The WACL Talent Awards 2021/2022 opens on Friday, 17th September.
What is it?
The WACL Talent Awards (previously known as the Future Leaders Award) is a grant scheme for emerging female leaders working in media, marketing, advertising and communications. WACL awards it in partnership with NABS.
Why does it exist?
WACL’s purpose of accelerating gender equality for the benefit of all in our industry means we’re passionate about supporting as many emerging women leaders as possible. So we set up the WACL Talent Awards to foster great talent and support more women on their journey to leadership.
Each year we are proud to award grants to around 30 women to fund a training course they choose to support their goals for the future.
This year, we are open to offering 100% grants up to the value of £3000 to all our winners. We would, however, encourage all applicants to consider asking their employer to contribute 25% of the grant value, as this will help us offer more grants to more talented women future leaders in our industry. If asking your employer to contribute is not an option for you, no problem – please still apply for a 100% grant. Our judging process will not be affected either way.
Who can apply?
The WACL Talent Awards are open to all WACL Talent; that is, all ambitious and talented women in advertising and communications aspiring to achieve their leadership potential.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your background is – if you’re ambitious, want to make a difference and are motivated to succeed; you’re the perfect applicant for this awards scheme.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- identify as a woman
- be currently or most recently employed or engaged in the media, marketing, advertising and communications industry
- based in the UK
- have at least 3 years of industry experience
- committed to a career within this industry
- have the application endorsed by your current/recent employer or sponsor.
What are we looking for?
Below are five questions that will help you explore whether the WACL Talent Awards are right for you. These questions are also designed to give you an insight into what the judges are looking for from applications.
- Are you passionate about the media, marketing, advertising, and communications industry and can you share examples that bring this passion to life?
- How will your chosen course stretch you beyond where you are today and why does it feel like the right opportunity for you and your career?
- What examples can you share of supporting, growing and inspiring other women and tackling inclusion for all in the industry?
- What have you achieved outside of your day job that you’re proud of (personally and professionally)?
- What does being a leader mean to you and what are your leadership ambitions in the future?
Simply put, we want to hear the story of what sort of leader you are, how you inspire others and how you want to progress as a leader.
How do I apply?
Click on the link here to access the application form.
All applications will be carefully reviewed, and a shortlist of candidates will be invited to meet with a group of WACL Leaders who will then select the award winners.
Key dates for your calendar
Notification of shortlisting for interviews
Notification of decision
If you have questions, take a look at our FAQs that we’ve put together and feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Talent Awards: how to ask your employer for support
Put yourself in their shoes
- How will your team, manager and organisation benefit from your learning?
- How could you share what you learn with other people?
Anticipate, acknowledge and address obstacles
- What options and ideas can you suggest in response to potential challenges to supporting your learning?
It makes perfect o If you’re nervous about the conversation, it might be useful to practise what you’d like to say to someone else (a mentor, a work friend, even to yourself too. You don’t need to memorise an exact script. Decide the three key points you want to make in a conversation and then summarise each point into one word, so you have an easy ‘at a glance’ reminder in your notebook.
The art of asking: don’t and do’s o Don’t apologise or make excuses for asking for support. Do focus on why someone should support you (i.e. you’ll add more value to the team, share knowledge and upskill others) o Don’t over-explain or feel that you need to do all the talking. Do be clear on the support you’re hoping for and be prepared to listen to their response.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself to resolve everything in one conversation. Do give yourself enough time to have a few conversations before asking your employer to commit to a decision
- Don’t expect someone to remember everything you say. Do make sure you close a conversation by reiterating what support you’re looking for and when you need a decision by and it’s often useful to follow up the conversation with a summary over email)