Award Categories

Nominations for 2016 Awards are now open. The Women of the Future Awards are open to all women aged 35 or under (candidates must be aged 35 or under on December 31, 2016). Please note that we have 3 further special awards open for nomination, full details included below.

Corporate (for an organisation)
Mentor (open to men and women of any age)
Young Star Award (16-21 year olds).

Women of the Future: Real Estate, Infrastructure & Construction

This award is for female professionals who shape the world we live in through their work in either real estate, construction or infrastructure.

Women of the Future: Technology and Digital

This category recognises talented, ground-breaking young women from the worlds of digital and technology.

Women of the Future: Media

This award acknowledges the rising stars among media professionals.

Women of the Future: Arts and Culture

Are you a budding actress or an energetic film producer, an artist or a choreographer?
This award acknowledges the creative forces of the future – rising stars among performing artists and those behind the scenes.

Women of the Future: Community Spirits

This category recognises the extraordinary and varied contributions of traditional “public servants”, charity and volunteer workers. We are also seeking submissions from community-spirited young women in business, philanthropic individuals, entrepreneurs leading positive social action etc.
The objective of this Community Spirits category is to celebrate the new, varied generation of community-spirited young women, passionate about making a positive difference.

Women of the Future: Science

This category recognises a group of truly remarkable young female scientists, forging new ground in research and scientific achievement.
Within this category, we are also seeking nominees with a career in the sciences who can demonstrate a track record of academic excellence in the field of science; and are showing signs of success in pushing through scientific developments to commercial application.

Women of the Future: Professions

This award recognises women who are making a significant contribution in the professions of legal, medicine, architecture, accounting, surveying, education etc. – and are destined for the top of their field.

Women of the Future: Business

Are you, or do you know, a younger woman thriving in corporate Britain?
This award is for a dedicated businesswoman. This award is open to employees of both public, publicly quoted and privately owned organisations.

Women of the Future: Entrepreneur

This award identifies and celebrates younger entrepreneurs who are really going places.
Judges will be looking for candidates who have already started to build a business (or businesses), and who can show they have the ambition, energy, skill and vision to scale the heights.

Women of the Future: MBA Star

This award recognises a female MBA student of exceptional vision, talent and promise. The MBA Star Award is not an academic award; rather, we are looking to identify individual stories of current or former MBA students with a compelling life-story and exciting visions for the future. MBA Stars must be 2014, 2015 or 2016 MBA graduates (aged 35 and under) or those commencing UK-based MBA courses in 2016.

Women of the Future: Sport

An award recognising the rising female stars of sport

Special Awards

The following awards are special awards also presented at the Awards Evening.

Women of the Future: Corporate Award

This award recognises the organisation that is doing the most to support and nurture young women in business.
We believe that the UK economy and society will benefit from the fuller realisation of the talents of younger women. Too many obstacles still prevent younger women from achieving their goals.
The Women of the Future Corporate Award seeks to identify organisations that are:
– Clearly and demonstrably committed to realising the talents of the younger women within their workforce
– Showing innovation in how they enable their younger women to fulfil their objectives
– Engaged in wider public debate about the role of younger women in society
– Committed to positive social change that will enable younger women to prosper
This award is open to an organisation.

Women of the Future: Mentor of the Year

This award, recognises active mentors behind the success of younger women in British life. Many successful women pay tribute to role models and supporters who have enabled them to flourish in business, professional life, science or whatever their chosen field. This award pays tribute to some of the most influential and unsung heroes and heroines in British life.
The award is open to men and women of all ages.

Women of the Future: Young Star

This award acknowledges high achievers aged 16-21. It is for teenage girls showing exceptional promise within their industry, university or school.