An awards ceremony celebrating International Women’s Day 2017.

Wednesday 8th March  from  6.30pm  at  the CBI

Dress for Success Greater London is delighted to invite you to attend the first annual Power of Women Awards, recognising the key individuals and organisations involved in empowering and inspiring women to succeed.

The awards will be presented at a cocktail ceremony on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017.

A distinguished panel of award recipients, executive, celebrities, charity experts, journalists, politicians and advocators, all with a keen interest in the empowerment of women, will come together for a moderated debate/ executive talk during the ceremony to discuss various topics concerning women’s empowerment.

Join us for fun, canapes, cocktails, networking, awards, panel discussions and more! We look forward to seeing you there.

The event will be held at
the CBI

Cannon Place, Cannon Street, London EC4N 6HN

  Cannon Street (0.1mi)
  Bank Monument (0.3mi)

Honoured Guests

Lucy Choi

Lucy Choi launched her brand in 2012, pioneering the next generation of luxury footwear. She has combined her unique heritage, set of fashion credentials, and design expertise in order to establish an innovative shoe label that is at the same time extremely chic, comfortable and affordable. With her uncle Jimmy as an influential role model, Lucy learned early on the importance of character, comfort & craftsmanship, which was to become the founding ethos of her brand.

Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew is Co-Head of Global Markets at Credit Suisse. She has worked in Investment Banking for over twenty five years and first joined Credit Suisse in 2003. Prior to this she was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for eleven years and worked for the private equity firm the Trump Group. She started her career as an analyst in 1986.

In 20087 she won the Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) annual Achievement in France award. She was first recognised in the Financial News Top 100 Influencial Women in Fnance in 1997.

Gay Huey Evans

Gay Huey Evans was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC on 1 April 2015.

Gay is a non-executive director of Aviva plc, ConocoPhillips, Bank Itau BBA International Limited, and is Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Council having joined as a non-executive director in 2012.

Gay has over 30 years of experience working within the financial services industry, international capital markets and the financial regulator. She spent seven years at the Financial Services Authority from 1998 to 2005, where she served as director of markets division, capital markets sector leader, with responsibility for, among other things, establishing a market facing division for the supervision of market infrastructure, oversight of market conduct and developing markets policy. From 2005 to 2008 Gay held a number of roles at Citi, including head of governance, Citi Alternative Investments, EMEA between 2007 and 2008. Gay joined Barclays Capital in 2008 where she was vice chair of investment banking and investment management, responsible for Barclays’ relationships with sovereign funds globally. Gay was a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange Group plc between 2010 and 2013. She brings extensive banking, finance and significant UK regulatory and governance experience.

Gay holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University. She received an OBE in 2016 for services to Financial Services and Diversity

Mariah HuQ

Savvy, Sassy and Sophisticated…Mariah HuQ embodies these traits and so much more as the creator, producer and co-star of Bravo TV’s reality show, Married To Medicine.

From her early days as a television reporter at a local Tennessee news station, Mariah knew the importance of capturing the audience’s attention to tell a story. Years later, Mariah used her remarkable skills to convince Bravo executives that people would be interested in seeing the daily lives and sacrifices of prominent African American physicians and their families. Her tenacity and determination was rewarded and Married To Medicine premiered four years ago as the highest rated non-franchise freshman series in Bravo TV history. Viewers were introduced to the seldom seen challenges of professional doctors and their spouses as they balanced work and family. Over the years, many stories have resonated with the audience as the show has accurately covered breast cancer, infidelity, parental death and the highs and lows of friendship.

Viewers have enjoyed seeing the strong, multicultural marriage which Mariah shares with her husband, Dr. Aydin HuQ and their two beautiful children, Lauren and Ethan. The HuQ family believes in philanthropic endeavors such as Saving Our Daughters, an organization which fights against domestic violence and date abuse. Additionally, Dr. Aydin and Mariah are active with their family foundation in Bangladesh where a hospital is being constructed.

Mariah is currently busy with the development of other shows that she wants to bring to the small screen as well as launched the I Luv Mariah collection lipsticks through Kissable Lips Cosmetics.

Rowena Ironside

Rowena is a founder and Chair of Women on Boards UK, an action-oriented social enterprise building the pool of female leaders and role models by providing the information, connections and encouragement to ensure more women are appointed to boards and senior leadership positions across all sectors. She is also a Non Executive Director of the Digital Catapult.

Rowena spent 25 years in the ICT industry, starting her career writing software in Australia; building and selling an IT services business in London and finally running several multi-national professional and managed services businesses in the software and hosting industries. She is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School.

Dame Anne Johnson

Anne M. Johnson (MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH FRCGP) is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL. She is Chair of the Population and Lifelong Health Domain and Vice-Dean for External and International Relations, Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and other infectious diseases. She is a member of the DEFRA Adaptation Sub-committee of the Committee on Climate Change and is Chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences Health of the Public 2040 Working Group. She is a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.

Prof Margaret Johnson

Professor Margaret Johnson is one of the most pre-eminent experts in the treatment of HIV. She set up the first and largest open-access HIV clinic in the UK at the Royal Free NHS Trust where she is currently Clinical Director of HIV services. She is also Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital where she has been treating for 22 years. Aside from her expertise in HIV and AIDS, Prof Johnson specialises in asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Professor Margaret Johnson graduated from the University of London with MB BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) and MD (Medical Doctor) and undertook specialist training in General Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and HIV Medicine. Prof Johnson is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Professor of Medicine at University College London.

Anu Khurmi

Anu is a skilled business leader and Founder and Chair of Cyber Champions, a not-for-profit she launched at the Houses of Parliament in 2011. Cyber Champions promotes best practices in digital literacy and e-safety across generations and raises awareness of the importance of staying safe online and maintaining a positive digital footprint. The programme is delivered as part of an organisation’s CSR and mobilises young professional volunteers and experienced employees to act as business and IT role models. To date over 15,000 school children, parents and senior citizens have benefitted from Cyber Champions workshops nationally.

Anu is also Strategic and Board Advisor at Templar Executives, a world class Cyber Security advisory company. Prior to this Anu had a successful career working in executive roles at IBM. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), and an alumni of the Whitehall & Industry Group, where she is a mentor on their Leadership programme. Anu has established a number of Young Professionals’ Networks as she is passionate about the importance of providing mentoring for the youth of today, who will also be the leaders of tomorrow.

Tara Latini

Tara has been in the banking industry for almost 24 years and has been with HSBC for the last 13 years. She currently serves as Global Transformation director for Retail Banking and Wealth Management. In this current role, she is responsible for driving strategic priorities that will transform the business making it easier for staff to interact with clients and easier for clients to interact with HSBC in the manner they prefer. Prior to this role Tara held the roles of Chief Operating Officer for Retail Banking and Wealth Management covering North America and Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Tara is a strong proponent of diversity. She is involved in several programmes within HSBC related to gender and millennials. In the US, she led a new employee group to increase engagement of Gen Y and Millennials which successfully built a stronger pipeline of this generation for future senior management roles. In 2010, American Banker recognized Tara as part of its “Most Powerful Women in Banking” annual awards for her accomplishments in a team achievement but also as one of their Power Players.

Baroness Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields, OBE is a technology industry veteran and parliamentarian currently serving her second term as the Minister for Internet Safety and Security in the United Kingdom. Previously CEO of TechCityUK and digital advisor to No.10, Shields was ennobled in 2014 and serves as a Life Peer in the House of Lords.

Starting her career in Silicon Valley, Baroness Shields spent over 25 years leading several start-ups to successful acquisitions, including Bebo, Decru and Veon, and building some of the world’s leading technology companies, including EFI, RealNetworks, Aol, Google and Facebook.

During her time at 10 Downing Street, Baroness Shields led a taskforce to combat online child abuse and exploitation, founding the WePROTECT Global Alliance; uniting over 70 countries, leading technology companies, NGOs and charities in a mission to eradicate online child abuse and exploitation.

Vanessa Vallely

Vanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on networking and personal branding for over 175 companies worldwide. At the height of a successful 25 year career in the financial services Vanessa launched the award winning in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women connect and grow professionally and personally. now has over 42,000 members and in 2013 launched a sister site in India.

Vanessa is the co-founder of City-wide diversity forum The Network of Networks (TNON) and co-chairs its gender chapter. TNON brings together diversity leaders from over 120 firms to share best practice and includes chapters for LGBT and BAME. She is the Pearly Queen of The City of London, a tradition that has been in her family for over 100 years, and is an avid charity worker. She is on the board for Cancer Research UK as one of its Women of Influence.

Vanessa is the author of the book “Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World”. She has been named Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally & Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs. In 2015 Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners. Vanessa also sits on the Government Digital Services advisory board.

Willie Walters

Willie Walters retired in August 2016 from her position as Programme Director of Fashion at Central Saint Martins College.

During her 24 years at the college Willie has overseen the education of some of the most prestigious fashion designers from both the UK and world wide such as Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Ricardo Tisci, Christopher Kane, Gareth Pugh and Huishan Zhang. She has continued to be involved with the college, researching the archives and advising students preparing their dissertations for Fashion History and Theory. She is currently advising fashion education establishments in China. Before starting her career in fashion education, Willie worked as a designer for seventeen years , together with her partners in the avant guard London design company Swanky Modes. In January 2017 Willie was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education, Fashion and the Creative Industries.

Carla Marie Williams

Carla Marie Williams is an inspiring figure of achievement: Starting her music career at the age of 14 years old where she sang in local talent shows in North West London, whilst writing poetry well beyond her years she strived and fine-tuned her talents, becoming a songwriter to a roll-call of stars including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Craig David, Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue. 
In recent times Carla is best known for her work on Grammy Award Winning Album ‘Lemonade’, where Carla co-wrote ‘Freedom’ for Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lemar, she also co wrote BRIT smash hit “Runnin” for Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé’, and in 2016 collaborated with Britney Spears penning songs ‘Private Show’ & ‘What You Need’ on the Glory Album. Carla then went onto co- write “better with you” on UK sensation Craig David Album Intuition, as well as launch her female empowerment movement ‘Girls I Rate’ whilst earning a place on the Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour!

Rachael Williams

Rachael started out at the Bar and transferred over to be a solicitor in 1994. By the time her first child arrived in 2000 she had worked for Eversheds Manchester, Field Fisher and Eversheds Bristol and made it to associate partner. Her family expanded and so this led to part-time work in Ipswich, a Masters Degree from City Law School and plenty of court work experience. Then a career break led to her attending the WLD Returner to Work course in October 2014. She secured a job at the Financial Ombudsman Service a few weeks later, and now is an ombudsman there. The key factor in making a successful entry into work or coming back to the career you once had is confidence. Dress for Success seems a great way for us all to get, and give it: confidence.

Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong holds the dual roles of President, International Production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Awaiting formal bio.

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