Foluke and her neices
For my last article for theglasshammer.com, I wrote a profile of Intrepid Woman Foluke Akinlose, founder of website Precious and the accompanying Precious Awards, both of which celebrate the talents of women of colour in the UK.
I met Foluke at a networking event in August and was so blown away by her talents and passion to help women and girls be the best that they can be that I immediately pitched an article on her to my editor.
And here it is - I hope it does her justice.
As a child in Texas, Tamara Box was regarded as argumentative but yet was also a leading light in her school’s debating society. These qualities led her to law school in London and Washington DC and she now leads Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s structured finance practice.
Read my profile of her here and learn why she suggests that women should never eat lunch alone.
At an early stage in her career, Carole Berndt, winner of the 2011 Women in Banking and Finance’s Award for Achievement, stood on a mountain in Hong Kong and was asked to quote on the risk element of turning the side of the mountain into an airport. She duly quoted, the site was purchased and developed and is now Hong Kong’s Chep Lak Kok international airport – a story which reflects Berndt’s geographically diverse career, first in insurance and now in banking.
Read the rest of the story here.
I interviewed Kelly Widelski earlier in the summer, as part of a series of articles run by the Glass Hammer in support of June’s Gay Pride month.
She’s had a fascinating global career in knowledge management with the accounting giant and you can read her profile here.
Any woman who has ever been in a business meeting and has had her ideas ignored until they were re-voiced by a male colleague will recognise where Dr Gia Milinovich is coming from in voicing her frustration about how she is ignored by TV producers in favour of her physics professor husband, Professor Brian Cox – as I discuss here in this new post on invisible women syndrome over at the Gender Blog.