BeecherMadden COO Karla Jobling shortlised for Entrepreneur or the Year at Women of the Future Awards

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Karla Jobling, BeecherMadden COO, shortlisted for Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneur of the Year

The shortlist for the Women of the Future (“WOF”) Awards, the movement celebrating and nurturing the pipeline of female talent in the UK, has been announced today. The Women of the Future Awards, now in their 11th year and proudly supported by headline sponsor Aviva, recognise the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow. They are open to women aged 35 or under and celebrate talent across categories including business, culture, media, technology and more.

Karla Jobling is the founder of BeecherMadden, a corporate governance recruitment company. The company has grown to employ around 20 staff and has offices in London and New York. She also founded the Cyber Security Awards, which recognises talented individuals and teams in the cyber security industry. Karla promotes, researches and speaks on women in cyber throughout the year.

The winners will be announced at the Women of the Future Awards gala dinner on November 16, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

All women shortlisted for a WOF Award are invited to join the WOF Ambassadors Programme, connecting award-winning women with sixth-formers, and the WOF Network, which is set up for members to connect and build business relationships.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future, said: “This year’s shortlist demonstrates that the pipeline of female talent in the UK is stronger than ever. We were delighted with the quality and diversity of the applications we received this year, which made it an incredibly difficult task to decide on the final few. Congratulations to all of our very well-deserving shortlist.”

Aviva Chief People Officer, Sarah Morris, said: “Aviva is honoured to sponsor the Women of the Future Awards for the second year. We must build a more inclusive culture – and nurture and champion smart, talented women earlier in their careers. That will help us become fit to meet the challenges of the future – and better meet our customers’ changing needs.”


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About Women of the Future

Women of the Future (“WOF”) programme is a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of women through the WOF Awards, WOF Summit, WOF Ambassadors and WOF Network. WOF was founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE DL and Cherie Blair CBE is Awards patron.

WOF is a movement focused on kindness and collaboration in the workplace, galvanising a community of influential women to work together as a new generation of talent across business, media, culture and public service.

The categories for this year’s Awards are:

o Real Estate, Infrastructure & Construction

o Technology and Digital

o Media

o Arts and Culture

o Community Spirits (public service)

o Science

o Professional

o Business

o Entrepreneur

o MBA Star

o Sport

There are an additional three special awards: Corporate Award, Mentor of the Year, and Young Star (open to high achievers aged 16-21).

Previous winners of the WOF Awards include the Team GB Paralympic athlete Sophie Christiansen; writer & television presenter Dawn O’Porter; Women’s Editor at The Daily Telegraph, Emma Barnett; co-founder Holly Tucker; and Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of Severn Trent.

Sponsors for the 2016 Women of the Future Awards are Aviva (headline sponsors), HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival, Asda, SD Worx, Coca-Cola European Partners, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPMG, London Stock Exchange Group, Mishcon de Reya, RICS, Shell, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, and Visa Europe. Media partners are CNBC and Financial Times, and the educational partner is Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

About Aviva

Aviva provides life insurance, general insurance, health insurance and asset management to 33 million customers, across 16 markets worldwide

In the UK we are the leading insurer serving one in every four households and have strong businesses in selected markets in Europe, Asia and Canada. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE100 index.

Aviva’s asset management business, Aviva Investors, provides asset management services to both Aviva and external clients, and currently manages over £319 billion in assets.

Aviva helps people save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life; we paid out £30.7 billion in benefits and claims in 2015.

By serving our customers well, we are building a business which is strong and sustainable, which our people are proud to work for, and which makes a positive contribution to society.

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