Women in Marketing Awards open to South African candidates

Women in Marketing (WIM) are pleased to announce the 7th annual Women In Marketing Awards – celebrating the successes and advances made by women in the marketing, advertising and communications fields, and their male supporters. This year’s award takes place on the 16th November at the Ham Yard Hotel, London.

In 2004, Ade Onilude, a then member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Central London team, identified a need for women in marketing to be recognised and celebrated. This led to her conceiving and delivering the first WIM event to coincide with International Women’s Day on Work-Life Balance. Since then, the annual WIM events have grown and tackled topics such as ethical marketing, the creatives, and branding and diversity in marketing, with the purpose of provoking discussion and inspiring women in marketing and the wider business community.

The popularity of the events led to the introduction of the awards in 2010; celebrating the achievements of women in the industry. Past WIM Award winners have included senior executives from Burberry, Google, Facebook, Hearst UK, Havas, Diageo and Ogilvy & Mather UK.

Following 6 years of UK focus, 2017 sees the WIM Awards open submissions to global entries for the first time. In addition, to better reflect the evolving nature of the marketing and media landscapes, WIM are also introducing three new categories:

The Branded Entertainment Award,
The WIM Journalist of the Year Award and
the Axim CX Award: Inspirational Leader in the Field of Customer Experience.

The Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS) will be supporting the 2017 WIM awards by being a sponsor in South Africa, and is encouraging entries from suitable candidates in the marketing and advertising world in South Africa.

“The IAS is very proud to support these awards which recognize talented women in the marketing profession. Up until now these awards were only run in the UK, but this year they have expanded internationally. We are very keen to see how well our South African senior marketing women do in these awards this year and will be encouraging many of our colleagues to enter in the various categories”, says Johanna McDowell, Founder and Chief Executive of IAS.

A diverse range of industry leaders and changemakers have been identified and selected as judges for the awards to reflect the global reach of this year’s awards and high standard of entries expected. They include:

Mack McKelvey – Founder & CEO, The Credentialed, USA
Christina Ioannidis – CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) of Aquitude,Dubai
Patricia Weiss – Chairwoman of the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA),South America
Louise Ridley – News Editor, Longform and Special Projects, BuzzFeed UK
Helen Tupper – Director of Audience Evangelism, Microsoft Henry Windridge – Head of Brand Marketing,

Global The 2017 WIM Awards is now open for entries from brands, agencies as well as individuals around the world and hopes to highlight the need to recognise diversity and the inclusive behaviours of the industry.

A huge thank you to the 2017 Awards sponsors including HP,IPG, Weber Shandwick, Havas Media Group and The Chartered Institute of Marketing(CIM). A very special thank you goes out to Antonio Lucio, Global CMO of Hewlett Packard and Colin Bryne, CEO UK & EMEA, Weber Shandwick – loyal supporters of WIM.

The 2017 Women In Marketing Awards will take place on the 16th November 2017 at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. Deadline for Award entry submissions is midnight 18th September 2017.

For more information about Women In Marketing, the 2017 WIM Awards, the full list of judges and previous awards and events visit womeninmarketing.org.uk

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