officebroker.comΓÇÖs Jo Davey attends Vitalise Women of the Year Awards
On Friday 2nd October Jo Davey, New Business Manager at officebroker.com, attended the 27th annual Vitalise Women of the Year Awards at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC.
The charity event was hosted by Viscountess Cobham and presented by former ITV Central News anchor Arti Halai.
Held to honour businesswomen in the Midlands who have displayed outstanding individual achievement, the awards also aim to provide positive role models to encourage other women to excel.
“Arti was an amazing presenter,” says Jo, “articulate and funny and very entertaining in her own right.”
Commenting on the mix of entertainment laid on, she adds:
“The room was full of vibrant and exquisitely dressed business women who had a lot of fun watching the Selfridges Fashion Show. There were really great outfits, and a certain men’s section who came on dressed in designer underpants caused lots of noise and comments from the audience!”
This year’s winner of the Vitalise Woman of the Year Award was Asha Khemka OBE. As Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, Asha has successfully brought the college into the national top five, and achieved a prestigious grade one ranking from Ofsted.
Jo says: “I think respect is the word for the winner of the Women in Business award, she is so hard working and I think amazing.”
The category of Vitalise Woman of Achievement was awarded to inspirational yachtswoman Hilary Lister. Despite being quadriplegic, Hilary took disabled sailing to another level by becoming the first ever quadriplegic person to sail solo across the English Channel. In August this year she then became the first disabled woman to sail solo around Great Britain.
“Hiliary was a completely different category to Asha,” adds Jo, “but what admiration she received. Their achievements really made you feel so inadequate and both had standing ovations.”
Commenting on the event, Co-Chair Judy Groves says:
“Businesswomen remain consistent in their reluctance to acknowledge – let alone celebrate – their achievements.” Speaking of the nominees, she adds: “Each has made a significant contribution to the financial success and performance of their organisation or business, and I know they will inspire and motivate other women to achieve their full potential.”
Jo adds: “The whole event was meticulously managed and went without a hitch. All in all it was a really interesting and worthwhile day!”
Proceeds from the event reached a massive ┬ú20,000 and have been donated to Vitalise Skylarks, a Nottingham based care centre for adults with physical disabilities.
To find out more about Vitalise, a national charity providing short breaks and services for disabled people, visually impaired people and carers, go to Vitalise.org.uk.