What is Women of the Future - and why is Enterprise a fan?
Women of the Future (WOF) is a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of women. This includes a number of awards (including Women of the Future and Asian Women of Achievements, which Enterprise participates in), an annual summit, an ambassadors programme and the Women Of the Future network.
It was founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, and today the HRH The Countess of Wessex is the Global Ambassador, and Cherie Blair CBE QC is patron of the awards.
It is a movement focused on collaboration in the workplace, galvanising a community of influential women to work together as a new generation of talent starts to enter businesses, media, culture, and public service. The awards have led to numerous initiatives and projects designed to help women and improve opportunities for the next generation.
2021 was another successful year for women at Enterprise.
Some of the highlights include Enterprise once again featuring on The Times Top 50 Female Employers, and being shortlisted for the Said Business School Corporate Award, which recognises organisations who are doing the most to support and nurture young women in business.
At the Asian Women of Achievements Awards, Area Manager Naleem Hanif was nominated in the business category and was highly commended for “changing the sector, bringing diverse talent to the automotive industry.” You can read more about Neelam's journey to Area Manager here.
Area Manager Abby Shardlow was then nominated in the business category of the Women of Future Awards for businesswomen thriving in corporate Britain.
Judges on the awards panel include senior leaders with board experience across the industry and last year, Enterprise Vice President Tori Patrick was invited to take part.