Monday, 11 December 2017

Award for business promoting women

A COMPANY which aims to promote women in sport and business has won three national awards, less than two years after it was founded.

A COMPANY which aims to promote women in sport and business has won three national awards, less than two years after it was founded.

Women Ahead, of High Street, Wargrave, is a social enterprise designed to improve the prospects of women seeking careers in sport and offers mentoring programmes where businesses can create partnerships with sportswomen.

It now works with athletes including England rugby player Maggie Alphonsi and Olympic rower Sarah Winckless as well as bodies such as British Cycling and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Team GB rower Charles Cousins, who missed competing at the Rio Olympics through injury, also works with the company.

Founder Liz Dimmock said: “The aims of Women Ahead are to develop women in sport and business. We do this predominately through mentoring where we match business leaders and sportswomen.

“We have now supported more than 1,000 mentees and mentors from companies such as Santander and Marks & Spencer. It’s about how we can get more women into FTSE 100, 250 and 350 business boards.

“We believe mentoring is a powerful catalyst to address issues about women’s development.

“We are also working with athletes who are coming towards retirement from full-time and professional sport to help them find opportunities for the future.”

In July, Miss Dimmock was named external coaching and mentoring person of the year at the Coaching at Work Awards. The judging panel said her work with Women Ahead had been “consistently powerful and effective”.

In June, the company won a gold and a silver award at the Corporate Engagement Awards for the best collaborative approach, along with partner Ricoh UK.

Miss Dimmock said: “It’s a real privilege to have won this award, which celebrates the core principles we stand for: working openly and in collaboration to achieve the best results for the individual and company.”

Women Ahead has a speakers academy for sportswomen to tell their stories and has already had talks from racing driver Susie Wolff and Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton as well Monica Relph, who works for Women Ahead and rows for Great Britain.

The company celebrates its second anniversary this month and in November it will be holding an event for athletes coming back from Rio, which Miss Dimmock said is “a bit like a careers fair”.

She added: “We also run lots of think tanks at places like Leander, the ATP Tour and the Hockey Championships.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the growth of the team and the changes we have seen at an individual and organisational level.

“The more we do the more we feel this is important work and we are bowled over by how receptive the organisations are.”

For more information, visit www.women-ahead.org



A COMPANY which aims to promote women in sport and business has won three national awards, less than two years after it was founded.

Women Ahead, of High Street, Wargrave, is a social enterprise designed to improve the prospects of women seeking careers in sport and offers mentoring programmes where businesses can create partnerships with sportswomen.

It now works with athletes including England rugby player Maggie Alphonsi and Olympic rower Sarah Winckless as well as bodies such as British Cycling and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Team GB rower Charles Cousins, who missed competing at the Rio Olympics through injury, also works with the company.

Founder Liz Dimmock said: “The aims of Women Ahead are to develop women in sport and business. We do this predominately through mentoring where we match business leaders and sportswomen.

“We have now supported more than 1,000 mentees and mentors from companies such as Santander and Marks & Spencer. It’s about how we can get more women into FTSE 100, 250 and 350 business boards.

“We believe mentoring is a powerful catalyst to address issues about women’s development.

“We are also working with athletes who are coming towards retirement from full-time and professional sport to help them find opportunities for the future.”

In July, Miss Dimmock was named external coaching and mentoring person of the year at the Coaching at Work Awards. The judging panel said her work with Women Ahead had been “consistently powerful and effective”.

In June, the company won a gold and a silver award at the Corporate Engagement Awards for the best collaborative approach, along with partner Ricoh UK.

Miss Dimmock said: “It’s a real privilege to have won this award, which celebrates the core principles we stand for: working openly and in collaboration to achieve the best results for the individual and company.”

Women Ahead has a speakers academy for sportswomen to tell their stories and has already had talks from racing driver Susie Wolff and Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton as well Monica Relph, who works for Women Ahead and rows for Great Britain.

The company celebrates its second anniversary this month and in November it will be holding an event for athletes coming back from Rio, which Miss Dimmock said is “a bit like a careers fair”.

She added: “We also run lots of think tanks at places like Leander, the ATP Tour and the Hockey Championships.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the growth of the team and the changes we have seen at an individual and organisational level.

“The more we do the more we feel this is important work and we are bowled over by how receptive the organisations are.”

For more information, visit www.women-ahead.org



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