The winner of the ‘One to Watch’ initiative will receive a place on the ‘Women Leaders’ course at Cranfield University, worth over £4,000, in addition to selecting one of the Meat Business Committee as a mentor for 12 months.
Laura Ryan, founder of Meat Business Women, said: “Evidence shows that companies with gender-diverse boards achieve superior financial returns, are more resilient to group-think and benefit from women represented at all levels of management. Meat Business Women was established three years ago to assist in making the image, culture and landscape of the meat industry more attractive to female talent, skilfully improve networking and nurture new female entrants into the sector. We want to help build that pipeline of female talent for our industry and the ‘One to Watch’ prize will help us to do that.
“The professional networking group has been going from strength to strength. At our event last week we announced that the concept is going global and now, announcing this annual prize shows the impact we can in this essential area.
“This prize is for an inspirational female who has made an incredible impact in her place of work in a very short period and the winner receives more than just a trophy. ‘One to Watch’ is an annual prize awarded to a female aged under 30 who has been working within the meat industry for up to five years.”
It is free to enter and applications are open until 31 August 2018, with the prize being presented at Meat Business Women…The Conference on 10 October at the Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham. Speakers will include Cranswick CEO Adam Couch and Post Office CEO Paula Vennells.
Meat Business Women recently held a networking event in London and announced the launch of Meat Business Women – New Zealand.