Talent Awards 2022
WACL has announced the winners of its 17th annual Talent Awards in partnership with Nabs.
Out of 148 applicants, who spanned an array of locations with 24% based outside of London, 28 women were selected to each receive bursaries of up to £3,000 to fund a training course of their choice.
Sixty-eight percent chose their training to be in leadership development and 18% wanted to grow their coaching or psychotherapy skills.
The Wendy Braverman Award was introduced last year in honour of Braverman, who was a long-term WACL member and champion of Nabs.
This year the judges awarded the prize to Katie Langdon, founder and creative director at Skin and Blister Healthcare Communications, recognised for being “selfless and driven to help drive healthcare advertising for the good of society.”
Langdon commented on what future leadership means to her: “It’s about how I develop as a leader, and how many other leaders I develop along the way.”
The Patricia Mann Award is given to someone championing change and challenging the status quo as well as supporting other women and making a positive impact on the marketing and advertising industry.
This year’s winner was Kelliesha White, brand and cultural impact manager at Depop, with judges commenting that she was “simply brilliant”.
White added: “Future leadership means giving those who will succeed us the inspiration, wisdom and knowledge to be greater and dream bigger.”
Alex Sayliss from MediaCom, Katie Cook from PHD, and Katie Farmer from Engine were among this year’s winners.
All winners received a membership to the Futures networking group, which is run by alumni of the Awards.
In addition, winners also receive a year’s membership to the Chartered Management Institute, and access to a digital workshop hosted by career development company Amazing If.
The awards were created by Tess Alps in 2005 and are designed to encourage talented and inspirational women to focus on areas of their development in order to accelerate their careers.
More than 225 women have received bursaries totalling over £414,000 since the awards’ inception.
Nicki Hare, chair of the WACL Talent Awards committee and chief development officer at Omnicom Media Group UK, said: “We saw a strong theme emerge among this year’s applicants.
“As businesses have returned to the office and settle down into hybrid environments, many entrants highlighted the once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape the workplace – and the crucial role for female leadership to help design it with equality front of mind.”
Hare added: “After a period of isolation, an overwhelming majority of our winners have chosen to focus on growing their personal impact and influence at work. As we think about continuing to accelerate gender equality within business and our industry post-pandemic, I can’t wait to see the impact this year’s cohort will have.”
Full list of 2022 Wacl Talent Awards winners
Adele Rego, Ogilvy Health
Alex Sayliss, MediaCom
Amelia Carter, DAZN
Ayesha Begum, Omnicom Media Group/OMG Unite
Becky Reynolds, Iris London
Calvin Lau, Google
Cat Agostinho, Imagen Insights
Dinah Williams, The Avenir Network LTD
Duriyen Mehmet, Orion Worldwide/IPG Mediabrands
Eleanor Singh, Nabs
Hannah Wright, Iris
Harriet Cunningham, Scibids Technology
Jade Behr, Amazon
Katie Cook, PHD
Katie Farmer, Engine
Katie Langdon, Skin and Blister Healthcare Communications
Kelliesha White, Depop
Kim Rowell, BBC
Kimberly Johnson, NatWest Group
Lara Price, Wonderhood Studios
Lauren Charsley, Publicis Imagine
Louise Scodie, Nabs
Lucy Hudson, McCann Demand
Mavesh Malik, JCDecaux UK
Prudence Chow, Google
Rhona Cruickshank, StudioLR
Summer Rozenbroek, Quiet Storm
This article was written for Campaign by Charlotte Rawlings. You can find the original article here.