In the “me too” era it’s important to celebrate diversity in the workplace and in the boardroom. These 12 Outstanding Female Leaders deserve to be recognised for their work towards the betterment of lives nationally and internationally. Their involvement with a range of projects from a variety of business backgrounds has earned them their place on our list. In no particular order, here are the women we want to recognise:
Charlotte Pearce, Founder of Inkpact @TheCharlottePea
Charlotte is the founder of Inkpact, a solution that enables businesses to connect with their audience through handwritten notes. The company has a 250 member strong Scribe Tribe, which is responsible for writing the personalised letters. The company’s goal is to grow businesses by creating human-to-human interaction.
Tab Ahmad, Founder and Managing Director of EmployAbility @Tab_AhmadEA
Tab is the founder and managing director of EmployAbility. Set up in 2006, EmployAbility works with disabled students and graduates to ease the transition from education to employment, and with top global employers to help them become more disability inclusive. Ahmad’s work has changed the lives of thousands of disabled students. With 20-plus years of experience, her pioneering work has been vital in increasing disability awareness among employers.
Karen Holden, Founder of City Law Firm @ACLFKaren
Karen is the founder of a City Law Firm, a company founded with the aim of providing legal services from solicitors who can think outside of the box in the City of London. The firm’s clients are a mix of entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. In addition to managing the firm, Karen also has an interest in addressing LGBT matters, striving to enhance the legal resources available to the community.
Zehra Zaidi, National Programme Lead at UpRising @Zehra_Zaidi
Zehra has a record of excellence and creating change across sectors. She has acted as an international mergers and acquisitions solicitor, before being headhunted to work on an Asian Development Bank reform project. She has worked in international development and held political roles including advising Andrew Mitchell MP, then shadow secretary of state for international development. Zehra stood as an MEP Candidate and is lead for Women2Win. She helped set up an education charity, L.I.F.E. CIC, is the director of a social enterprise working on employability programmes with HM Prison Service and schools, and a trustee and ambassador for two other charities.
Stephanie Eltz, Founder of Doctify @StephanieEltz
Stephanie was an orthopedic surgeon before she turned her focus to founding her own business, Doctify. The company was founded as a result of a personal experience of trying to find a good doctor to deal with an issue she faced. It turned out to be harder than she imagined. Doctify allows users to select from a wide range of doctors using filters like location, speciality, and rating. The app is dedicated to providing patients with a better experience in finding the right health specialist.
Sanju Pal, Founder of RISE @RISEprojects
Sanju is the founder of Rural India School Enterprise (RISE), a charity addressing educational disadvantage in rural India and promote global citizenship in the UK. She also works as a management consultant at Accenture. She previously qualified as a teacher through the Teach First graduate programme and taught Maths at Mulberry School for Girls in London, where her students achieved outstanding results that contributed to the Maths Department’s improvement from 51 per cent A*-C at GCSE in 2007 to 63 per cent in 2008.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO at Stemettes @aimafidon
Anne-Marie is an outstanding female leader in every sense; at the age of 11 she was the youngest girl to ever pass an A-Level. She then graduated from Oxford University with a Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She founded Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women and getting them involved in the tech sector.
Serap Altinisik, Head of Office and EU Representative at Plan International @SeeRap
Serap recently joined Plan International in 2018 as the EU Liason Office’s Head of Office, where she works in conjunction with EU institutions and influencers to ensure Plan creates policies and programmes that further their work towards an equal future. Plan International is a charity dedicated to advancing the rights of children and equality for women across the world with their latest #GirlsTakeOver campaign, when over 1000 women and girls took over positions of powers, from CEOs to Prime Ministers, in more than 70 countries. With international reach and programs across the world, Plan International also works on tackling these same issues here in the UK such as sexual education, ending violence and youth activism.
Gabriela Hersham, CEO at Huckletree @gabrielahersham
Gabriela is the founder and CEO of Huckletree, one of the original co-working spaces in London. The company currently has four locations spread over the city supporting a community of 2,000 members. The idea behind the company is to create a space where the best tech businesses in the city work alongside each other. Huckletree has since expanded outside of England with offices in Dublin.
Afrah Qassim, Founder of Savera UK @afrah58
With a career having worked as a Youth Worker and Community Development Officer at the NHS in Liverpool for over 20 years, Afrah’s heart lies with the wellbeing of communities. In 2010 Afrah set up Savera, designed to safeguard women at risk of ‘honour’-based violence, FGM, forced marriages and domestic abuse within Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in the UK by raising awareness amongst professionals, and in schools and communities.
Marchu Girma, Grassroots Director at Women For Refugee Women @4refugeewomen
Advocating the rights of refugee women, Marchu Girma ensures that women’s voices are heard through empowerment – encouraging women to speak up about their experiences and raise awareness to create a change. Just last year Marchu was invited by UN Women to speak at their annual Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UN headquarters in New York. Women for Refugee Women helps to integrate refugees and creates a community through English lessons, advice and group activities as well as advocating for ‘fairer asylum process in the UK’.
Savannah de Savary, Founder of Built-ID @SdeSavary
Savannah is the founder of Built-ID, a technology platform that aims to connect architects, consultants and clients by providing data critical to real estate development that companies large and small need to win new contracts. The platform is already making major changes to the industry and along the way helping small innovative businesses grow.
Do you know an inspirational leader?
Why not encourage their organisation to enter them for the Individual Leader of the Year award in the 2019 Global Good Awards?
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