To understand why so many people enter the Women in Marketing Awards every year you need look no further than Ade Onilude, a woman so determined to keep the limelight off herself and shine it on others. I say people too because the awards are fully inclusive, men are encouraged to apply.
The awards themselves are always a lavish affair, 12 months in the making and this year’s awards did not disappoint as the photos of the night show. The 2019 global event was a homage to Studio 54 and brought to life by Ade the WIM team and sponsors.
While the Women in Marketing Awards recognises those excelling in their field, it’s also an invaluable networking event. I had the pleasure of meeting countless inspirational marketers on the night.
I’m delighted to say that I was highly commended for the One To Watch category. There aren’t enough words to fully express what it means to me. I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do since I was 5 and I was proud of that driven, tenancios girl in that moment.
To be in the company of such incredibly talented people and have my fiancé Jordan witness the win was a moment I will treasure forever. I’m a big believer in that everything we achieve is as a team. Without the support of so many amazing people I’m sure many of us wouldn’t be in the position we are today.
The Women in Marketing Awards provide a much-needed helping hand, to raise up and encourage the next generation of marketers.
Within minutes of being awarded Ade offered me a global platform to discuss diversity issues very close to my heart at the World Marketing Summit UK 2019 days later. What a woman. I’m still so humbled to be recognised in this way.
Before taking to the stage we heard from the father of marketing himself Dr. Kotler whose four principles of marketing remain as relevant today as ever. From neuroscience and the ethics involved in using AI to market to people, to business transformations and the next wave of marketing innovations, the summit covered various thought-provoking topics.
The World Marketing Summit was so inspirational. I was honoured to talk on stage about Diversity and Inclusion in Marketing alongside Ade, Dr Tana Licsandru and Dr Eva Kipnis. From discussing how we can encourage a more inclusive sector, to praising those who champion others and the support needed for the next generation, I loved every minute.
So what’s next for me following this win? Simple, the only way is up. I will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in marketing, while continuing my activism for women’s rights and ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table.
I’m proof of the positive impact that the WiM Awards can have on your career, and I’m sure all the winners, highly commended and commended from the Women in Marketing Awards throughout the years are unbelievably thankful for being recognised by Ade and her team.
By Ruth Walker