offers the zap, the drive, and the determination essential for the next leader of this country. She has long championed the needs of the most vulnerable in our society and has a better understanding of finance than almost anyone else in Parliament. She has considerable experience of government.”
Before entering politics, Andrea enjoyed a long career on the trading floors of the City of London and as a Barclays investment banker and, therefore, is an equally matched contender against Teresa.
Women globally are making a stand for acceptance, tolerance and change
Now these two ladies are not the only one vying for a top job in politics. Across the pond, Hilary Clinton, a former first lady and Secretary of State, is championing women’s issues, acceptance and tolerance in her bid for The Whitehouse. These are exciting times for women, politics, the global economy and even (we can hope) global peace.
For too long, the talents, influence and inspiration of women have been overlooked and pushed aside in favour of the traditional make-up of the board room or political party which is why events such as Women Leaders MK 2016 and First Women are so important. Reaching out to these women has to be good for business, society and the economy.
To be associated with the Women Leader’s event can be good for your business too. Sponsoring an award or one of the other great value packages on offer, will afford your organisation brand recognition and awareness within the greater Milton Keynes area and reinforce your message that you support women in the working environment or those looking to improve relations in the community.
To get involved with the Women Leaders Awards through sponsorship or table bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.