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Women In Busi­ness is so de­lighted with the in­ter­est in their an­nual awards this year and the cal­i­bre of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived that they have cre­ated a new cat­e­gory, Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager of the Year.“What we are see­ing is an in­creas­ing num­ber of women in mid­dle to se­nior man­age­ment and we are en­cour­aged by the trend. From se­nior man­age­ment we want to see an es­ca­la­tion in chief ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions (Ex­ec­u­tive Woman of the Year cat­e­gory) which has al­ways been poorly filled,” a WIB state­ment said.“In re­sponse to the grow­ing trend of women in mid­dle and up­per man­age­ment and to en­cour­age and to pro­pel the agenda of our prin­ci­pal ob­jec­tive, which is to en­cour­age women’s lead­er­ship into top po­si­tions of Com­merce and Busi­ness, the WIB board de­cided to cre­ate the new cat­e­gory for this year’s Awards. “The Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager of the Year will be se­lected from ap­pli­ca­tions from se­nior man­agers of or­gan­i­sa­tions. “WIB is ex­cited to see the evo­lu­tion of our Awards pro­gramme and is pleased to note that this trend means women are be­ing given op­por­tu­ni­ties to lead at higher lev­els. This takes us closer to our goals of achiev­ing more women in top po­si­tions. “The women in ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment we be­lieve will be the ones well po­si­tioned to take the top jobs and we will watch for this trend in the com­ing years. “WIB dis­cussed this new cat­e­gory with our judg­ing panel and con­vinced them of the need for the ad­di­tional award to ap­pro­pri­ately recog­nise not only the trend, but for well qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants to be recog­nised as ful­fill­ing our ob­jec­tives. There are eight judges on the awards judg­ing panel: six pri­vate sec­tor se­nior ex­ec­u­tives and busi­ness peo­ple and the Deputy High Com­mis­sion­ers of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand High Com­mis­sions. In ad­di­tion there is an over­sight judge who en­sures the process has been fol­lowed and the in­tegrity of the in­de­pen­dent process is main­tained. None of the WIB ex­ec­u­tive board is part of the judg­ing panel for all five awards; the Busi­ness­woman of the Year, Ex­ec­u­tive Woman of the Year, the new Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager of the Year, Man­ager of the Year and the Aspir­ing En­tre­pre­neur of the year. There are two awards for the pub­lic sec­tor: Ex­ec­u­tive and Man­ager of the Year. All th­ese Awards are judged by the in­de­pen­dent panel with­out any WIB board in­volve­ment. How­ever, the board of WIB will as­sess the Em­ployer of Choice for Women Award. “This year we will be in­ter­view­ing and as­sess­ing 14 nom­i­na­tions for the Em­ployer of Choice for Women. “This is prov­ing quite a chal­lenge and we are al­ready in­ter­view­ing some of the nom­i­nated or­gan­i­sa­tions. WIB is en­cour­aged by what we are see­ing as a grow­ing trend to­wards the im­por­tance that or­gan­i­sa­tions are plac­ing on be­ing a pre­ferred em­ployer for women. The lan­guage of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is chang­ing to be­come more con­ver­sant and ed­u­cated about the struc­tural and pol­icy changes re­quired to be more woman friendly and ap­peal­ing to bring the best out of women, and in­deed all, em­ploy­ees. “If an or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­ducive and ap­peal­ing for women’s progress then we at WIB be­lieve it will be well po­si­tioned for greater com­mer­cial and eco­nomic suc­cess – which is be­com­ing a global trend.”

WIB Awards event at the GPH, Suva to mark the clos­ing date of the 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

Aspir­ing busi­ness­women make a point at the GPH event.

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