Open to women, aged 30 and under, who have made their mark as ‘women in business to watch‘ – potential leaders, those just starting in business, or quickly rising through the corporate ranks
Judging was led by Clarify and its CEO, Claire Edmunds, last year‘s Women in Business ‘Woman of the Year‘ for SMEs.
She revealed later how her 2014 win had helped her business grow.
“Within a month our company LinkedIn followers had increased by 400%. I found myself being profiled in the press, invited to attend and speak at various events. …. because the business community cares, it wants and needs female role models.“
The award also highlighted Clarify‘s achievements as a team. “That was evident in a confidence boost that can only come with external recognition. We all found that customers, prospects and prospective employees noticed and mentioned the award.“
Edwards urged all the WiB finalists to “.. enjoy the celebrations and wave of support from the business community you have around you. Don‘t ever play down your success, you have not been lucky, you have been amazing.“
In presenting the award to Maria Llorens of Bowman Power Group, Edmunds said Llorens “wowed the judges not only with her business achievements but the manner in which she has addressed the challenges she has encountered.
She is passionate about her engineering profession and is an inspiration to any young girls considering it as a career.“
A self-driven and passionate engineer with an MSc/BSc in mechanical/industrial engineering and an MSc in thermal power, Llorens excelled at a young age in a number of senior technical roles and is now the principal mechanical design engineer at Southampton-based Bowmans Power Group.
Among her many business highlights, her analysis recommendations for jet engine components saved Rolls Royce approximately £10 million in its first year of implementation alone.
Alongside her technical knowledge, she displays a strong business acumen and solid entrepreneurial attributes. Llorens is also a keen mentor, supporting many younger people in their professional development.
But, she is proudest of how she has employed her ‘softer skills‘ in a male dominated working environment to shift behaviours and make the business more productive.
Interviewed after receiving her award . . . Llorens spoke emotionally about her win. “This means lots of things to me. But, the first thing is recognition, because I am from Spain and I have spent seven years of my life studying and working here, and this is like a big recognition of that time spent in this amazing country.“
And, will the award help her and other women to overcome challenges, asked Napier-Munn. “I think what makes me a winner, or someone else a winner, is an overwhelming determination, passion and enthusiasm in whatever you do. It doesn‘t matter who you are, whatever you do, or wherever you come from. You just need to carry on.“