Surrey Chambers Business Women in Surrey (BWiS) revealed the top 50 women on its 2016 businesswomen list last night (8 March) at a special flagship event to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Held in Woking at the offices of local marketing agency Something Big, around 100 attendees listened to inspiring words from guest speakers Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature, Annabel Jones from ADP UK, Pathfinder’s Jessica Van Thiel, and Robyn Dunwoodie of Miller Brands.
Each shared their career journey and attributed much of their success to strong roles models – from mums and dads to bosses and colleagues – and sheer determination. Key messages from the evening included don’t let fear stop you, go for your goals, and embrace change.
The top 50 BWiS Rising Stars Young Business Women in Surrey 2016 list was then revealed, which this year focused on the county’s younger (aged under 30) businesswomen.
Certificates and flowers for those who made the top 10 were presented by Surrey Chambers chief executive Louise Punter, and BWiS co-chairs Sally Pritchett, director, Something Big, and Claire Dee, director, Claire Dee Communications.
Louise Punter, chief executive, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, said: “It was a fabulous evening with everyone in the room keen to recognise the talented young businesswomen we have here in Surrey. Those who made the top 50 Rising Stars list came from all sectors of the business world, from large corporates to creative small businesses and everything in-between. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success in their careers.”
In alphabetical order by surname, the top 10 2016 BWiS Rising Stars are:
- Emily Bollon – Motivation by Music
- Yvonne Bryce – The Knights Group
- Emily Chalkley – Charles Russell Speechleys
- Jessica Edgar – Stars Performing Arts
- Laura Goodridge – McLaren Automotive
- Jade Hibbins – Bam Nuttall
- Cheri Howieson – ADP UK
- Hannah Johnson – McLaren Automotive
- Katelyn Silver – Charles Russell Speechleys
- Alexandra Trebilco – McLaren Automotive