30% Club launches awards in memory of Dame Helen Alexander

Dame Helen Alexander

The 30% Club has launched two new awards, in memory of Dame Helen Alexander.

The 30% Club is now calling for applications from across the world of business for the Dame Helen Alexander Award for the Most Promising Mentee, and the Dame Alexander Award for the Greatest Commitment to Mentoring.

These two new awards supplement the five existing awards, which were launched last year by 30% Club’s cross-company mentoring programme run by Women Ahead.

Dame Helen Alexander was a British businesswoman, known for her work with The Economist, Incisive Media, Rolls-Royce Group and Thomson Reuters, amongst others. In 2004, she received a CBE for her services to publishing.

She made history in 2011, when she was named as the first female president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and was awarded a DBE for services to business.

Alongside Sir Philip Hampton, she also undertook the independent Hampton Alexander review, which looked at increasing the representation of women in senior business roles.

The 30% Club and Women Ahead #InspiredByMentoring are now seeking nominees from participants in the 30% Club programme for Dynamic Mentoring Organisation of the Year; Inspirational Mentor of the Year; Committed Mentee of the Year and Dedicated Partner of the Year.

UBM, the leading global events organizer, which was chaired by Dame Helen Alexander for five years, is supporting the awards. They will run the submission process and host an awards ceremony.

The two Dame Helen Alexander Awards are open to all entrants, across the globe. The deadline for entries is 30 May 2018, with the award ceremony to be held on 14 June 2018.

For further information about the awards and to submit your nomination, click here.

Speaking about the awards, Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club said, “Dame Helen Alexander was an inspiration both to myself and many within the 30% Club.”

“She was a brilliant mentor and leader over the years and we wanted to recognise Helen’s legacy by way of an annual award to reflect her values, leadership and approach, which also reflects our focus on the pipeline.”

“We are thrilled to have UBM as partners for these awards and hope that the calibre of entries is representative of the quality of promising mentees and committed mentors that exist on the global stage.”

Tim Cobbold, Chief Executive of UBM, added, “UBM are delighted to support the 30% Club and in particular these awards in honour of Dame Helen Alexander.”

“With her characteristically gentle humility, Dame Helen was a prominent and determined advocate for the contribution of women to business without ever allowing it to define her.”

“In an exceptional business career she led by example and I know has been an inspiration to many, both men and women.”

“I look forward to playing my part in honouring her legacy.”

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