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2019 everywoman in Travel Awards

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Going all inclusive

Nominations for the 2019 everywoman in Travel Awards are now open! The Awards will celebrate inspirational women at all stages of their career and uncover role models to help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the travel industry. 

A growing body of research demonstrates that gender-balanced teams produce better business outcomes and create a more sustainable future for an organisation’s entire workforce, with a direct and positive impact on the bottom line. Critically, with Brexit the industry needs to attract the best possible talent, from school leavers, grads and senior women, whilst at the same time ensuring it develops and inspires all those already working in the sector. 

 

WHY NOMINATE? 

Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles as well as celebrate career achievements and recognition within the industry. Past winners and finalists from other programmes have gone on to receive promotions and internal and external recognition. 

In addition to this, it will also help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the travel industry. 

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WHO IS IT FOR?

The everywoman in Travel Awards are for those who possess the qualities, attitude, hard work ethic and commitment to supporting other women that makes them a credit to the industry and the organisations they work for. They are the talented women who have exceeded expectations as well as inspired success in others. A new category award for 2019 is the Disruptor Award, awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo, in an unconventional and innovative way.

 

CATEGORIES

Pioneer of the Year -  A special recognition Award to honour a female travel pioneer whose wanderlust has inspired others to broaden their travel horizons. This particular category was voted by Telegraph Readers, and the winner of the Award was selected by the public vote.

One to Watch -  Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 25 in education or an apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Tomorrow’s Leader – Awarded to a woman under 30, making a significant contribution to the future of the sector

Entrepreneur – Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more, whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Above & Beyond – Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.

Team Leader – Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Executive Leader – Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Leader of Change – Awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business, through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.

International Inspiration – Awarded to a woman working outside of the UK & Ireland that is a role model for women in her community.

Male Agent of Change – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.

*NEW FOR 2019* Disruptor Award – Awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo, in an unconventional and innovative way.
 

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?

Supported by the most forward-thinking brands committed to celebrating the skills, innovation and leadership of women in travel, the Awards champion and celebrate women who are achieving career success and the companies that are supporting them to do so.

The awards are also an excellent opportunity to engage clients and motivate teams in an inspiring setting. To find out more about corporate hospitality or how your company can get involved with the awards contact info@everywoman.com.

 

KEY DATES

Nominations Open: 18 March 2019

Nominations Close: 24 June 2019

Judging Day:  4 September 2019, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland, 9th Floor, 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA 

Awards Ceremony: 13 November 2019, 12.00 – 17.00

When and where
Date: 
13th November 2019
Start time: 
12:00AM
End time: 
5:00PM
East Wintergarden
43 Bank Street
E14 5NX London
United Kingdom
GB
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Download the nomination toolkit with top tips on submitting a strong nomination.

 

 

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HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

We may use the information you provide as part of the nomination process to follow up with you, for the purpose of communicating with you about your nomination. We use Eventsforce to collect information about nominations you may make (or you may make on someone’s behalf) for our Awards programmes. More information on how Eventsforce use your information can be found on Eventsforce's Privacy Policy. More information on how we use your information can be found on our Privacy Policy.

Past winners
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2018 Winners

 

Pioneer of the Year, sponsored by Telegraph Travel

A special recognition Award to honour a female travel pioneer whose wanderlust has inspired others to broaden their travel horizons. This particular category was voted by Telegraph Readers, and the winner of the Award was selected by the public vote.

Jo Ruxton, Environmentalist and filmmaker, who raised awareness of the damage done to our sealife by plastic with her film A Plastic Ocean.

“I was told by the BBC that I’d never be hired as anything higher than producer because I was an older woman,” says Jo Ruxton, director of feature-film, Plastic Oceans - which has been described by David Attenborough as “the most important film of our generation” - founder of the Plastic Oceans Foundation and woman partially responsible for that bamboo-fibre reusable coffee cup you most likely bought this year, or the terrible guilt you’re currently feeling if not. Within Ruxton’s lifetime, plastic production per annum has increased by 3,900 per cent per year, totalling 315 million tonnes last year, 8 million of which was deposited in the sea. As marine conservation officer at the WWF, where she spearheaded the creation of a marine life centre, and then a producer in the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Ruxton’s career has been dedicated to conservation. But it was only while filming Blue Planet in the late Nineties that the scale of the problem first hit home.

 

Woman of the Year

Captain Kate McWilliams, Airline Captain for easyJet, who at the age of 26 became the world’s youngest female Captain. Kate first discovered her love for flying when she was just 13 years old, after joining the Air Cadets - the youth wing of the Royal Air Force. On her 19th birthday, she started her commercial flying training and by the age of 21, was flying passengers all over Europe with easyJet. The discouragement she faced from others along her career journey only fuelled her even more to succeed. In a world where only 5% of airline pilots are female**, Kate’s achievements are exceptional and she is now reaching out to thousands of young girls (and boys), encouraging them to also consider a career in aviation.

 

One to Watch, sponsored by TripAdvisor

Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 21 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Hannah Fairley, Apprentice Travel Sales Consultant, Thomas Cook UK, from Edinburgh, who overcame crippling shyness and now flourishes in her role, consistently exceeding expectations. She’s a master of turning a negative into a positive, as she did when a distressed customer was accidentally booked into Las Palmas, Gran Canaria instead of Palma, Majorca.  Convincing the client that her incidental booking was actually in fact, the better option, she secured a better-quality hotel, which the customer has since rebooked. Overall, her digital marketing initiatives have resulted in 30% increased bookings.

 

Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media 

Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.

Alice Hye, Services Contracts Manager, AC Group, from West Wickham, who proved herself when she jumped straight in to help fulfil the contract requirements of a major international client win, which was confirmed just days after she joined. Within her first year, she grew the company’s Service Contract portfolio by 42% and negotiated promotional offers, which generated over £20,000 revenue in six months. Alice is now dedicated to encouraging female colleagues to develop their passion at work and has even mentored them into senior positions.

 

 

Entrepreneur, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Caroline Strachan, Managing Partner, FESTIVE ROAD, from Tunbridge Wells, who started her career in travel in 1995. Since joining FESTIVE ROAD in 2016 - one of the world's leading travel and meetings engagement consultancies – she has multiplied revenue by more than seven times and expanded its operations from the UK and France to Scandinavia, Germany, the USA and Australia. Through the non-profit networking community she set up, she now runs events that support women working in business travel.

 

Above & Beyond, sponsored by Avis Budget Group

Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.

Swati Agarwal, FP&A Manager, Celebrity Cruises, from Weybridge, A Chartered Accountant with a Masters degree in Finance, Swati joined Celebrity Cruises in 2016. Her role includes overseeing the management and control of a sales and marketing budget of £15 million, the communication of UK & Ireland performance to the head office and supporting company’s operations in Asia. When an opportunity to lead the Women’s, Multi-Cultural & Part-time Workers Employee Resource Group (ERG) presented itself in 2017, Swati stepped up to champion it. 14 months on, the ERG has accomplished several extraordinary initiatives under her leadership whilst extending support to its patron charities and groups, making her a role model for women in business and a key driver of diversity and equality.

 

Team Leader, sponsored by easyJet

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Roisin O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Walks, from Dublin, who completely redesigned the company’s consumer site, leading to a 73% transaction growth in just one year. Since she joined Walks – who offer walking tours, day trips and food tours in Italy, France, Spain, UK, New York and San Francisco - the company's revenues have multiplied five times and now serves seven times its usual number of annual passengers. To date, she has hired over 20 other talented women, many of whom are now in senior positions.

 

*New for 2018* Leader of Change, sponsored by Hilton

Awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.

Clare Tobin, CEO, Olympic Holidays, from London. Her 20-year record in travel has inspired many who have worked with and for her. A true advocate for advancing women in travel, she announced three senior appointments just two weeks after becoming CEO and her board is now 50% female. She continues to help balance the ratio of women to men in key roles and with her help, 69% of the UK office and 80% of the overseas office are women, making the business 72% female overall.

 

*New for 2018* International Inspiration, sponsored by Gold Medal & Travel 2

Awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland who is a role model for women in her community.

Meenu Vadera, Founder, Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings, from New Delhi. She spent 13 years working for Action Aid in Uganda before moving to India to set up two social enterprises offering employment to oppressed, marginalised women by training them to become professional chauffeurs. She is now changing the lives of over 650 women, helping generate more than 215,000 Euros in collective annual income.

 

*New for 2018* Male Agent of Change, sponsored by Heathrow 

Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.

Stuart Leven, Vice President EMEA, & Managing Director, RCL Cruises, from Weybridge, who took a primary role in addressing the company's Gender Pay Gap. After close analysis, he worked side by side with the Vice President and Managing Director to not only address existing pay inequality, but also suggested organisational changes to reduce the pay gap moving forward. These included mentoring programmes, accessible to all female managers, and everywomanNetwork membership to all employees in need of valuable resources to help advance their career.

 

*New for 2018 * Executive Leader – sponsored by Radisson Hotel Group

Awarded to a woman making a significant direct financial contribution to the commercial success of the business.

Julia Kemp, Director of International Sales & Partnerships, Avis Budget Group, from Bracknell. Recognising the value of a diverse workforce, she has helped the company’s previously male-dominated board become more gender-balanced with a total of six male and five female directors. She believes that technology underpins the growth of businesses, which is why she was determined to help the business invest heavily in tech, ensuring that outdated systems were replaced or upgraded. Through her innovation, direct marketing activity has generated over £42million.